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How to Program A Garage Door Opener? (Step By Step Guide)

How to Program A Garage Door Opener? (Step By Step Guide)

Are you looking to program a Chamberlain garage door opener? Programming all the devices for your garage door opener can seem intimidating at first. But in this blog post, we will cover all you need to know about programming remote controls, keypads, and door controls for a Chamberlain garage door opener.

With these tips, you should have no problem getting your Chamberlain garage door opener set up just the way you like it! Ready to begin? Keep reading for more.

Basic Information about Chamberlain Garage Doors

Before we begin, let’s go over some important information about Chamberlain garage door openers.

Chamberlain makes remote control and keypad devices for garage door openers. The remote controls usually come with a visor clip, transmitter button, motor unit, and light lens. Keypads are wireless keyless entries that allow you to enter your 4-digit PIN or program menu.

How to Program a Chamberlain Garage Door Opener with the Door Control

Both the garage door control and the garage door remote control devices often come in handy and are designed to make life a whole lot easier as you come and go from your home. However, you need to know how to program them so that you can actually use them! Let’s dive into how to program your Chamberlain garage door opener using the door control and remote control.

Step 1: Locate the “Learn” Button

Locate the "Learn" Button

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The first step is to go to your door control. The door control will usually be located on the inside wall of your garage, near the door that leads into the house.

You will then need to find the ‘Learn’ button, if your door control has one. This can usually be found on the front of your door control, sometimes underneath a plastic panel that you can lift.

Step 2: Press the ‘Learn’ Button

Once you have located the learn button, press it. This will activate the programming mode (called the pairing mode) of your door control.

Step 3: Activate your Garage Door Remote Control

Activate your Garage Door Remote Control

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Now it’s time to activate your remote control. To do this, press and hold any one of the remote control’s transmitter buttons for roughly two or three seconds. You might see an indicator light flash a few times or you might hear a couple of clicks.

If you are having trouble finding the transmitter buttons, they are simply the little buttons on the front of the remote control. The remote control is actually a small little radio transmitter, and it sends and receives radio frequency waves to and from the garage door.

Step 4: Test the Garage Door Opener

Once you have followed the instructions above, it’s time to test your remote control by pressing it again. This will usually cause the garage door opener lights to flash, and then your garage door should open or close accordingly.

If this doesn’t happen, try programming again and make sure everything is connected correctly. If all else fails, consult your remote control’s manual for more detailed instructions.

How to Program a Chamberlain Garage Door Opener with the Keypad

The Chamberlain keypad is another device that you can use to open and close your garage door, and this one works without having to use a remote control. You will need to install the keypad if you have not already done so, which goes outside of the garage and is powered by a 9-volt battery.

Once you have installed wireless keyless entry keypad, you can start setting it up. Here are the steps you will need to take to program it:

Step 1: Locate the “Learn” Button on the Garage Door Opener

In this method, you will still want to locate a “Learn” button. However, this time you will simply locate the button on the garage door opener itself – the opener motor that hangs on the ceiling of your garage. If you are having difficulty finding the “Learn” button, it should be just above the antenna wire, and it possibly might be under the light cover (which, in that case, you will have to pull off before finding the button).

Step 2: Locate the LED Light Beside the “Learn” Button

Once you have located the “Learn” button, you will also want to locate the LED light beside it. An interesting feature here is that the color of the LED light lens will indicate to you what type of garage door opener ID you have (which will help you program it easier). You will need this ID number in order to program your garage door opener.

Be sure to double check your manual, but the LED light colors usually correspond with the following IDs:

  • Red or orange light’s ID: 2
  • Purple light’s ID: 3
  • Green light’s ID: 4
  • Yellow light’s ID: 8

Step 3: Get Your Keypad Ready to Program

Go back to your keyless entry keypad. Press the two outside bottom buttons: the asterisk (*) and the pound sign (#). No need to press them a number of times – simply hold them down until your keypad lights stop flashing. Then you can enter your garage door’s 4-digit PIN number.

Once you have entered the numbers in, you will need to also enter your garage door’s ID number (see previous step).

Step 4: Pair the Keypad to the Garage Door Opener

Go back to the garage door opener and press the “Learn” button one time. Return to the keypad and type in your 4-digit personal identification number, followed by the number “0.” Once this happens, you have successfully programmed your garage door opener, pairing it with your keypad.

Step 5: Test Your Keypad

You can now test your keypad – enter the PIN you programmed it with and then press enter (if applicable). If done correctly, the keypad should send a signal to the garage opener and cause it to open or close accordingly.

If this does not work, try programming again and make sure all of your connections are secure. You may also want to consult your remote control manual for more detailed instructions.

How to Program a Chamberlain Garage Door Opener Directly with the Remote Control

The Chamberlain remote control is a great way to open and close your garage door with one simple press of a button. Programming it will allow you to access keyless entries, and here are the steps to take in order to do so, using only your garage door opener:

Step 1: Locate the “Learn” Button on the Garage Door Opener

On the opener motor that hangs from the ceiling of your garage, locate a “Learn” button. As we mentioned before, if you cannot find it, look just above the antenna wire (don’t forget – it could be under the garage door opener’s light cover).

Step 2: Determine the Garage Door Opener’s Radio Frequency

You can determine the remote control’s radio frequency (in MHz) by looking at the LED light’s color, located right beside the “Learn” button, and then by looking up that light and corresponding frequency in the owner’s manual. In case you missed them, earlier we listed many of the possible radio frequencies (known here as the garage door’s ID number).

Once you have determined that your garage door opener and remote control’s frequencies are compatible, you may need to clear your garage door opener’s memory (such as, if you recently purchased the house and you want to change to a new remote control).

Step 3: Program Your Remote Control to Your Garage Door Opener

Now you must press the “Learn” button on the garage door opener. Follow this step with pressing one of the remote control buttons. When the garage door opener light bulbs flash or your hear a couple of clicks, then you know your remote control is programmed.

As always, test your remote control to make sure the process worked.

Pro Tips to Remember When Programming Your Chamberlain Garage Door Opener

Pro Tips to Remember When Programming Your Chamberlain Garage Door Opener

When programming your Chamberlain remote control or keypad, it’s important to keep the following tips in mind:

Check Serial Numbers

If you are confused about what kind of Chamberlain garage door opener you have, be sure to check for any sticker with the serial numbers of your remote control or keypad. This will help you determine the model type.

Check Compatibility

Be mindful that not all remote controls and keypads are compatible with one another. So make sure to double-check the remote control and keypad frequencies as listed in your owner’s manual.

Check the Manual

Follow the instructions manual for your particular model of garage door. This process varies slightly depending on the model of remote control, so it’s essential that you have a manual handy and follow its instructions.

Check the MyQ App

If you’d like even more control over your Chamberlain garage door opener, consider integrating it with the MyQ app. This way, you can access and manage your remote control or keypad from anywhere in the world using your smartphone. The app also allows for remote monitoring of your garage door opener to ensure that it is operating safely and securely.


These steps will help you program a Chamberlain garage door opener successfully. However, if something still isn’t working, consider reaching out to a professional or doing some further research into your remote control/keypad model. With the right knowledge and tools, programming your Chamberlain garage door opener will be quite simple!

Still have questions? Tell us in the comments.

Tom Siebert

Sunday 24th of April 2022

How do I program my remote to the garage door in my condominium building?


Wednesday 10th of November 2021

thanks now make one on programing the lights would be great


Monday 6th of September 2021

I have two chamberlain openers and the outside remote fails to work because of the dead battery. The battery was so rusty that to replace it I had to do some soldering. After that it doesn't work anymore so I bought another one (used) but compatible (yellow). I couldn't achieve to program it. I also bought a new remote (single bottom) and none of the openers recognize it either. I can't understand both openers fail at the same time. All the other remotes that I have programmed keep working properly that includes: Two wall remotes (one for each opener) The vehicle integrated remote that operates both openers. Another single bottom remote exactly alike the one I just bought. I don't want to reset the opener and start over because I'm afraid I will loose what I currently have.

Nicholas V Diliddo

Monday 5th of July 2021

have a chamberlain opener old style one bar unit that opens door but will not close it, installed new battery no help, buzzing noise from opener when trying to close with remote ??


Monday 28th of June 2021

I have a new liftmaster wall mount 2 years old, and 2 old craftsman chain drive with a gray program button. Prob 30 years old on my barn. All 3 are on same code. I cant get the doors on a sep code. Help!