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How to Break Into a Digital Door Lock

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Contributors: Muhammad Baballe Ahmad, Mehmet Cavas, Sudhir Chitnis, and Zhen-ya Liu.

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Looking to break into a digital door lock? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it, courtesy of our experts at Locksmiths R Us.

Prepare the Tools

The first step in breaking into a digital door lock is to gather the required tools. You may need a flathead screwdriver, a precision screwdriver set, electrical tape, and a voltage tester. Depending on the make and model of the door lock, you may need other tools such as a drill, hammer, or pliers. Make sure you are familiar with the make and model of the door lock you are trying to break into so you can be prepared with the proper tools.

Gather the necessary tools

Breaking into a digital door lock requires specific equipment in order to operate efficiently. It is important to gather the tools required beforehand in order to be more time efficient during the process. Depending on the type of digital door lock you have, some of these tools may not be necessary. It is important to do an assessment of your digital door lock before attempting any form of manipulation. The following are the necessary items that should be acquired before beginning the process:

-Battery-operated drill with multiple drill bits, including a Phillips head bit
-Flathead screwdriver
-Electrician’s multipurpose tool
-Wire cutters
-Wire strippers
-Digital voltmeter or continuity tester (for testing electrical connections)
-Power saw or hammer (for breaking into hardwood cases that house digital locks)

Familiarize yourself with the tools

Knowing how to use the specialized tools mentioned earlier can help you break into any digital door lock. Before tackling your specific job, it’s important to familiarize yourself with them.

Depending on the type of lock, you will most likely need a small screwdriver or pry bar, a drill and a lock pick set. When using the pry bar and screwdriver, be careful not to damage any part of the door frame. When using the drill be aware that you may need to change out a standard bit for an auto-lock bit depending on the depth of your bore hole requirements. Finally, in order to pick open any door locks with your pick set you will need patience along with practice to ensure proper entry in unlocking the door.

It’s also beneficial to have some kind of lubricant on hand to spray down metal locks that get stuck due to rust or corrosion over time. The combination of magnets and acid can corrode metals quite quickly if they are exposed directly so try avoid this as much as possible by lubricating any metal on metal connections instantly after installing or removing a lock. Remember, even with all these tips and professional tools there is still always some element of risk associated when dealing with digital locks -never attempt something beyond your own abilities as it can cost more in repairs then it would take purchase entirely new locks altogether!

Identify the Lock Type

When attempting to break into a digital door lock, the first step is to identify the type of lock you are dealing with. Many digital locks come with a number of security measures, including passwords and biometric identification, so it is important to know what type of lock you are working with before you try to bypass it. From there, you can determine the best approach to take to break the lock.

Determine the type of lock

Before attempting to break into a digital door lock, it is important to identify the type of lock you are dealing with. There are two basic types of digital door locks: those that use pin codes and those that use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).

Pin code locks require the user to enter a specific combination of letters or numbers in order to unlock the door. These are the most common type of digital door locks and can be found on both residential and commercial doors. Pin code locks typically require a minimum of four-digit key codes, but higher security versions may require as many as six digits.

RFID locks work by using an encrypted key fob or card. These keys must be within range of the lock in order for it to open. RFID locks are commonly used in cases where a high level of security is needed, such as businesses or homes containing high-value items like jewelry or expensive electronics.

Using an industrial microscope or magnifying glass can help you determine which type of lock you’re dealing with. If all else fails, contact a professional locksmith who will be able to quickly identify the lock type and offer solutions for bypassing it.

Understand the anatomy of the lock

Learning the anatomy of the lock is necessary in order to identify the type of lock you are trying to break into. Different models of digital door locks have different features that help you identify them.

The following features will help you distinguish one lock from another:

-External: Look for clues such as buttons, keypads, fingerprint readers, or card swipes on the exterior of the door lock. External features depend on the model, size, and complexity of each digital door lock setup.
-Internal: By opening the back panel and examining any interior components, you will be able to gain a better understanding of the inner design and function. Common internal components include a keyway (pin tumbler or cylinder), motorized gear assembly (to move components internally as necessary), and an electronic board (containing all electronic unlocking systems).
-Connector Port: Look for an output port which allows any external devices to be connected to an existing power source. This can be useful when attempting software attacks.
-Additional Features: Some digital door locks may have additional features such as biometric authentication systems, dual authentication protocols (for added security), or other specialized functions that may require specialized tools or equipment for successful unlocking.

By familiarizing yourself with these components, you will be able to determine what type of digital door lock system is in place before attempting any sort of break-in attempt.

Pick the Lock

Pick the lock is one of the most common ways to break into a digital door lock. This involves using the right tools such as lockpicks, tension wrenches and other similar tools to manipulate the lock’s internal components in order to open the door. This requires a lot of skill and patience to perform successfully, but it can be a great way to break into a digital door lock if you have the right tools and know-how. Let’s dive into the details of how to pick the lock.

Insert the tension wrench into the bottom of the keyhole

When using a pick and tension wrench to open a digital door lock, the first step is to insert the tension wrench into the bottom of the keyhole. The tension wrench is used to apply torque on the pins, allowing them to be pushed out of the way when inserting a pick into the lock.

The angle at which you insert your tension wrench is dependent on your specific type of lock. Try different insertion angles until you feel noticeable resistance from pushing down or turning. When turning one direction causes more resistance than another, that’s an indication that this is the direction in which the plug must turn first in order for pins in the plug to line up with slots cut inside the door frame. Once your tension wrench has been inserted correctly, you can then move onto inserting your pick and attempting to align all of its pins with their respective slots.

Insert the pick into the keyhole

Inserting the pick into the keyhole of a digital door lock is the first step in learning how to pick it. When you insert your pick, make sure to orient it so the tip faces up towards you. If you don’t do this, you won’t be able to manipulate it properly and may even damage the lock. Be gentle when inserting your pick – do not force it as it could potentially damage or break the internal components of the lock. You should feel for a slight click or resistance when pushing in your pick. This means that you have successfully managed to slip past the security pins and plates inside the keyway, allowing access to manipulate their inner workings.

Feel for the pins and move them up one by one

Once your tension wrench is in place and ready to turn, it’s time to start feeling out the pins within the lock. Insert a feeler pick into the keyway and apply a small amount of tension with your tension wrench. Slide the feeler pick along the pins and observe how they move up or down. One by one, use your feeler pick to press each pin up until it doesn’t go any higher. You’ll need to do this for each pin before you’ll be able to turn the lock open. As you progress, you may find that some pieces don’t want to stay in place; if this happens, try turning or twisting your tension wrench until they settle back into place before continuing. If all goes smoothly, when you’ve successfully moved all of the pins up one by one, you should be able to turn the lock open using your tension wrench!

Test the Lock

Testing the digital lock is an important step in unlocking it. To begin, you’ll need to know how the digital lock works. Different electronic door locks use different methods for unlocking, and these methods may vary based on the type of digital lock you have. Understanding the underlying principles of how digital door locks work will help you determine which type of digital door lock you’re trying to unlock. Also, testing the lock will give you an idea of exactly how to approach unlocking it.

Turn the tension wrench clockwise

Breaking into a digital door lock requires the use of a tension wrench. To begin, insert the tension wrench into the bottom of the lock. The purpose of the tension wrench is to provide friction so that you can turn the plug.

Once inserted, apply gentle pressure with your hand while turning it in a clockwise direction. You will usually need to turn it slightly more than one revolution to reach its proper position. This can be done by turning it in small increments until you find what is comfortable for you. Make sure not to apply too much pressure as that could cause damage to the lock mechanism. It’s important not to make any sudden or forceful movements, as that could potentially damage the lock or make it difficult for you to remove the tension wrench later on. Once sufficiently turned, you should be able to move on with trying to pick or brute force your way into opening your door lock!

Test the lock to ensure it is unlocked

When attempting to break into a digital door lock, the first step is to test the lock. Even if you believe it is unlocked, it is always best to double check. Most digital door locks have light indicators that show when the door is fully locked or unlocked. This can easily be done by turning the handle of the door and observing the lights of the digital lock. If it flashes green or emits an audible sound indicating it is unlocked, then proceed to try other methods of breaking in. However, if there are no such indication, then carefully insert a key and twist gently to see if it opens; if not, then additional steps need to be taken in order to break in without damaging the lock.


To troubleshoot a digital door lock, the first step is to identify the problem. Is the lock not responding to your key fob? Is the keypad not registering the correct code? These are common issues that can be easily identified and solved. However, if the lock is malfunctioning in other ways, it may require further investigation. Let’s look at the steps you should take if your digital door lock is not responding.

Check for any broken or stuck pins

Before attempting to break into a digital door lock, it is important to first check for any broken or stuck pins that may cause the lock to malfunction. Broken or stuck pins can prevent the door from unlocking or locking properly, or they can cause the door to remain locked even with the proper code entered. If possible, a visual inspection should be performed on the lock in order to identify any faulty pins which may have become worn down over time from extensive use. Once identified, these pins should be replaced before attempting a manual entry into the lock. If visual inspection is not possible, then a tactile examination should be done in order to feel for any rounded edges that may indicate their presence of broken pins. Additionally, it is important to ensure that no dust or debris has accumulated inside of the electronic device as this could impede its functioning and lead to incorrect codes being entered multiple times.

Adjust the tension wrench if necessary

To ensure the lock operates smoothly, you may need to adjust the tension wrench. This is done by twisting the knob on top of the wrench. If the tension wrench sticks in a certain position it is either too tight or too loose, so you will need to make an adjustment.

To do this, first make sure that your tension wrench is placed into the bottom of the lock. To loosen it, turn the top knob counterclockwise until there is an audible click; this should loosen up any friction in the mechanism. To tighten it again, turn in a clockwise direction until another click sounds – do this until you achieve a comfortable level of resistance when moving the tension rod.

It is important to note that if your lock has been exposed to varying temperatures and humidity levels, then it is likely that some adjustment will be necessary as different parts of your system may expand or shrink accordingly. You may find yourself needing to re-adjust more frequently if your door lock experiences significant temperature changes or fluctuates levels of humidity. With regular maintenance and occasional adjustments, you can ensure a smooth operation from your digital door lock for years to come!

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