How to Reset Forgotten Nokia Security Code

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This post discus about couple of methods that you can use to reset your Nokia phone’s security code. Some calls it ‘Lock Code’ or ‘PIN’. Whatever it is, let’s reset it.

Every Nokia phone comes with default code 12345. If you care about security of your phone or personal information like contacts, photos or anything important that you put on your handset, this code can be essential. You can set your phone to lock on SIM card changes. You can also use this code on your key guard. However, some models may not support this feature. In that case you can use mobile anti-virus software to enable it.

So it’s important change default code & uses it for security. But lots of people tend to forget this code because they don’t use it so often. And once forgotten Nokia won’t help you to recover it. That’s where is post comes in to action. I’ll list couple of methods to reset it below.

Use Nokia ‘Hard Reset’ to Reset Security Code

This is not same as factory settings found on phone settings. As name suggests it’s a hard reset & very hard to execute with two hands:).

Note: This will delete everything on your phone memory. So if you have access to phone (Phone is not locked), Please backup data. And also make sure phone battery is full before performing hard reset. tjosm.com is not responsible for any data lose.

Ensuring phone is turned off, press & hold below 3 keys simultaneously,

  • For classic style phones
Call key + Asterisk key (*) + Number Three (3)
  • For full Touch Phones
Call key + End key + Camera-capture key
  • For Touch Phones with Qwerty keyboard
LEFT SHIFT key + SPACEBAR key + BACK key
  • For SYMBIAN^3 phones (Nokia N8, C7, E7, C6-01, X7, E6)
Volume Down Key + Camera Key + Menu Key

Ensuring that above keys are being pressed, Press & hold Power button until you see message “Formatting” on your screen. Release all keys & wait for formatting to be completed. Once completed, Phone is like just out of the box. Not physically though. Most importantly, your security code is now reset to default. Which means 12345

Recover Nokia Security Code with NSS

This method won’t reset your security code. It’ll read code as it is. Pretty dangerous huh? That’s why Nokia seems to be blocking this feature with firmware updates. There is a possibility that this method won’t work with your phone. But it’s worth giving it a try before going to Hard Reset since it won’t delete anything on your phone.

  • Download & install Nemesis Service suite (NSS). Do not install it on C: drive. It has permission issues on C. I’ll go with D.
  • Connect your phone to computer using Ovi Suite or PC Suite mode. Close Ovi/PC suite if launched automatically. We don’t need it.
  • Open Nemesis Service suite (NSS)
  • Click on scan for new devices button (top right hand side)
  • Click on phone info button
  • Click on Scan
  • Select Permanent Memory
  • Click on Read

Now it’ll read your phone’s permanent memory and save it on your computer. Browse Nemesis Service suite (NSS) installation directory & go to D:NSSBackuppm. In that folder you’ll see a file named {YourPhone’sIMEI}.pm. Right click on it & open with notepad. Now search [308] within that file. On the 5th record (5=) under [308] tag you’ll see your password like this 5=31323334350000000000. Remove all 3’s & 0’s from that line like I highlighted above to get your security code. So your security code is 12345.

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Tharindu Kumara is a webmaster from Sri Lanka. He's currently following an IT degree program at University of Colombo. Some of his interests are blogging, web development, SEO, listening music and watching movies.

8 comments

  1. Paolo

    Hi Tharindu,

    many thanks for your tutorial. Unfortunately I’ve followed your suggestions, but I had no chances to get my phone working. My model is an old 1280 where I changed the security code without noting it. Could you help me in some way?

  2. Paolo

    Hi Tharindu,

    many thanks for your tutorial. Unfortunately I’ve followed your suggestions, but I had no chances to get my phone working. My model is an old 1280 where I changed the security code without noting it. Could you help me in some way?

  3. Paolo

    Hi Tharindu,

    many thanks for your tutorial. Unfortunately I’ve followed your suggestions, but I had no chances to get my phone working. My model is an old 1280 where I changed the security code without noting it. Could you help me in some way?

  4. Paolo

    Hi Tharindu,

    many thanks for your tutorial. Unfortunately I’ve followed your suggestions, but I had no chances to get my phone working. My model is an old 1280 where I changed the security code without noting it. Could you help me in some way?

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