How to Change the Code on Your Garage Door Opener

Change code on garage door opener

The following is one of more popular how-to posts. Changing your garage door opener doesn't have to be hard. Here are the steps I took to change my code.

We are getting new renters in a property that we own and so I recently needed to reset the code on the garage door opener. For many of you, this is a no-brainer – but for me – it takes all my brain. After I researched how to do it – changing the code is really quite easy.

Follow these steps and you'll have ‘er changed in no time. Most garage door openers work in the following manner. If yours looks a lot different, I would recommend you consult your manual or check the back of your garage door opener. There should be directions there.

  1. keypad remote
    Figure 1
    Our garage door opener has a keypad and a remote. Having both makes things convenient if we happen to leave the house and forget the remote or your keys. First things first – make sure your batteries are working in both the remote and the keypad. Most keypads will take a 9V battery, while the remote will take a small round battery labeled 2032 (of course, yours may be different).
  2. Next, check out the back of the opener that is attached to the ceiling of your garage. You'll likely see something similar to figure 2. You'll want to check for the “learn button” or something that looks like a button. These are typically blue or red. When you find it, hold it down for about 6 seconds to reset the opener. Typically, a light next to the button will go out OR your lights attached to the opener will start to flicker. Everything should be reset and none of your remotes or keypad should be working at this point.
    garage door opener
    Figure 2
  3. Now to set the code – hit the “learn button” again so that the little light next to it lights up. You'll have about 30 seconds or so to enter a new code on your keypad. Make sure it's something you won't forget! :) When you enter the new code, the light attached to the garage door opener will go on and off. The code is now set.
  4. Next, you'll want to make sure your remote is synced up to the new code. All you need to do now is to hold up your remote to the back of the garage door opener, and press down (and hold) on your remote and then press the “learn button”. Let go of the remote button AND the “learn button” at the same time. Make sure it took – and hit the remote. It should now open up the garage door.
  5. Easy huh? If these steps didn't take care of it – do make sure you consult the back of your opener as the directions could vary from device to device.

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  1. Thank you very much for the article, very useful. Our customers often ask us about such additions for their garages, where it can be ordered. From now on, we will show them your site so that they are convinced that this can be done on their own. Tell me, do I need any special tools that not everyone has in the house to make the same with my own garage?

  2. We have a universal garage door opener that we bought from Menards so my son could have on efor my garage door well now I moved an we need to reprogram it to the new house how do we go about that.He used it an it opens my door now but also the old apartment one.Thanks for any help you can give us.

  3. Hay Aaron, I have two Chamberlain model C410 opener in which I am trying to program using Chamberlain Model 953ESTD remote. Right now the remote is controling both of doors and pushing and holding the learn button on either Door Control does not work, learn light does not go out, stays on. I’m attempting to clear the code in remote with no luck. How is it possible for remote to operate two Chamberlain Openers at the same time, one goes up and the other goes down??

    • Hey Rich – boy, that is a mystery! Guess I’ve never heard of this scenario. My best recommendation is to check out Chamberlain support to see if they can offer any insights. Our best.

  4. My overhead garage door opener does not have a learn key – unless it’s hidden under the white cover that comes off. (that too is hard to get off) My garage door opener is a Genie Intellecour and is about 15 years old. My remote just quite working and I’m having a hard time figuring out where the “Learn” button is.

    • Hi Debbie – since it is older, I might recommend Googling the model to see if there is something about locating the learn button / how to change. Our best.

  5. I reset the code on my garage door pad but did nothing to the remote. And the remote still works.

  6. Does this process also disable cars that are programmed to open your garage door??

    • Hi Mary. It would reset the garage door opener, which would in-turn reset your remotes (if that is what you are asking). So, they’d need to be reprogrammed as well.

  7. I was able to erase the old code and reset my openers, but I was not able to set a new code . Not sure what I am doing wrong . I pressed the learn bottom and reset a code on my keypad , the keypad light were flashing . When I tried a new code , it did not work . Please help

    • Hi Rita. This is where you may need to find your manual or get it from online. I had one opener that didn’t reprogram either.. so that could be an issue too. A lot of these models are different, but follow a similar reprogramming format. Best

  8. I need to change the overhead opener code then sync my remote. How do I do this?

    • Hi Rhonda. Do you mean the keypad on the outside of your garage door? If so, you’ll need to find the owners manual for your particular garage door opener (usually can find this online) and then reprogram the code. Sometimes, if you hold down the * and # keys together at the same time for about 6 seconds til it starts to blink on the keypad, this will reset the keypad to the original setting (this is how it works on the Chamberlain Clicker universal models). But it will vary from what you’ll need to do after this for your model. I’d start with finding that manual first online and then going from there. Best to you!

  9. I do not know the existing code. What do I do to change fode?

    • You won’t need to know the existing code – as this will help you reset it (should you not know). I’d first find the “learn button” on the back of your opener and reset that as described in the directions. Hope that helps!

      • My keypad can close the garage door but can not close it .what should I do ?

        • Hi Parviz. Could be related to your sensors from looking online. They may need to be cleaned, adjusted or replaced?

  10. Whew! I tried to rest my keypad code…then the remote and keypad didn’t work… I tried a few other instructions on line.. nothing was working until I found your site and now in just s minute or so EVERYTHING works. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!


    • Great to hear Teresa!

  11. Thank you! I had managed to change my code, but had no idea I needed to do anything with the remote. All working again following your advice :)

    • Glad it worked for you Erin!

  12. How do I clear the code in the remote control? My remote will open my neighbor’s garage door. I have reset my opener and reprogrammed it to my remote, but it still opens his door and mine. The neighbor is not available to reprogram his opener, so I would like to clear my opener and my remote so I can start from scratch. Thanks, Paul

    • Hi Paul. Wow – I’ve always wondered if this could happen. Guess so! From reading about others with a similar problem online, it seems that your neighbor may have an older garage door opener OR it is something to do with dip switches that need to be changed on the garage door opener. Since this is such an odd issue, I would definitely call a garage door expert to get the best answer.

  13. My keypad periodically works. I’ve followed the steps and still it doesn’t work. Once I press the learn button for 6 seconds to the codes, I press the learn button again then reset the code. Once I do this, the lights never blink or click to indicate it has been learned. I’ve also replaced the batteries in key pad. Any thoughts?

    • Hey Brett. Sounds like you are doing the right steps. I wonder if it’s a technical problem? Is the opener brand new? Has it ever worked? I’m sure you’ve thought of this – but thought I would throw a couple ideas out there.

  14. This totally works and in less than a minute both my keypad and opener were functioning appropriately! Thank you so much three thrifty guys! you guys are awesome.

    • Great!

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