How to use smart key on 2016 Toyota Avalon

Toyota’s Smart Key gives you three different ways to lock and unlock the vehicle.

2016 Toyota Avalon

The most convenient aspect of the Smart Key feature, is your vehicle will sense the Smart Key, and turn on the courtesy lights and puddle lights, if available, when you get within about three feet of the driver’s, or front passenger’s door.


  1. When you place your hand behind the driver’s door handle, only the driver’s door will unlock.
  2. When you place your hand behind the front passenger’s door handle, all of the doors will unlock.
  3. To lock the doors, simply touch the lock sensor on the front part of the door handle.
  4. The trunk, or rear hatch of your vehicle, is also linked to your Smart Key. The vehicle will sense that the key is in your possession, and you can simply press the button above the license plate to open it.
  5. You can also open the trunk by pressing and holding the button on the Smart Key.
  6. When unlocking the doors using the remote key fob, pressing the unlock button once, will unlock the driver’s door, and you’ll hear two beeps.
  7. The parking lights, tail lights, and side mirror lights will flash, and the interior courtesy lights, and exterior puddle lamps located under the mirrors, illuminate.
  8. They’ll stay on for about 30 seconds, or until you open a door.
  9. Pressing the button twice unlocks all the doors, and sounds four beeps.
  10. To lock the doors, press the lock button.
  11. The door unlock settings can be changed.
  12. Pressing the panic button will sound an alarm, and flash the vehicle lights to deter anyone from trying to break into, or damage the vehicle. If your Smart Key ever loses power, or the vehicle sensors can’t detect the key, it has a mechanical key integrated into it. Just push the release button, take out the key, and you can open the driver’s door. Turning left, locks all the doors. Turning right once, unlocks the driver’s door. And turning right once more, unlocks all doors.

How to replace battery

To replace the battery in your Smart Key, remove the mechanical key. Then insert the tip of the key into the slot, and gently turn it left or right, to open the case. Then, using the key again, remove the battery and replace it. You will need to replace it with a CR2032 lithium battery. Now, reassemble the case, and replace the mechanical key.

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