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Hey, I just got my First Edition yesterday. For those who already own the car, what would you suggest I setup/config right away?

I'll compile a list in this post.

With the dealer:
Misc.
Infotainment
 

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If you are getting a smart level 2 charger, get the app for that and set it up.
 

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Remove the built in navigation panel that shows the map from the customizable screens. That one change eliminated the responsiveness issue on the touch screen for me and others.
 

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Remove the built in navigation panel that shows the map from the customizable screens. That one change eliminated the responsiveness issue on the touch screen for me and others.
Thanks for the tip. Did you have to give up navigation completely to get rid of lagginess, or do you access it only from its own dedicated screen (or home screen)?
 

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Thanks for the tip. Did you have to give up navigation completely to get rid of lagginess, or do you access it only from its own dedicated screen (or home screen)?
You could put a button for it on one of the screens - and then when you need it press the small button. Honestly, the built-in nav is atrocious. Like, 1990s atrocious. I'm hopeful that it'll get better, but honestly I don't even have a button for it on any screen other than the home/folder screen. Apple CarPlay is light-years ahead. I can't speak to Android Auto, but everyone says good things. The only downside to them is that you don't get the ID light, which is pretty useless as implemented anyway for built-in nav.
 

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You could put a button for it on one of the screens - and then when you need it press the small button. Honestly, the built-in nav is atrocious. Like, 1990s atrocious. I'm hopeful that it'll get better, but honestly I don't even have a button for it on any screen other than the home/folder screen. Apple CarPlay is light-years ahead. I can't speak to Android Auto, but everyone says good things. The only downside to them is that you don't get the ID light, which is pretty useless as implemented anyway for built-in nav.
It's a real bummer about the light. The nav directions still show up in the HUD with Android Auto so it's not like the data isn't being accessed by the car. My hope is this comes with a future update, but I'm not holding my breath.
 

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If you do not have a smart EVSE (charger) then program a charging location and time into the system.
 

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Thanks for the tip. Did you have to give up navigation completely to get rid of lagginess, or do you access it only from its own dedicated screen (or home screen)?
Same as @Bubbajet mentioned, I also use CarPlay instead for navigation app choices. IMHO, the map apps available in iOS and Android are light years ahead of the built in navigation. So, I don't know if using the built-in navigation full screen causes lag, but if I recall when I tested it just once, it was choppy full screen as well.
 

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If you do not have a smart EVSE (charger) then program a charging location and time into the system.
Thanks! Just did this. When I came back from a long drive just now I noticed it began charging even though I had that schedule setup. Is that a bug?
 

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Setup your Wifi (copied from the manual):

Connecting to Wi-Fi
  1. Activate the Wi-Fi hotspot on the Wi-Fi device. Refer to the manufacturer's operating instructions.
  2. Tap HOME>Settings(Gear icon)>Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi:.
  3. Tap Search for Wi-Fi.
    The Infotainment system scans for Wi-Fi hotspots in the area. This scan process can take a few seconds.
  4. Select the Wi-Fi network of the preferred Wi-Fi device.
  5. Enter the Wi-Fi hotspot network key on the Infotainment system and confirm with OK.
The Wi-Fi connection will be established. In some cases, you may need to enter additional information on the Wi-Fi device.
Due to the large number of Wi-Fi devices that are available, there is no guarantee that all functions will always be available.
The Wi-Fi function may not be available in all countries and may vary.
WPS with Infotainment system as client
  • The Wi-Fi device must support WPS.
  1. Tap HOME> Settings(Gear icon)>Wi-Fi>Wi-Fi:.
  2. Tap WPS quick connection (WPS button).
  3. Activate WPS on the external Wi-Fi device.
  4. The Wi-Fi connection will be established. In some cases, you may need to enter additional information on the Wi-Fi device.
WPS is not supported by all Wi-Fi devices. In this case, connect manually:
 

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Thanks! Just did this. When I came back from a long drive just now I noticed it began charging even though I had that schedule setup. Is that a bug?
You said after a long drive - maybe you were below the lower battery charge limit? From the manual:


Lower battery charge limit

The lower battery charge limit defines the minimum charge level for a stored charging location. A minimum range can be ensured with this function.​

— Touch the function button in the vehicle settings in the Infotainment system​
→ page 31.​

— Set the lower battery charge limit in the profile of the charging location.​

Following connection to a power supply, the vehicle first charges up to the lower battery charge limit. Only then are preferred charging times, off-peak times or a departure time for timer-controlled charging taken into consid- eration.​
 

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You said after a long drive - maybe you were below the lower battery charge limit? From the manual:


Lower battery charge limit

The lower battery charge limit defines the minimum charge level for a stored charging location. A minimum range can be ensured with this function.​

— Touch the function button in the vehicle settings in the Infotainment system​
→ page 31.​

— Set the lower battery charge limit in the profile of the charging location.​

Following connection to a power supply, the vehicle first charges up to the lower battery charge limit. Only then are preferred charging times, off-peak times or a departure time for timer-controlled charging taken into consid- eration.​
That must have been it. I was less than 20%
 

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Thanks! Just did this. When I came back from a long drive just now I noticed it began charging even though I had that schedule setup. Is that a bug?
Same thing happened to me yesterday with a charging location and departure time set. The battery SOC was above the charge immediately limit but it started charging anyway. I pressed Stop on the main screen, powered off the car, unplugged the charge cord. Then powered up and down the car and plugged in again with no changes. That time it wait to start charging after midnight. It stopped a few hours before the departure time and did not come close to reaching the specified SOC.
 

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Setup Apple Carplay and/or Android Auto

Instruction Videos:

Android:
Apple:

Note: My wife uses an iPhone and I use an Android. I can confirm both can be configured without issue and that you can very easily switch between the two.
 

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Setup Apple Carplay and/or Android Auto

Instruction Videos:

Android:
Apple:

Note: My wife uses an iPhone and I use an Android. I can confirm both can be configured without issue and that you can very easily switch between the two.
How do you switch between the two phones more quickly/easily? My wife and I both have android, and I figured out that we can go to Settings -> Mobile devices then tap the little AA icon on the other phone if we want to switch whose phone is active, but that's fairly cumbersome. Plus, I haven't found a way to set one phone as the "default", it always defaults to mine but it would be more ideal if it defaulted to hers.
 

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How do you switch between the two phones more quickly/easily? My wife and I both have android, and I figured out that we can go to Settings -> Mobile devices then tap the little AA icon on the other phone if we want to switch whose phone is active, but that's fairly cumbersome. Plus, I haven't found a way to set one phone as the "default", it always defaults to mine but it would be more ideal if it defaulted to hers.
For Android there is an app called "Volkswagen" with the VW logo. I put that at the first position when configuring the app list in the Android Auto app settings on the phone.

Anyway, you just need to press that VW app and it takes you directly to the "Mobile Devices" screen where you can switch phones.

Not sure about the "default" phone problem. Hasn't been an issue for us yet.

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A bit more clarity: There is an app with a car icon called "Exit" in the "Customize Launcher" section of the Android Auto app. That app has the VW Logo in the Infotainment screen when you click the "circle" in the Android Auto interface to get back to your app list.
 

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For Android there is an app called "Volkswagen" with the VW logo. I put that at the first position when configuring the app list in the Android Auto app settings on the phone.

Anyway, you just need to press that VW app and it takes you directly to the "Mobile Devices" screen where you can switch phones.

Not sure about the "default" phone problem. Hasn't been an issue for us yet.

Edit:
A bit more clarity: There is an app with a car icon called "Exit" in the "Customize Launcher" section of the Android Auto app. That app has the VW Logo in the Infotainment screen when you click the "circle" in the Android Auto interface to get back to your app list.
Aha, thank you for that! I had noticed that app in the list but didn't check what it does yet. That's definitely a bit quicker than going through the car settings
 

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It is similar with iPhone. In CarPlay, tap the VW logo—this will take you to a device selection screen.


For Android there is an app called "Volkswagen" with the VW logo. I put that at the first position when configuring the app list in the Android Auto app settings on the phone.

Anyway, you just need to press that VW app and it takes you directly to the "Mobile Devices" screen where you can switch phones.

Not sure about the "default" phone problem. Hasn't been an issue for us yet.

Edit:
A bit more clarity: There is an app with a car icon called "Exit" in the "Customize Launcher" section of the Android Auto app. That app has the VW Logo in the Infotainment screen when you click the "circle" in the Android Auto interface to get back to your app list.
 

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Learn how the Automatic trunk lid closing "Easy Close" works

My own attempts:

I find the best most consistent method is to do a kick ball motion to the left of the hitch (First Editions) then take a step back, pretty much what the diagram shows in the manual. With closing you really have to step back quickly as anything that is in the way of the door coming down will stop it and cause it to beep.

From the manual:
You can only activate the Easy Close function if a valid remote control vehicle key is detected near the trunk lid.
Quickly swing the lower part of your leg close to the bumper. Your shin must be near the upper sensor and your foot must be near the lower sensor fig. 57.
Remove your foot quickly away from the sensor area.
Easy Close is activated for approx. 20 seconds. A chime will confirm successful activation.
The trunk lid is closed as soon as all valid vehicle keys are removed from the area near the trunk lid.
The trunk lid will lock automatically after it closes if the vehicle was previously locked and there is not a valid vehicle key inside the vehicle.
Easy Close permits locking a maximum of one vehicle key in the luggage compartment.
The locking procedure is interrupted as soon as a vehicle key returns nearby. The trunk lid re-opens.


Diagram:

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