How To Remote Lock Your N97 Smartphone From Anywhere In The World

by Mike Macias on March 25, 2010

Let’s say you leave your Nokia N97 at work and don’t want your buddies seeing those luvvy-duvvy text messages you send to your girlfriend. Or maybe you can’t find your phone and don’t want anybody using it. Even worse, it might be stolen. The N97 has a great security feature called Remote Lock built in. Many people overlook or don’t notice this feature, but I think it’s a must-have for everyone with an expensive smartphone and sensitive data.

What does remote lock do? It allows you to send a unique message to your phone from another phone, allowing it to be locked so nobody can use it.

How To Setup Remote Lock On The Nokia N97

The steps are very easy. You’ll eventually reach the screenshot below.

Settings > Phone > Phone Mgmt. > Security Settings > Phone & SIM Card > Remote Phone Locking.

You need to create a special phrase like “lockn97” or anything you can remember. Once created, you can send a SMS with the phrase you created from any phone to your N97 and it will completely lock up immediately. The only way to unlock it is to use the phone’s lock code that you will create if you haven’t already.

Be sure to make a lock code that you can remember. The default code is 12345 if you have never set one up before. If you forget your lock code I do not know how to unlock the phone. Try at your own risk! Maybe someone here knows better than I do.

Advanced Device Lock Pro

Recommended by commenter netborn

My choice is Advanced Device Locks Pro, besides remote lock you have remote activate alarm, and remote wipe. Also secure storage, secure applications too, and the price is not too high.

Seems like a good 3rd party app if you need MORE security than the built in remote locking feature. Although the $30 price might turn off some of you. I decided to look into it. Here is the description:

What can ADL Pro do for you?

ADL Pro protects important information and personal data on your phone. With ADL Pro you can restrict access to certain applications, protect sensitive information and delete it remotely in case your phone is lost or stolen.

With ADL Pro you can rest assured that if your phone is lost or stolen, you will be notified of any unauthorized attempt to use it and trace it back. You can lock the phone remotely, switch on an alarm or delete your personal information by simply sending a text message with a predefined keyword.

Try the free trial: Advanced Device Lock Pro for N97

Does anybody already use this feature? Has anyone ever needed to use this feature?




  • netborn

    My choice is Advanced Device Locks Pro, besides remote lock you have remote activate alarm, and remote wipe. Also secure storage, secure applications too, and the price is not too high.

  • vinitneo

    cool feature…. didn't know about it.

  • http://www.n97fanatics.com Mike Macias

    thanks pal! I checked it out just now and it looks excellent, although I must say the price is a little high. But hey – it's probably worth it in the long run right?

    p.s. I added that application to the article.

  • netborn

    And forget another cool feature, sms notification on SIM change, is a very cool app. (and I am not associated in anyway with Melon Mobile, just a very satisfied customer)…

  • http://twitter.com/GavW Gav W

    I'd recommend Track & Protect which is available for most S60 phones [http://www.trackandprotect.com/]. It's free to register but to perform an action uses credits. While it was in beta they gave you 15 free credits, not sure if this is still the case, but they aren't that expensive if not. I registered a while ago and used 5 of the credits to test it out so can confirm it works very well.

    TnP allows you to remotely lock the phone, lock and sound an alarm (but the alarm isn't very loud unfortunately), wipe the phone and “ping” the phone to give it's location on Google Maps. It's also got foreign SIM detection, and can require a passcode to install/uninstall new applications. But what's really cool though, is that you can command the phone to take a photo using the front camera if the incorrect unlock code is used and display on the main website, giving you a photo of the thief! It does lots of other things too, but I can't remember them all right now.

    This is a great app – I can't recommend highly enough.
    And just to confirm “no”, I'm not affiliated in anyway with the company. This is just a good product/company that I really like.

    GavW

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    Hey Mike, great article.

    I use WaveSecure on my N97. There's remote lock, server backup, SMS notification (when SIM is changed), and location tracker. It's a great app and has proven to work well. It has a couple other features too, just can't quite remember at the moment…maybe you should check it out? You might like it, but if I remember correctly, it does cost a little bit…20 bucks or so if I'm not mistaken. they should have a free trial also through the Ovi Store.

    MD 7

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    Hey Mike, great article.

    I use WaveSecure on my N97. There's remote lock, server backup, SMS notification (when SIM is changed), and location tracker. It's a great app and has proven to work well. It has a couple other features too, just can't quite remember at the moment…maybe you should check it out? You might like it, but if I remember correctly, it does cost a little bit…20 bucks or so if I'm not mistaken. they should have a free trial also through the Ovi Store.

    MD 7

  • http://www.hamcityheadquarters.com MajorDouble7

    Hey Mike, great article.

    I use WaveSecure on my N97. There's remote lock, server backup, SMS notification (when SIM is changed), and location tracker. It's a great app and has proven to work well. It has a couple other features too, just can't quite remember at the moment…maybe you should check it out? You might like it, but if I remember correctly, it does cost a little bit…20 bucks or so if I'm not mistaken. they should have a free trial also through the Ovi Store.

    MD 7

  • http://www.unlockcellphonecode.com/ jerold

    I used This site since it has a nearly perfect 4.9/5 rating with google checkout and is accredited with the better business bureau.
    plus they were recommended highly in the cell phone forums.
    http://www.unlockcellphonecode.com
    I talked to one of their support reps on live chat and within 20 mins i had my unlock code and my phone was unlocked.
    Hope this helps.

  • http://www.symbiandreams.com/ Jade Bryan V. Jardinico

    Really like this one..Now I can make some privacy for my N97s.

  • leonardolinden

    Right, I make a test with this feature and his worded very fine.

    BUT, I HAVE A HARD QUESTION.

    What happen if a hard reset is executed on the phone ? It is still locked ???
    Because hard reset is possible to make pressing 3 keyboard keys on turn on phone. a thief can make this very easy. If phone go unlocked in this case.. this feature is not secure.

  • Tim

    this is a pretty cool feature…never knew it's there. Thanks bro

    on a completely & unrelated note, does anyone know how to make their contacts & phone icon looking bigger? i keep seeing screenshots of them from pizero's & other people's themes, but can't figure it out. It's the first screenshot on the left on this link.

    http://www.pizero.net/wp-content/gallery/theme-

  • Dr Amit Johari

    I used ADL Pro on My Nokia N95 and got it back when i recieved the sms from thief s Sim.
    Now i m thinking of installing it on My N97

  • jello

    hi, only one question, how can my phone receive messages if the thief changes the sim on it or in another case, even if my sim is still inside if i send a message like the one i've put for remote lock, the phone will recognize the message and will lock itself right away?

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  • Rafaysra

    this feature doesn't work with my n97 i tried this and i knew about this from before i have iphone 4g and this feature works on that

  • DIEGO

    DIE YOU NOKIA DIE! IRRESPONSIBLE COMPANY! GIVE US THE FIRMWARE 3.0 FOR N97!!! CURRENTLY N97 IS SHIT. FUCK YOU.

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