The Volvo Cars app

Remote starting the car using the Volvo Cars app

Updated 5/31/2021

Remote starting the car using the Volvo Cars app

Using the Volvo Cars app, the car's engine can be started remotely in order to heat or cool the car to a comfortable temperature.Only applies to cars with automatic transmission.

Start by ensuring that the car is in a location where it can be started in accordance with local environmental regulations and laws.

Start the car from the climate function in the tab. 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.

It may also be possible to select 30 or 50 minutes.Only available for Recharge models and cars equipped with fuel heater. In which case, only the climate control starts but the car's engine does not. Read about this function in Remote starting climate control using the Volvo Cars app.

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, functions such as seat heating, heated mirrors, and heated rear window are activated.

Points to remember for remote start of the 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)).

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


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.

Car key with Engine Remote Start function

If you have a car key with Engine 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 Engine Remote Start is available for cars with automatic transmission equipped with Volvo On Call and which meet the requirements listed below.

Car model

XC40, 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 year

2016 and later

Car model

V70, XC70, S80, S60, V60, XC60Not available for the XC60 D4 from model year 2017 and earlier..

Model year

2015 or later


T5, T6, D4Only 4-cylinder., 3.2

Engine 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 USAAvailability may vary depending on market..

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