How To Open A Door With A Bobby Pin – Step By Step

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Have you ever been in a situation where you need to open a door but don’t have a key? Or maybe you’ve lost your key and are locked out in your house. Either way, there’s no need to worry. 

With a little ingenuity, you can easily open a door with a bobby pin. The following guide will help to right step by step guide. 

How Can You Make a Bobby Pin Lock For Yourself?

Bobby pin lock-picking is not as easy as you see in movies or tv series. It depends on the lock and the type of bobby pins you will use to pick the lock. For example, some bobby pins are so soft and not that sharp.

Likewise, some bobby pin heads are not that sharp to use on the lock. Thus it would be best if you made those pins workable before you try them for lock-picking.

To make a bobby pin lock for yourself, you need some accessories like- 

  • Two Bobby pin
  • Pliers for bending
  • Wire Cutter for cutting
  • Hand Gloves for safety purposes

All you need to remove the rubber of the bobby pins. So that you get the sharp edge of the bobby pins. You can do that with pliers or a wire cutter. Then pull the bobby pin straight and separate the two sides.

Stick one straight head into your door keyhole and bend it as like. One-third inch bending will be enough. Need enough pressure to bend the top; it looks like a hook.

Bobby pin L shape

Next, you have to make a tension lever with another bobby pin. Make sure it looks like an ‘L’ shape. Put it in the keyhole and apply pressure to bend it to a 90-degree angle.

After all these steps, you will get a workable lock-picking tool. Then, whenever an emergency arises, you can use this whenever you need it.

How to Open a Door with a Bobby Pin within 4 Steps!

Step #01:

Insert the pick into the door lock. Put the tension wrench short bent part in the bottom hole. Your doorknob tension lever will hang down the front.

Step #02:

Turn the pin lever anticlockwise. It will give pressure to find the pin tension. You need to lift the lock pins with frequent effort. These pins drop back down to hold the lock. You need to put tension on the pin lever so as not to drop back.

Step #03:

When in a hole, feel for pins by pushing down on the handle using your pick. Using the pick’s handle, you can push the pins up. Usually, the key pushes the pin set up so that you can unlock the door. In this procedure, you need to apply this with the two bobby pins.

Step #04:

Push down slowly on the pick handle until you hear a click sound when you find a pin that’s hard to push up. You can slide up some of the pins with a bobby pin leaver. As soon as you hear a click sound.

Note- Some door locks work clockwise or anticlockwise. Make sure that you rotate in the right direction to unlock the door

What Else Can You Use Instead Of A Bobby Pin To Unlock A Door?

You can use lock-picking tools or bobby pins in an emergency. But you can use other tools as an alternative to bobby pins. In that case, paper clips are another great alternative to open the door.

You can also use metal wire instead of bobby pins. These are also strong enough and can serve the same purpose as the bobby pins and paper clips.


Picking a lock with a bobby pin is not always easy. However, our provided tricks in ‘  how to open a door with a bobby pin’  only apply to emergencies. It’s risky to apply with locks that are not permitted or illegal.

Read: How To Pick A Lock With A Knife – Step By Step

[Updated by Palash Talukder]

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