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Changing the safe code

Here’s how to set your electronic lock.

For safes with an electronic number lock, changing the code is an important step that should be carried out with care. The general procedure for changing the code on an electronic safe lock is described below. If you know what type of lock your safe has, then you can of course also take a look in the relevant operating instructions right away.

The basics for
changing the safe code

Safes with an electronic number lock are becoming increasingly popular, as users don’t have to worry about keys or tricky wheels. In the event of an emergency, you don’t need to start thinking about where the key could be. In the event of an emergency, you don’t need to start thinking about where the key could be. All you have to do is enter the correct code on the keypad. When buying a safe with an electronic lock, commonly known as an “ELO” for short, it always makes sense to change the code when setting it up for the first time. The market has a whole host of different lock models and designs to choose from, although there are defined rules in place when it comes to the basic process for changing the code.

The components of an electronic lock

An electronic safe lock on a burglar-proof safe essentially comprises the handle (fixed or rotatable) and the key pad, which closely resembles that of a telephone. Other elements such as coloured LEDs and the battery compartment can vary from one model to the next. The commissioning process for a safe starts with inserting or replacing the batteries to ensure the lock can function reliably. The safe can then be opened using the preset/default code.

To change the safe code, the lock has to “know” what you’re about to do. For most models, this process usually involves pressing the “0” key either once or several times. In the most basic of examples, the lock will then require you to start by entering the current code, which is typically confirmed with a flashing signal or tone.

The new code can now be entered and may need to be entered a second time for confirmation. If you would like to change the safe code of a larger model, it may be necessary to introduce a separate confirmation (using “#” for example) between the two new codes. In addition to coloured LEDs, various individual or continuous tones come into play to help users change their code by indicating accepted entries or signalling errors.

Don’t select an easy code

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t select the date of your wedding, your birthday, your telephone number, or car registration as your wedding code You should also be aware that some models only have a window of a few seconds between entering the code and the following action (such as confirming, turning the handle). Several incorrect entries could even interrupt the change process or else initiate a temporary block.

HARTMANN TRESORE customers will find comprehensive descriptions of all conventional lock types in our operating instructions.