How to Activate a Mini Cooper Key

Updated April 17, 2017

Like most cars sold today, Mini Coopers come with a remote control key. These keys make locking and unlocking your car door as simple as pushing a button. They work remotely too, making them a great safety feature. When you purchased your Mini Cooper, the dealership should have activated the key. If your remote control key hasn't been programmed, you can do it yourself in just a few minutes.

Locate the master key. This is the key with two buttons on it.

Press button 1 (the button closest to the key blade) or button 2 four times in succession.

If the vehicle is unlocked, switch the ignition on (to position 2) and then off.

Press button 1 and button 2, in succession, within 10 seconds of switching the ignition on and then off.


Contact your Mini dealer if your remote control system malfunctions. You also can get replacement keys and batteries through your dealership.

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