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How to Reset Forgotten Nokia Security Code

This post discus about couple of methods that you can use to reset Nokia 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 post comes in to action. I'll list couple of methods to reset it below.

Use Nokia ‘Hard Reset‘ to Reset Nokia Security Code

This is not the 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 the phone battery is full before performing hard reset. is not responsible for any data loose.

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

Call key + Asterisk key (*) + Number Three (3) Call key + End key + Camera-capture key
  • Touch Phones with Qwerty keyboard
  • 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’ll see message “Formatting” on your screen. Release all keys & wait for formatting to be completed. Once completed, the 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)
  • And 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. Which becomes 12345.