--> How do I unlock my Toyota if my smart key battery dies? How do I unlock my Toyota if my smart key battery dies?

Birmingham’s Oldest Family Owned Toyota Dealership in Birmingham, AL – 30 Years and Growing!

Toyota Smart Key FAQs

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 at 6:24 pm
Someone holding car keys our the passenger side window of a car

Most new Toyota models now come with a standard smart key system that allows owners to access their vehicle without pulling their key and/or key fob out from their pocket or purse. However, occasionally some owners may come across a situation where they reach out to open their door or start their vehicle and nothing happens. We have rounded up some FAQs we hear most at the dealership and their answers below.

Read More: What is Toyota Key Finder?

How do I unlock my Toyota if my smart key battery dies?

Each Toyota smart key fob has a manual key hidden inside for situations when the battery dies. There should be a small button towards the bottom of your fob that you can press to release this someone holding keys near a white car doorkey. Once released, use the manual key to open your door as normal. Make sure to replace the battery in your key fob as soon as possible.

How do I start my Toyota if my smart key battery dies?

If your Toyota smart key battery has depleted enough that it can no longer automatically start your vehicle from inside your pocket or purse, you should be able to start your vehicle by placing the key fob as close to the start button as possible while pressing on the brake and pushing the start button with your other hand. Once this happens, it is a sign that you need to change your batteries ASAP or risk them dying completely. If that happens, this trick will no longer work.

How do I change the battery of my Toyota smart key?

To access the inside of your Toyota smart key fob, release the manual key from its hiding spot and use the opening created to apply gentle pressure to each side of the key fob until it snaps open. A small battery will be housed under the green microchip and should be easy to pop out and replace.

Car shoppers near Birmingham, Alabama can find new Toyota models available with keyless ignition and entry at the Serra Toyota dealership. Stop by or give us a call and let us know what you are looking for in a new vehicle today.

4 Responses to “Toyota Smart Key FAQs”

  1. Sheri L. Billett says:

    This was helpful!
    What is the manual key for inside the fob?

  2. Michelle says:

    Sheri the key inside the key fob is a valet key. you can lock your glovebox when you valet your car so no one can get into it, and keep the key with you and only hand the valet the fob. You can also use the key to open your door if your key fob battery dies.

  3. Terri Laber says:

    Thank you. My key car battery died an I could not unlock any doors. This was spot on, but I had an issue because the key would not turn the tumbler on the driver’s door.
    After a lot of search I found an article on “How to manually unlock Toyota with dead battery on YOUCANIC” that advised to spray penetrating oil inside the tumbler and that worked like a charm.
    Thanks again for the tips. This is where I started my search so I wanted to share my experince.

  4. Eric smith says:

    Can anyone tell if the Battires to the truck Is dead and fob i is dead and my key won’t unlock the truck how do I get in without braking the window?

Leave a Reply

Adjust Payment Terms ×

We want to help you find the perfect car that fits your budget. Please adjust the options below so we can estimate the most accurate monthly payments.

Estimated Credit Score or Interest Rate

Desired Loan Term (months)

How much will you put down?

All tax, title and vehicle registration fees are additional. See dealer for complete details.