How to Unlock a Volvo Vehicle Without a Remote Key Fob


Most of the time, your Volvo key fob works like a charm. You can unlock and lock your car, sound the horn, open the trunk, and enjoy push-to-start from your fingertips. But what else can it do? There are several hidden Volvo key fob tricks you should know.

We've assembled a Volvo key fob guide that answers common questions such as how much a key fob costs and how to replace a Volvo key fob battery. We also review the Volvo key fob replacement process and how to program your new Volvo key. If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to our Volvo service center in Coconut Creek, Florida. Our team is ready to assist you.

What To Do If Your Key Fob Dies

With new Volvo vehicles, you never need to take the key fob out of your pocket or purse to enter and start the vehicle. When the key fob is within the vicinity of your car, your vehicle will detect your key fob's unique signal. This feature is especially helpful if your arms are full of shopping bags or you're helping the kids pack up their pads after practice. But what happens when your Volvo XC40 key fob is not working?

Here are some things to do if your Volvo XC90 key fob stops working:

  • Change the battery: If you don't know how to replace a Volvo key fob battery, it's easy. Slide open the key fob to expose the battery. Key fob batteries look like silver buttons and always have a set of numbers on them. Take note of the numbers and shop for a battery replacement. Most grocery stores and pharmacies carry these watch-style batteries.

  • Remotely unlock the vehicle: Volvo vehicles are likely to have a remote door unlock service that can help owners get inside the car when the fob is malfunctioning. If you're driving a pre-owned Volvo vehicle, you might not have such an advanced remote unlocking system. However, you can still count on a roadside assistance service to get you inside. Each manufacturer has its service for such emergencies. For Volvo Cars, the service is known as Volvo On Call. Volvo On Call provides remote unlocking services for lost and damaged Volvo XC60 key fobs and can show you how to unlock a Volvo XC90 without a key.

  • Manually unlock the door: If your Volvo key fob is outside of the vehicle at the time of its failure, you can try to unlock it manually. Hold the dead fob against the driver's side of the car. Press it against the handle while pulling. There might be just enough power left in the battery to unlock it one last time, which might buy you some time.

How To Start a Volvo Without a Key

Whether it's a new Volvo XC60 key fob or an older version causing issues, you'll be happy to know that we have a few Volvo key fob tricks up our sleeves. Since automotive engineers think of everything, most engines can start without a remote.

Vehicles with key fobs generally only have the visible push-to-start button next to the wheel. Suppose your keyless entry works with a START button, such as the Volvo XC90 remote start, and there's no hidden ignition slot in sight. If that's the case, you can use the Volvo key fob to push the START button, which will jump-start a backup system that turns on your Volvo XC90 lease special.

The price range of replacing a Vovlo key varies depending on the vehicle's year and model. You can always contact our service center for a Volvo key fob replacement price, as we have service and parts specials.

Volvo Key Fobs Have Secret Features

With new Volvo vehicles hitting the market every year, it's no surprise that they come with high-tech electronic key fobs. For instance, the Volvo XC40 key fob can do things beyond locking/unlocking doors, such as giving a car's location and starting the engine remotely.

But do you know some of your car's hidden key fob features? Many Volvo key fobs can do the following:

  • Start the engine remotely
  • Roll down the windows
  • Roll up the windows

If the battery in your car's key fob is dead or your key fob is broken, you can lock and unlock your vehicle with the key blade hidden inside.

Above All, Practice Safety

Whether you're planning to go the manual route or schedule a service appointment, please be smart about where you leave your key fob. Given all of its interesting features, it does make your vehicle more accessible. To avoid unintentional activation, you should be mindful of where you keep your key fob after use.

Some vehicles even come with remote-start systems that completely shut down after being in Park mode, which can be helpful if the car accidentally turns on. The benefits of remote start systems are vast. So long as we proceed with caution, we can enjoy the many conveniences of the Volvo key fob. Should any pressing Volvo key fob questions arise, you know where to find us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Volvo models allow you to roll down your windows remotely?

Depending on the model year, you can typically roll down the windows remotely on Volvo S60. To roll down the windows with the key fob, press and hold the unlock button for four seconds. The windows will roll down automatically. To roll the windows up with the key fob, press and hold the lock button for two seconds.

How to start a Volvo vehicle without a key?

Hidden inside your key fob is a physical key blade to access or secure the vehicle. This key will also work if your car has an ignition slot. Once inside the vehicle, locate the cupholder between the seats. Inside is a picture of a key with lines radiating from it. Set the fob on this picture. Then press the brake pedal and start the car as normal.

How much does remote start cost?

To add a remote start system to your vehicle, please get in touch with our Volvo accessories department. We can provide a price quote for your specific vehicle and tell you if such an installation is possible. Not all vehicles can have a remote start system and key fob. If remote start can be added to your vehicle, we can order a new key fob and program it to your vehicle.

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