Understanding Remote Connect

Remote Connect

Remote Connect is one of the many forward-thinking features you can take advantage of when you choose a Toyota vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at all that this app can do!

Remote Connect Video

Video Transcription

“This video will go over the Remote Connect feature found in Toyota’s new Entune 3.0 multimedia systems. Remote Connect is a new feature that comes standard on select Toyota vehicles. This service is integrated into Entune 3.0 Audio Plus and Premium Audio multimedia systems and is managed via the all-new Remote Connect app, available for iOS and Android devices.

With Remote Connect, you can access key functions and features of your vehicle, all from the convenience of your smartphone, wherever it may be. Let’s dig into some of the great functionality available.

First, we have the ability to lock and unlock the vehicle’s doors, and again, this can be done from anywhere in the world so long as the phone and vehicle both have cellular coverage. Imagine if the kids left your laptop in your car, but you’re currently across the country on business travel. It goes without saying that this can be a real lifesaver.

To do this, simply tap either the LOCK or UNLOCK icon in the middle of the Remote Connect app screen. You’ll receive a confirmation message saying the action was successful. If no doors are open within 30 seconds, the vehicle will relock itself.

Next up is remote engine start and stop. With this, you can get the car nice and warmed up on a chilly morning before ever even setting foot out the door. This can also help with cooling down the car if its been baking in the hot sun all day. Hot or cold, it will simply default to restoring your last used climate control setting when the vehicle was last turned off.

To do this, simply tap the large START ENGINE icon in the upper area of your Remote Connect app. The vehicle will be contacted, and the engine started. When the engine starts via Remote Connect, a 10-minute timer will begin. If you don’t get into the vehicle before the timer expires, the engine will shut back off. You can also manually stop the engine by tapping the same large icon.

Hmm...now what if you’ve been walking around downtown all day, and you can’t for the life of you remember where you parked? Well, Remote Connect can help with that, too, thanks to the Vehicle Finder feature. Simply tap VEHICLE FINDER in the lower left hand corner of the Remote Connect app, and a map will be displayed with your vehicle’s location.

Additionally, there’s a Vehicle Status Alerts function that enables you to stay on top of your car, like if the trunk, doors, or windows are open, and even the amount of fuel remaining in the tank. This feature can be accessed by tapping the VEHICLE STATUS icon in the center of the lower screen of the Remote Connect app.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Guest Driver Monitor function, which as its name implies, allows you to monitor the vehicle when in the hands of someone else, say a valet or family member. It actually stores customizable profiles for up to 5 guest drivers.

So, for instance, when Guest Driver Monitor is active, you can receive alerts if your vehicle is travelling above a set speed or even outside a set geographic radius. This feature can be accessed by tapping GUEST DRIVER in the lower right of the Remote Connect app.

So now, at this point, you’re probably wondering, “how do I get this?” Well, assuming you’ve got a vehicle with Entune 3.0 Audio Plus or Premium Audio, as well as a compatible smartphone, all you’ll need to do is download the app. It can be found in the app store on iOS devices and the Google Play store on Android devices.

Once you’ve got that downloaded, you’ll need to register your vehicle on Toyota Owners and enroll into the Connected Services it offers. Upon doing this, you’ll receive a Remote Connect authorization code in your email. Once you’ve received the authorization code, you need to initialize the vehicle via the Remote Authorization app in the Enture 3.0 multimedia system.

To do that, first press APPS and the COMMUNICATIONS and then the REMOTE SERVICE icon. Now enter the 6-digit authorization code you received in your email and then tap SUBMIT. A message will appear stating that the authorization was successful, so go ahead and tap OK.

With that, you’re all done. The app and all its great features are now up and running.”

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