How to Clone a Garage Door Opener

In the case of a stolen or lost garage door opener, you will want to have an extra on hand for emergencies. Unfortunately, replacing your current garage door opener is costly and time-consuming. But there is another option cloning it!

How to Clone a Garage Door Opener

This method requires only a few minutes of your time and can save you from being without a functional electric gate for days at a time. So here’s this guide, we will show you how to clone a garage door opener unit with just some simple steps.

Things You Will Need for Cloning

  • A screwdriver.
  • The old garage door remote.
  • The new garage door remote.

Steps to Follow: How to Clone a Garage Door Opener 

Step 1:

Remove the battery cover of both remotes. Remove batteries from both remotes and place them in a safe place for later use. You will need to have access to these batteries when you are done with cloning your opener. Once removed, note the color of the batteries. This is important when you purchase new batteries for your opener. Find the little red learn button on your first garage door opener. On your second opener, find the same red learn button.

Step 2:  

With the new garage door opener in hand, press and hold the “Learn” button for a few seconds. This will put it into learning mode. Next, with your original remote nearby, point its buttons at the transmitter of your new door opener to pair them together. If an indicator light on top. Take the new remote and press the button on it. The front light should turn on if it does continue to the next step.

Step 3:  

Concrete dust can be swept into a pile, where it is easier to pick up with a broom or pan. Any fine particles that have settled onto furniture or countertops can be swept back onto the dust pile so they can all be swept up at once.

Easier to Pick Up With a Broom

Step 4:

Turn off the power to your garage door opener for 15 seconds by pressing your main circuit breaker to the “off” position. Then, go back to power it back on using the same switch. This will reset the remote and reactivate the learning feature.

Step 5:  

If you want to use a new garage door opener remote, you will need to follow a few steps to pair it with the opener. First, you will need to find the “learn” button on the opener. Once you have found it, press and hold the button until the light on the opener blinks. Next, you will need to press the button on the new remote. The light on the opener should blink again, and then stay lit. Finally, you will need to test the new remote to make sure it is working correctly. Be sure to update your remote controls with the correct new code to prevent someone from using them.

Step 6:    

Your garage opener should now be paired with your new remote and ready for use! You may need to repeat this process with the new remote a second time to make sure that it is functioning correctly. Be sure to update your rem. Turn your opener back on and try using both remotes to make sure they work. Remember to update the code in any other remote controls you may have with the new one, as well. If you are having any trouble or have questions, please feel free to contact us at any time. We hope this helps you get on your way to enjoying your new garage opener!

Step 7:  

Remove batteries from both remotes that were not used for the cloning process. Once removed, place them into storage for later use.

Remove Batteries From Garage Door Remotes

Step 8:  

You should replace the batteries in both of your garage door opener remotes, and then put the covers back on. Once you do this, you will be able to use your opener again. If you have more than one opener, you will need to update the code for each one. You can also make your garage door more secure by getting a security bar or wireless sensor system.

What Is a Rolling Code?

A rolling code is an anti-theft feature of most garage door openers today. Each time the remote control is used to access the opener, a numeric code will change. This will prevent someone from cloning your remote controls and gaining access to your home because they would have to know the correct code for that specific time frame to operate the door.

The code will change after every use, so the next time you open or close the garage door, follow steps 1-6 again if you have not already done so. This will ensure that your garage opener is working with your new remote controls correctly and safely!

What Type of Remote Can Be Programmed From Another Remote?

Typically, universal remotes are the ones that can be programmed from another remote. Universal remotes are designed to work with multiple devices, such as TV, cable box, DVD player, etc. They can be programmed to send specific commands to compatible devices, eliminating the need for multiple remotes.

To program a universal remote from another remote, you need to follow these general steps:

  1. Ensure both the original remote and the universal remote have working batteries.
  2. Turn on the device you want to program.
  3. Hold down the programming button on the universal remote for 3-5 seconds until the light flashes.
  4. Point the universal remote towards the device and enter the code for that device using the number keys on the remote.
  5. After entering the code, the light on the remote should flash to confirm that the device has been successfully programmed.
  6. Test the remote to ensure it controls the device properly.

Note that the specific steps may vary depending on the brand and model of the universal remote. It’s always best to refer to the user manual for specific instructions on programming the remote.

Frequently Asked Questions: How to Clone a Garage Door Opener

Can I Use My Smartphone as a Garage Door Opener?

Smartphone manufacturers may also be preemptively preventing their users from accessing the “garage door opener” feature to prevent unauthorized access to garages in areas where home invasions are common. It doesn’t really make sense for them to deny us this privilege because you’re the one who bought the smartphone, and you can do whatever you want with it.

But the real answer is No; your smartphone cannot be used as a garage door opener. This is because most of them don’t have remotely accessible serial interfaces, or if they did, they’re probably encrypted for our protection.

Can You Change the Frequency of Your Remote Control?

It depends on the remote control. If it’s a wireless and battery-operated model, changing its frequency would require you to open up the case, change a transistor or two (or an IC if you’re not comfortable with transistors), and then remount everything back in place.

Garage Door Remote Controller

For infrared (IR) remotes that are tethered to the main unit by a wire, you’d have to connect it to your computer via a serial port and use a terminal program (such as Hyperterminal) to change its frequency. Unfortunately, you can’t change the frequency codes of remote controls that operate on 230-240 MHz because they’re based on silicon-controlled rectifiers (SCRs).


It’s not hard to clone your garage door opener. If you want to make the process easier, we have a few tips to share with you on how to do it right and avoid some of the common mistakes people often make when cloning their garage door openers. We recommend getting started by finding out which type of button or keypad is installed in your car before trying anything else. The next step would be removing the old remote from its casing so that it can be programmed and buying new batteries for both remotes if needed.

Once this has been done, go ahead and take them inside to be safe from any interference while programming takes place. Just don’t forget about turning off all electronic devices. We hope that these steps on how to clone a garage door opener will make the cloning process go a little easier and lead to a successful “pairing” of your remotes. We also recommend using an updated code on any other remote controls you may have to keep your home safer from unwanted intruders!

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