Having your garage door open for you when you get home is one of those satisfying, American-dream-type moments. You’ll find this feature on a wide variety of modern cars. Most use the HomeLink software (built into your vehicle’s system) for secure operation.
This article walks you through setting up and programming HomeLink for the Porsche Taycan.
Before you start, remember that it sometimes takes a few attempts before everything synchronizes properly. Please give it a few tries before giving up.
Also, don’t neglect to read through your owner’s manual. This provides you with all the information you need, including safety warnings.
With that said, let’s get into it.
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What is HomeLink on the Porsche Taycan?
HomeLink is the brand name for the software that the Taycan uses as its Garage Door Opener.
You can also use it for other equipment you want to “activate” once your car is in range. For example, this could include gates or certain types of lighting.
Each device you save to HomeLink in the Porsche Taycan (for example, your garage door) is known as a “profile”. You can rename individual profiles to something more memorable than the factory settings. You could also set them to automatically open (with a notification) if you wish.
Don’t forget to delete the HomeLink connection(s) stored on your Taycan when you sell it. Others might have access to your home otherwise! Delete all HomeLink profiles by going to:
- Open the HomeLink menu.
- Tap the “…” icon.
- Select Delete all HomeLink profiles.
HomeLink connection safety concerns
Watch out for the following when connecting your Porsche Taycan to HomeLink devices. Most of these stem from the fact that the device must be operated to synchronize with your car.
Some of these could be extremely damaging or fatal, so take extra care.
- Someone getting stuck and crushed in the device.
- Pinch injuries.
- Clothes becoming caught in the mechanical device.
- Car rolling away if not in Park (P).
- Car accidentally accelerates forwards (or backward).
- And more.
This list is non-exhaustive. For more information, consult your owner’s manual. Always stay safe and keep young children and pets well away!
How do you program a device to the Porsche Taycan HomeLink?
You’ll find all the information you need to know about Porsche Taycan HomeLink connections in your owner’s manual.
If you connect to a device with registered GPS coordinates, you’ll get a notification as you approach. Tap this to authorize the remote “automatic” connection.
Without GPS coordinates, you can still use HomeLink. However, you’ll need to go into the HomeLink menu in the central display to manually select your device. This will only work once you’re close enough.
Before connecting to a device via HomeLink, ensure it’s compatible. It should have a remote control with a radio receiver. Ensure the remote control has new, working batteries or the code might not get stored properly.
Programming a garage door using HomeLink on a Porsche Taycan
The following instructions briefly summarize what you should do to set up a garage door opener. Follow the same instructions for any other compatible device.
- Park your Taycan with the front facing the radio receiver.
- The signal is emitted in this direction. Therefore, the HomeLink connection won’t work if the car isn’t straight on with the receiver.
- You might need to get really close – within a couple of inches.
- Leave your vehicle on but in Park (P).
- On the central display, select HomeLink.
- Tap Teach new profile.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
- These might include several trips to and from your car if the device has a rolling/changeable code.
- In this case, it’s much easier to have someone with you.
- Once fully connected, the garage door will show up as a profile in the HomeLink menu.
- You can rename it from here if necessary. Press the “…” button next to the respective device.
- Delete profiles by swiping and dragging the device from the list.
If you still can’t connect, head over to your local Porsche dealership for assistance.
See more information about programming a HomeLink connection in this Taycan owner’s manual screenshot. As always, read the entire manual yourself before operating any devices or the vehicle.