How to Program Garage Door Opener Remote

We will teach you everything you need to know about your garage door remote and will show you how you can program garage door opener for Liftmaster, Chamberlain, Craftsman, and Genie.

Garage door opener remotes are a convenience most of us take for granted. They allow us to enter and exit our garage without needing to leave our car or remember an entrance code.

However, these remotes can break, or wind up lost or stolen. If this happens, you need to know how to program your remote so you can get back into your garage.

Today, we’ll outline precisely how to accomplish this.



Liftmaster 8355w garage door opener

How It Works

Garage door openers and remotes “talk” to each other over radio frequencies. When you press the open button on the garage door remote, a signal is sent to the garage door opener telling it to open the garage door.

Losing or breaking the remote leaves you in a bad situation since you can no longer remotely operate the garage door opener.

So how can you remedy this problem?

What You Need to program your garage door remote

To program your garage door opener remote, you actually won’t need much.

You will need to be able to gain access to the garage door opener itself. The opener is usually installed on the ceiling of the garage. The simplest way to access the opener is with a ladder. Be sure it’s sturdy and sitting on a level surface.

Of course, you’ll also need the remote that’s being programmed, and it’s essential to be able to move quickly.

Liftmaster learn button to program a remote

program your garage door remote step by step

Here are a few simple steps for programming your garage door remote once you have access to all the components:


1. Make sure your new remote is the same brand as the garage door opener you are using. A remote meant for a LiftMaster opener will not communicate with a Genie opener, for example, because most openers and remotes operate on specific frequencies using different information.Carefully climb up on the ladder so you can examine your garage door opener.


2. Inspect the opener to find the learn button. All modern garage door openers have one; you have to look for it carefully if it’s not immediately apparent. If you still can’t find the button, take off the light cover since the button could be hiding there.


3. Once you find the learn button, press it until it begins to blink. Once the light on the opener is flashing, press the open button on your garage door opener remote.


4. Generally, you’ll have a 30-second time limit between pressing the learn button and needing to press the button on the remote.


5. Give the process a minute, and then press the open button on the remote again to test the garage door. If it opens, you’ve successfully programmed your remote!


As there are many different types of garage door openers, the steps above are general guidelines rather than specific instructions.


Try to find your instruction manual or contact the manufacturer if you can’t get this process to work for you. You might even need the assistance of a garage door professional, especially if your opener is an older model.

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