Why Doesn't Toyota Have Remote Start?

Why Doesn’t Toyota Have Remote Start?

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Why Doesn’t Toyota Have Remote Start? It actually does have, remote start, which you can turn on your new vehicle from home and much more…

Toyota launched Entune™ in 2011 as a system originally for apps and data services to connect with your vehicle. To better align with customers’ understanding of Entune™, it now represents all the features of the center audio display stack with a simplified line-up that includes four (4) main multimedia systems. Vehicles equipped with the Entune™ Premium Audio and Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio systems include a full moving map, Integrated Navigation, and Entune® App Suite. Best of all, Entune® App Suite is now subscription-free to all new and existing customers!

As cars become more connected, Toyota is on the leading edge of a technology revolution that is expanding what is possible for personal mobility. More than just a dream of the future, these innovations are arriving now with Toyota’s third-generation Entune™ telematics platform. First introduced on the 2018 Camry, Entune™ 3.0 offers more features, more functions, and greater connectivity than has ever been available on a Toyota brand product.

Sign in or create a Toyota Owners account to enroll and manage all your subscriptions. Or, if you are just getting started, take a look at the Quick-Reference Guide.

First, you need to make sure if your vehicle is equipped with Remote Connect.

Which Toyotas are Equipped with Remote Start?

The answer is, in order to take advantage of this feature your Toyota should has Entune 3.0 Audio Plus or Entune 3.0 Premium Audio. for example

all 2019 Avalon and newer models
2018 and 2019 Camry and newer models
2019 Corolla Hatchback (Automatic Transmission only) and
2019 Rav4.

Remote Connect

Remote Connect

To access Entune™ 3.0 App Suite Connect applications from your vehicle’s touch screen, an Entune™ 3.0 App Suite compatible smartphone is required. Use your compatible smartphone to download the Entune™ 3.0 mobile app from the applicable app store. You may also visit www.toyota.com/entune to learn more about Entune™ 3.0 App Suite Connect.

A compatible smartphone is required to operate mobile apps and some connected services. Check phone compatibility by one of the following methods:
• Visit: www.toyota.com/entune/#!compatibility
• Call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 Mon-Fri: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CDT Sat: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT

Set up Remote Connect

To enable Entune™ 3.0 Remote Connect, you must authenticate and initialize your services via the multimedia system.* 6-month complimentary trial.

1. Press “APPS” on the faceplate, then select “Communications” on the display screen.
2. Select the “Remote Service” icon.
3. Enter the 6-character authorization code* you received via email to enable remote services.
4. Select “Submit.”
5. The vehicle has been successfully authorized for remote services. Select “OK.”

Standard on:
Entune™ 3.0 Audio Plus and Entune™ 3.0 Premium Audio.

* If you opted in for Entune™ 3.0 Remote Connect, you should have received an email with a 6-digit authorization code.
If you have not received your authorization code via email, please call 1-800-331-4331 for assistance.

Here is the step by step instruction:

Bluetooth® pairing for YOUR phone

Pairing your phone is the first step in connecting with your Toyota for hands-free calling and for audio streaming via Bluetooth® This pairing process is quick and easy. All you have to do is set up the phone and multimedia system to form a connection.

1. Press “MENU” on the faceplate, then select “Setup” on the display screen.
2. Ensure pairing for your phone is turned on for your device
3. Select “Bluetooth®” then select “Add New Device” on the display screen.
4. Select “Device Name.”
5. Check the display on your smartphone. Does the PIN XXXX match the PIN displayed? If it does, select “Pair.”
6. “Connecting” displays while the device is forming the connection to your multimedia system.
7. Enable Notifications (text message). While pairing your device, a message will display: “You may need to allow message access on your phone.””Connect to my car” to begin. Select “Toyota.
“Note: You may also select “Skip” on the display screen to skip enabling notifications. If skipped, proceed to Step 9.
8. Turn on “Show Notifications” for iPhone® or “ON” for Android.
9. A confirmation will appear once your phone has been paired and connected.

How to register with Entune 3.0

To maximize your Entune 3.0 experience, begin by downloading the Entune 3.0 App Suite app onto your mobile device. Then visit www.ToyotaOwners.com to register.

1. Go to www.ToyotaOwners.com Click on Join Now.
2. Complete the fields and click Create Account to register.
The system displays a message that an email was sent to their account to complete enrollment.
Note: Check the spam folder in case the email was incorrectly identified.
3. Click ACTIVATE MY ACCOUNT to authenticate the email and complete the registration process.
4. Fill in the required information and click (?).
5. If no VINs are attached to the account, the customer will be prompted to add a VIN and click SUBMIT.
6. Confirm your preferred servicing dealer and click ADD VEHICLE.
7. Confirm services and click CONTINUE.
8. Accept Opt-Ins and click CONTINUE. Be sure the top box is checked to ensure services are ON.
9. If additional information needs to be 9 added, type in the address and phone number for the customer and click CONFIRM ORDER. If the profile is complete, the system skips STEP 9.
10. Click READ HERE or PRINT before proceeding. When the profile is complete, present the e-sign agreement.
11. Select the check box to authorize and click SUBMIT.
12. The system processes the enrollment. Click SUBMIT to determine the account with Remote Services.
The customer will receive an email with a 6-digit authorization code that will need to be input into the Entune 3.0 Remote Authorization app via the vehicle’s multimedia system. If the customer has not received the authorization code email, call 1-800-331-4331 for assistance.
13. The system displays a confirmation screen with all the enrolled services.

Get to know Entune 3.0 App Suite

1. Download the Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite app from the Apple® App StoreSM. Once downloaded, open the app.
2. Tap “Don’t Allow” or “Allow” for Toyota Entune 3.0 to access your location when you are not using the app.
3. Tap “Don’t Allow” or “Allow” for Toyota Entune 3.0 to send you notifications.
4. Tap “Accept” to accept the Terms and Conditions
5. Tap “United States” for your region.
6. Tap “Continue As Guest” to use Entune 3.0 App Suite as a guest or log in with existing Toyota Owners credentials

Benefits of Signing in to the App:

• Your app settings (which apps are hidden, what order the apps are in, etc.) will be tied to your account. If you switch smartphones, you can log in with your Toyota Owners account to keep your settings
• Your credentials for NPR One, iHeartRadio and Slacker will be linked to your account
• If you switch smartphones, you will only need to log in with your Toyota Owners credentials to use the apps instead of having to log in to each app individually

Once you have downloaded Entune 3.0 App Suite and paired your phone via Bluetooth®, Entune 3.0 lets you access many useful apps. These are some of the top featured apps you can access by pressing the APPS button on the faceplate.

Press APP on the faceplate, then selects an “icon” you would like to access on the display screen.

iHeartRadio, Slacker, NPR One

PRESS APPS, under Infotainment, Select each app to connect to desired APPS programs and stations


PRESS APPS, under Infotainment, Select the “Yelp®” app to connect to search great local businesses.

Fuel, Sports, Stocks

PRESS APPS, under Infotainment, Press APP on the faceplate, then touches an “icon” you’d like to access.


List fuel stations near your current location.


Select your favorite sport to see the information.


Search and see current stock information.


Select “Forecast” to see a three-day forecast, select “Change” next to “Current location” to search and change location.


Select an incident to see detailed information. Select “Change” next to “Current location” to search and change location.

Toyota Remote Connect

Toyota Remote Connect

Toyota Remote Connect  (Available on Entune™ 3.0 Audio Plus and  Entune™ 3.0 Premium )

The Toyota Remote Connect App lets you lock and unlock doors, start/stop the engine, find your vehicle in a parking lot, monitor guest drivers and get vehicle status notifications. Remote functions can be operated from one of three separate devices:

  • Smartphone
  • Smartwatch as a companion to the smartphone
  • Amazon Alexa Toyota Skill (Supported vehicles: 2018+ Camry with CD player-equipped Entune 3.0 Plus and Premium audio systems; 2019+ Avalon)


Remote engine start/stop lets you remotely start your vehicle to warm or cool the interior based on the last climate-control settings. The engine or hybrid system will run for up to 10 minutes or until any door is opened, the brakes are pressed, or the engine is turned off remotely.


Now you can remotely lock and unlock your doors and receive confirmation if the action was successful. And should you unlock your Toyota remotely, the doors will automatically relock after 30 seconds if no further action takes place.


The Vehicle Finder can locate your vehicle on the street or in an uncovered parking lot and guide you to your vehicle’s last known parked location.


With the touch of a button, you can remotely check the status of your vehicle’s doors, windows, moon roof, trunk, and hood, as well as the vehicle’s current fuel level, odometer, or trip mileage. The system can also notify you with customizable alerts.


Toyota Remote can send instant alerts if the vehicle is started or exceeds preset limits on speed, curfew, miles driven, engine run time, total elapsed time, or distance from a set location.

Set up Remote Connect

How To Setup Toyota Remote Connect

How To Setup Toyota Remote Connect

To enable Entune 3.0 Remote Connect, you must authenticate and initialize your services via the multimedia system.* 6-month complimentary trial.

1. Press “APPS” on the faceplate, then select “Communications” on display screen.
2. Select the “Remote Service” icon.
3. Enter the 6-character authorization code* you received via email to enable remote services.
4. Select “Submit.”
5. The vehicle has been successfully authorized for remote services. Select “OK.”
Standard on:
Entune 3.0 Audio Plus and Entune 3.0 Premium Audio.*

If you opted in for Entune 3.0 Remote Connect, you should have received an email with a 6-digit authorization code. If you have not received your authorization code via email, please call 1-800-331-4331 for assistance.

Set up Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon

In-vehicle connectivity using a Data Communication Module (DCM), Toyota offers Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon. Up to five devices can connect simultaneously to the vehicle’s Wi-Fi® hotspot. Turn your vehicle into a hotspot. Connect to entertainment with Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon!


• 4G LTE Wi-Fi Powered by Verizon
• Easily connect up to five (5) devices
• Existing Verizon customers can add the Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon subscription to their plan

1. Press “MENU” on the faceplate, then select “Setup” on the display screen.
2. Scroll down to “Wi-Fi” and turn “ON” by selecting “Wi-Fi Hotspot: OFF.”
3. Once the multimedia system connects to the Internet, the system displays the name of the Wi-Fi hotspot when it’s discoverable.*
4. Enable Wi-Fi on the device. On your phone, go to “Settings.” Tap “Wi-Fi.”
5. Make sure “Wi-Fi” is on. Select the Wi-Fi network name of the vehicle.
6. Depending on your device, open the Web browser. You will be redirected to the Verizon Wi-Fi trial sign-up page. Within this page, select the option to start your trial.*
7. Complete all the fields required.
8. Accept the Verizon customer agreement.
9. You will receive a confirmation email – it may take up to 15 minutes for Wi-Fi to activate.

*Standard on Entune 3.0 Audio Plus and Entune 3.0 Premium Audio. Complimentary trial up to 2 GB within 6 months.

Understanding Service Connect (Not available on 2018-2019 Sienna, Mirai, 2019 C-HR)

Get to know Service Connect

Initialize Service Connect

1. After the customer registers and opts into Service Connect, the customer will be greeted with a notification with the following language: “Would you like to start Toyota Service Connect Activation?”
2. Select “Yes.”
3. Select “OK.”

Use Siri® Eyes Free

With Siri® Eyes Free, you can make calls, send emails, retrieve text messages, select music, find calendar information, and more.

• Pairs compatible smartphones to the Entune 3.0 system easily via Bluetooth®.
• Can access voice recognition system via the vehicle’s steering wheel controls and the in-vehicle microphone.
• Responses are played back via the vehicle’s audio speakers.
Push and hold the off-hook switch to access Siri® Eyes Free.

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  1. I have a 2020 Corolla SE and it does not come with Remote connect. I was wondering if I could get it added to my car?

    • Hi Deborah,

      Thanks for your question and yes you can add the remote start added to your new Corolla.

      Simply take it to the Toyota dealership to add it for you.

      Let me know if you had any other questions!

  2. I jus got a 2019 camry hybrid xle and once I enter vin it says it’s on someone else’s Toyota owner account?. Also could android auto be downloaded to my car at the dealership? I’ve read online that its possible. Thank you for your time.

    • John,

      Thank you for your visit, I think you need to call Toyota CS at 800-331-4331, to remove the old registration.
      and about the Android Auto, as far as I know, dealerships cannot install the Android Auto on 2019 Camry’s. you can call the dealership service dept and ask to make sure.
      other option is to find out about the aftermarket Android Auto for your Camry.
      let me know if you had any questions.

  3. I have a 2019 corolla. Do I need to take to dealer and get this installed? as far as i know.i dont have

    • Lance,
      Thank you for your question, you can get this installed for your 2019 Corolla aftermarket.

  4. Hi, I have a 2016 Camry with push button start. Can I get the remote start app for my iPhone to work with my car?

    • Hi Neil,

      Thanks for your question, you can get that remote start installed aftermarket.

  5. Hi – I have a 2020 Rav4 XLE Premium and I didn’t realize I needed Audio Plus for remote start. Can I have this added?

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks for your comment, you can have the remote start added aftermarket.

  6. So there is no way to upgrade from regular audio system to audio plus or audio Premium once you get the car?

    I am in the same boat as Mary. I got my 2020 hybrid XLE this Tuesday and tried to get remote connect with no results. Dealer said sorry not capable. But why can’t I upgrade to audio plus and add remote start.

    • Vlad,

      Thanks for your comment. unfortunately you cannot upgrade the Audio, to Audio Plus.

    • You should be able to remote start with your key fob. Hit the lock button once then again quickly within 1 second, then hold the lock button down for about 3 or 4 seconds and your vehicle will remote start. Toyota does not advertise this feature!!

      • Ty,

        Thank you for your comment. you’re right they can turn on and off their Toyota IF it’s equipped with Audio Plus or Audio Premium.
        once they download the Toyota app, login, and add their Toyota information in to the application, they should be able to use the feature(lock button) for 10 years without subscription.

        • Hello, I have a 2020 Toyota c-hr limited. I was wondering if I can add remote connect for my car from toyota. Is it possible to go to dealership and ask for purchase/install? Or will it not work with my car?

    • If you do not sign up for remote connect or cancel your subscription can you still use the remote start function from your key fob?

  7. I have the 2020 toyota camry xle with audio plus but i cannot use the key fob as a remote start only the app on my phone. Do i need to go to the dealership to activate?

    • Eliza,

      Thank you for your comment, if your cellphone’s application works for the remote connect, you should be able to use your key button as well.
      tap on the LOCK button 3 times, and hold it on 3rd time for a few seconds. let me know if you have any questions.

  8. My new Highlander is now connected and I have the app, however I’m unable to start the vehicle. I continually get an error message: your request could not because there was already and existing request in progress. Please wait and try again [E0]

    • Lauren,

      It might take 24 hours to activate the remote connect. Do you still have the same issue?

  9. I have the 2020 xsev6with audio plus it can not use the key fob I download an app but I only able to lock and unlock the doors only. remote connect start engine not work why?

    • Hi Juan,

      Thanks for your comment, You can add aftermarket remote start, which I don’t recommend.

      • I have a 20/20 Toyota Camry LE. Is my car equipped with the remote start it seems to be equipped with everything else or a free trail of. I can’t figure this out I mean at least a free trial offer right

  10. Resourceful post. I actually contacted iHeart support and they were very willing to help and responded really quickly. They wanted to know a lot of technical details but I haven’t gotten it fixed. Here’s some of the things suggested and my responses: current updates for phone and apps? – all up to date; trying another USB cable – with another one I could just barely hear audio if I cranked the volume but it was still a whisper and if the audio source switched it would probably blow my speakers; wanted to know my make and model of stereo in car – couldn’t find any info anywhere and not in my manual; uninstalling and reinstalling apps – no change; only problems with iHeartRadio – yes other music apps work fine. Any error messages in app? – no; radio aftermarket or preinstalled? – preinstalled. I can post full emails I sent and received if needed. If you need more information visit iheartradio connection problem

    • Hi Pedro,

      Thanks for your comment, are you trying to listen to iHeart radio through AppleCar Play?

      You must use the iPhone original cable not aftermarket one. I’d like to know the model of your Toyota!

      I Hope we can help you to fix the issue

  11. I just have 2018 Camry SRX and I click on lock twice and a third time for 3 to 4 second and did not start – nothing. Why? Do I need to CS or take to dealership?

  12. I have a Toyota corolla 2020 LE and I was wondering the price for installation for remote connect since my car didn’t come with it

  13. If you do not sign up for remote connect or cancel your subscription can you still use the remote start function from your key fob?

  14. I have 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE. I don’t know and didn’t try to check it does have remote start or not?
    Could you please tell me , this model does have remote start or not? And I want what I need to do?

  15. I have a 2021 RAV4 hybrid XSE, it has remote start with the key fob. You push the lock button three times, the third time hold it down for a few seconds the lights will flash and it will start. If the engine is cold the gas engine will run. The engine is warm the electric motor runs unless it needs to charge the battery or run A/C. Setup your heater or A/C how you want it when you shut it off, then it will turn them on when you remote start.

  16. I just purchased a used Sienna XLE…. How do I get the apps to work? I was told entune is no longer stupported…

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  18. Latest Camrys are doing just like Lexus you must have a paying subscription simply to remotely start your car for that reason alone I’m looking for another brand. It just screams were looking to rip off our customers every chance we get

    • GPO,

      Thanks for your comment. my advice is, to talk to your dealer regarding the FREE Trial, and then using your only remote to start your car for 10 years. you won’t be able to use your cellphone, and taking advantage of TOYOTA remote connect, but you can turn on and off your Camry using only the remote keyfob.

      Please let me know.

  19. I just purchased the 2023 Toyota Camry SE does it have the ability to remote start? I don’t see the option on the app and the trick with the keyfob is not working what is the next step? Thank you

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