Kia Key Fob Programming

Key with key fob in hand

The Kia key fob is just one of the many perks of being a Kia owner. However, you may be wondering what all this device is actually capable of. Tri Star Kia will walk you through some Kia key fob programming that will help you maximize all of its capabilities and convenience. Are you interested in becoming a Kia owner? Take a look at our new Kia inventory so you can reap all of the benefits of these Kia key fob tips and tricks!

Kia Key Fob Programming: Locking and Unlocking

While running errands throughout Indiana, you’ll find yourself constantly locking and unlocking your vehicle. The Kia key fob makes this tedious and sometimes forgettable task a lot simpler:


  • Press the “lock” button once to securely lock all of the doors
  • Press the “lock” button twice within two seconds to initiate the alarm system. You’ll know it’s all set when you hear the horn.


  • Press the “unlock” button once to quickly unlock the driver’s side door
  • Press the “unlock” button twice within two seconds to unlock the passenger doors

The Kia key fob also offers a hidden feature that will make your life even easier. If your key fob is buried in your pocket or purse, once you and the key fob are in close proximity to your vehicle, all you have to do is place your hand on the driver’s side to unlock it.

Kia Key Fob Programming: Trunk/Liftgate

Each Kia model is designed to provide Johnstown drivers with maximum cargo space. You can easily access your trunk with these key fob operations:

  • For vehicles with a manual trunk or liftgate, hold the trunk/liftgate button for more than one second. This function unlocks the trunk, allowing drivers to manually open the trunk or liftgate.
  • For vehicles with a power trunk or liftgate, press and hold the button. This will automatically open the trunk or liftgate. Press the button again if you want to stop the trunk or liftgate.

Kia Key Fob Programming: Panic Alarm

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you may need assistance, Kia is ready to help. One of the many Kia safety features is the panic alarm that emits a loud noise to notify surrounding passerby that there is a problem:

  • Press and hold the “panic” button for half a second or more to trigger the panic alarm.
  • Press and hold the button again to reset the alarm and turn it off.

Kia Key Fob Programming: Low Key Fob Battery

As you drive your Kia around Latrobe, you may eventually need Kia key fob battery replacement. Luckily, you can always use the mechanical key that’s located within the key fob itself, or you can opt for a replacement:

  • Starting the car: If you notice that your Kia key fob battery isn’t working properly, hold the key fob to the vehicle’s remote start button. Push the start button with the key fob to start the engine.
  • Accessing the mechanical key: If your key fob completely loses power, there is a mechanical key located inside of the key fob. Want to know how to open a Kia key fob? You can easily access the mechanical key by pressing the button on the back of your key fob.
  • Replace the key fob battery: Should you be in need of a new Kia key fob battery, visit our Kia service center where we offer genuine OEM parts.

Visit Tri Star Kia for All of Your Kia Key Fob Help!

If you have any additional questions like “do Kia keys have chips?” Get answers to all of your inquiries at Tri Star Kia today! Contact us and our experts will walk you through Kia key fob programming and answer all of your key fob related questions. Learn more about Kia technology by finding out what Kia dashboard warning lights and symbols mean.

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