How To Pick A Garage Door Lock That’s Right For You

Are you in a bind and need to get into your garage? Have you lost or misplaced your garage door opener? Don’t worry – you don’t have to call a locksmith!

In this blog post, I’ll show you how to pick a garage door lock and get back into your garage in no time.

Tools You Need to Open a Lock

To pick a garage door lock, you’ll need the following tools:

  • A screwdriver
  • An adjustable wrench
  • A key

Remember that not all garage door locks are the same. Some require a particular type of screwdriver or wrench to be opened.

You can read: How To Pick A Lock With A Knife – Step By Step

How to Pick a Garage Door Lock With a Paperclip?

If you’re new to garage door security or just don’t have the time or tools to change your lock, there’s no need to worry. Here’s a simple guide on picking a garage door lock with just a paperclip!

  • Step #1: Find the lock’s “deadbolt” or main door handle. On most models, this is a large, round knob on the front of the door.
  • Step #2: Find the small hole in the middle of the deadbolt. This is where you will insert your paperclip.
  • Step #3: Turn the deadbolt to its “locked” position by pushing down on the handle with your screwdriver and pulling up on the paperclip with your wrench.
  • Step #4: Open your garage door by gently pushing down on the handle with your screwdriver and pulling up on the paperclip with your wrench again.
  • Congratulations! You’ve just successfully picked a garage door lock with a paperclip.
paperclip to unlock garage door lock

How to Pick a Garage Door Lock With a Bobby Pin?     

What is a bobby pin? Bobby pins are small, thin pieces of metal used to fasten pieces of clothing together. They can also be used to pick locks.

To pick a garage door lock with a bobby pin, first, identify the type of lock that is on the door. There are two standard garage door locks, the spring lock, and the keypad lock.

Next, use the bobby pin to poke a small hole in the center of the lock. This will allow you to use a unique tool called “dynamite” to blow open the lock.

Once the lock has been blown open, use the paperclip to pick the lock.

How to Pick a Garage Door Lock Using a Coating Hanger?

If you’re looking to pick a garage door lock but don’t know where to start, you can try using a coating hanger. With a coat hanger, you can pick a lock by inserting the coat hanger hook into the tumbler and turning it.

This will cause the spring inside the lock to push against the coating on the hanger, making it easier for you to figure out which way is up.

Below are the steps to pick a garage door lock if you use a coat hanger:

  • Insert a coat hanger’s pinpoint into the keyhole of the garage door lock.
  • Turn the garage door lock to the “closed” position.
  • Hold onto the coating hanger with one hand and use your other hand to turn the garage door handle to the “open” position.
Coating hanger

Follow Safety Guidelines When Working with Locks

To ensure maximum security for your garage/home door, you should always follow safety guidelines when working with locks.

When selecting a right garage door lock, you should look for a sturdy lock that cannot be easily snapped, picked, or drilled into. You should also consider adding a handle lock if you open your garage door manually. Also, this will provide additional protection.

You can also add secondary locks such as a door defender. These are placed in front of the garage to secure the bottom of the door from forced entry.

Furthermore, you can consider installing an enhanced thief deterrent system that includes motion-activated lights and security cameras around your property for extra peace of mind.


Picking a garage door lock is an effective way to gain entry into your home in case you are locked out. To pick a garage door lock, you will need a tension wrench, bobby pin, and diamond pick.

Begin by placing the tension wrench into the bottom of the key hold and slightly rotate it counterclockwise. Then use the diamond pick on the top part of the hole until you hear a click sound from inside.

Once this is done, turn the screwdriver clockwise slowly and gradually to unlock it. You should select locks that will provide good security for your home. With these tips in mind, you should be able to successfully open your garage door lock with ease!

[Updated by Palash Talukder]

I'm Bobby Taylor, a tech lover, writer, and editor for Smart Home Protector. I am also a customer relationship officer of a well established electronics manufacturer company in the United States.

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