Remote starting the car using the Volvo Cars app

Using the Volvo Cars app, the car can be started remotely in order to heat or cool the car to a comfortable temperature.1


Available functions in the Volvo Cars app can vary depending on car model, model year and region. Available functions may also vary over time.

Points to remember before remote starting your car

The following requirements must be met before the function is used:

  • The car is locked.
  • There are no car keys in the car.
  • The bonnet is locked.
  • The car is parked and the gearbox is in Park.
  • The engine is not running.
  • The car is under supervision.
  • There are no people or animals in or around the car.
  • The car is not parked inside an enclosed space/area without sufficient ventilation.
  • There is no risk to anyone who is in direct contact with the car (e.g. during a service in a workshop or children playing near the car).
  • By law, use of the function is permitted at the set time.

The system will also check the following before starting the car:

  • Engine status is OK (no critical fault codes).
  • Sufficient fuel level (more than 8 litres (2.11 US gallons)).
  • The charging cable is not plugged in.2

You will also find user recommendations in the Volvo Cars app.

Remote starting the car

Start by ensuring that the car is in a location where it can be started in accordance with local environmental regulations and laws.
Go to the Px-2037-VOC app icon Home tab and press the Px-2417-VC app remote start icon icon.
Enter within how many (1-15) minutes you plan to start to travel. Confirm that you want to start the car and identify yourself using the phone's unlock method, e.g. with PIN code, password, pattern, TouchID or FaceID.


For safety reasons, it is not possible to drive the car after it has been remote started via the Volvo Cars app. The function will be active until you depress the brake pedal and turn the start knob/press the start button.

It is possible activate the function in the Volvo Cars app twice in succession, after that the car has to be started with the key before you can activate the function via the app again.

When the car is started remotely in cold weather, functions such as seat heating, heated wing mirrors and heated rear windscreen are automatically activated.

Remote starting the climate control

It may also be possible to remote start the climate control without starting the car.3 Read about this function in Remote starting climate control using the Volvo Cars app.

Car key with Remote Start function

If you have a car key with Remote Start, you can use it together with the Volvo Cars app. You can, for example, start the car with the key and switch it off with the app.


Heating via Remote Start is available for cars with automatic transmission equipped with Volvo On Call and which meet the requirements listed below.

Car modelXC40, XC40 Twin Engine/Recharge (plug-in hybrid), XC60, XC60 Twin Engine/Recharge, XC90, XC90 Twin Engine/Recharge, S90, S90 Twin Engine/Recharge, V90, V90 Twin Engine/Recharge
Model year2016 and later
Car modelV70, XC70, S80, S60, V60, XC604.
Model year2015 or later
EngineT5, T6, D45, 3.2

Remote Start is available in the following markets: Albania, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldavia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA6.

  1. 1 Applies to cars with automatic transmission.
  2. 2 Applies to plug-in hybrids.
  3. 3 Only available for fully electric cars, plug-in hybrids and cars equipped with fuel heater.
  4. 4 Not available for the XC60 D4 from model year 2017 and earlier.
  5. 5 Only 4-cylinder.
  6. 6 Availability may vary depending on market.