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Ways to Open Your Door without a Key

Ways to Open Your Door without a Key

You can’t predict when you might face a situation where you need to unlock a door, but it can happen at any time. Whether you become locked out of your house or can’t gain access to a room, it’s important you know the right ways to break a lock. It’s also not uncommon to come home to a situation like water damage flooding from your front door. Since you might not know when this could happen to you, read these ways to open your door without a key to avoid a serious emergency.

Credit Card

Using a credit card to open a locked door is one of the oldest tricks in the book. While it may seem impossible or possibly dangerous to your card, you can do it. However, it’s important you use the correct method to successfully unlock the door. First, you must know this will only work with spring locks—not deadbolts. Grab a card you can risk in case something happens, preferably a bendable laminated card. Force it between the lock and door frame, then bend it back to force the lock back into the door. You can also force it between the door and frame above the lock if there’s no room between the lock and frame. Swipe quickly downward while angling the card toward the frame. You may need a thicker card for this.



Another great tool to use is a screwdriver. A small or thin screwdriver will work best on interior doors or doors with privacy handles. Simply push the screwdriver into the hole on the doorknob straight through for as far as you can. Then, turn or twist the screwdriver until the lock opens. You can also use a slotted screwdriver to open a spring lock if you wedge it between the bolt and frame. Then, wiggle the screwdriver until you push the lock back into the door. Screwdrivers can also remove the hinges from your door if you know how hinges work.


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Lockpicking Set

You can also attempt to pick the lock yourself with a lockpicking set. Lockpicking sets are essential for picking a lock. Not to mention, they come with various sized hooks and rakes to access any style lock. Just remember to choose a high-quality lockpicking set for maximum durability and efficiency. Additionally, it’s imperative you know how to pick the lock or else your efforts will be for nothing.



Bobby Pins

Bobby pins can open a locked door similar to a lockpicking set, but it will require more focus and patience. You’ll need two bobby pins bent in a specific shape as both will play an important part in this action. One pin will mimic the key, so bend it near the fulcrum so it’s perpendicular to the two free ends. Stick this part at the bottom of the keyhole. Bend the second pin at the fulcrum to form a long, straight piece. Curve one end slightly to form a pick. This goes at the top of the keyhole. The objective is to push each individual locking pin out of the way which will allow the locking cylinder to turn.

Call a Professional

If all else fails, call a professional locksmith. Locksmiths are experts in breaking and creating locks for your home or vehicle. They can also make you a copy of your key, in the event you lose the original. Regardless, a locksmith will have the essential tools to unlocking the lock without harming your door.


On the other hand, make sure that you secure your doors to protect you from intruders.


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  1. Emily Bennette on July 6, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I have been having some issues with my front door not opening up this past month. It is nice to know that I could use a screwdriver to help me get the door open. Also, it might be smart for me to get a locksmith to look at my lock to see if that is creating the problem.

  2. Karla on November 6, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Im currently locked outside my house but there is a lock at the top of the door and cant get in what should I do

  3. myley on November 9, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    i dont have any of those things so i cant get in what should i do

  4. Laura on December 6, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Leave an open window I have taught myself to slide under bathroom doors and windows in my own property of course I case I ever get locked out I would say don’t use a screwdriver unless u have a professional locksmith

    • Jarielys on September 16, 2021 at 11:50 am

      wow your idea helped me

  5. Suzie on December 7, 2020 at 9:49 am


    • joey on May 14, 2021 at 11:12 am

      Well first of all……learn to type. Your house at upstairs is lock. How we should do. Well i would love to help but i have no clue what your trying to say

      • Kayla on June 22, 2021 at 8:12 am

        Don’t be rude it’s 2021 they are panicking so obviously they are going to miss spell use your brain even I know what they are trying to say and call a lock smith or call a friend or family member

        • Sam on July 1, 2021 at 11:28 am

          Well said; if you don’t understand what they are saying, then ask nicely.
          Also don’t be a hypocrite, learn to use capitals, quotation marks, ellipses and the like.

      • Angela on August 25, 2021 at 11:27 am

        That’s exactly what I was thinking lol

      • Tyler on January 18, 2022 at 5:14 am

        First of all… learn how to stop being a jerk, they obviously mean’t the upstairs door is locked, what should we do.. your the dumb one obviously since you can’t understand, and it’s not English class, they can spell in any which way they please.

  6. Petter Martin on February 1, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Hallo, dein Beitrag ist nett.
    Schlüsseldienst Regensburg bietet die Entriegelungsdienste für Türen, Wohnungen, Fahrzeuge und den Austausch der beschädigten Schlösser in Regensburg.

  7. yaritza on February 24, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Did it work

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  9. Frank Walker on April 20, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Seriously guys, why are you worrying about getting in. Just order some tiles today at Frank Walker’s national tiles. No kidding, these are the best tiles around. Stop worrying bout your door and start worrying bout your tiles.

    • Gavin Scott on April 21, 2021 at 10:26 am

      That has NOTHING to do with doors.

  10. Gianna on May 11, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    hehe im locked out of my house right now and looking around for a screwdriver. kinda hard cuz my cats are bugging me tho

  11. levis antona on June 28, 2021 at 2:56 am

    hi, in this post there are multiple ways to open a door lock without using a key. so if you want more to learn about the lock so read the article of this site

  12. Amiah Burke on September 30, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    my back door is locked and all I have is school supplies what should I do?

    • lucas on March 24, 2022 at 3:42 pm

      i am in the same situation

  13. Melody on December 7, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Today I break our handle door to our kitchen and the keys is inside ,I have check around the house if I can get a door we forgot to lock but all doors have been locked and I’m afraid I don’t want my parents to come and see it
    Pls how help me

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