I have been using the My Chevy App during the free OnStar period after buying my Bolt. The remote start and other functions no longer work unless I'm willing to pay OnStar for it. My key FOB has a button for remote start but it doesn't seem to work. Never tried it while the OnStar was active. Were all bolts made with remote start or just the premium models?
(Caveat: this is in the U.S. Canada might be completely different.)
My understanding, which could be wrong, is that all you need for the app is connectivity to the car.
A) If the car is in your driveway or garage, and is connected to your home wi-fi, and you are also within range of your home wi-fi, your app will work.
D) If you're not connected by wi-fi, but have either of the two AT&T data plans, you can also connect to the car via the Internet directly using the AT&T data plan.
C) If you also don't have an AT&T data plan, the app will be unable to connect to the car.
Can anyone confirm any parts of this with direct experience?
If all of this is correct, the bottom line is that while you're home, you should be able to use the app because the car can be set up to be on you wi-fi network. However, on the road, you can't monitor the charging while you go to get a bite to eat.
EDIT: This is the relevant Bolt website page: https://www.chevrolet.com/connectivity-and-technology
Scroll all the way to the bottom.
This chart is also helpful: https://my.chevrolet.com/content/da...cles/onstar-nbm/OC_Chevrolet_ComparePlans.pdf
The $14.99 remote access plan gives you connectivity to do the control functions from the app. The $39.99 unlimited access gives you the wifi hotspot with unlimited data. There's also OnStar Safety and Security, which gives you crash response and similar stuff. Unless, of course, I'm reading it wrong. Or the website is wrong.
EDIT2: The key fob should work as long as you're close enough to the car. Especially with the remote start button on an ICE vehicle, its purpose is to let you start and warm up the car on a cold winter day while nice and warm inside your house. My dad's Saturn's keyfob can start the car from inside the house about 30 feet from the car. If yours doesn't work, I'd check the battery in the key fob, and if that's not it, take it to the dealer.
EDIT3: Revised A, B, & C. Either AT&T plan gives you the app functionality, but the Safety&Security plan by itself does not.