How to Pick a Lock

  • Published: 14 April 2008
  • Use this knowledge only for good, not evil!
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    Locked yourself out of the house? Most common pin and tumbler locks can be picked with a little luck and finesse—so before you call a locksmith, try this.

    Only pick your own locks—or you could wind up in a lot of trouble.

    Step 1: Get a paperclip
    Get a paperclip or safety pin and bend it straight. Now make a slight upwards bend at the very end.

    You can buy a professional lock pick set at a hardware store. There is a basic size intended for American locks.

    Step 2: Insert the wrench
    Insert your wrench into the lower part of the keyhole—that is, the side opposite the one where the key’s teeth would go in.

    Step 3: Determine direction
    Figure out which way the lock needs to be turned to open by turning the wrench clockwise and then counterclockwise. You’ll feel which way has more give.

    Step 4: Turn the lock
    Turn the lock the correct way with the wrench, putting slight pressure on it. Hold the wrench in place.

    Step 5: Insert the paperclip
    While keeping pressure on the lock, insert the end of the paperclip into the top part of the keyhole.

    Step 6: Feel for pins
    Feel around the keyhole with the paperclip until you locate the pins. If you’re picking a common door lock, there will most likely be at least five of them in a row.

    Before you start, many experts suggest 'raking' the lock. Straighten your second paperclip, put a few bends at the wire’s end, and—with no pressure on your wrench—shove it to the back of the lock. Now pull it out quickly, pressing against the top of the lock while gently turning your wrench. You might just set a pin or two that way.

    Step 7: Push up
    Now for the actual 'picking.' One at a time, push each pin up with the paperclip. Try to feel for the moment when the pin reaches its 'unlocked' position. You should feel a slight give—or even hear a faint click.

    Start with the pin furthest away from you—then move on to the next.

    Step 8: Increase the pressure
    As you go, apply slightly more pressure with the wrench until you have all the pins lifted up.

    Step 9: Turn the wrench
    Now turn the wrench fully. Voila! The lock will pop open.

    Did You Know?
    Wooden locks were used as far back as 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt.
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Comments • 11 767

  • elvenren
    elvenren  1 weeks back

    Managed to somehow lock myself in-house officeroom..-

    • HyperNek0
      HyperNek0  1 months back

      for personal reasons, can this be used to pick the lock of the toilet paper holder in a public restroom?

      • strangerthingsfan :D
        strangerthingsfan :D  1 months back

        Guys wikihow teaches you how to make a tension wrench with a bobby pin or paperclip

        • I Want Die
          I Want Die  1 months back

          Who knew The Elder Scrolls 4 Oblivion would teach me how to lockpick

          • Privateer 908
            Privateer 908  1 months back

            Ok you do not start from the end to the front, you have to feel which pin gives the most resistance.

            • Ronaldo Fan
              Ronaldo Fan  2 months back

              why.. are.. you.. watching.. this.. video? ;)

              jk lol

              • Irene Arisa
                Irene Arisa  2 months back

                That woman's facial expressions were gold

                • Ariana Eilish
                  Ariana Eilish  2 months back

                  Who has a tension wrench on hand answer no one

                  • Alex Dalex
                    Alex Dalex  3 months back

                    if you think that 16 mln views are interested in picking their OWN locks - you're f...g lunatics!!!

                    • Nelson Castillo
                      Nelson Castillo  3 months back

                      Who caries a paper clip in their brah

                      • William Boivin-Villeneuve

                        why is this turning me on!?

                        • Carlisha Williams
                          Carlisha Williams  3 months back

                          Her acting is cringey

                          • B1ue 1emon
                            B1ue 1emon  3 months back

                            Wait a second ill just get my wrentch from my hair..

                            • wolfgear of worgens
                              wolfgear of worgens  3 months back

                              i used this to escape my room after the handle on the door broke

                              • minet dbrogs
                                minet dbrogs  4 months back

                                Lol in ancient egypt......if locksmith didnt successfully open the king's chamber....he was thrown to crocodiles..

                                • My Butt
                                  My Butt  4 months back

                                  Should I be concerned that 15 M people watched this

                                  • Tyler George
                                    Tyler George  4 months back

                                    I'd like to pick her lock;)

                                    • NadrianATRS
                                      NadrianATRS  5 months back

                                      This isn’t even close to how easy it is to pick a lock. It isn’t

                                      • There is always a rainbow After a little rain

                                        Who tf puts a paper clip in their bra

                                        • There is always a rainbow After a little rain

                                          She looks like she’s having too much fun

                                          • Herman Boring
                                            Herman Boring  6 months back

                                            90% thief watch this
                                            10% people watch this

                                            • MineWit
                                              MineWit  6 months back

                                              me: has this house for 10 years and opens the door tons of milions of times
                                              me: forgets keys
                                              Howcast: *FIND OUT WHICH SIDE DO YOU NEED TO TURN THE WRENCH, TRY CLOCK WISE THEN COUNTER CLOCK WISE*

                                              • Swanay Mohanty
                                                Swanay Mohanty  6 months back

                                                rather than learning..I was lost in those beautiful eyes

                                                • DAVID & CARLIE
                                                  DAVID & CARLIE  7 months back

                                                  EVRYONE!!! slow down the video when she opens the door there is no lock in that door she just wants you to view it, like it, and subscribe make sure you dislike it for that

                                                  • For the rebel cause
                                                    For the rebel cause  7 months back

                                                    Who keeps a tension wrench in their hair??

                                                    • Jai-M
                                                      Jai-M  8 months back

                                                      *Lockpick increased.* also she looks really into it

                                                      • Nat is my Name
                                                        Nat is my Name  8 months back

                                                        So her burglars who’s house is next I mean I got pretty good stuff

                                                        • Ali Shaikh
                                                          Ali Shaikh  8 months back

                                                          Then you realize that they used an OPEN lock and this vid is fake

                                                          • Larvitar Dratini
                                                            Larvitar Dratini  9 months back

                                                            I watched this vid and picked my first lock like 4 mins later. It's super easy I thought there was no way I could do it but I figured it out with a single Bobby pin

                                                            • Liv Schuster
                                                              Liv Schuster  9 months back

                                                              She looks like she’s having an orgasm

                                                              • Jaqui FC
                                                                Jaqui FC  10 months back

                                                                y este contenido debería ser prohibido nmms v:

                                                                • Jaqui FC
                                                                  Jaqui FC  10 months back

                                                                  como llegué aqui? help

                                                                  • Roxxy Foxx
                                                                    Roxxy Foxx  10 months back

                                                                    I did this but instead of a wrench, I used a Bobby pin. Worked the same :)

                                                                    • Kim Petras Archives
                                                                      Kim Petras Archives  10 months back

                                                                      unlock it - charli xcx (2017) colourized

                                                                      • Sista Marina
                                                                        Sista Marina  10 months back

                                                                        How do I get a rinch...?😢

                                                                        • BeloveTaeyeon
                                                                          BeloveTaeyeon  10 months back

                                                                          Just in case we lost the key of our bedroom.

                                                                          Supernatural Season 14...episode 9 brought me here.

                                                                          Jack uses the internet to pick a lock.

                                                                          • Miguel Garcia
                                                                            Miguel Garcia  11 months back

                                                                            So this video is incorrect, the deadbolt in the video is a smart lock which you CANNOT PICK, if they are going to at least attempt to show the proper way to pick a lock, they should at least use the proper locks, COMING FROM A LOCKSMITH

                                                                            • Manny Mehrok
                                                                              Manny Mehrok  11 months back

                                                                              And now I can begin my devil's life 😂

                                                                              • Timothy Toth
                                                                                Timothy Toth  11 months back

                                                                                Give me a tie wrap and a little fishing line and I have yet to find a door lock I can't pick. It's easy and the ideal of breaking the lock to pick it is boneheaded. Buy a lot of door locks take them a part and put them back together. Install them on doors and pick them with tie wrap and fishing line. Once you learn how to do this you will be able to pick any door lock and 1-3 seconds. Now your less likely to damage the lock my way and keeping a small tie wrap and a little bit of fishing line in your wallet Is easy.

                                                                                • Funny TikToks Memes
                                                                                  Funny TikToks Memes  11 months back

                                                                                  Now killer/murders/robbers/know how to get into my house

                                                                                  • ion whooked
                                                                                    ion whooked  11 months back

                                                                                    professional lock pick set for a professional burglar

                                                                                    • ion whooked
                                                                                      ion whooked  11 months back

                                                                                      howcast helping criminals since 2008

                                                                                      • Tenaga Baru
                                                                                        Tenaga Baru  11 months back

                                                                                        Thank you... I can now breaking in into any house 😳

                                                                                        • Elizabeth Reynaldi
                                                                                          Elizabeth Reynaldi  11 months back

                                                                                          My brother sent this to me

                                                                                          • katarzyna sosnowska
                                                                                            katarzyna sosnowska  11 months back

                                                                                            What if a crinimal that wants to open a door full diamonts waches this video

                                                                                            • /dev/etresevo
                                                                                              /dev/etresevo  11 months back

                                                                                              You will need
                                                                                              -a Lockpick skill of 75 or higher

                                                                                              • Dragon Beast
                                                                                                Dragon Beast  11 months back

                                                                                                I remember watchinn this a long time ago

                                                                                                • Tame MeDown
                                                                                                  Tame MeDown  11 months back

                                                                                                  Why are video's like this even legal? I've been trying to find a pick proof deadbolt but with every lock I look into, there is a You Tube video of how to pick it. I give up! Basically, there is nothing a lock picking expert can't bypass. So very sad for the rest of us and very scary.