Programming the Homelink Garage Door Opener


Before programming HomeLink® to a garage door opener, make sure that people and objects are out of the way of the device to prevent potential harm or damage. Your motorized garage door will open and close while you are programming. Do not program your remote if people or pets are in the path of the door. A moving garage door can cause serious injury or death to people and pets or damage to objects.

Vehicle exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas. Do not run the vehicle's engine while programming. Exhaust gas can cause serious injury or death. When programming a garage door opener, it is advised to park outside of the garage.

Do not use your in-car transmitter with any garage door opener that lacks safety stop and reverse features as required by U.S. federal safety standards (this includes any garage door opener model manufactured before April 1, 1982). A garage door that cannot detect an object signaling the door to stop and reverse - does not meet current U.S. federal safety standards.

If programming a garage door opener it is advised to unplug the device during programming and also if performing the "cycling" process to prevent possible motor burn-up.

NOTE: Some vehicles may require the ignition to be turned on or to the second (or “accessory” or ACC) position for training and/or operation of cars remote. It is also recommended that a new battery be replaced in the hand held transmitter of the device being trained to your vehicles transmitter for quicker training and accurate transmission of the radio frequency.

  1. For first time training, press and hold the two outer in car remote buttons, releasing only when the HomeLink indicator light begins to flash after 20 seconds. (Do not perform this step when training the additional transmitter buttons.)
  2. Position the hand-held transmitter 1-3 inches away from the HomeLink transmitter, keeping the HomeLink® indicator light in view.
  3. Using both hands, simultaneously press and hold both the desired HomeLink® button and hand held transmitter button. DO NOT release until the HomeLink® indicator light flashes slowly and then rapidly. When the indicator light flashes rapidly, both buttons may be released. (The rapid flashing indicates successful training.) Note: Some garage door openers may require you to replace step 3 with the “cycling” procedure noted in the “View Canadian Instructions” section.
    Homelink training instructions
  4. Press and hold the trained HomeLink® button and observe the indicator light. If the indicator light is solid/continuous, training is complete and your device should activate when the button is pressed and released. If the indicator light blinks rapidly for 2 seconds and then turns a solid/continuous light, proceed with the following training instructions for a rolling code device. A second person may make the following steps quicker and easier. Please use a ladder or other device. Do not stand on your vehicle to perform the next steps.
  5. At the garage door opener receiver (motorhead unit) in the garage, locate the “learn” or “smart” button (usually near where the hanging antenna wire is attached to the unit). If there is difficulty locating the training button, reference the garage door opener’s manual.
  6. Press and release the “learn” or “smart” button (the name and color of the button may vary by manufacturer). NOTE: Once the button is pressed, there are 30 seconds in which to initiate the next step.
  7. Return to the vehicle and firmly press and hold the trained button for two seconds and release. Repeat the “press/hold/release” sequence up to 3 times to complete the training process.

Your vehicles remote transmitter should now activate your device.

Retain the original hand-held transmitter of the RF device you are programming for use in other vehicles, as well as for future programming. It is also suggested that upon the sale of the vehicle, the programmed in vehicle remote buttons should be erased for security purposes. To erase the programmed buttons, perform the procedure shown in step number 1.

**To train additional buttons, begin with step two.
For instructions specific to your vehicle go to Homelink training instructions

If you have problems with the Homelink® system you can either call their customer service number (1-800-355-3515) or contact them by email for complete programming assistance.

Homelink is a registered trademark of Johnson Controls, Inc.

Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice. If you require professional advice, please contact the manufacturer directly. Brand Names of Garage Door Openers are registered trade names of the respective entities and are used for reference only.

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