How to Program Key Fob in the Jeep Grand Cherokee

How to Program Key Fob in the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Most current cars come with key fobs as standard feature, which is incredibly useful—until they malfunction. It can suck whenever you can’t access the functions the key fob provides.

In this article, I will explain how you can program key Fobs for Jeep Grand Cherokees as well as the different ways you can restore your key fob function once again if it’s faulty.

In summary, you will be able to program your Grand Cherokee key fob either manually or through a programming device. There are DIY and professional options available to get your key fob working again and how to program a new one.

The first step is to try the manual method, which I will describe in this post.  If it doesn’t work, you can use an electronic gadget (DIY) or hire a specialist.

When would I Need to Program My Key Fob?

You may find yourself in the position where you need to program a key fob for a Jeep Grand Cherokee to get it to work.

If everything indicates that the key fob is still operational, it may have lost its configurations, and you will need to reprogram it. When you replace the battery in your key fob, there is a possibility that this will occur. It is necessary to reset it because the programming is not working. You might want to keep a spare key fob on hand just in case you need it in situations like this.

How can I program a new key fob?

Professionals frequently use specialized equipment to program key fobs. On the other hand, there are a few different ways to program your key fob yourself. The following is a rundown of the steps involved, all of which can be completed without equipment.

  1. Check if your key fob has a new, fully charged battery. This is necessary to ensure that the programming process is not disrupted.
  2. Close all doors once you are inside the car. The process may fail if the doors are not completely closed.
  3. Put your key in the ignition and turn it to the “on” position. Don’t start the vehicle or turn on the radio yet.
  4. Press the lock button while it is in the “on” position. Return the key to the “off” position and repeat this procedure three more times.
  5. After the third run, you should be able to hear the sound of the lock being engaged. This is proof that the key has been programmed to open the door.

How to Program New Fob Key (With devices)

There are additional products available that can assist you in programming your key fob, and you can find these on the market. You could utilize these specialized DIY programming devices to get your fob working again.

Most of them can be programmed to work with several key fobs. Once they have been configured to program the key fobs for a specific car, it will no longer be possible to use them to program key fobs for other vehicles.

These devices include:

 Auto ProPad Lite

Professionals use this tool to program key fobs. They do this by connecting the key fob to the vehicle’s computer system.

This device can also program key fobs for other popular models on the market. Obviously, it is more expensive than DIY solutions.

If you only have one car, buying this device would be a waste of money. It would be more appropriate if you had a fleet of vehicles. If you have the means to purchase this device, it would be a wise investment for both your present and future automobiles.

Simple Key Programmer

The simple key programmer is a device that plugs into the computer of your Jeep and allows you to program new key fobs. The simple key programmer is simple to operate and can program up to eight key fobs.

It’s a useful tool to have on hand, especially if you want the sense of security that comes with knowing you won’t be stranded if something happens to your key fob.


There are numerous out-of-the-box key fob programming kits on the market. These simple do-it-yourself systems allow you to configure key fobs for your Jeep Grand Cherokee. You could also do it the manual way (without tools) as I described above, or hire a professional to help you.