how to program a garage door remote from another remote?

how to program a garage door remote from another remote

Garage door remote programming from one remote to the other.

So you’re wondering if it’s possible and if so, how to program a garage door remote from another remote? The short answer is yes. In most cases, you can use your existing garage door opener remote to program a different remote, but there is a catch. Standard garage door remotes don’t have that functionality. They can not read and clone the signal from a pre-programmed remote control and use that signal to operate your opener. If you think about it, if anyone that has access to your garage door remote could simply clone its signal, that would be a pretty serious security concern.

Think about all the times you leave your current garage door remote unattended. Do you really trust the guy who does an oil change for your vehicle? How often you use Valet parking? There are many situations where your home’s security could be compromised if anyone would know how to program a garage door remote from another remote control.

Oftentimes, vehicles get broken into just to steal the remotes. Then, the thief follows you home to see where you live. Later on, if you don’t reset your garage door opener codes in time, you’ll realize you’ve been robbed. Unfortunately, this is a prevalent type of crime. Basically, anyone who has a working garage door remote can access your home while you’re away.  

What type of remote can be programmed from another remote?

In order to clone the signal from one garage door remote to the other, you must have a remote control that can not only send the signal, but also read and use a new code for its operation.


Not many different third-party manufacturers sell remotes that can be programmed using other remotes, but we’ve found this particular garage door opener remote by the brand called “XIHADA.” It does the job and also pretty affordable. You can find them on Amazon for about 30$.


We won’t place any affiliate links here as we simply want to offer a solution for those who need this little gadget. A simple search on Amazon should point you in the right direction.

how to program a garage door remote control from another remote

Liftmaster to Liftmaster Remote Control Cloning.

Unfortunately, at this point, all original Liftmaster opener remote controls should be programmed directly to your opener unit as they’re not designed for remote to remote cloning. However, you might try one of XIHADA’s remotes to achieve the same goal. Keep in mind, this particular remote control supports not all brands, models, and frequencies, so read the instructions carefully before you buy, or give it a shot anyway, as this remote isn’t that expensive after all. This remote comes with the following working frequency ranges: 280MHZ-350MHZ / 380MHZ-450MHZ / 867MHZ-868MHZ and a pretty extensive list of supported openers.


Once you’ve purchased one of XIHADA’s remotes, it should be pretty easy to clone your existing remote control. 

  1. Press and hold button #1 on your Universal remote and press button #2 four times.
  2. Release both buttons. A small LED light should start flashing every 2 seconds.
  3. Press and hold the button on your old remote while holding it approximately 3 cm away from the universal remote. Keep holding until the LED light on your universal remote starts blinking rapidly.
  4. When the LED light on your new universal remote starts blinking rapidly, press and release a button on your new remote that you wish to program. At this point, you should be able to clone your old remote codes to a new one.


It might take a few attempts to make it work, but if your frequency and garage door opener manufacturer is supported, you shouldn’t have any issues. If this guide doesn’t work for your particular case, make sure to double-check the manual that comes with your universal remotes, different models might have different programming instructions.