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.

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:  

Line up the learn buttons on both remotes and press them together. Make sure that the buttons are touching one another and are not loose.

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:  

Once you’ve completed all of these steps, your garage door opener should now be paired with the new remote and ready for use.  You may need to repeat the process with the new remote a second time to make sure that it is functioning 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.

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:  

Replace batteries into both remotes and place the covers back on them. You are now ready to access your opener functions from your new remote! Be sure to update any other openers with the new code that may have was programmed in earlier. If you are looking to secure your garage door opener, look into an overhead door security bar or a 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!

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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