How to Program a Nissan Remote Control

by Stephen Ip
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Replacement remote controls for Nissan vehicles equipped with power door locks and keyless entry systems are available for purchase from Nissan dealers or online. The advantage of buying replacement remotes directly from Nissan is that the dealer will program the remote for you. Aftermarket or factory remotes purchased online will be less expensive but require you to perform the programming.

Step 1

Enter the vehicle with the ignition key and all remotes to be programmed, including older working remotes. Close all the doors and lock the vehicle using the power "lock/unlock" button on the driver-side door panel.

Step 2

Insert and remove the key from the ignition six times within a ten-second period. The vehicle hazard lights will flash, indicating the vehicle has entered remote programming mode. If the hazard lights do not flash, then repeat this process until the vehicle enters programming mode.

Step 3

Insert the key in the ignition and turn the key to the "ACC" position. Within five seconds, press any button on the remote to be programmed. The vehicle hazard lights will flash, indicating that programming was successful. To program additional remotes, unlock and lock the vehicle doors using the power "lock/unlock" button and press any button on the remote within five seconds. Wait for the hazard lights to flash, indicating that the remote was programmed. Repeat this process for each additional remote that needs programming.

Exit remote programming mode by turning the key to the "OFF" position, removing the key from the ignition, unlocking the doors and opening the driver-side door. Test each remote programmed by cycling the power door locks.


  • When attempting to enter remote programming mode, be sure to insert and remove the key completely from the ignition and try not to perform this step too quickly.
  • Entering remote programming mode will reset all existing working remotes. All remotes need to be programmed together in order to work with the vehicle.


  • The procedures provided are general instructions for programming remote controls for many Nissan vehicles. Certain Nissan models require that the dealership perform the programming. If the procedures provided do not work, contact your local Nissan dealer.

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