How to Program a Genie Garage Door Opener

by | Sep 1, 2023 | Garage Door Installation

It may surprise you to learn that garages weren’t a staple of American households until around the 1920s. This was in direct response to the growing popularity of family cars.

People use their garages for a variety of different purposes today, ranging from studios, gyms, and home offices. Modern garage doors can be electronically operated, and it’s crucial to understand how to program a Genie garage door opener.

This process is simpler than it seems. Let’s explore what you should know.

Consider the Device

Before you get started, you should consider the type of device you need to program. Genie technology includes keypads, remotes, and wall consoles.

The process is different for each, but none of them are outstandingly difficult to work with. Each device can be programmed in just a few minutes.


The start programming your Genie keypad, connect the keypad to the Genie opener device. Enter the numbers “3,” “5,” and “7” in this order before pressing the “up/down” button.

Afterward, press and hold the “program/set” button until you see a red light begin to flash. Enter “3,” “5,” and “7” for a second time and then press the “program/set” button. Now, you can enter your PIN. 

Your PIN number can be between three and eight digits in length. Make sure you write this number down if you’re worried you won’t remember it. Finally, you can begin pairing the opener and keypad.

Hold down the “program/set” button until you see a blue LED light activate and then turn itself off. You should also see a flashing purple LED light.

Enter the PIN number you just set for your garage opener and press the “up/down” button. You should see the purple LED light again.

Press this button a second time to deactivate the purple LED light. Finally, press it a third time.

The garage door should open. When using the door in the future, you can stop it from moving and reverse its direction by pressing the “up/down” button while it’s still in motion.


Programming a remote garage door opener is easier than working with a keypad. Find the “program/set” button on the garage door remote and hold it down for two seconds. You should see an LED light turn blue and another LED light flash purple.

Stand at least five feet away from the garage door opener. Slowly press and release the primary button on the device. Repeat this action until both LED lights flash and turn off.

This indicates that you’ve successfully programmed the remote. After you’ve completed the process, test the remote. The garage door should operate in response to pressing the remote button.

During programming, you have 30 seconds to complete each step in the process. If you notice the LED lights flash red at any time, you spent too long making the necessary inputs.

You’ll have to repeat the step to program the remote correctly. Keep in mind that Genie remotes that are purchased as part of a set are preprogrammed.

You shouldn’t need to take action for them to work. However, reprogramming is necessary if the device malfunctions or you purchase a separate garage door remote.

Wall Consoles

Programming a wall console is the easiest of the three options. In fact, there are only two steps to follow.

Press and hold down the “program/set” button. As with the other devices, you should see an LED light turn blue and another LED light flash purple. The blue LED light should turn off shortly after it activates.

Press the “open/close” button on the wall console at least once every two seconds until the door operates. If you’re having trouble opening the door, repeat the above steps.

Troubleshooting Tips

In general, performance issues with these devices are a result of dead batteries. Depending on the models you have, you might need a lithium coin battery, a AA battery, or a AAA battery.

Replacing batteries is as simple as using a screwdriver to disassemble the devices and gain access to the circuit board. Flip the circuit board and remove the old battery from the battery compartment. Reassemble the remote and test it to see if it works.

If it doesn’t, ensure the battery is properly secured within the battery compartment. You should also make sure you’re using the correct battery.

If the problem isn’t battery-related, try reprogramming the device. You can also refer to the owner’s manual to see if your scenario is listed in its troubleshooting section. Finally, if you can’t handle the problem on your own, get in touch with a service technician.

The problem may stem from something outside of your control, such as broken springs. Under no circumstances should you handle a situation like this on your own.

It can be highly dangerous to repair or replace garage door components without the right tools or experience. You run the risk of damaging your property or getting injured during DIY projects. Hiring a technician is also much easier and less time-consuming.

Finding a Professional

Working with the right professional is crucial and comes to getting the best results. Research their past reputation and see what other clients have had to say about their experiences. Only work with a company that is licensed, bonded, and insured.

The last thing you want is for issues to arise that you are left financially liable for. Look into their pricing options so you can gain insight into what you’ll pay. The company should have no trouble providing an itemized breakdown of its services.

Hiring a professional is also a great opportunity to handle other issues your garage door may have. At the very least, they can assess its condition and offer guidance on necessary repairs or garage door replacement.

How to Program a Genie Garage Door Opener Is Simple

Many people find this process intimidating at first. In reality, understanding how to program a Genie garage door opener is more straightforward than most anticipate. From here, you can ensure that your garage door operates appropriately.

Looking to get started? AG Smart Garage is ready to help you with your project. Get a free estimate today for our garage services, including door repairs, smart solutions, and replacements.