Toyota Key Fob Hacks – Using the Smart key to your advantage in Jacksonville

March 17th, 2023 by

The wide variety of fuel-efficient cars, family friendly SUVs and powerful trucks that Toyota manufactures have always been on the cutting edge of new technologies. These are designed to make the driving experience seamless and enjoyable for Toyota drivers. This is the fundamental concept that defines the Toyota Smart Key system, which enables you to use your key fob to do things like unlock your vehicle and gain access to the push-button start function. Let’s take a look at how it functions. 


Toyota’s Smart Key System  

The Toyota Smart Key fob makes the standard functions of your Toyota a breeze to use. If you have it tucked away in your pocket, you’ll notice that the courtesy lights on your Toyota turn on as soon as you get within a certain distance of the vehicle. The car can sense the Smart key fob without it ever leaving your pocket or purse.  


How to lock/unlock the doors without pushing a button 

Imagine, your hands are full, and you have your key in your pocket or your purse and you don’t have a way to dig it out. (We’ve all been there, right?!) With the Toyota Smart Key, all you have to do is reach your fingers behind one of the front door handles and touch the inside surface. The doors will then unlock without ever having to use our key fob.  

To lock the doors, it’s as simple as touching the two grooves on top of the front door handle. You should hear a single beep and your Toyota is now locked and secured. 

Liftgate Overview 


Your key fob is also programmed to work with the liftgate on your Toyota vehicle. To gain access to the interior of your vehicle from the back, you simply need to locate the button labeled “trunk” or “liftgate” on your key fob and press and hold it. The next step is to press the button that is situated directly above the license plate. Some Toyota’s are enabled with the hands free liftgate, if yours is, you can open it just by swinging your foot under the back bumper This ingenious feature will be of tremendous assistance to you are carrying a load of groceries or any other item that is particularly cumbersome. 


See this demonstrated in our Toyota Rav4 Prime video here. 

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 How to Start Your Toyota Via Remote Control Using Your Key Fob 

To use your key fob as a remote starter for your vehicle, press the Lock button twice within the space of one second. After that, you need to press and hold the Lock button for a total of three seconds after pressing it for the third time. This feature will come in handy if you want to warm up your vehicle before getting in it during the colder months, or if you want to cool it down before getting behind the wheel on a particularly hot Jacksonville day. 

 How to roll down your Toyota windows with your key fob 

This feature is available on many models 2018 and newer. However, you will need to stop our service department to have us enable this feature on your car. Once it is enabled, you just need to press and hold the unlock button to have your windows roll down with the fob.  


Get in touch with us today if you have any questions regarding the Toyota Smart Key system in your Toyota or any other technological concerns that are associated with your Toyota in the San Marco or Ortega area. If you are in the market for a new or used Toyota in the Baldwin or Jacksonville area, our qualified staff would be thrilled to assist you in finding the right truck, car, or SUV. We look forward to assisting you. 

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