Audi radio codes – a complete guide from Prestige Imports

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Why is an Audi radio code necessary?

As a security measure Audi requires radio codes to get your radio out of safe mode. Chances are you did not have to enter the Audi radio rode when you purchased the vehicle and therefore have never had to deal with Audi radio codes before.

If your Audi radio is currently in “Safe Mode” there are a few steps you will need to take:

If you are one of the lucky people who happen to have a vehicle manual with the Audi radio code on hand, you can simply follow the instructions specific to your radio and the hills will be alive with the sound of music.

Unfortunately this code is not often on hand, so there are a few ways you can go about getting your radio code.

How do I get my Audi radio code?

Have you previously been to the Prestige Imports Service center to get the code? Or maybe you’ve had a battery replaced by our service department? Call our Audi Service Department (888-446-4994) and ask a representative if your Audi radio code is on file. If we have it on file we simply need to verify that you are who you say you are. Once we confirm your identity (be prepared to give us some personal information) we will be able to get you the code over the phone or via email.

 

Note: The information in the preceding paragraph only applies to Prestige Imports customers who have had us retrieve their radio code in the past. Radio codes are not readily available through Audi’s nationwide database, they are accessed using identification information pulled directly off of your radio while it is here in our shop. If you have not had us pull your radio code in the past, the rest of the information in this article should be of assistance. Remember, if you are not able to physically bring your vehicle to Prestige Imports, we will not be able to help you.  If you live outside of the Denver metro area, please schedule an appointment with your local Audi dealer to have them locate you radio identification information and retrieve your radio code.

 

If you have not come in before to get a radio code, you will have to make an appointment because it will take a little time for one of our technicians to access your radio identification information. You can wait in the lobby while the technician obtains the needed information from your vehicle and contacts Audi of America to get the code.

This may seem like a bit of a hassle, and we do apologize for the inconvenience, but we are unable to give you the code over the phone. This policy is to protect you. If your radio was stolen from your vehicle (or your vehicle was stolen) and the thief called us to obtain the radio code, we would not give them the code either. We can only give the Audi radio code to the registered owner of the vehicle.

If you need to schedule an appointment to obtain your radio code, please call our Audi Service Department at (833) 825-5423.

Also, don’t hesitate to call us if you are not sure how to enter the radio code. If you would like to tackle that job on your own, we have provided detailed instructions below:

*Be careful entering the code! On most radios, when you incorrectly try to enter the code two times the radio will go into a one hour lock-up and you will have to wait to try again!

How do I enter the Audi radio code into my specific radio?

Audi Symphony Radio

  • Radio is on and appears in “SAFE” mode
  • Simultaneously press the P.SCAN and RBDS buttons, holding them down, until “1000” lights up. Release the buttons. (If you continue to hold the button down or press the buttons again this will make the radio think your radio code is 1000, so don’t do that)
  • Use the station buttons 1 through 4 to input the radio code. Press button one repeatedly until you arrive to the correct number (once would be one, twice would be two and so on.)
  • Once you have entered the correct code in the display press the P.SCAN and RBDS simultaneously again, holding down until SAFE is displayed.
  • The radio should now be working, but we can’t guarantee the commercials will be any better.

Audi Concert Radio

  • Radio is on and appears in “SAFE” mode
  • Simultaneously press the FM 2 and RDS buttons, holding them down, until “1000” lights up. Release the buttons. (If you continue to hold the button down or press the buttons again this will make the radio think your radio code is 1000, so don’t do that)
  • Use the station buttons 1 through 4 to input the radio code. Press button one repeatedly until you arrive to the correct number (once would be one, twice would be two and so on.)
  • Once you have entered the correct code in the display press the FM 2 and RDS simultaneously again, holding down until SAFE is displayed.
  • The radio should now be working but we can’t guarantee the commercials will be any better.

Audi Delta CC Radio

  • Radio is on and appears in “SAFE” mode
  • Simultaneously press FM (1/2) and DX buttons, holding them down, until “1000” lights up. Release the buttons. (If you continue to hold the button down or press the buttons again this will make the radio think your radio code is 1000, so don’t do that)
  • Use the station buttons 1 through 4 to input the radio code. Press button one repeatedly until you arrive to the correct number (once would be one, twice would be two and so on.)
  • Once you have entered the correct code in the display press the FM 2 and RDS simultaneously again, holding down until SAFE is displayed.
  • The radio should now be working but we can’t guarantee the commercials will be any better.

Audi Bose Radio

  • Radio is on and appears in “SAFE” mode
  • Simultaneously press FM 1 and AM buttons, holding them down, until “1000” lights up. Release the buttons. (If you continue to hold the button down or press the buttons again this will make the radio think your radio code is 1000, so don?t do that)
  • Use the station buttons 1 through 4 to input the radio code. Press button one repeatedly until you arrive to the correct number (once would be one, twice would be two and so on.) The 1st button will only be a 1 or left blank, the following three digits will be number 1 through 9.
  • Once you have entered the correct code in the display press the FM 1 and AM simultaneously again, holding down until SAFE is displayed.
  • The radio should now be working but we can’t guarantee the commercials will be any better.

Audi Sound Choice Radio

  • Turn the radio on and the display should read “Code”
  • If you press the Preset Station Selector Button “Code” will be replaced by “0000”
  • Use the station buttons 1 through 4 to input the radio code. Press button one repeatedly until you arrive to the correct number (once would be one, twice would be two and so on.) Make sure to enter the code in the space of 1 minute or it will interrupt the process.
  • After the radio code is entered correctly, press the fifth preset button.
  • The radio should now be working but we can’t guarantee the commercials will be any better.

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