How to Program a Remote Key for 2007-2013 Nissan Altima (Step-by-Step Guide)

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In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of programming a remote key for a 2007-2013 Nissan Altima. Programming a remote key allows you to unlock and start your vehicle without manually inserting a key into the ignition. We will provide detailed instructions and cover all the essential points to ensure a successful programming process. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the Necessary Tools

Before we begin the programming process, it is essential to gather the necessary tools. In this demonstration, we will be using a hotel as our programming tool.

Step 2: Prepare the Working Key

Start by ensuring you have a working key for your Nissan Altima. Insert the key into the ignition and make sure the car starts. This working key will serve as a reference during the programming process.

Step 3: Delete All Keys

To begin the programming process, we need to delete all existing keys from the car’s system. Use your programming tool to navigate to the immobilizer section and select “Delete All Keys.” This step ensures that only the newly programmed key will be recognized by the car.

Step 4: Enter Vehicle Information

Next, enter the vehicle information. You can either input the information manually or use the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to quickly retrieve the necessary data. Make sure the ignition is on before proceeding.

Step 5: Read Information and Select Options

Once the information is entered correctly, the programming tool will display various options. From this menu, select “IMO Start Remote Start.” This option enables remote start functionality for your Nissan Altima.

Step 6: Ignition Lock/Unlock

To proceed with the programming, you must perform an ignition lock/unlock action. This step is crucial in establishing communication between the key and the car’s computer system. Follow the on-screen instructions to turn the ignition on and off as directed.

Step 7: Key Learning

Now, it’s time to perform the key learning process. Insert the key that you want to program into the ignition. The programming tool will guide you through the necessary steps. Pay close attention to any indicator lights or flashes on the car’s dashboard.

Step 8: Verify Programming

Once you have completed the key learning process, remove the key from the ignition and turn it back on. Observe the dashboard for any blinking lights or indications that the key has been successfully programmed. The car may also shift slightly during this process.


Congratulations! You have successfully programmed a remote key for your 2007-2013 Nissan Altima. While this guide provides a comprehensive overview of the programming process, please note that individual results may vary. It is essential to understand the basics of working with the car’s computer system and following the instructions carefully. Mobile Electronic Diagnostic is here to provide expert guidance and assistance, so feel free to check out our other videos and subscribe for more helpful content.

Remember to always refer to your vehicle’s manual or consult a professional if you encounter any difficulties during the programming process.

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