How to Program Liftmaster 891LM and 893LM Remote Controls to a Garage Door Opener

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If you’ve recently purchased a Liftmaster 891LM or 893LM remote control, you might wonder how to sync it with your garage door opener. This guide will walk you through the steps to seamlessly program your new remote and gain easy access to your garage.

Before You Start

  1. Safety First: Ensure your garage door area is free of obstructions. The door will move during programming, and preventing potential mishaps is essential.
  2. Locate the Learn Button: A ‘Learn’ button will be on your garage door opener. Its location varies depending on the model, but it’s often found on the back or side of the machine. It may be yellow, red, orange, or purple.

Programming the 891LM & 893LM Remotes

1. Press the ‘Learn’ Button

Locate the ‘Learn’ button on your garage door opener and press it. The LED light next to it will light up, indicating it’s in programming mode.

2. Choose a Button on Your Remote

  • For the 891LM: Since it’s a single button, press and hold it.
  • For the 893LM: Decide which of the three buttons you want to program for this garage. Once decided, press and hold it.

3. Wait for Confirmation

Upon pressing the remote button, you should see the garage door opener lights blink or hear two clicks. This means that the remote has been successfully programmed.

4. Test Your Remote

Press the programmed button on your remote control to ensure it opens or closes the garage door correctly. If not, you may need to repeat the programming steps.

5. Programming Additional Doors (For 893LM)

If you have the 893LM and wish to program other garage doors or gate operators, repeat steps 1-4 using a different button on the remote.

Erasing All Remote Programming

If you ever need to erase all the programming (for security reasons or if you’ve made an error), press and hold the ‘Learn’ button on the garage door opener for about 6 seconds until the LED turns off. This will erase all programmed remotes and keypads. You’ll then need to reprogram each remote individually.

Final Thoughts

Programming your Liftmaster 891LM or 893LM might initially seem daunting, but these steps are a breeze. Remember always to prioritize safety and enjoy the convenience of your newly programmed remote control!

If you encounter any issues or the remote fails to program, consult the owner’s manual or contact Liftmaster customer support for further assistance.

Overview of Liftmaster Remotes

Liftmaster has a reputation for creating durable and user-friendly garage door remotes. The 891LM and 893LM are part of Liftmaster’s range of products designed to offer homeowners convenience, safety, and peace of mind.

The 891LM Remote: Features and Specifications

Key Features:

  • Single-Button Design: The 891LM is a one-button remote, making it ideal for homes with a single garage door. It provides straightforward and hassle-free operation.
  • Security+ 2.0: This technology ensures that every time the remote button is pressed, a new code is sent to the garage door opener, providing high security against code theft.
  • LED Notification Light: It signals when the remote sends a command and when the battery is low.
  • Battery Included: The remote comes with a 3V coin cell lithium battery.

The 893LM Remote: Features and Specifications

Key Features:

  • Three-Button Design: Unlike the 891LM, the 893LM can control up to three garage doors, gates, or MyQ-enabled lights. It’s ideal for homeowners with multiple garage doors or additional automated systems.
  • Security+ 2.0: Like the 891LM, the 893LM uses Security+ 2.0 technology, ensuring a new code is used with every button press.
  • LED Notification Light: This light helps you know when a command is transmitted and when to replace the battery.
  • Battery Included: Comes with a 3V coin cell lithium battery.

Which Remote is Right for You?

Simplicity vs. Versatility: If you have just one garage door and prefer a simple, straightforward remote, the 891LM is the perfect choice. However, if you have multiple garage doors or other automated systems, the 893LM offers more flexibility.

Budget: The 891LM might be more budget-friendly due to its single-button design. However, if you consider the future addition of more doors or systems, investing in the 893LM could save you money in the long run.


Both the Liftmaster 891LM and 893LM remotes offer durability, security, and ease of use. The choice ultimately comes down to your specific needs. Remember, it’s not just about the number of doors you have now but about potential additions. Consider all factors and select the one best fits your home and lifestyle.

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