MaxiSys Elite Diagnostics Screen Layout

The Diagnostics screens typically include four sections.

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1.Diagnostics Toolbar
2.Status Information Bar
3.Main Section
4.Functional Buttons

Diagnostics Toolbar

The MaxiSys Elite toolbar contains a number of buttons that allow you to print or save the displayed data and make other controls. The table below provides a brief description for the operations of the Diagnostics toolbar buttons:


To perform data printing in Diagnostics
1.Tap the Diagnostics application button from the MaxiSys Job Menu. The Print button on the diagnostic toolbar is available throughout the whole Diagnostics operations.
2.Tap Print whenever you want to make a printing. A drop-down menu appears.
1).Print This Page — prints a screenshot copy of the current screen
2).Print All Page – prints a PDF copy of all displayed data
3. A temporary file will be created and sent to the computer for printing.
4. When the file is transferred successfully, a confirmation message displays.
NOTE: Make sure the display tablet is connected to the computer network, either via Wi-Fi or LAN, before printing. For more instructions on printing, see Printing Operation on page 18 for detailed information.

To submit Data Logging reports in Diagnostics
a)Tap the Diagnostics application button from the MaxiSys Job Menu. The Autel Tool Data Logging button on the diagnostic toolbar is available throughout the whole Diagnostics operations.
b)Tap the Data Logging button whenever you want to commit recording for the system communication data. The button displays blue during the active recording process.
c)Tap the button again to finish recording. A submission form will display to let you fill in the report information.
d)Tap the Send button to submit the report form via the internet, a confirmation message displays when sending is successful.

Status Information Bar
The Status Information Bar at the top of the Main Section displays the following items:
1.Menu Title 一 indicates the menu subject of the Main Section
2.VCI Icon 一 indicates the communication status between the tablet and the VCI device
3.Battery Icon – indicates the battery status of the VEHICLE Main Section
The Main Section of the screen varies depending on the stage of operations. The main section can show vehicle identification selections, the main menu, test data, messages, instructions and other diagnostic information.

The Main Section of the screen varies depending on the stage of operations. The main section can show vehicle identification selections, the main menu, test data, messages, instructions and other diagnostic information.

Functional Buttons
The displayed Functional Buttons at this section of the screen varies depending on the stage of operations. They can be used to navigate, save or clear the diagnostic data, exit scanning as well as make other functional controls. The functions of these buttons will be introduced respectively in the following sections of the corresponding test operations.

Screen Messages
Screen messages appear when additional input is needed before proceeding. There are mainly three types of on-screen messages as to their purposes: Confirmation, Warning, and Error.

Confirmation Messages
This type of messages usually displays as an “Information” screen, which informs you when you are about to perform an action that cannot be reversed or when an action has been initiated and your confirmation is needed to continue.
When a user-response is not required to continue, the message displays briefly before automatically disappearing

Warning Messages
This type of messages informs you when completing the selected action may result in an irreversible change or loss of data. The typical example for this is the “Erase Codes” message.

Error Messages
Error messages inform you when a system or procedural error has occurred. Examples of possible errors include a disconnected cable or communication interruption due to certain reasons.

Making Selections
The Diagnostics application from is a menu driven program that presents a series of choices one at a time. As you select from a menu, the next menu in the series displays. Each selection narrows the focus and leads to the desired test. Use your fingertip or the stylus pen to make menu selections.

Autel MaxiSYS Elite Establishing Vehicle Communication

By establishing a data link to the electronic control systems of the vehicle being serviced through the Autel MaxiSYS Elite, the Diagnostics application allows you to retrieve diagnostic information, view live data parameters, and perform active tests. The Diagnostics application can access the electronic control module (ECM) for various vehicle control systems, such as engine, transmission, antilock brake system (ABS), airbag system (SRS) and more.

1.Establishing Vehicle Communication
The Diagnostics operations require connecting the MaxiSys Elite Diagnostic Platform to the test vehicle through the VCI device using the main cable, and test adapters (for non-〇BD II vehicles). To establish proper vehicle communication to the MaxiSys display tablet, you need to perform the following steps:

1.Connect the VCI device to the vehicle’s DLC for both communication and power source.

2.Connect the VCI device to the MaxiSys display tablet via BT pairing, USB connection, or Ethernet connection.
NOTE: To prevent short circuit damage to the device, it is recommended to connect the USB or the Ethernet cable between the VCI and the tablet before connecting the vehicle’s DLC.

3.When these are done, check the Autel OBD2 navigation button at the bottom bar on the screen, if the button displays a green tick icon at the lower right corner, the MaxiSys Elite diagnostic platform is ready to start vehicle diagnosis.

Vehicle Connection

The method used to connect the VCI device to a vehicle’s DLC depends on the vehicle’s configuration as follows:

1.A vehicle equipped with an on-board Diagnostics Two (OBD II) management system supplies both communication and 12-volt power through a standardized J-1962 DLC.

2.A vehicle not equipped with an OBD II management system supplies communication through a DLC connection, and in some cases supplies 12-volt power through the cigarette lighter receptacle or a connection to the vehicle battery

OBD II Vehicle Connection
This type of connection only requires the main cable without any additional adapter.

To connect to an OBD II vehicle
1.Connect the main cable’s female adapter to the Vehicle Data Connector on the VCI device, and tighten the captive screws.

2.Connect the cable’s 16-pin male adapter to the vehicle’s DLC, which is generally located under the vehicle dash.

NOTE: The vehicle’s DLC is not always located under the dash; refer to the user manual of the test vehicle for additional connection information.

Non-OBD II Vehicle Connection
This type of connection requires both the main cable and a required OBD 丨 adapter for the specific vehicle being serviced.
There are three possible conditions for Non-OBD II vehicle connection:
1.DLC connection supplies both communication and power.
2.DLC connection supplies communication and power is to be supplied via the cigarette lighter connection.
3.DLC connection supplies communication and power is to be supplied via connection to the vehicle battery.

To connect to a Non-OBD II Vehicle
1.Connect  the  main cable’s  female  adapter  to  the  Vehicle  Data Connector on the VCI device, and tighten the captive screws.
2.Locate the required OBD I adapter and connect its 16-pin jack to the main cable’s male adapter.
3.Connect the attached OBD I adapter to the vehicle’s DLC

Some  adapters  may  have  more  than  one  adapter  or  may  have  test leads instead of an adapter. Whatever the case, make the proper connection to the vehicle’s DLC as required

To connect the cigarette lighter
a)Plug the DC power connector of the cigarette lighter into the DC power supply input port on the device.
b)Connect the male connector of the cigarette lighter into the vehicle’s cigarette lighter receptacle.

11.To connect the clipper cable
1.Connect the tubular plug of the clipper cable to the male connector of the cigarette lighter.


2.Plug the DC power connector of the cigarette lighter into the DC power supply input port of the J2534 programming device.
3.Connect the clipper cable to the vehicle’s battery.

VCI Connection
After the VCI device is properly connected to the vehicle, the Power LED on the VCI device illuminates solid green light, and is ready to establish communication with the MaxiSys display tablet.
The J2534 ECU Programming Device, which comes with the MaxiSys Elite tool kit, supports 3 communication methods with the MaxiSys display tablet: BT, USB,and Ethernet connection.

Pairing Up via BT
Among all methods,BT pairing is recommended as the first choice for the communication between the MaxiSys display tablet and the VCI device. The working range for BT communication is about 755 feet (230 m); this means you can perform vehicle diagnosis freely around the workshop with greater convenience.
If you use more than one VCI device to connect to the test vehicles when customers are many, you can perform vehicle diagnosis on various vehicles conveniently, by pairing the MaxiSys display tablet separately to each of the VCI devices connected to the different test vehicles, via BT, without the need to repeat the plugging and unplugging procedure, which is unavoidable through traditional wired connection, thus saves you more time and provides more efficiency.

To pair up the MaxiSys display tablet with the VCI device via BT
1.If not already done, power up the MaxiSys display tablet.
2.Select the VCI Manager application from the MaxiSys Job Menu.
3.When the VCI Manager application is opened, the device automatically starts scanning for available VCI devices around for 巳T pairing. The found devices are listed in the Setting section on the right side of the screen.
NOTE: If no VCI device is found, this may indicate that the signal strength of the transmitter is too weak to be detected. In this case try to get closer to the device, or reposition the VCI device, and remove all possible objects that causes signal interference. When these are done, tap the Scan button at the top right corner to start searching again.
4.The device name may display as Maxi suffixed with a serial number. Select the required device for pairing.
5.When paring is successfully done, the connection status displayed to the right of the device name is shown as Paired.
6.Wait for a few seconds, and the VCI button on the system Navigation bar at the bottom of the screen shall display a green tick icon, indicating the display tablet is connected to the VCI device, and is ready to perform vehicle diagnosis.
Refer to

BT Pairing on page
USB Cable Connection
The USB cable connection is a simple and quick way to establish communication between the MaxiSys display tablet and the VCI device. After properly connecting the USB cable from the tablet to the VCI device, the VCI navigation button at the bottom bar of the screen shows a green tick icon in a few seconds, and the USB LED on the VCI device illuminates solid green light, indicating the connection between the devices is successful.
The MaxiSys Elite diagnostic platform is now ready to perform vehicle diagnosis.
NOTE: Since the USB connection provides the most stable and fastest communication, it is highly recommended to apply this communication method when operating ECU programming or coding. When all the three communication methods are applied at the same time, the MaxiSys system will use the USB communication as the default priority.
Wired Connection via Ethernet
This section describes the general procedure to connect the tablet with the J2534 ECU programming device via Ethernet connection. To establish successful communication, you need to set up the network configuration on the display tablet.

MaxiSys Elite Power Sources

The Autel Scanner MaxiSys Elite can receive power from any of the following sources:

1 Rechargeable Battery Pack
2 AC/DC Power Supply – using power adapter or docking station
3 Vehicle Power

Rechargeable Battery Pack

The display tablet can be powered with the rechargeable battery, which if fully charged can provide sufficient power for about 4 hours of continuous operation.

AC/DC Power Supply

The display tablet can be powered from a wall socket using the AC/DC power adapter or the docking station. The AC/DC power supply also charges the Diagnostic Scanner.

Vehicle Power
The display tablet can be powered from the cigarette lighter or other suitable power port on the test vehicle through a direct cable connection. The Autel MaxiSYS power cable connects to the DC power supply  port on the top side of the display unit.

Technical Specifications
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Autel Maxisys Elite is worth buying


Coming from a snap on verus decided to look for a new Car Diagnostic Tool that would not break my wallet and decided to take it for a spin.

I could do everything the verus can do and more since it comes with the passthrough, performs bi directional tests even turn on the wippers or honk the horn. Every test imaginable can be made with the maxisys pro or elite for 1/3 of the price of a new verus.

Only real downside is that you have a troubleshooter in the verus scanner and with the autel you have a forum where you post every problem or doubt and other members of the autel comunity will help and give you solutions to your problems. Not a big problem but easily resolved with mitchell or all data.

Ive had a maxisys pro since it can out it has performed flawlessly , perfect. I own a small repair shop ranging from american to import vehicle from gas to diesel (ford powerstroke & dodge cummins) and have never had problems.

When you buy it new you will get 1 year of unlimited updates to new tests or new vehicle info after registering your scan tool on the autel pro page .

After that year you will go to the pro autel page and simply pay the fee for another year update. For the pro its 1,299 yearly but its up to you. You dont have to pay it for the Autel MaxiSYS Elite to continue to work. I havent updated mine in almost 2 years and performs neat everyday.

Now i have acquired the new elite version of the pro with a new android better camera and with a faster processors. It just works. In all my 12 years as a tech ive used different scan tools and had never seen one as good as the maxisys pro and elite.

Now that i have both i will be giving the pro to my employee and the elite for me. Thank Autel for making such great products.

Ps. Customer service is a little hard to get in touch with but very helpful once you get in touch they do everything by phone or remote access

Feel free to make question anytime


So i received my elite scanner very quickly. Customer services contacted me by email to see if their product had met my expectation. I like the fact that they contacted me and i havent seen that before.
Now continuing on the scanner i will be posting photos of the differences between the new Elite and the Pro (wich i use everyday on my shop)

The screen is brighter because is retina display (much like an ipad).

The bootup process is very very faster than the pro. The pro aprox 30 secs of boot up and 5-8 secs on the elite.

It has one more usb that is very usefull for connecting a mouse or a keyboard.

On the outside you will see is much thinner, lighter and rubber protection (feels more like hard plastic but its rubber) on the sides not on the corners like the pro (which are real rubber).

On the top right corner there is a led light that indicates the battery life which is great when you have the screen off. On the pro you have to turn the screen on to see batery life.

The elite come with a docking station where you can charge it of leave it out of harms way.

Im very impressed with my purchace from I hope this helps because when i purchased my pro the lack of information made me hold of a little bit but tool a leap of faith

MaxiSys Elite


MaxiSys Elite – it is the newest addition to the MaxiSys line of highly advanced smart diagnostic tools, and it is based on the fast and intuitive Android operating system ON With modern hardware platform and enhanced special features it is the fastest, most advanced and versatile diagnostic tester on the market.

Powered by NVIDIA Tegra? 4, the world’s fastest mobile processor, its visually stunning 9.7′ Retina dislay offers ultra-high resolutions. 2 times fasted than any comparable device, the MaxiSys Elite provides extended battery life and intelligent power saving.
Autel MaxiSYS Elite Scan Tool is very easy to use and has high productivity – rapidly performs every job from comprehensive vehicle diagnostics & analysis to advanced ECU Programming. This is an ideal solution for those who want an effective and fast tool based on the latest technology.

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