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.

About The Author

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.

66 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?

  5. Jasmim

    How to use the classic method? Ive been trying to press all at the same time. But its never worked out. Please do help me . My phone is Nokia 202 .

  6. phio hud

    hey mr tharindu kumara if i used the way where i download NNS and erase all 3’s and 0’s will this result in deleting all pictures contact…etc on my phone or only the lock code? thanks in advance

  7. Emmanuel E. Sulai

    Hi Tharindu, thanks for this great post. I really need your help on how to unlock my Nokia 107 Dual sim Phone. The IMEIs are: 353068062316161 and 353068062316179 for sims 1 and 2 respectively. Kindly help me forward the unlock details to my mail please. Regards, Emmanuel E. Sulai

  8. ivan

    Hy Tharindu. i have a nokia c7 00 and its locked and i dont have a security code of my phone.I dont know why this happend i have never changed or used that security code.I try to type the 12345 and 0000 but it doesent work.also i tried to conect with nss and it does not conect.with other phone it conects.Is there any other option?

    Thank you,

    Ivan

  9. sturzu daniel

    Hi,
    I managed to reset the combination of buttons but not reset security code I tried to go but NSS program to scan my phone info error occurs before the scan button below to aps write ready when you press the scan below and then write busy Besides he writes error in the first part I recognize n8 phone and do not know what to do …

    Tank you,

    daniel

  10. Sachin

    Hi, I forgot my e7 security code and i tried hard reset but the phone vibrates 3-4 times and then switch off. and not going to reset step What to do ?

  11. baba

    Hi, I forgot my e7 security code and i tried hard reset but the phone vibrates 3-4 times and then switch off. and not going to reset step What to

  12. esther

    How do i retrieve the security codes on nokia n9 in regard to track and protect system. i cant remember the security codes….kindly help me retrieve it…am stuck

  13. ntombie

    hi there

    i receve a erron lock code entered incorrect 5times and i tried the method but doesnt seem to work please assist

  14. chtsor

    i have a nokia n78 i tried all the methods and no one of them is working. it shows me the nokia icon and then it asks me the security code. what can i do?
    thank you.

  15. srinivas

    sir how we have to press buttons on nokia n8 for hard reset
    i tried hard but while we are pressing power button it is going to switch
    what we have to do sir help me plsss

  16. lakshay

    sir I am using NSS for security code of my nokia 500, after clicking on phone info button when I clickee scan button it came ,scan for product….error!
    please help in trouble shooting this problem

  17. Mom Tharith

    my Nokia 1280 has problem with new simcard, if i insert the old simcard, it works as normal but if i insert the new it required the security code.
    Can anybody help me with this problem?

  18. Petersen

    is it the classic method needed to reset security code for nokia e72: Call key + Asterisk key (*) + Number Three (3)?
    It does not seem to enter the formatting screen – please advice needed phone unusable.

  19. Martin

    Hello Tharindu, I managed to follow your guide but [308] section doesn’t have 5=. There are 0=, 1=, 3=, 4=, 6=, 7= and 9=. Please advise.

  20. Neil

    I assume this isn’t the case for Nokia 6500c as I have tried the first method four separate times, on my own and with others and it hasn’t worked. Thank you for giving me hope but it doesn’t appear to work on this particular phone.

  21. Sidra Saeed

    hello, sir i found error when i enter my security code of my fone Nokia c2-01 , i did not change the code it works before night but next morning it does not work, what i do please help me

  22. farhad

    respected sir,i have nokia n96 since 8 years i forgot my security code and am not able to reset my nokia ,and the thing is even after master reseting via buttoms on switch off condition again lock code is asking

  23. Selby

    DEAR THARINDU

    THANK U VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP, I MANAGED TO UNLOCK MY NOKIA N8. AGAIN THANKS FOR THE PROVIDED ADVICE.

    FROM
    S V MNDAWE

  24. ashok

    nokia asha 311
    Please copy the loaders first!
    ->ADSP Loaders Dir(‘FlashUsb’)…Found.
    –>0 file(s) found.
    –>Please copy the loaders first!
    ->DCT3 Loaders Dir(‘fls1sup’)….Found.
    –>0 file(s) found.
    –>Please copy the loaders first!
    ->Products Dir(‘products’)…….Not Found.

  25. Kevin

    Hi, I hv a classic nokia 1800 Type RM-653. Got it second hand. I got a new prepaid sim card. I tried to set a PIN Code, but got rejected. It wasn’t 1234 or 12345. I HAVE THE PUK Code, so it is not a stolen sim. It’s an old phone too, not stolen too.

    After I entered the PUK code, it asks me for the PIN again. I tried different combos. I read the SIM card will be invalid after 10 consecutive tries of incorrect PUK code. I tried to hard reset the phone like you described too, but it still asked for the PIN code. Then message “SIM CARD REJECTED”. WHy? But I have the PUK code.

    I just wanted to set a number code for the phone. Can you help me? Thanks!

  26. Manoj

    I have this Nokia 5130c-2 also known as Music Express and somehow I cant seem to remember the “security lock” and tried resetting with classical way as I supoose it is a classical phone but is not resetting !
    Please advise what do you suggest I do now ?
    I dont suppose it falls under symbian phone ?
    Thanx

  27. Zehra Ali

    Hello. I am having a problem. My phone was locked so i sent it to the store. Now it has been unlocked but the security code is not setring. Though i entered the standard code too. Help me out. Let me know how to set a new security code. It is showing code error. Please help me..

  28. shoaib ali

    Thank you for sharing the information as i have unlock my security code of nokia after reading your instruction

  29. Pranav Bhatnagar

    hi i have a nokia 500 symbian OS , i put a security lock code but forgot to note it down. what can i do in this case?

  30. Lakshay

    Hi there,
    For N500, I was also facing same problem you can try to hard reset it using power button- volume up…. as told here.
    Or you can use the NSS software for hard reset of your N 500 and it will be rebooted and you will have default code 12345. Google out for NSS .
    Good luck!

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