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How To Programme A Garage Door Opener Remote - Simple Instructions

Updated on November 2, 2011

On this page we take a look at how to programme your garage door remote control. This is something that people often struggle with when they have to purchase a replacement remote or they buy an additional remote for their garage door opener. On this page we walk you through the simple instructions for how to programme a garage door remote control.

There are several companies that make garage door openers, names such as Chamberlain, Genie and Skylink are just a few. Each company has their own design for the openers and the remotes, but the principles for each of them are pretty much the same. You can also buy universal remotes that will work with the vast majority of openers. So now let’s have a look at what exactly you need to do to programme your remote.

Simple Instructions

The first thing you need to do is take the light cover off your garage door opener. These are pretty easy to take off and you should have no problems removing it. Now you will see a black logic board. Obviously designs differ with each manufacturer but chances are you will have what is known as a learn button on your logic board, this is usually red or black. On some designs the light bulb can get in the way so you may want to remove this while you are working.

Now you have the cover off you need to press the learn button and hold it down. There should be a little indicator light which will flash, when this happens you can release the learn button, with some models this can take up to thirty seconds, so be patient. Now the system has been cleared and you are ready to programme your new remote control.

All you need to do in order to do this is hold the transmitter button on your remote and then press down on the learn button at the same time. Now release both buttons at the same time. You should hear a click or get a confirmation flash, now your remote should be programmed. Replace the bulb and the cover on the garage door opener and then test the remote to see if the programming has worked.

There should be some instructions with new remotes and you may also be given directions on your logic board. As stated, different models do vary ever so slightly so best to double check the instruction if that is a viable option.

Which Remote?

So if you have lost or broken your original remote control, which one you should you then purchase when buying a replacement one? Well the most obvious answer is an exact match to the original, but sometimes this is not possible. You may assume that the easiest option is to simply buy one of the same make, the problem however is that some openers use different frequencies and not all remotes are capable of picking this up.

Possibly your best bet is to buy a universal garage door opener remote. These have come along in recent years and will work with the vast majority of modern garage door openers. They are relatively cheap to buy and very handy as if you move house or simply buy a new garage door opener, you can still use the same universal remote. These are easy to programme and easy to use and are becoming more and more popular.

Hopefully this article will have helped you out if you are struggling to programme your garage door remote. This can be a tricky thing to do but once you know how, it really should not take you too long. Garage door openers have become ever more popular in recent years as prices have fallen and the technology has been improved, if you do need a new remote you should have no trouble programming it and getting your garage door opener up and working once more.


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      jon_a 6 years ago

      i have a craftsman model 139.53680 remote. i'm told it can learn the signal of other remotes. my aprtment complex has a gate that uses a large visor mounted clicker, but i'd like to use this smaller, keychain style. can anyone tell me how to use the "learn" function?