How to Unbrick the Nokia 5230

Written by mandy slake
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Bricking a Nokia 5230 usually occurs when the phone's battery dies when it is in the middle of an upgrade, but corrupted data or hardware issues also can cause bricking. If your 5230 is bricked, you can attempt to restore it by resetting the phone. Nokia phones resets include soft resets, which only restore operating system files, and hard resets, which delete all the data and then restore the files.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Dial "*#7780#" on the keypad to soft reset the phone. Soft resetting reloads operating system files, but it does not delete any data.

  2. 2

    Dial "*#7370#" on the keypad to hard reset the Nokia 5230. Hard resetting wipes all the data and restores the operating system files.

  3. 3

    Turn off the phone, then simultaneously hold down the green button, the red button and the camera key. Turn on the phone while holding down the buttons, then release them when you see the Nokia logo.

Tips and warnings

  • If the phone does not function after a hard reset, contact your cellular carrier or Nokia for repair service.
  • Charge the batteries on the Nokia 5230 before attempting a reset or a software upgrade. If the phone's batteries die while the upgrade or reset is in process, it could make the phone permanently inoperable.

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