How to change the code on a Kwikset lock

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How to change the code on a Kwikset lock

Last updated on May 27th, 2023 at 07:15 am

Trying to figure out a way to change the code on a Kwikset keypad? Well, look not further. 

Start by opening the back panel of the Kwikset smart lock. Press the program button, type in the 4-digit key you want, and hit on the door lock button. Do the same thing again, and the code will set to the one you gave. Afterward, delete the old code you had.

how to change the code on a kwikset lock
3 simple steps to program the kwikset smart door lock

In this article, you will come to know:

  • change Kwikset smart keypad lock
  • Program Kwikset smart keypad lock
  • Delete old keypad lock

On the flip side, you will get step-by-step instructions, so that you don’t slip up. Let’s get started!

How to change or add a new user code on a Kwikset smart lock?

Changing the lock codes will remove all the previous lock codes and settings. It is a simple process, and you can do it in a few steps.

Yet remember that the code-changing process may vary depending on the model you have. 

So if you forget the code, you should check out the lock manual to find the programming code 

because some models have the default code. 

You can use it to change or reset your lock code and add a new one.

Let’s see the procedure below:

  1. Keep your door open and unlocked. If you forget your code and get locked out, find your lock’s user manual and take the default programming code.
  1. Now type this code on the keypad or touchscreen to unlock the lock.
  1. Take the battery cover out by simply sliding it from the lock. Yet, depending on the model, some Kwikset locks may have 2 or 3 security screws that hold the cover in place. 

So use a screwdriver to unscrew these and take off the battery cover.

  1. Now locate the program button that may stay in the battery compartment of the lock. 
  • Press the Program button once. 
Program the button
  • If it is a touchscreen lock, hold the program button until you notice the flashing of the green check mark symbol. Then push on the check mark sign.
check mark sign
  1. After 5 seconds, type the new code you want to set. You may need 4 to 8 digits of code for the button model lock and at least ten digits for some touch screen model locks.
give 10 digits code
  1. Now push on the lock button once. It is located on the exterior assembly of both the keypad and touchscreen lock model. 
push on the lock button

Wait until the lock starts to beep. It indicates your new code has been successfully programmed. 

If it is a touchscreen model, the check mark sign will light up and flash green.

  1. Finally, test the lock by entering your new user code. Check if it is working. If doesn’t work, confirm you won’t use a duplicate code of another programmed code.
  1. After finishing the programming, replace the battery cover.

You can see the process from the link to change the codes of your Kwikset Powerbolt 2 lock, Home Connect 620,  910, 916.

You can also read this article to get a better understanding on change code kwikset powerbolt lock.

How to program a new user code on Kwikset smartcode 888, 909, 910, and 912

The very first thing you need to do is to program the quick set key lock for your Kwikset 888, 910, 912, and kwikset 909 keypad. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Pull off the security screw from the black sleeve (for front door)

There are total 3 screws, and they are: Left side, right side, and bottom side screws. (See the picture)

3 screws picture of kwikset smart lock

When you pull them off then the whole front lock will come out from the door, so you will get to see a closer look to it.

Step 2: Here, you are about to take off the black sleeve instead of the whole device.

And what tools you need to change the code on Kwikset keypad, you ask? Any regular screwdriver will do to open the back panel of the lock. Sometimes, you will also need a paper clip or pin.

Now, look closely and you will see the two buttons where you will just gently press on the program button located at the bottom.

Step 2: Make sure you will press at least 4 digit codes and then press the lock button. Afterwards, you will hear a long beep sound

hear a beeping sound
lock button

Step 3: The long beep sound ensure that the keypad locking program is done here.

Step 4: Now, you will run a test with your preferred locking code.

Well, it is easy, you just need to press the lock keypad located at the center then press your 4 digit codes (which you have just programmed), then it will work!

how to manually program my kwikset smart door lock
Run the test with 4 digit codes

This is how you change the code on a kwikset keypad. All you need to do is, set a new code and delete old one. 

How to add a user code on my Smart-code touchscreen

The user code is for your friends and guests when you want them to let in. For example, you are on a vacation and your neighbor will go inside and feed your dog, then you can give him/her a user code.

how to add a  kwikset user code
user codes have 30 variable numbers!

When you will drive to the home then you can easily erase the user code. Here I will show you first how you can add a user code manually and remotely. Then I will show you how you can delete the user code.

Add a user code manfully

The user code activation will only applicable when you have disabled the kwikset mastercode.

Let’s take you to the step by step process below:

  • push the program button from the front panel
  • Now push the lock button after entering the home
  • Now press the buttons with codes which you want to erase after that press the lock button again
  • At the end of this process, you are going to delete your Kwikset user code successfully.

If you won’t able to do it like you have forgotten the given user code, then you need to go with the reset Kwikset lock.

Using app

It’s even easier. No pressing keys or remembering the code you had. You can lock, unlock, and set the kwikset a new pass code. Here’s how you do it: 

Step 1: Pair the Kwikset app with your lock

  • Open the kwikset app on your phone and open the back panel of the lock. You need to pair the app with the lock. 
  • Enable Wi-Fi and bluetooth as shown in the app before the pairing.
  • Hold the “A” button (Not the program one) for 3 seconds and the app will detect and ask to pair the lock. Hit on ok. 
  • The lock will light on green if you pair it perfectly.

Step 2: Set a new code

  • On the bottom left, you will see a people’s button. 
  • Click on the (+) plus button above, and give your new code a name. 
  • Set the code you want and give the parameters according to the time, date, weekday and time, or even a one time 24-hour code. 
  • Now, hit on submit. Your new code will be active until the expiration date. 

How To Change The Code On A Kwikset Touchscreen Keypad

Touchscreen Kwikset smart locks like the 916, 914, 913 and the 910 may look fancy, but they have the same code changing mechanism. Here’s how you can change the code on a touchscreen Kwikset

Step 1: Go to the back panel and unscrew the back panel properly. Don’t keep any screws and remove the back panel.

Step 2: Press the program button and come to the touchscreen keypad. 

Step 3: Hit the unlock button and type the new code you want. Then press the unlock button again.

Step 4: Check if the code works or not, else try the step-3 again.

Step 5: Finally, delete the old code you had, and the code is now changed. 

How to delete the old code of a Kwikset touchscreen

  • Unlock the door and unscrew the back panel of the touchscreen Kwikset lock. The screws are around the edges and any regular screwdrivers will do the trick. 
  • You will see a program button, now press it. Hold it for a second and click the lock sign first.
  • Now, all you need is to enter the code and hit on the lock button. You should hear the lock beeping a few times.
  • Finally, enter the code again, and click on the lock button. 
  • Try entering the old code, if it doesn’t work, then you have deleted the code for good.

How To Delete Old Codes On Kwikset With A Factory Reset

To delete all the old codes on a Kwikset factory reset, all you need is to reset the program to it’s prime. Here are the steps: 

Step 1: Using a regular screwdriver, open the back panel of the Kwikset smart door lock. 

Step 2: You will find a program button in the middle, or a pin-hole (For the 917 and 955). Hold the button or insert a pin for 30 seconds. The lights will flicker green and red. 

Step 3: If the lock handle starts to recoil, then the reset is taking action. It will take about 20 seconds. 

Note: All your old pass codes will be deleted, and the default code is 0-0-0-0. You need to change it to a new master code.

What happens if I forget the Kwikset Smart Lock code?

When you forget your Kwikset Smart lock programming code, you can’t access your home and get locked out. 

But don’t worry about that because several options are available to regain access to your home or office.

  • The first thing you can do is change your lock code.
  • The second one is to reset your lock to remove any existing code.

To do this, you can delete all the previous user codes, master codes, or any settings to the lock. Then you can add a new user code that you want to use. 

How to reset the Kwikset smart lock code?

If the above changing code process can’t solve your issue or you have forgotten the master code, perform a factory reset. 

It will erase all the lock settings. Here is how you can factory reset your Kwikset lock:

  1. Take off the battery cover from the interior part of your lock model. You may need a screwdriver to remove it because some models have security screws.
battery replacement
  1. Take the battery pack out from the battery compartment by only sliding it out.
battery pack
  1. Locate the reset or program button. It will vary depending on the kwikset lock model.
program the lock
  1. Press and hold the reset or program button while reinstalling your battery pack. Stay holding it for 30 seconds until the lock LED status flashes red.
led status flash red
press the button
  1. Release this button and wait until it goes to its default settings.
  1. Press the program or reset button once more. You will notice the LED status flashing red, green, or green several times depending on the model. It means the lock is fully reset, and the code is deleted. 
program the reset button
  1. Once the lock has reset, you can reprogram it with a new programming code or several user codes for your specific Kwikset lock model.

You can read the link here to get the specific factory resetting process for your used Kwikset lock. Is it Kwikset powerbolt 2, Home Connect 620, Halo, 888?

Read this article to get all the Kwikset lock factory resetting process.

How To Program A Mastercode On Kwikset

Programming a mastercode of a kwikset smart lock takes about a minute max. You can use this method on a regular keypad smart lock or a touchscreen one. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Take out the screws of the back panel and remove the cover. 

Step 2: Now, press the program button until the LED start flickering green.

Step 3: Give any mastercode you want. Usually, the code is of 4 digits, but it can be 8 sometimes. 

Step 4: Press the unlock button and repeat the code. 

Step 5: Try out the new code and if it works, you just programmed a new mastercode for the kwikset smart lock.

Step 6: Disable the old mastercode if you don’t want anyone to use it.

How To Disable The Old Mastercode In A Kwikset Smart Lock

Step 1: You need to open the back panel covering the battery first. 

Step 2:If you see a program button, then press it. However, if you see a pin-hole, then inset a pin in the hold. 

Step 3:Hold it until the LED light goes green. 

Step 4: Afterward, press the unlock button and enter the old mastercode. Now, hit on unlock again. 

Step 5:Apply the old code again, and for the last time hit the unlock button. Your master-code shouldn’t work anymore.

Can you change the code on Kwikset keypad without current code?

Yes. You can change the code on a Kwikset keypad without knowing the current code. But first, you will need to reset the lock to default 0-0-0-0. The reason is, you need to delete the old code before or after adding a new one.

How many codes can a Kwikset lock have?

A kwikset smart lock can hold up to 30 users at a time. The length of the code may vary from 4 to 8, depending on the model and serial number.

Will changing the code on Kwikset keypad erase any previous code?

Changing the code on a Kwikset keypad won’t erase any previous code. However, if you edit the code in the Kwikset app, your old code will change. The rest of the codes will remain the same, if you have multiple of them.

What should you do if your keypad does not work after changing the code?

If your keypad doesn’t work after changing the code, then you couldn’t change the code properly. Else, the lock has gone to belugas. To fix it, you need to reset the function, and it should take care of the problem. 

Can you change the code on my Kwikset keypad remotely?

You can change the Kwikset keypad code remotely as well. For it, you need to make sure that the lock has wireless support as well. Now all you need is to install the Kwikset app and change/edit the old code from the people’s profile.

End Note

Changing, or editing, the old code on a Kwikset keypad takes a minute at best. The best part is, any of your old pass codes won’t change or get deleted. Unless you reset the smart-lock. Here is an article on resetting Halo lock, go and read it if you want.

In most cases, your Kwikset lock won’t have Bluetooth. However, with the latest versions, you can connect it to the Kwikset app and change it easy-peasy. 

But keep in mind to delete the old 4-digit master code or custom code if you change it manually. 

This is all for today. Let’s hit the sack. Bye-bye.

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