If you’ve ever been locked out of your home or office, you know the frustration of not having a key. But what if you could open a Schlage lock without a key? It’s easier than you think! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do just that. So read on and learn how to get into your locked space without a key!
The different ways to open a Schlage lock without a key
1 – Bump the lock. This only works for certain models and usually requires a key or skeleton key to open it because of how Schlage designed their locks to resist bumping
2 – Use a flat-headed screwdriver and turn the metal part counterclockwise until it pops out.
3 – If you have a touchpad, press and hold the CODE button. You may use this method if you do not have access to your emergency override key slot on your touchpad since some people find that inserting the emergency keys scratch up or damage their locks
4 – If you have an older model four-button combination lock, input “5-9-2-8”
5 – If you have a newer model with the CODE button, press and hold that, then input 5-9-2-8 when instructed. If your Schlage lock has a keypad instead of these four buttons, this will open your lock if you already have the code in or not! You may need to enter it in clockwise order depending on how Schlage designed its locks.
6 – Some people can pick the lock using bobby pins or paper clips. I recommend against this because they can damage your lock easily and make it unusable.
7 – Another way is to “scrub” the cylinder by rotating the pin tumblers with an improvised tool such as a tension wrench + thin steel wire (such as a cut unbent paperclip) + small flathead screwdriver. Insert the tension wrench into the key pin and rotate it slowly while pulling on the thin steel wire to scrub back and forth in between two pin tumblers.
8 – Take apart the lock by disassembling it carefully, so you can get to the other side of where your locking mechanism is. You may then disengage it using another way. This causes permanent damage to its, but this is how people can open them without losing their combination or having an “emergency override key slot” which will always be left inside after picking with paperclips/bobby pins.
Tips and tricks for opening without a key
-Use a toothpick or similar object to press and hold the CODE button until your lock opens. You may want to do this while you turn the metal part counterclockwise with your flat-headed screwdriver.
-If you do not own any of these tools, try using a bobby pin instead. A bobby pin is usually around $1 at most stores so it won’t hurt to buy one! If you can, use tape over it so it doesn’t get stuck inside the lock on accident and damage it further than necessary.
-If nothing works for you on these steps, try cleaning out some dust from the inside with a paperclip (or if that doesn’t work and this will not damage your lock, try a small flathead screwdriver). If you’re having trouble opening your lock with a key and think that dust may be the problem, try googling for how to cleanout. That’s probably all it takes!
-If none of this works for you, sometimes the only way is to take apart your lock device by disassembling it carefully so you can get to the other side of where your locking mechanism is. You may then disengage it using another way. This causes permanent damage to its, but this is how people can open them without losing their combination or having an “emergency override key slot” which will always be left inside after picking with paperclips/bobby pins.
-If your Schlage lock has a keypad instead of a touchpad, this will open your lock if you already have the code in or not! You may need to enter it in clockwise order depending on how Schlage designed its locks.
Open Without a Key Your Schlage Door Lock Step By Step Guide
The best method for the average person to pick the lock on a Schlage door in average easiest way without a key is to stick something into the holes where your numbers are. Once this is done it will open up the lock and you can turn it round and round till it comes loose from whatever has been stuck into the holes.
TouchPad Combination Door Lock
Paper clip or bobby pin
Toothpick or similar object
Step to open
Remove the cover on the Schlage lock. You can either pry it off or if you have one with a metal keyed lock, use your flat-head screwdriver and turn the black part counterclockwise until it pops out. If your Schlage lock has a touchpad, press and hold the “CODE” button at this time.
Step 2 :
For all locks except for those with touchpads: Underneath the cover, you’ll see four buttons (designated as A B C D). This is where we will input our combination! On some models of Schlage locks, they require that you put in 1 & 3 before 2 & 4. Other models require that you enter them in clockwise order (ie 1, 2, 3, 4), whereas other models require counterclockwise (ie 4, 3, 2 & 1). In my example lock below, I must put them in reverse counterclockwise. If you have a newer model that has a keypad instead of the four buttons or a touchpad with an emergency override key slot on it, press and holds the CODE button at this time. Proceed to Step 2.
Turn your combination lock dials to these numbers: 5 – 9 – 2 – 8 NOTE: The first number is always 5 for this step!
The “CODE” button should be flashing now. Let go of the CODE button and input those numbers as you did in Step 1. Now press and hold the CODE button again until the Schlage lock pops back open!
Reattach or replace your battery cover and you’re done! You have just opened a Schlage lock without a key.
A potential about opening a Schlage lock without a key.
If your combination lock only has 4 buttons, you will need to enter the code backward for it to open.
1- 9- 2- 8 (you should already know this from step 1)
2 – 5- 6- 7 (now you’re here for this step)
3 – 3- 4- 0 (now we’re back at the clockwise numbers and finally done!!!)
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to open a Schlage lock without the key, there are several methods that you can try. Hopefully, one of these methods will work for you and help get you into your home or office quickly and easily.