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Launch X431 V+ Review 2021(Latest Version of Launch X431)

After using different scan tools from different brands, I can say that Launch X431 V+ diagnostic scan tool is one of the most advanced and reliable automotive scanners on the market. It features a large and clear LCD display with easy to use features. It is fast in operation as it uses the Android 7.1 operating system. The Launch X431 V+ is an upgraded version of Launch X431, Launch X431 V PRO, and Launch X431 Pro Mini. Read this Launch X431 V+ review to know more about this advanced Launch scan tool.

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The Launch X431 V+ scan tool covers a wide range of vehicles as it is compatible with at least 93 car brands and more than 10, 000 car models. This makes it be an ideal auto scanner for professional mechanics and busy car repair shops. Besides, it also has Bluetooth wireless connectivity for wireless connection and easy roaming around the garage floor. It is also considered one of the best BiDirectional Scan tool on the market.
In this Launch X431 V+ reviews, we’re going to discuss all the things that you need to know about the Launch X431 V+ diagnostic code reader. Brace yourself!

Technical Specifications of the Launch X431 V+ Scan Tool

Features Launch X431 V+
Works: Over 68 car brands and 220 car models from America, Europe, Asia
OS: Android
Check Engine Light: Yes
View Live Data: Yes
Active Test: Yes
View Freeze Frame: Yes
Oil Reset Service function: Yes
Tooth Learning/Anti-theft Matching: Yes
ABS,SRS, Body control module: Yes
Steering angle calibration: Yes
Battery Register /Battery Maintenance: Yes
Wifi,Bluetooth: Yes
Main Brands: Skoda, Opel, Citroen, Porsche, Rover, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Acura, Lexus, Honda, Ford, Nissan, Lincoln, Mazda, etc
Software Update Option: Yes, 2-Years Free Update
Warranty: 5-year warranty
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Features of the Launch X431 V+ Scanner

  • Android 7.1 operating system
  • 1-inch display
  • Complete system diagnosis
  • Multiple reset services
  • Bi-directional control
  • Extensive vehicle coverage
  • Wireless Bluetooth connectivity
  • 7000mAh battery
  • 11 special functions
  • 2-years free software update
  • VIN automatic identification

Launch X431 V+ Review 2021

Easy set-up

There is no difficulty or a lot of fuss when it comes to the setup of this diagnostic scanner. The setup process is very easy, the Launch X431 V support team will provide you a registration ID with an activation code. Then, you can utilize your serial number and codes to set up your scanner online.

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A wider compatibility

This automotive scanner comes with different adapters and has the ability to cover more than 90% of the vehicle models made in the USA, Europe, and Asia. The major vehicle brands include Porsche, Honda, Ford, Lexus, Skoda, Mazda, Nissan, Audi, Lincoln, Dodge, Jeep, and many more.

Wireless connectivity

If you want to perform other functions within the garage and still diagnose the vehicle, you can switch the device to Bluetooth wireless connection instead of using the short cable. The tool comes with DBScar 5 for creating a wireless Bluetooth connection.

OBD2 full functions

Similar to other high-end scan tools, this code reader supports all the 10 OBD2 test modes. Therefore, you can use it to read and erase error codes(Fault Codes), view freeze frame data, O2 sensor test, On-board tests, I/M readiness status, read and erase DTCs, and much more.

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Special functions

Apart from performing full OBD2 functions, this scanner can as well perform multiple special functions such as EPB reset, TPMS reset, oil reset, BMS reset, ABS bleeding, ETS reset, IMMO and Throttle matching, DPF regeneration, ECU coding, module coding, Injector, and perform system tests.  These services help users to safely and effectively access vehicle systems to reset partial parameters’ status after repairs are done. On top of that, it can be used for ECU coding function. It permits software modifications to a vehicle to allow the use of functions not available in the car(for local regulations issues).
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Fast and simple to use

This is one of the fastest Launch diagnostic scan tools on the market. It comes with a fast and smooth operating system to assist tackle problems very fast. Additionally, the scanner gives you instructions as you go, telling you what you want to do and the steps that you should take.

Operates on Android system

The scanner utilizes the Android 7.1 operating system. This makes the scanner to be easy to use just like a normal Android tablet. You will be able to access similar applications that are found on an Android tablet or phone. With this feature, you will be able to have the same functions as an Android phone but at the same time have the ability to power or diagnose engine issues.

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Great customer support

The launch has an outstanding customer support service that will help you get started and update your device. Also, you can call them before acquiring the gadget to know if it’s is compatible with your vehicle.

All system covering

This advanced tool can diagnose all systems. It is the ability to read DTCs and data streams for all systems. For example, transmission, fuel system, body, engine, powertrain, emission system, and much more. The Active Testing can be used to investigate the Powertrain Control Module(PCM). You won’t have to buy other tools for diagnosing other systems and you will end up saving a lot of time.

Excellent battery life

The Launch X431 V+ diagnostic scanner features a 7000mAh battery. This battery is powerful and can provide you with continuous use of around 4 to 6 hours, depending on what you use it for.

Durable construction

The code reader is sturdily constructed for longevity. It is made of a durable plastic housing and it is drop resistant. Additionally, the scan tool is waterproof, dustproof, and greaseproof. In short, it can survive the tough garage floor conditions.
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Internet Updateable

After registering this unit with Launch, you will get 2 years of free online updates. After two years, you will have to pay for the updates. But still, you can use the gadget without updating it.

What we did not like about the Launch X431 V+

Counterfeit devices – many mechanics and DIYers have reported the availability of counterfeit devices. So, before you purchase a Launch code reader, ensure that it is not counterfeit. Always ensure that you buy from a genuine Launch dealer.

Multilingual faults – if you intend to change the default language from English to a language of choice, know that the translations are not always accurate. This is because the scanner is not proficient in all the languages.

Quite expensive – when compared to other quality scanners with similar features and functions on the market, the Launch X431 V+ scan tool is somehow expensive. So, this might not be an ideal code reader for DIYers, beginners, and small auto repair shops.

Bottom line
As vehicles advance, so do diagnostic scanners. The Launch X431 V+ comes with some exceptional features and functions that will allow you to reduce the cost of car repairs. It is suitable for professional mechanics and serious car enthusiasts. It is also easy to use and operates smoothly.  Also, It is one of the best car key programmer on the market.

Furthermore, the code reader is compatible with a wide range of vehicles manufactured from 1996 and newer. Its intuitive user interface makes using this device to be easy. It has a long cord that will ease your work and you won’t have to strain a lot. With Bluetooth connectivity, you will be able to diagnose your car even when outside.

If you have been looking for a reliable, fast, and easy to use the diagnostic scanner, then the Launch X431 V+ is a great tool for you. The manufacturer offers 2 years of the free online update, and it is extremely portable. Use this device on different car makes and models in your auto repair shop or garage. I hope this Launch X431 review article will help a lot to make a buying decision.


Question: Does this scan tool work on all diesel vehicles?
Answer: No, it doesn’t. The Launch X431 V+ scan tool functions on some 12V diesel vehicles, but not all of them. To know if it works with your 12V diesel vehicle, you should email your vehicle details (VIN, vehicle model, and year) to the Launch support team.

Question: Can I use this diagnostic code reader to perform crank position relearn and idle relearn on a 2007 Subaru 2.5?
Answer: Yes, it can. In addition, it can perform other functions like key programming, crank position relearn, throttle match, key match, SAS reset, Injector program, EPB reset, Oil light reset, battery match, and TPMS reset.

Still, have a question after reading this Launch X431 V+ review? Comment below.


  1. I got a Launch 431 V + but it doesn’t feature or read light duty cars. I wonder why?
    How can I solve this problem?

  2. Hi Henry, i did contact UK support but they told me to contact China. I contacted China, but they don’t reply to my emails, and when I call, they answer people who only speak Chinese and no one who speaks English or Portuguese to answer me. I’m getting frustrated with Launch

    • Launch X431 V+ diagnostic scan tool is an upgrade version of V8(Here version is V and 8 means 8-inch tablet).
      V+ can do reprogram, but V cannot do.

  3. Hi Henry,
    I’m getting frustrated with the ping pong I’m falling victim to. No replies from Overseas or any line in China, USA and UK kick me to the same addresses you gave me, where no one answers. I went to the site via PC, and saw the X431Vplus.apk, will it be safe for me to download and try to run on my Tablet?

  4. Henry,

    To be more explicit, on my tablet, I only have car brands in the field of Heavy Duty. In Europe, America, Asia or China, nothing appears … When I plug in a car, he even recognizes the make and model, but gives the error saying not contain the application for that car.

  5. I bought This Scanner which is much better than the Innova scanner I had. Now I am able to turn functions on and off, do injector testing, Evap testing, O2 sensor testing, and see graphs. This Launch X431 V+ has saved me a lot of time and frustration, and already has paid for itself in just over 30 days. It is great for the home neighbor mechanic or small shop who doesn’t have the large funding for those exotic scanners.

  6. looking for a scanner that can read cam retard and rpm for 1997 chevy 350 vortec .put new distributor in and have read cam timing to 0 +or – 1 to 2 degrees

  7. Hello
    I want the best launch X431 for all coding and all system and programming key. I mean complete … launch X431 v
    Launch X431 v+
    Launch X431 pro3s

  8. I work on a lot of supercars

    Can this scan Ferrari and maserati?
    If so
    Can it also carry out basic procedures such as throttle relearn, clutch position adjustment(pis point) or service resets?

  9. Henry, will the Launch 431 V+ work with the common hybrid vehicles sold in USA? We have tools for Toyota vehicles that can see the state of health of the hybrid battery, state of charge, individual module voltages and resistances, etc. However we do not have all the proper tools to accomplish the same for Honda hybrids, GM hybrids (Escalade, Yukon, Silverado), Hyundai/KIA, etc.

  10. Hello! Same question, regarding Launch X431 V+. I would be very happy if I could be able to run the software on my Samsung Note 10+, is this possiblke ? Thanks

      • Hi Im Kelvin and yes you can actually download the x431 v+ apps to any Android device from 5.0 to newer I am actually using it on my Note 3 and I even have it on my Note 10+ it actually works faster in it.
        Just go to launch website and download the app from there.

  11. Can I do ECU coding( replace ECU) on Mercedes Benz 2006-2017 models of Mercedes Benz ML350,ML500, GL450, GL550, C300, C240 GLS350, CLK 350 etc with X431 V+?

    2) does X431 V+ support transmission reset/adaptation on 1998-2000 (38 Pin sucker) models of C180,C200,E430,E320,etc?

    3) Can I do ECU coding on 2007-2017 Vw Tuareg, Audi A4,A6, Jetta, Golf etc with X431 V+?

    • 1) Yes, it supports ECU coding, but X431 doesn’t support the ECU SWAP function.
      2) Don’t support most of these vehicles.
      3) Yes.

  12. I am wanting to be able to scan both cars and heavy trucks. So what all do I need? I try to search but it seems you have to get two different systems.. Thanks

  13. what launch would be able to do a TCM relearn on Nissan cvt trany 2014

    * auxiliary gear clutch point learning
    * Erase memory data
    *conform cvt deteriortn

  14. My launch x431v+ lost software some how it went into factory reset all software lost. I need to find a way to have software reinstalled on my launch table. I only had my launch table 2yrs. Can anyone help me with this problem?

  15. Will the Launch X431 V+ allow me to recal or adjust the regen on my 2012 Prius V and change the shifting on my 2017 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 pu?

  16. I was just about to go with Launch then I found out after 2 years it cost $399/year to update it…… that’s a deal breaker as I’m a poor guy trying to make ends meet.

  17. Due to many Counterfeit devices out there. Which websites do you recommend to buy from to be sure that everything is safe and sound.

  18. Is there any vehicles that the x431 v+ cannot program keys, key fobs, smart keys, etc. and if so which ones will not work.

    • The single X431 V+ diagnostic tool doesn’t support HD. But the LAUNCH X431 V+ supports extended modules, and you need to buy the x431hd module separately to work with it.

  19. What model of lunch will fit to my nature of work as home service technician and hopefully can have a shop later…..note : philippines


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