How to Use the Remote Start in a Toyota Prius

Whether it’s scorching heat or freezing cold, your Toyota Prius will be ready to embrace any weather with remote start. This introduction offers a glimpse into the world of remote vehicle ignition, ensuring you’re well-prepared for whatever comes your way.

The Toyota Prius has a remote start feature in model years 2010 and newer.


Toyota Prius How to Use Remote Start via Key Fob

The simplest way to use the remote start feature in your Toyota Prius is through the key fob. This is also dependent upon whether your car has the remote start system installed.

The remote start button on a Toyota may look like a circular arrow. However, some Toyota’s don’t come with a key fob with a dedicated remote start button, but still have the remote start system factory installed.

Use these steps if you have the remote start button:

  1. Press the lock button on the key fob.
  2. Press and hold the remote start button.
  3. Your car’s lights will flash, and the engine will turn on.

Here’s what you can try if you don’t have the button:

  1. Tap the lock button twice.
  2. Press and hold the lock button for three seconds.
  3. Wait to see if your car’s lights and engine come on.

If you’re having trouble getting the remote start system to work, consult your user manual.

If your car is older, it might not have the system installed by default. You can take the car to a mechanic and see if it an aftermarket system can be installed. The key fob can be reprogrammed or replaced with a version that has the remote start button.

Toyota Prius How to Drive the Car After Remote Start

After the remote start is turned on, your car will run for 10 minutes, with the AC or heating system set to the last setting. Automatic climate control systems may also turn the defogger or adapt the temperature as needed.

When you want to drive the car, unlock the doors, put the key in the ignition, and press the brake. This will override the remote start and allow you to shift into gear.

Toyota Prius How to Remote Start via App

How to Use the Remote Start in a Toyota Prius

If you don’t want to be constrained by distance, you can use Toyota’s app to monitor and control your car over the internet. This is available on newer models, but some older cars may also be connected with limited functionality.

To use the app to start the car, you’ll need to subscribe to Toyota’s connect services (currently $15 a month).

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Download the Toyota app through your mobile platform’s app store.
  2. Open the app and log in or register a new account.
  3. Sign up for a Go Anywhere (Drive Connect) subscription or Premium.
  4. Input your car’s information, including the VIN found on the label on the interior of the driver’s door.

With the app set up, you can use remote seamlessly:

  1. Open the app.
  2. Select your Prius from the menu.
  3. Press the “Start Engine” button (Power icon).
  4. Control the car’s AC (if applicable).

You’ll see a 10-minute countdown replacing the “Start Engine” button. Press the button again to cancel the remote start.

Depending on the car model, you’ll likely still need the key fob to drive the car. Consult the user manual for remote drive-off availability, as it’s usually only available for the 2023 model and newer.


Why does remote start on my Prius not work?

All the doors, the trunk, and the hood need to be closed and locked, and the windows have to be up for the remote start to work. Additionally, check if the service lights are on or if the alarm is triggered. The car also needs to be put in “Park” for the feature to work.

Can I extend the range of my Prius key fob?

You may be able to get an aftermarket key fob with a larger transmitter or upgrade the car’s receiver. Contact a mechanic for available aftermarket upgrades to the remote start or key fob systems.

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