You may want to perform Hard Reset or Restore your Phone to Factory Settings for various reasons which includes:

  • Slow operating system
  • Virus attack
  • Boot-up failure with ‘contact the retailer’ error message
  • Incompatible applications that can’t be fully removed
  • General system error.

Note: before you perform a hard reset on your Nokia N8 or any symbian smartphone you’re using, you should back up your personal data and files as you will lose everything on the phone. Nokia Maps and Ovi store may also be gone after performing the operation. There are many reasons beyond the ones I listed above and before running to a phone clinic, you can fix the problem by yourself and it save time and money. There are actually two methods to do this. FIRST METHOD Factory Settings If you can still access the menu to perform basic operations For Nokia N8, Nokia N97, Nokia C6, C5, E8, E6, Nokia 5800 and almost all Nokia phones (both symbian and series 40), there is a code that works generally if you can still access the menu and operate the phone.

  1. Power on the phone
  2. At the home screen, press *#7370#
  3. Enter your phone security code and the phone restarts.

It will boots up with the default factory settings restored. SECOND METHOD Hard Nokia Reset If you can not access the phone normally or it is unable to boot-up due to certain reasons, you need to use some key combinations to get your symbian device working again. METHOD TO Hard Reset Nokia N8, Nokia C7 , Nokia E7 and other Symbian ^3 or Anna at Boot-up 1. Make sure the device is turned off 2. Press and hold this listed keys:

  • Menu key,
  • The Camera and
  • The Volume Down button
  • Then press The Power key (ON & Off button) together to turn on the phone.

See the screenshot below for better understanding


  • Make sure you hold them (The 4 keys) until the device asks for your location.

This hard reset button combination perfectly works on other Symbian ^3 and Symbian Anna touch-screen smartphones.Try it and see. METHOD to Hard Reset Nokia N97 at Boot-up

  • Make sure your Nokia N97 is turned off
  • Hold the following keys:
  • Left Shift key,
  • The Space Bar and
  • The Back key
  • Then the Power key simultaneously


  • Make sure you hold them until the device asks for your location.

METHOD to Hard Reset Nokia 5800 at Boot-up

  • Power off the phone or re-insert the battery
  • Press and Hold the below keys:
  • Green key,
  • Red call keys and
  • The Camera capture key
  • Then the Power key at the same time.


  • Hold them until the device boots up and asks for country.

METHOD To Hard Reset Other Nokia Phones For other Nokia phones, I mean only Nokia symbian phones with normal keypads such as Nokia E5, N95, N81, N73, E65, E51, E55 Including symbian v2 like Nokia N70, Nokia 6600, 6630,3230 etc. you can perform a hard reset by using the key combination that works for all S60V3 and S60V5 phones.

  • Re-insert the battery or power off your phone
  • Press and hold the following keys:
  • Star (*) key,
  • key 3, and
  • Call or green key
  • Then Power key simultaneously

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  • Keep holding till the phone boots up and asks for your country.

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  • Anonymous, September 13, 2013 @ 2:54 pmReply

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  • Shelaf, September 13, 2013 @ 5:18 pmReply

    You can format your device by typing *#7370# in standby mode. Before the device is reset, you need to provide the lock code. The default lock code is 12345.

  • Anonymous, September 14, 2013 @ 1:01 pmReply

    hard keys for nokia 5250 bcz *#7370# it doesn't work bcz i just forget the lock code . thank you

  • Emmanuel E. I, November 19, 2013 @ 5:49 amReply

    Is the same with E6,since it is a touchsCreen phone with no external camera button. Plz tell me the code,tanks.

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    Plz I need for E6.

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    You can format your Nokia E6 device by typing: * + 3 + call + Power on.

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    Try Call key, camera key, volume down + power on button
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