How to Use GMC Remote Keyless Start

What Does The GMC APP Remote Keyless Start Do?

Easy to use and exceptionally convenient, the Remote Start feature is widely available on New GMC models.

All Remote Start vehicles come with a Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter, which keeps your vehicle running for up to 10 minutes after you press the button on your key remote keyless entry transmitter (Key Fob). Activating your RKE transmitter will ignite your engine and start to run pre-set heating or cooling options, depending on your preference. If your car is not equipped with automatic climate control, the system will default to the heating or cooling settings from when the vehicle was last turned off. View our inventory of New GMCs or if you have any questions, give us a call at (817)-632-8800.

How to Use GMC Remote Keyless Start System:

Use GMC Remote Start with an RKE Transmitter:

If you’re using your RKE transmitter, here’s how you turn on your GMC Acadia, Canyon, Savana, Sierra, Terrain, or Yukon with factory remote start:

1. Point the RKE transmitter in the direction of your vehicle.

2. Press and release the button that looks like a padlock.
3. Directly after pressing the padlock, press and hold the circular arrow button until the turn signals on your GMC vehicle begin to flash. If you are not in view of your auto, press and hold the circular arrow button for two to four seconds.
4. Your GMC vehicle has now been successfully started remotely.
Used GMC Remote Start with an App

On some newer GMC models, you can remote start the vehicle with either the OnStar app or myGMC mobile app. To remotely start your properly equipped GMC model with the myGMC mobile app, you have to have an active Remote Access Plan or Unlimited Access Plan subscription. Once you’re in the myGMC app, press on the “Remote Commands/ Key Fob” button. This will bring up the options to remotely turn on your GMC vehicle – as well as lock or unlock it or flash its lights if you can’t remember where you parked.Change Remote Start SettingsTo change the remote start settings, you have to be inside your GMC. On the console, go to Settings > Vehicle > Remote Lock, Unlock, Start.

Note: If the heated/vented seat option is selected on the remote start, the seat button indicators do not illuminate, and the temperature of the unoccupied seat may be reduced during the remote start. The heated/ventilation turns off when the ignition is turned on.


When you purchase a Buick/GMC vehicle, you buy more than just a fun, safe, stylish ride. You’re also buying the brand’s impressive technology options, giving you the chance to stay connected on the road. While these tech options can be fun and engaging, you might also have some questions about how to install, run, or maintain some of your vehicle’s new features. This page can help you learn more about Buick/GMC technology options and discover how to seek the technical support you require.

Learn More About Buick Remote Keyless Start at Hiley Buick GMC

GMC Connected Services

GMC Connected Services

Arguably one of Buick’s most convenient features, remote start helps you can control your ride from the palm of your hand. Learn more about how to use this intelligent option here:

What Is GMC’s Remote Keyless Start?

With Buick’s remote start option, you can start your vehicle with the touch of a button. Using your smartphone and the myBuick app, you can start your engine up from anywhere to help you match your vehicle’s internal conditions to your exact specifications. This little trick can start your engine and keep it running for up to 10 minutes with a simple click. You can also use the app to lock and unlock your ride or flash its lights. If you’re running late in the morning, this is a great way to get your car and ready for your drive.

If your vehicle comes equipped with automatic climate control, this keyless start can begin heating or cooling the cabin to a pre-set temperature. For models without this feature, your system will default to the heating or cooling settings from when the car was last turned off. Avoid the worst Fort Worth weather with this intelligent system.

How To Use Your Remote Keyless Start System

If you’ve downloaded the myBuick mobile app and have a Remote Access Plan subscription, all you have to do to start your ride is select the “Remote Commands/ Key Fob” button from the app’s home screen and select the option to start, lock, or unlock your ride. You can also choose to flash its lights.

If you want to change remote start settings, like the temperature, simply enter your vehicle. Once inside, use your vehicle’s internal console and select “Settings” > “Vehicle” > “Remote Lock” then “Unlock” or “Start.” If you have any questions about using or programming your remote start system, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Wireless Cellphone Charging

With Buick’s wireless charging option, you can fuel up your device without a cable as you drive. To do this, start by turning on your vehicle or putting it in accessory mode. Once you’ve done this, remove any objects from the charging pad or pocket and place the phone face up on the pad’s coil charging symbol. When your device is charging, you should see a charging symbol display on the phone. Make sure that the phone stays fully lined up on the charging pad to get the best connection.

If you have any issues with charging, remove your device and rotate it 180 degrees then place it back on the pad. Be aware that some devices may not charge with their protective covers. In many cases, you can find your charging pad or pocket on or around the center console or near the gear shifter. If you aren’t able to locate your charging station, check your owner’s manual or reach out to let us know.

Bluetooth PairingGMC Connected Services APP and Remote Keyless Entry App

If you’re Buick comes with Bluetooth functionality, you can make or receive calls and use many of your phone’s options right through the vehicle’s infotainment system. Here’s how to pair your smartphone to your Bluetooth system:

Through Infotainment Screen

First, turn on your vehicle and keep it in park. Touch the phone icon on your vehicle’s touchscreen and look for a pairing option on the screen. It may say  “Add Phone,” “Pair Device,” “Connect Phone” or “+.” Go to your phone’s Bluetooth settings, turn on Bluetooth and select your vehicle from the list of available options. You may then see a code on each of your screens. Make sure that it matches, then touch “Pair” on your infotainment screen and phone, if the option appears. You may also agree to allow your infotainment system access to your phone’s data.

When you’ve successfully paired, your infotainment screen should show options for making and receiving calls. From there, you can navigate through other on-screen options. Note that your phone may require the latest update before connecting.

With Voice Recognition

If available, you can also use your vehicle’s voice recognition system to pair your phone. Press the “Push-to-Talk” button and say “pair phone” after you hear the tone. Your system should then walk you through the steps necessary to pair. If you’d like to pair another device, you can repeat either set of directions.

New Buick Vehicle Technology Options In Fort Worth, TX

There are some other exciting Buick tech options available on certain models. For example, the company’s vehicles offer a built-in WiFi system that allows you to stream and surf the web on up to seven devices. You can also opt for a built-in Alexa system that you can ask to play music, get directions, place calls, and more. SiriusXM-equipped Buicks come with a 3-month trial to an ad-free, music, sports, comedy, news, and talk radio service. Listen to your favorites on a variety of high-tech sound systems and speakers across Buick models.

If you’re looking into buying a Buick, you’ll be impressed with all the tech options at your fingertips. At Hiley Buick GMC of Fort Worth, we have an extensive collection of new vehicles and even some pre-owned options with great tech connectivity. If there’s a certain feature you’d like to enjoy, let us know. We’ll help you find the vehicle that works for you.

Not only will we help you find your dream ride, but we’ll also have your back in case any technical issues arise. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to help walk you through any problems you encounter. Have questions, or just want to know more about Buick tech? Contact us today. We can’t wait to hear from you.



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