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Please see the article that I wrote on this subject.

- Jim

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Probably one of the most asked questions on Fixya about a Garmin GPS.

Garmin added the PIN lock feature to deter thieves from stealing a GPS. If the PIN code could be easily resettable, then the feature would be pointless.

First, ask your friend what the PIN is. If he can remember his credit card PIN, he should be able to come up with a couple of possible numbers to unlock the unit.

Otherwise, you have (2) choices:

1. Go to the location where your friend set up the PIN and turn on the unit. The unit will not ask for the PIN. This is known as the "safe" location.

2. Contact Garmin and pay whatever fee they charge to unlock it, however be warned... if the unit is stolen and has been reported as stolen, you may get a visit by law enforcement.

More information about PIN locking can be found here:

Apr 18, 2013 | Garmin nuvi GPS


Lost PIN for Garmin Lock - Nuvi Series

I've seen many postings from users who say they have lost their PIN code.

For those of you that don't know what a PIN code is:

Garmin provides a feature called "Garmin Lock", which allows the GPS owner to assign a (4) digit numeric unlock access code or PIN to their GPS.

The PIN is designed to prevent your GPS from being used by an un-authorized user. It was also meant to be used a a deterrent to thieves, making the GPS useless if stolen.

The PIN setup can be accessed by pressing the "wrench" symbol on the main menu (Nuvi Series). Next, press the "gear" symbol and you should see a listing for Garmin Lock.

When you set up the PIN, you will be asked to enter in a (4) digit numeric code. After you enter the 4th digit, you will be asked again for the code. This is to make sure that both entries match and that verify that the PIN that you request will be the one written into memory.

Your PIN is written into non-volatile memory..... it's not a file that is accessible via USB communications between the GPS and a PC. You can't clear it by disconnecting the power or disconnecting the battery or letting the battery run down. There is no jumper or switch inside the GPS to reset it, so don't waste your time tearing the GPS apart.

Now, after you set the PIN, you will be asked to set the "secure" location. This can be anywhere.... your work location, home, local gas station, school, etc. In order to set the secure location, your antenna must be up and you have to have a satellite lock. If you don't have a lock, the "set" key will be grayed out until you acquire a lock.

The secure location is your "back-up key" in case you forget your PIN. If you have forget your pin, all you have to do is physically go to the secure location. Make sure your antenna is up and that you have a satellite lock. When you are in the secure location, your GPS will NOT ask you for the PIN when you turn it on. You'll then be able to reach the main menu and change the PIN and secure location to something else if you desire.

If you have forgot both the PIN and secure location you are out of luck. You'll have to send your unit back to Garmin to have it unlocked. Garmin may charge you for this service.

Note: If you do send the unit back to Garmin to be unlocked and you are found not to be the original owner of the GPS and it's determined to be stolen, Garmin will contact law enforcement (they're policy on this is right on their website under FAQ's).

- Jim

on Oct 10, 2008 | Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver

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Lost pin code

Your nuvi has Garmin Lock activated, a security feature to make the unit useless to thieves and to protect your data if the unit is lost.

Unless you know the security location used when the pin code was set, or can remember (or ask the last owner for) the pin code, then your unit cannot be used without sending it back to Garmin (proof of original purchase required)..

Click here and you'll see my FixYa Tip regarding this common problem. If the hyperlink doesn't work then cut and paste the following link into your browser:-

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Im locked out i have lost my pin code for my garmin nuvi gps


Going back to the security location will unlock the unit but in order to reset the pin code, the original pin code must be input.
To unlock the unit, it must be sent back to Garmin.

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Lost pin code for c550 my father passed away in kansas

I'm sorry to hear about your father. Unfortunately, you have only 3 options for unlocking a PIN locked Garmin. Enter the correct PIN, take the unit back to the location at which the PIN was originally entered, or return the unit to Garmin. If you are not the owner of record, however, Garmin will not return the unit to you.

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I lost the pin code of my gps


Usually if you switch on the unit at home it should over ride the pin code. you can then reset another pin code. This is of course if home has been set into the GPS

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I have lost my pin code for my tomtom 530 live can i decode it.

Only by connecting it to the orignial PC you set up the pin on.

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Lost pin

Only Garmin Support can help you with a lost security code. They can be reached below:

I hope this helps!

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Help.. lost my pin code

The only way to unlock a PIN locked Garmin is to enter the correct PIN or take the unit to the location at which the PIN was entered. Your only other option is to send the unit to Garmin.

Jun 12, 2008 | Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver

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