How to Program Garage Door Opener: Remote + Car

If you just purchased a new garage door opener or yours has stopped working, follow the steps below to learn how to program your remote.

If you have a car remote but never figured out how to program it, you’ll also find out how to do that as well.

Let’s get those remotes programmed!

How to Program Your Garage Door Opener Remote

If you have an old Craftsman garage door opener, check here for instructions.

Step 1

Get on a ladder and find the learn button on the back of your garage door opener. It might be under your light cover but it should be near the wires.

Press and release the learn button and then move on to the next step.

Step 2

Within 30 seconds of hitting the learn button, push the button on your garage door opener remote.

Step 3

Test out your remote control. If it works, you’re done! If not, you can try the following:

Try to press and hold the red (Color may vary) button on the back of your garage door opener for 15-20 seconds. After you release the button, it will clear all codes your opener has learned. This includes the keypad or any other remotes.

How to Program Your Car’s Garage Door Opener Remote

Your car have a garage door opener remote but never use it? Here’s how to get it working in 3 easy steps.

Step 1

Start by resetting all the codes in your car’s remote control by holding the first and third buttons for 30 seconds until you see the red indicator light flash.

Step 2

Hold your garage remote (must be preprogrammed) around 3 inches from your car’s rearview mirror remote. Then push and hold both the button on the remote and the first button on your rearview mirror until the red light flashes.

Step 3

Test out your car’s rearview mirror remote by pressing down on the first button. It should work, but if it doesn’t, then try this:

Go to the back of your garage door opener and hit the home button. You have 30 seconds to get back to your car and then hold down the first button. It should work, if not, you’ll have to verify with your car’s manual.

Final Thoughts

Programming your garage door remote is super easy and anyone can do it. Just make sure you’re safe on the ladder!

If you’ve been having problems with your garage door, you can check out why your garage door opens by itself. Also, it’s never too late to invest in the best garage door keypad.

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