Resetting Schlage Keypad Lock with the Programming Code

So I’ve decided to talk about this today as some users keep asking this question.

If you’re wondering whether you need the Programming Code to reset your Schlage keypad lock, the quick answer is no.

Programming a Schlage Lock

Resetting your Schlage keypad lock doesn’t need the lock’s Programming Code. As long as you can access the interior and exterior assembly of your Schlage keypad lock, you can reset it in seconds.

That said, here’s a quick guide on resetting your Schlage keypad lock:

  1. You’ll need to find the default Programming Code of your lock, as you’ll need the code to reprogram the lock after the reset.
  2. Check the back of the user manual that came with your lock to find the default Programming Code. If you don’t have the manual, remove the exterior assembly of the lock from the door—you’ll find the default Programming Code on the inside of the keypad assembly (printed on a white label).
  3. Remove the battery cover and disconnect the battery.
  4. On the keypad, press the Schlage button and release it immediately.
  5. Go back to the interior assembly and reconnect the battery.
  6. Press and hold the Schlage button on the keypad until the status light turns green and you hear a beep. This step should be completed in 10 seconds—as programming mode may time out if it exceeds 10 seconds.
  7. Confirm if the reset is successful by entering one of the default User Codes (4-digit code). If the latch bolt extends and retracts, the reset is successful.

Note that this reset method may not work for Schlage Connect, Schlage Encode and Schlage Sense Deadbolt. See factory reset instructions for Schlage Sense, Schlage Encode and Schlage Connect Deadbolt.

That said, as you can see, the Programming Code is not required to reset your Schlage keypad lock. However, you’ll need to keep the default Programming Code handy as it’s required to make changes to the lock programming, such as changing the Programming Code itself, adding/deleting User Codes, enabling auto-lock, etc.

For your needs, let’s look at how to change the default Programming Code, add User Codes and delete User Codes after resetting the lock.

Changing the Programming Code

The Programming Code is the 6-digit code that allows you to add or remove settings on your Schlage keypad lock. After resetting your lock, the factory default Programming Code is restored. You want to change this code for convenience or security.

Let’s look at how to do this:

  • Enter your 6-digit Programming Code on the keypad. Next, wait for the Schlage button to illuminate orange, and you hear three beeps.
  • Press the Schlage button. Then press 3 on the keypad. Wait for the three orange lights and three beeps.
  • Enter a new 6-digit Programming Code and wait for three orange lights and three beeps.
  • Enter the new 6-digit Programming Code again to confirm it. If you see a green light on the lock and hear one beep, it means the programming is successful.
  • Your new Programming Code is now active.

Wrapping Up

I hope this solves the puzzle about resetting a Schlage lock with or without the Programming code.

As mentioned earlier, you may need to change the default Programming Code of your lock after performing a reset—follow the instructions above to do that.

Like the Programming Code, your Schlage keypad lock comes with two default User Codes. This code lets you lock/unlock your door through the lock’s keypad.

But for security reasons, you want to remove these two default User Codes.

If you’re not sure how to do that, see how to remove the default User Codes and add new codes on your Schlage Lock after performing a factory reset.