How to Use an Electronic Digital Safe

Updated February 21, 2017

Electronic digital safes come in two main types: keypad and biometric. The first type uses a keypad for entry; you can program your own code to open the safe. This is much easier than conventional safes, for which you have to remember a random code and hit the right hash marks on the entry knob. A biometric safe uses fingerprint-scanning technology. The main benefit of this technology is that no one can gain access to your safe except you. A code can be stolen, but a fingerprint cannot.

Press the "Enter" button on the keypad.

Type in the code you want to use for your safe. Most electronic digital safes require a four-digit code.

Hold down the "Enter" button until you hear a beeping sound. This indicates that the code has been set.

Place your items in the safe and close it.

Key in your code and press "Enter" to open the electronic digital safe whenever you want access.

Try entering your code again if it does not work the first time. It's easy to accidentally press the wrong button on a keypad. You will usually have to wait for a "time out" period to expire if you enter an incorrect code too many times. A timeout period is a safety feature that freezes the safe for a period of time so that no one can gain unauthorised access. Try again when the timeout period expires.

Set your biometric safe in program mode.

Press your right index finger down on the scanning screen so the safe can read your fingerprint. A laser reads your fingerprint and converts it into a code. The safe will not open without the right code, i.e., your unique fingerprint.

Program the safe for as many other people as you want to have access to your safe, such as your spouse and other family members.

Place your finger on the scanning screen and hold it down until the safe recognises your fingerprint to open the safe. Try again if the safe fails to recognise your fingerprint. Sometimes your fingerprint will not be completely centred on the screen, or you may have removed your finger before the safe completed the scanning process.


You can set a new code anytime you open the door on an electronic keypad safe.

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David Montoya is an attorney who graduated from the UCLA School of Law. He also holds a Master of Arts in American Indian studies. Montoya's writings often cover legal topics such as contract law, estate law, family law and business.