Add your car key to Apple Wallet on your iPhone or Apple Watch

You can add your car key to the Wallet app, and use your iPhone or Apple Watch to lock, unlock, and start your car.

Car Keys in Wallet 

To add and use a car key on your iPhone or Apple Watch, you need:

  • A compatible car. To find out if your car is compatible, contact the manufacturer or your dealership.
  • An iPhone XS or later, or iPhone SE (2nd generation), with the latest version of iOS, or an Apple Watch Series 5 or later, or Apple Watch SE, with the latest version of watchOS. To use passive entry or the remote features on compatible cars, you need an iPhone 11 or later, or an Apple Watch Series 6 or later.
  • An Apple ID signed into iCloud.

How to add your car key to Apple Wallet on your iPhone

  1. Make sure that your car is associated with the account provided by the car's manufacturer. 
  2. Open the car manufacturer's app, email, or text message, or use your car's display and follow the instructions to set up a key.
  3. When you're sent to the Wallet app, tap Continue.
  4. If prompted by the onscreen instructions, place your iPhone on the key reader while your iPhone and car pair.
  5. When your iPhone and car finish pairing, tap Done.

When you add your car key on your iPhone, it might be added automatically to your paired Apple Watch. Or you might see the option to add it to your paired Apple Watch.

You can also manually add your car key to your Apple Watch. In the Apple Watch app on your paired iPhone, tap Wallet & Apple Pay > the Add button next to your car key.

If you get a new iPhone or reset your current iPhone, you have to set up your car key in the Wallet app again.

Use your car key on your iPhone or Apple Watch

You can use your car key on your iPhone or Apple Watch to lock or unlock your car, start your car, and more. This feature might work differently depending on the model of your car.

When you add your car key to the Wallet app, Express Mode might be turned on automatically. Express Mode allows you to use your car key without waking or unlocking your device, or authenticating with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.

Learn more about Express Mode.

Lock, unlock, and start your car with passive entry

With some cars, you can use passive entry to lock, unlock, or start your car. All you need to do is have your device with you.

  • When you approach your car with your device, it unlocks. 
  • Once inside, you can start your car.
  • When you walk away from your car with your device, it locks.

You receive notifications on your device when your car locks or unlocks.

If you don't have Express Mode turned on, enter your passcode to confirm and your car will lock, unlock, or start.

Lock, unlock, and start your car by proximity

With some cars, you lock, unlock, and start the car by holding your device close to the door handle or key reader.

  • To lock or unlock you car, hold your device near the car's door handle.
  • To start your car, place your iPhone in the car's key reader or hold your Apple Watch near the reader. Then, press the car's start button.

Lock, unlock, and start your car remotely

With some cars, you can use your device to remote lock, unlock, and start your car, and use other features.

  1. On your device, open the Wallet app.
  2. Tap your car key.
  3. Depending on your car, you'll see different options, such as lock, unlock, or start.

When you use your key remotely, you receive a notifcation.

How to share, revoke, or delete your car key

  1. On your iPhone, open the Wallet app.
  2. Tap your car key.
  3. Tap the More button .
  4. Find the option you need:
    • To share, tap invite and follow the instructions.
    • To revoke a shared key, tap the person's name and follow the instructions.
    • To delete a key from the Wallet app, tap Remove Key.

If your iPhone needs to be charged

Depending on the model of your iPhone, you can use your car key even after your iPhone battery runs out.

If you lose your device

If your device is lost or stolen, you can mark your device as lost. This action makes sure that no one else can use your device and automatically turns off all cards, keys, and passes in the Wallet app, including your car key.

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