How to Reset Luggage Lock Forgot Combination?

You buy new luggage and forget the lock combination. We all have faced such a situation at least once. We forget the lock combination and try again and again, destroying the lock. However, you don’t need to do it anymore. 

In this article, we’ve shared some ways to reset the luggage locks when you forget the combination.

How to Reset Luggage Lock Forgot Combination: 2 Problems With Solution

Usually, suitcase locking issue involves 3-digit locks and TSA locks. Therefore, we’ve focused on a few common problems and provided proper solutions to these locks.

We have put together easy to follow step-by-step guide. Check the problems below and see which one suits your luggage lock.

1. How to Unlock A 3-Digit Combination Lock Suitcase

This method will help you retrieve the forgotten combination. Once you have the combination, you can reset it afterward. Note that you can’t reset a lock at home without knowing the current combination.

Additionally, all locks don’t come with a reset button. In case you have a lock like that, this method will work. On the other hand, this solution won’t work in a noisy place as you need to notice the faint sound your suitcase lock will make in the unlocking process.

Let’s learn how to reset a lock suitcase lock without a reset button or with a reset button.

How to Unlock Luggage by Listening to the Lock

Suitcases with combination locks come with an opening key. You might have to slide the key or press it to open the lock.

  • Step 1: Hold that key in the opening position.

  • Step 2:  Next, you need to turn the thumb dials one by one.

Do it clockwise if the dials are set horizontally. And move the dial downward if they are vertical.

Keep turning the dial until you hear a CLICK from the clock. The click will sound really low—make sure you’re focused.

Once you hear the click, you’ll see that the dial has stopped at a specific number. And that will be the combination you can’t recall.

This way, you can move the other dials and find all the numbers. Change the combination if you want by referring to the next section.

How to Change a Luggage Lock Combination

With this method, you can alter the lock number using the reset button. You must know the current combination of the lock. Conversely, you must put that first if you have a combination already, you must put that first.

  • Step 1: First, you need to open the lock with that. Whether 000 or your combination—put the number in.

  • Step 2: Find the small reset button on the lock and pick it with a pin, paper clip, or pencil. Once you feel the reset button is correctly pressed, move on to the next step.

  • Step 3: Now, holding the opening key, give a new combination. Once you are done making the combination, release the opening key next. Now, try the new combination to open the lock.

Stuck with a TSA lock? They, too, are special 3-digit locks. However, the unlocking process is different. For that–check the next section.

2. How to Reset TSA Lock Forgot Combination

Assuming you’ve forgotten the current combination of your TSA lock, we’ll first describe how to unlock a TSA lock. Then we’ll tell you how to reset any model of TSA lock, such as TSA002 and TSA007.

How to Open a TSA Lock

This is one of the ways to pick a TSA lock. You already learned opening a TSA lock is different. The reason is the mechanism.

To be more specific, the dials on TSA locks have metal disks. And they’re added on one side of the dials.

  • Step 1: Move the first dial. It should be clockwise if the lock is horizontal. If vertical, move the dials downward.

  • Step 2: Keep moving the first dial until you find the metal disk. Keep the dial in position so the indent on the disk stays on top. Repeat the same process for each dial. Confirm that all indents are equally visible.

  • Step 3: Next, roll the thumb dials 5 times. This will make the TSA lock ready to open. By operating the opening key, you can now unlock it.

How to Reset a TSA Lock

  • Step 1: If your suitcase is new, you need to set the thumb dials on 000. Or it would help if you gave the existing combination. That’s similar to every other lock people need to reset.

  • Step 2: Find the small reset button on the TSA lock. Use a paper clip, pencil, or a pin to reach the button. Once the button is duly pressed, you should hear a click, and the lock will be ready to be reprogrammed.

  • Step 3: Next, give your preferred new combination and move the TSA knob toward the arrow shown on the padlock. You should hear a click again. Your TSA lock will be reprogrammed with a new combination.

Final Remarks

Forgetting the lock combination is common. You have 4 different situations here. We hope you get a solution for yourself among these solutions, and it helps you use the luggage no matter how many times you forget the combination.


If you need further clarification, the following questions can help you.

How Do You Unlock a Number Lock If You Forgot It?

One of the ways to unlock a regular luggage lock is by holding the opening key and turning the thumbnails one by one until you hear a click. Once the details are set that way, operate the opening key again.

How Do I Reset My Luggage Combination?

By using the rest button, you can change the lock combination. If there’s no reset button, hold the opening key move the thumb nails, and listen to them clicking. The place the dials stop is your combination.

How Do You Reset a 3-digit Combination Lock?

First, you can use the reset button. Press the reset button, hold the opening key, and add a new combination. Finally, release the key and try to option the lock with the new number.

How Do You Set a 3-digit Luggage Lock?

To set a lock on new luggage, make sure to lock the open. Then press the reset button, giving a new combination. Release the opening key after that and attempt to open the lock with the given combination.

How to Reset Luggage Lock Forgot Combination Samsonite?

You have to contact the manufacturer with the serial number of your combination Samsonite lock. If that’s not possible, you can crack the code by watching a tutorial.