Toyota Corolla: How to Set Auto Door Lock Behavior

The Corolla is one of Toyota’s longest-running cars, with history going all the way back to the 1960s. Of course, today’s Corollas are much more advanced than those early iterations, and many come with customizable door lock settings.

This guide will explore how to adjust and set your Corolla’s auto door lock behavior.


How to Set Auto Door Lock Behavior on 13th Generation Toyota Corolla (2017-Now)

If you’ve got one of the latest Toyota Corollas made from 2017 onward (the 13th generation), you can configure the auto door locks quite easily. All you have to do is use your car’s built-in infotainment display. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Push the “Engine Start/Stop” button twice to begin. There’s no need to push down on the brake pedal or to start the engine.
  2. Push the “Menu” button on the display.
  3. Tap the “Setup” button to access the next menu.
  4. Tap the “Down Arrow” on the screen to scroll down the menu to find and tap on the “Vehicle” submenu.
  5. Tap on “Vehicle Customization,” followed by “Door Lock Settings.” Then, configure the settings as desired.

The “Door Lock Settings” menu has a bunch of different options you can adjust. For example, you can set the doors to lock automatically at a certain speed, or when shifting out of park. You can also adjust the auto door unlock settings (or turn them off), as you prefer.

How to Set Auto Door Lock Behavior on 11th and 12th Generation Toyota Corollas (2006-17)

If your Corolla is a little older, produced between 2006 and 2017, it’s part of either the 11th or 12th generations. Depending on the precise age and trim of your Corolla, there are a couple of different methods that may work for adjusting auto door lock behavior.

First Method

This should work for Corollas made from 2014 to 2017, but may also work for slightly older models, too.

  1. Turn the ignition to the “On” state.
  2. Push the “Setup” button beside your infotainment display.
  3. Tap on “Vehicle,” then “Vehicle Customization.”
  4. Tap “Door Lock Settings.”
  5. Then, you’ll see a series of settings you can tap on or off, like “Auto Lock by Shift from P” and “Auto Relock Timer.” Adjust the settings accordingly by tapping the screen.

Second Method

This method should work for those Corollas that are a little older, or models without touchscreen displays.

  1. Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the “On” position, then to “Lock.” You don’t have to rush this step, as you have 40 seconds to complete it.
  2. Repeat the process two more times, turning to “On” and then “Lock.”
  3. The next part requires more precise timing. You need to remove the key from the ignition and then quickly (within three seconds), press and hold the “Lock” and “Unlock” buttons on the driver’s side panel.
  4. While keeping the buttons held down, put the key back in the ignition and turn it “On.”
  5. Keep the “Lock” and “Unlock” buttons pressed down for about five more seconds, then let go. You should hear a beep, which lets you know that the door lock programming mode has activated.
  6. Push the “Lock” button on the driver’s side door panel to choose the desired behavior. One press will disable auto door locks. Two presses will enable them. When they’re enabled, the doors will lock automatically once the car attains a certain minimum speed (around 12-15mph).
  7. Once you’ve chosen your desired setting, turn the key back to “Off.”

How to Set Auto Door Lock Behavior on Older Toyota Corollas

Toyota Corolla How to Set Auto Door Lock Behavior

If your Corolla was made prior to 2006, it might not necessarily have the ability to configure the auto door locks. Those from before 2000 almost certainly won’t have this feature. However, if your car was made post-2000, the method below may work.

  1. Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the “On” position without starting the engine.
  2. You’ll need precise timing for this part. Within five seconds of turning the key, you have to press and hold the power door lock switch to the “Lock” position.
  3. Hold it there for about five seconds. At the same time, turn the ignition key to “Off” then “On,” then back to “Off” and back “On” once more.
  4. Let go of the power door lock switch, and you should hear a beep if you’ve done everything right up to that point.
  5. Press the power door lock switch once or twice to configure the auto locks. One press will disable the locks. Two presses will enable them (they’ll activate once your car reaches a certain speed).
  6. Once you’ve confirmed your setting, turn the key back “Off.”


What if these methods don’t work?

If none of the above methods work, there are a couple of options. First, check your owner’s manual. Your specific Corolla may have a slightly different procedure for setting the auto door locks. The manual should detail the procedure, step by step. If not, try repeating one of the methods listed above. Sometimes, it takes a couple of attempts to get it to work.

How should I set my auto door locks?

It depends. Every driver has their own preferences. You might like to set them to activate whenever you move out of park. That way, your doors will almost always be locked, except when you’re parked up and getting in or out of the car. Alternatively, you might prefer to activate the “minimum speed” setting so that the locks only turn on when you’re driving away.

Summing Up: Adjusting Your Corolla’s Auto Door Locks

There you have it. Several proven methods for setting your Corolla’s auto door locks. Simply find out when your Corolla was made and try the relevant method listed above. If none work, even with multiple attempts, you may want to visit a dealership. A Toyota technician should be able to figure out what’s wrong or show you the correct method.

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