How to crack Garmin Lock on Nuvi, Video on YouTube

 
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Wow, I guess there's no

Wow, I guess there's no point of locking my Nuvi anymore. I'm sure all those thieves out there knew of this already and probably laugh when finding a Nuvi with locks enabled.

You Tube

This video show someone resetting there device and shows nothing in regards of the unlock code.

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bandaid wrote:

This video show someone resetting there device and shows nothing in regards of the unlock code.

It shows the user clearing all user data. Are you saying that you tried it and it doesn't clear the lock data? I don't want to try it because I'd then have to drive to my security location to reset, if it does work.

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Clearing Data

I’m in no way an expert on these devices but that you tube video shows someone resetting there device. If the video showed someone using there gps with a lock code and then showing how a reset would clear it might be more believable.

Reading multiple threads on cracking the Garmin lock codes, even when resetting your device won’t clear the pin codes. Users who forget there lock code or security location as of yet have the only option of sending it to Garmin for repair.

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It looks to me that what he

It looks to me that what he did was wipe out the user data. Which is what the lock is supposed to protect.

So even though he could use the unit, he no longer had access to the private data that was on the unit.

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I didn't see

I didn't see the screen that asks for a pass word!!!!! like on my 760. The video didn't show me more than what the rest have stated above. Not worried about thiefs.. The GPS are cheap enough to replace anyway. I dont't keep valuable info on mine rolleyes

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Don't work

Try on my nuvi785t. Will email garmin if there are flaw in security pin. It will only erase the user data not the pin lock.

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Good point

krelvinaz wrote:

It looks to me that what he did was wipe out the user data. Which is what the lock is supposed to protect.

So even though he could use the unit, he no longer had access to the private data that was on the unit.

You bring up a very good point. If ones home location is indeed their home at least it will not be compromised when the user data is wiped. The person will be out of the unit and not have to worry about their home being robbed.

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Garmin Lock

You should be able to track your unit by your serial number through google maps or live maps. So in the event it was stolen you could find exactly where it is or be able to give the serial number to the police and they could track it for you like a lo-jack.

How does this work?

ENYPDE wrote:

You should be able to track your unit by your serial number through google maps or live maps. So in the event it was stolen you could find exactly where it is or be able to give the serial number to the police and they could track it for you like a lo-jack.

I was under the impression that a GSPr does not transmit location coordinates. Am I missing something?

No

Bstpm wrote:

Am I missing something?

The "r" in GPSr stands for "receiver". It doesn't send anything.

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I see

That I did not know? LOL

Only Resetting "Factory Defaults"

bentbiker wrote:
bandaid wrote:

This video show someone resetting there device and shows nothing in regards of the unlock code.

It shows the user clearing all user data. Are you saying that you tried it and it doesn't clear the lock data? I don't want to try it because I'd then have to drive to my security location to reset, if it does work.

The video is only showing how to reset everything to factory defaults. I tried it on my 760 and was still prompted for the password for unlocking it at start up. I set my security location for about 200 feet from my font door to avoid unlocking it by location. Even from the back of the house the weak satellite reception makes my perceived location move around.

I watch the video mutiple

I watch the video mutiple times but still don't see any proof that shows Garmin lock is rendered useless. Youtube video uploader doesn't even mention anything about Garmin lock. I know that at some point, the video shows "Garmin Lock" option is Off. Where's the proof that it was On before the reset? Aren't we all assuming that the lock gets bypassed or erased with this maintenance mode trick.

I'd be glad to hear it from Nuvi 360 owners who have tested this trick and find that it does indeed bypass/erase the lock.

Clearing user data/reset

I reset my 680 and it still asked for the pin. I have not watched the video though but I did do a reset and the thing indeed asked for the pin. This is about 2 years. Not sure if the newer versions are able to bypass that.

I tried to reset but it still asked for the pin.

I had Nuvi 360 which recently do an on-line update.

Safe.

I think were still safe. I saw nothing to show me he unlocked a locked unit.
But im sure if there is a will there will allways be a way.

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Same for the 760s

I tried this on my 760 and it didn't work at all...

maybe they removed it in the later versions?

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255W either

I held the bottom left of the screen like the video and the same for me - needed the password.

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Misleading Title

dtran1 wrote:

I had Nuvi 360 which recently do an on-line update.

Thanks for the test. So I've concluded that OP thread title is misleading. It should've said anything but "how to crack Garmin lock".

I for one

am glad that the title was misleading. I would be upset if the locking pin could be worked around by some simple reset.

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That would have been

That would have been a major flaw in Garmins programming if it had done that!

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Could be done

It could be done by adding code to Mapsource to capture the last location, home location, and serial # of the unit and send it to Garmin over the internet, if that computer is connected to it ... Garmin could then compare it against a list of known stolen units reported by their owners and send them a email ...

Dana

A little bit big brotherish though!!!

what about...

ID'ing the perp via the IP address when the Nuvi is connected to MyGarmin? Strangers things have happened...

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Contact Garmin If Your Nuvi Is Stolen

uber360 wrote:

ID'ing the perp via the IP address when the Nuvi is connected to MyGarmin? Strangers things have happened...

You should always inform Garmin if your Nuvi is stolen. My understanding is Garmin will place a lock on the serial number so that someone else cannot register the stolen Nuvi.

Good to know

Thanks to those who checked this out and found it to be untrue.

Why are you commenting on a

Why are you commenting on a 2 year old thread?

This seems a bit irritating.

So what!

What's the difference if it's a 2 yr old thread or 2 hrs? In my opinion, your comment is more irritating and perhaps rude. No one should criticize anyone's questions or a simple thank you for the info they read. The purpose of this site is to help those in need and be helped when in need.

Could Be

HowardZ wrote:

Why are you commenting on a 2 year old thread?

This seems a bit irritating.

It is possible for someone new to read alot of past post before posting and not thinking they are commenting on an old post. Also sometimes a new reply to and old post makes us remember things we read about in the past an will help some one now. neutral

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irritating?

HowardZ wrote:

Why are you commenting on a 2 year old thread?

This seems a bit irritating.

I found your obnoxious comment more irritating than someone posting on a two year old thread.

Back to the subject, the only way that you may get around a locked Nuvi is to open the case, disconnect the battery, let it sit for a few days (maybe weeks) until the capacitor discharges and plug the battery back in.

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Faster discharge

flaco wrote:

... the only way that you may get around a locked Nuvi is to open the case, disconnect the battery, let it sit for a few days (maybe weeks) until the capacitor discharges and plug the battery back in.

Being the impatient person I am, I usually use a resistor and jumpers to discharge memory capacitors. I have to do this often on some elevators I work on or I'd never get the job done.
grin

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thanks for reusing a thread...

HowardZ wrote:

Why are you commenting on a 2 year old thread?

This seems a bit irritating.

I find it more irritating to have multiple threads on the exact same subject (just look for garmin buys navigon, saw about 5 at one point being used) and appreciate that someone looked up a thread and replied to an existing one.

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thanks!

dalger3 wrote:

Thanks to those who checked this out and found it to be untrue.

Thanks to you for continuing a thread instead of starting another one on the same subject. Question is, does this still occur with the newest models?

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I tried this...

when it first came out, I could see nothing in it. Did not work for me at all!

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Well, a few years ago I was

Well, a few years ago I was involved in a forum where there was one guy who made comments on threads that were years old.

It wasn't like he was saying - oh, I have this problem too, can you help me?

It wasn't like he was saying - Oh, I have a question about this.

He was just putting stupid comments taking dozens of very old topics to the top of the list - why? nobody ever figured out why.

After several warnings he was booted forever from the forum.

To be honest

I don't use the lock at all. I've tried it, but I choose to take the unit out of the vehicle when I go.

With just a 4 digit number, and no alpha characters allowed, it doesn't take more than a few hours to crack. Especially without any maximum PW attempts programmed.

Start at 0000, and go to 9999. LOL!

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no lockout after failed attempts?

Juggernaut wrote:

I don't use the lock at all. I've tried it, but I choose to take the unit out of the vehicle when I go.

With just a 4 digit number, and no alpha characters allowed, it doesn't take more than a few hours to crack. Especially without any maximum PW attempts programmed.

Start at 0000, and go to 9999. LOL!

If there isn't a way to lock it after several attempts, then what is the point? If someone is a fast typer, they could get the unit unlocked fairly quick. Let's say it takes two hours to crack, and you sell it for $100. Add in some time to steal it, you have made about $40 an hour for your time.

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It's Wide open

There is no lockout at all. There is no point, and that's the point!

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sometimes trouble but not always

HowardZ wrote:

Well, a few years ago I was involved in a forum where there was one guy who made comments on threads that were years old.

It wasn't like he was saying - oh, I have this problem too, can you help me?

It wasn't like he was saying - Oh, I have a question about this.

He was just putting stupid comments taking dozens of very old topics to the top of the list - why? nobody ever figured out why.

After several warnings he was booted forever from the forum.

I moderate on a different forum, and have seen over the years that spammers often post nonsense or noise posts ("thanks for that info" type of things). I'm not sure what the logic is, maybe it is just to establish themselves in the forum, maybe it is an intent to come back later and edit their spam URLs into the posts. But I can usually confirm they are very active spammers with the help of sites like BotScout, so they don't last long enough on that forum to see what they are up to.

I certainly don't know that was what this post was all about. And occasionally we do see an old thread legitimately revisited. The bitching about someone posting in an old thread offends me a lot more than the action itself. If the moderators thought that old threads should be closed to further posting they are certainly capable of doing that. It is not the place of us average users to tell other average users what they can or can't post.

about 15% of the time it takes no more than 10 tries

shrifty wrote:

If there isn't a way to lock it after several attempts, then what is the point? If someone is a fast typer, they could get the unit unlocked fairly quick. Let's say it takes two hours to crack, and you sell it for $100. Add in some time to steal it, you have made about $40 an hour for your time.

Even more interesting is this article (which wasn't yet published 2 years ago when this thread was started):
http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=11167

The basic point is that of over 200,000 iPhones checked, about 15% could be unlocked with just the ten most commonly used passwords. It seems likely to expect that if a thief stole a locked Garmin it could be unlocked about 15% of the time by just trying the same ten codes. Not bad for the effort. And, of course, many others will not be locked at all. In either case the chump who left it in the car is out the GPS, and maybe out a window if he locked the car.

Of course, you could just take the GPS with you, but that would be crazy.

Made Me Think

This discussion convinced me to change my home location. Should have thought of it myself.

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Home Location

rlallos wrote:

This discussion convinced me to change my home location. Should have thought of it myself.

The home location on your GPS device should NEVER be your real home address. There was a ring of thieves in the UK who stole GPS devices from parked cars and would check the home address in the unit. If it was a local address they would burglarize the home right away (eg, commuter parking lot during the work day). If it was non-local (eg, rest area parking lot), they would contact their partners in crime in whatever locale the address was in, and the partners would do the burglarizing.

If you live near a police station or a fire house, they make excellent choices as a pseduo "home" address.

thanks for the tip

thanks for the tip

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Home Location

perpster wrote:
rlallos wrote:

This discussion convinced me to change my home location. Should have thought of it myself.

The home location on your GPS device should NEVER be your real home address. There was a ring of thieves in the UK who stole GPS devices from parked cars and would check the home address in the unit. If it was a local address they would burglarize the home right away (eg, commuter parking lot during the work day). If it was non-local (eg, rest area parking lot), they would contact their partners in crime in whatever locale the address was in, and the partners would do the burglarizing.

If you live near a police station or a fire house, they make excellent choices as a pseduo "home" address.

I've set my home location in the middle of the entrance road outside my subdivision. If I can't find my house from there... then I've got BIGGER problems to deal with. wink mrgreen

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Hmm

perpster wrote:
rlallos wrote:

This discussion convinced me to change my home location. Should have thought of it myself.

The home location on your GPS device should NEVER be your real home address. There was a ring of thieves in the UK who stole GPS devices from parked cars and would check the home address in the unit. If it was a local address they would burglarize the home right away (eg, commuter parking lot during the work day). If it was non-local (eg, rest area parking lot), they would contact their partners in crime in whatever locale the address was in, and the partners would do the burglarizing.

If you live near a police station or a fire house, they make excellent choices as a pseduo "home" address.

I've never understood this reasoning unless the owner also does not leave the vehicle registration document in the glove compartment--or for that matter, a garage door opener to ease the thieves' access to your home. I imagine that 99.9% of registrations are left in the car and that around 50% of vehicles have a door opener in the car as well. How does a GPS with a true Home location differ from a registration document with the owner's address?

50% unlocked?

CraigW wrote:

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I've never understood this reasoning unless the owner also does not leave the vehicle registration document in the glove compartment--or for that matter, a garage door opener to ease the thieves' access to your home. I imagine that 99.9% of registrations are left in the car and that around 50% of vehicles have a door opener in the car as well. How does a GPS with a true Home location differ from a registration document with the owner's address?

You make a good point regarding the registration information in the vehicle. I would hope the number of unlocked vehicles is much, much lower than 50%; will check around for stats on that one.

Good to know

Good to know

If the thief has time

If the thief has time I would bet that there is something in the vehicle that would point them to the residence.
In most states (if not all) it is a requirement to carry a insurance card and registration card in the vehicle.

java007 wrote:
CraigW wrote:

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I've never understood this reasoning unless the owner also does not leave the vehicle registration document in the glove compartment--or for that matter, a garage door opener to ease the thieves' access to your home. I imagine that 99.9% of registrations are left in the car and that around 50% of vehicles have a door opener in the car as well. How does a GPS with a true Home location differ from a registration document with the owner's address?

You make a good point regarding the registration information in the vehicle. I would hope the number of unlocked vehicles is much, much lower than 50%; will check around for stats on that one.

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Trip Logs

If the burgler knows enough about GARMINs to get past the security code, they probably know enough to look at the trip logs to see where you've been driving the most if the home location doesn't look right.

There's lots of blue lines going to and from my driveway in there. I guess I have to start turning the GPS on/off at the entrance to the neighborhood, change my home location, redo my security location, etc.

Oh well!

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