Replace your remote keyless entry at dealership could easily cost you more than $100. But you have cheaper DIY option: typically you can buy OEM version of the keyless entry from ebay for much lower price and you can program by yourself. In this post, I am going to tell you how to program your Toyota keyless entry (Camry).

Before you start programming your new key, make sure your do the following:

  • Keep the driver side door open and unlocked.
  • Remove your key from the ignition.

Step 1. Insert and remove the key from the ignition switch 2 times within 5 seconds.


Steps 2 and 3 should be performed within 40 seconds.

Step 2. Close and open driver side door TWICE.

Step 3. Insert the key into the ignition and remove it.


Steps 4 – 6 should be performed within 40 seconds.

Step 4. Close and open the driver side door twice.

Step 5. Insert the key into the ignition.

Step 6. Close the door.


Steps 5 and 6 should be reversed for the following models ONLY (close door first,

then insert key into ignition):

Step 7. Turn the ignition switch from “Lock” to “On” and back to “Lock” at about 1 second intervals to select the desired mode:

  • 1 time for ADD mode.
  • 2 times for REWRITE mode.
  • 3 times for CONFIRMATION mode.

Step 8. Remove the key from the ignition.

Step 9. To confirm your mode selection, the power locks will now cycle “lock” to “unlock” a number of times corresponding to your key cycles in step 7.

Step 10. For Add or Rewrite modes do the following within 40 seconds of Door Lock confirmation:

  • A. Press both transmitter Lock and Unlock buttons simultaneously between 1 and 1.5 seconds and release.
  • B. Within 3 seconds of step A, press the transmitter Lock button for more than 1 second and release.
    • If the transmitter has been successfully programmed, the power locks will cycle “lock” to “unlock” once at this time.
    • If there are problems with the transmitter or the procedure up to this point, the locks will cycle twice. If this occurs, verify that you have received the correct transmitter, and then repeat the above procedure.
  • C. If multiple remotes are to be reprogrammed, repeat steps A and B.

 Step 11. Open the driver’s door to conclude programming mode.

Let us know how it works for you.

How to Program Toyota OEM Remote Keyless Entry
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9 thoughts on “How to Program Toyota OEM Remote Keyless Entry

  • March 11, 2015 at 8:37 am

    2013 camry – can’t program key using this procedure

    • July 7, 2017 at 12:38 am

      I can’t either did you ever find a solution?

  • March 11, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for letting us know your experience. Since I don’t own a 2013 Camry, fellow TPA readers, if you tried this on the same year model, please post your test result.

  • April 23, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Camry 2013 keyless entry and starting but the description is for key starting kindly clarify ja

  • June 12, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Do you have a way to program keyless remote for 2016 Camry Hybrid?

  • January 19, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    how about a 2002 highlander?

  • February 28, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Work for me..i have toyota camry 2011

  • July 18, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Intructions here may be valid but OP did not specify to WHICH models and years they are applicable… they are definitely NOT universal!

  • January 17, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Key programming has changed w/ technology and security enhancements.
    My 2016 Toyota Camry, and some older model years and newer cars require a computer/ programming device be plugged in to the OBD II port to program the chip in the key.
    My keys have an “H” stamped on them indicating H chip, which has more security.
    I’ve seen computers or devices from $16-$700+.
    My local Toyota Dealer Bandits charge $29 for a valet key- which is NOT a master key and no remote entry. They charge $180 for a FOB remote with buttons.
    Both have chips which must be programmed to start the car. $49.75 to program, most dealers charge more.
    My locksmith cut 3 plainToyota keys which unlock the doors. They fit in the ignition, even turn over the engine but car will never start. !! Btw, if you try starting the car several times without a programmed key, the computer will lock out the engine for a period of time, 30 minutes or more.
    My Toyota bandits then charge 1/2 hour labor= $49.75 to program the valet key or FOB, which takes between 5-15 minutes.
    The locksmith charges $70 to program a key. She charges $100 if you didn’t buy the key from her.
    Also told, they require a Master key to program new keys.
    if you lose both Master FOB keys, it will cost around $500-800 at Toyota to reset everything and then pay for new keys. Subaru told me, $1,500 if you lose both master keys.
    Best I store one of my 2 Master remote FOB keys in the house and never use it.
    With my 3 -four dollar mechanical keys, I can lock my Master or Valet key in the car, take 2 of my mechanical keys with me kayaking, each secured to me or my gear, and my third mechanical key is home safely stored or in a magnetic key holder under the car.
    I bought a new Valet key for $29 hoping I could program it, but now will pay $50 to program and I have a 4th key that will start my car.
    So, ignore all these videos and tips about programming your car keys.


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