How Do I Program My Volkswagen Key?

The Volkswagen car key is programmable to operate your car. To program the key using buttons, hold down the lock/unlock button for about three seconds and then press another button twice. This will cause a chime to sound, indicating that you have programmed your key successfully. If you want to reprogram your key, repeat this process but press a different button twice after holding down the lock/unlock button for about three seconds.

If you're a Volkswagen owner, then this article is for you. Whether it's the first time you've purchased a VW or if you need to program your current vehicle's key fob, there's help. Here's how to program your Volkswagen key in easy steps.

1. Ensure Your Car Is Off

Locate the key fob and make sure your car is off.

  • Press and hold the unlock button on your key fob for two seconds, then release it.
  • Wait one full minute before pressing any buttons on the remote control.

2. For Different Models

If you have an older model, insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the on position. If you are using one of VW's remote-start options (like the Keyless GO or other factory-installed remote start), simply press any button on your existing remote and wait for three to five seconds.

If you have a newer model, press your brake pedal and open your driver's door. Insert your key into the ignition cylinder and turn it clockwise at 90 degrees until it stops turning.

3. Hold Down the Unlock Button

To unlock the vehicle, hold down the unlock button on the key fob while turning the ignition switch to the on position. Press and hold both the unlock and lock buttons for two seconds, then release both buttons at once.

4. A Chime Sound

You will hear a single chime indicating that you completed this step and have programmed your key. If there is no chime or you have difficulty programming your VW key fob, contact Volkswagen Customer Assistance Center.

5. When the Vehicle Beeps

When you hear a beep, press and hold down the unlock button for two seconds, then release it.

6. Program the Key Fob

It's now time to test your key fob. If the key fob is not programmed, repeat the steps until it is. If it still isn't programmed after repeating these steps several times, contact your dealer for help.

7. Later Model Cars

If you have a later-model car, you'll need to insert your key fully into the ignition, press it firmly and hold it there until the car beeps. Repeat this process for any additional remote fobs.

8. Vehicle Will Beep

You will need to repeat this process for each key fob. If your vehicle is a newer model, you can use the key fob that came with the car for programming instead of using an additional remote. If you have more than one remote and will be using both for entry/start, ensure to program each one as shown above. You will need to repeat this process if you purchase another remote in the future so that it works with your vehicle as well.

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