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Key Programming | 2019 Chevy Malibu Proximity Key W/ SmartPRO

A 2019 Chevy Malibu can be key programmed by adding an aftermarket Ilco look alike prox key using the SmartPRO to get the job done.

 To begin the programming, we have the Smart Pro, which is connected to the OBD2 port, and we also have the 'MYKEYS Pro' for all the information we need about this vehicle.

When you have everything set up, the first step is to go to 'Vehicle Selection' as you can see below, and select 'Chevrolet.' Then we will select the USA Malibu, 2017-2020 blade option. The MYKEYS Pro app can give you all the tips, tricks, and information you need to navigate the selection process.


Hit the connect button and switch ignition off then Ok.

The next step is clicking ‘Add keys’ then click the bottom left play button. ‘Please use the PIN code reading procedure to read the pin’ will appear, click OK. Simply go to ‘Read Pin’, hit the play button and wait.

Remember the Pin that will appear and hit OK. Go to add keys with the play button. All doors must be closed during the procedure, if so, click OK. All already programmed keys should remain outside the vehicle, you can put it underneath the vehicle then hit OK. Force ignition on and have a 10-minute wait.


After patiently waiting, Insert the first key to be learned into the pockets so open up the glove compartment, put the prox key and hit OK. Push Stop/Start button once, wait. Press the Stop/Start button, just switch off. Press and hold the start/stop button for 12 seconds, so hold it until it goes to 100% and release it. Press and hold until the ignition switch is turned on. Press the Stop/Start button to switch ignition off. Okay, just turned off. Wait for prox keys to be programmed. Once done, press the Stop/Start button until it's switched on. Press the button to switch off. Check to see if it locks or unlocks the vehicle, if it works, click OK. You’re good to go, grab the other remote.

For each programming done, you should test out the keys and be sure to hear the locks cycle. Compare the function of your newly programmed keys with the original key to be sure that everything is still working. You can try to start your ignition and controls with the new programmed key to ensure it is working the same.

And that's how you add an additional prox key using the Smart PRO to this 2019 Chevy Malibu. The process was kind of weird going through and pushing all the buttons back and forth. Everything seemed to work exactly the way it was supposed to while we programmed it so I'm going to give the Smart PRO five stars on this one. Thank you and I'll see you next time!

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