How to Reset a Combination Padlock

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How to Reset a Combination Padlock
Change a padlock's code several times over the course of use to keep items protected. (padlock image by Horticulture from

Combination padlocks are locks that open with a code. Some padlocks come without a code, so you can set your own, while others come with a default code. It is recommended to change your code several times while using a padlock to better secure your items. If you are ready to change your padlock's code, whether it came with a default code or not, all you need is the current code.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Unlock the combination padlock.

  2. 2

    Turn the shackle away from the hole it locks into. Stop when you hear a click.

  3. 3

    Enter the new combination. Write it down to make sure you don't forget it.

  4. 4

    Lock the combination padlock.

  5. 5

    Unlock the combination padlock using the new combination to make sure it works properly.

Tips and warnings

  • Some combination padlocks have a tiny reset hole on the back side of the lock. You can reset it by sticking a paper clip in the hole until it clicks.

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