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Kia Key Fob Programming: Tips & Tricks to Know

If you’ve just gotten behind the wheel of an exciting new Kia sedan or SUV in Raleigh, you’ve just gained access to the convenience of the Kia key fob! If your previous vehicle was a little older and not equipped with modern features, you may need some assistance as you learn to take advantage of various Kia key fob tricks. Don’t worry – Kia key fob tricks are easy to learn, and once you do, your driving experience will be all the easier! Learn more with Hendrick Kia of Cary below!

Kia Key Fob Tricks

Now that you’ve successfully completed Kia key fob programming, we can start exploring the essential Kia key fob tricks to know!


  • Press “Lock” once to lock all the doors.
  • Press “Lock” twice within a two-second interval to activate your alarm system, which is confirmed by the sound of the horn.


  • Press “Unlock” once to swiftly unlock just the driver’s side door.
  • Press “Unlock” twice within a two-second interval to quickly unlock all four doors to allow your passengers to enter.


Even compact Kia models like the Rio and Rio 5-Door Hatchback are designed to optimize the available cargo space. Accessing your trunk space is simple:

  • Manual Trunk/Liftgate: Hold the trunk/liftgate button for just over one second. This unlocks the trunk so you can manually open it.
  • Power Trunk/Liftgate: Press and hold the liftgate button, and the trunk will automatically pop open! If you didn’t mean to open the trunk, pressing the button a second time directly after the initial press will prevent the liftgate from opening.

Panic Alarm

Should you ever lose track of where you parked in Apex or feel that you need to attract others’ attention your way in an uncomfortable situation, the panic alarm has you covered.

  • Press and hold “Panic” for a half-second or more to engage the panic alarm.
  • Press and hold “Panic” a second time to turn the alarm off.

Kia Key Fob Hidden Features: Hands-Free Lock/Unlock

Surely your favorite way to utilize your Kia key fob will be with the available hands-free lock/unlock feature! When you approach your Kia with your key fob on you, all you have to do is place your thumb on the handle to unlock the driver’s side door. This is fantastic when the weather is bad or you have your hands full, allowing you to quickly hop into your vehicle without fumbling around for keys.

What to Do With a Low Kia Key Fob Battery

The Kia key fob battery may eventually need replacing. When your battery is low, you can still get into your vehicle using the mechanical key tucked inside the key fob cover, but you will eventually want to carry out a Kia key fob battery replacement.

  • How to Open Kia Key Fob – If your key fob is completely out of battery, you can access the mechanical key by pushing the indicated button on the back of your Kia key fob.
  • Kia Key Fob Battery Replacement – Our service department can replace your key fob battery if necessary. You can even ask us to show you how it’s done, so the next time replacement is needed you can get the battery from our parts center and take care of the process on your own – no appointment necessary!

How Do I Reset My Kia Key Fob?

If you suddenly can’t utilize the primary Kia key fob tricks or your hands-free lock/unlock service isn’t working, you will first want to try the above instructions to replace the battery. If you replace the battery and still can’t get into your vehicle using the buttons on the Kia key fob or the hands-free function, you may just need to reprogram the Kia key fob with your vehicle. Your next question will likely be, “How do I reset my Kia key fob?” Fortunately, it’s a simple process!

  1. Enter the driver’s side and ensure all your doors are completely shut. Insert your key into the ignition.
  2. Turn the key from off to on in the ignition repeatedly until you hear the door locks cycle. You should end the process with the key turned to the on position.
  3. Try pressing the lock or unlock button on the Kia key fob. If the doors respond by locking or unlocking (depending on which button you pressed), the key fob has been successfully reprogrammed.
  4. Turn the key back to the off position in the ignition. The door locks should cycle again, indicating the end of the programming sequence.

Learn More About the Kia Key Fob With Hendrick Kia of Cary

Have additional questions? Whether you’re wondering, “Do Kia keys have chips?” or you’d like more information on the type of battery used for your Kia key fob, you can contact us online for assistance, and we’ll get back to you quickly. Our team is always happy to provide Kia manufacturer information and service advice!

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