My BMW remote stopped working, how do I reprogram it?

The instructions below doesn’t apply to all BMW model. You can try one of two sets of instructions and see if they work for your remote. The main goal of this article is to keep you from paying $80 to $150 for a locksmith or dealer service.


?Close all the doors.

?Open the trunk then open and close the driver’s door.

?Insert the key in the ignition and turn it on and off position 5 times without starting the engine. Once the system has successfully entered programming mode it will give you chirp.

?Open and close the driver’s door again.

?Press any button on the remote. The alarm’s led light will flash indicating that the system has successfully programmed the remote.

?Go back to steps 4 and 5 to program another remote.

?To exit programming mode just leave the driver’s door open and close the trunk door. Then close the driver’s door. You should hear the alarm sound off.

Below is another way of programming your BMW remote:

?Close all the doors.

?Put the key in the ignition and switch it to position then turn it back to off position. Do this step 4 more times. Then remove the key from the ignition.

?Press the LOCK button on your remote 3 times while holding down the UNLOCK button then release it. The door locks should cycle (lock then unlock) meaning the system has accepted your remote has been successfully programmed.

?Repeat step 3 for each fob that you need to program.

?Exit the programming mode by inserting the key into the ignition and turning it to position 1 and then taking it out.


If you still can’t get your remote to work, it’s possible that your vehicle isn’t on board programmable. In that case, you will need to contact a Locksmith or Dealer to get it programmed. You may visit to look for a locksmith near you using your zip code.

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