Skip to content

How to Bypass the Door Lock on a Samsung Washer

This article is a collaborative effort, crafted and edited by a team of dedicated professionals.

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

✓ Verified & Tested Information

If you have a Samsung washer and you’re having trouble bypassing the door lock, don’t worry! This blog post will show you how to do it quickly and easily.


The door lock on Samsung washers is designed to prevent the door from being opened during the wash cycle. This means that if you need to pause the washing machine for any reason, you will have to press the “Pause/Cancel” button twice in rapid succession in order to stop the cycle and open the door. This can be inconvenient at times but fortunately, there is a way to bypass it. In this guide, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions on how to bypass the door lock on a Samsung washer so that you can quickly resume your wash cycle whenever necessary.

Tools Needed

Unlocking a Samsung washer door can be a tricky process. To do so, you will need a few tools. First, you will need to procure a screwdriver, a wrench, and a pair of pliers. Additionally, you will need an Allen key to unlock the screws on the door latch. With these tools in hand, you’ll be ready to begin the unlocking process.

Phillips head screwdriver

A Phillips head screwdriver is a tool commonly used to drive screws, bolts, and other fasteners that have a cross head shape. This kind of screwdriver can usually be identified by its tapered tip, which is designed to fit into the center of a cross head shape. It also has four notches surrounding the center of the screwdriver, which provides additional grip when turning it. Phillips head screwdrivers are available in various sizes and are generally used to remove or install standard-size screws or bolts.

When it comes to bypassing a door lock on a Samsung Washer, having an appropriately sized Phillips head screwdriver will make the task easier and ensure that all pieces stay in place during installation. The proper size depends on the size of screws used on the door panel, so be sure to consult with your washer’s user manual prior to purchasing any tools.

Flat head screwdriver

Flat head screwdrivers are essential tools for bypassing the door lock on a Samsung Washer. These are tool used for loosening screws and bolts with a slotted, countersunk head. The tip is flattened so that it fits into the groves of a screw, allowing for the user to use leverage to loosen or drive the screw into place. It is important to select the correct size flat head screwdriver as there is a range of sizes available. When using this tool on a Samsung Washer, make sure to insert it into the slot marked “Door Override” and turn it counterclockwise until you feel it click. After doing this step, you can continue with other steps of manually unlocking your washer.


If you want to bypass the door lock on a Samsung washer, you can follow these simple steps. The door lock is designed to prevent the washer from opening or running when it is not in use. Bypassing the door lock can be done in a few simple steps, and all you need is a few basic tools. Let’s get started so you can get the job done quickly and easily.

Remove the top panel

Removing the top panel of your Samsung Washer is the first step in bypassing the door lock. You can usually access this panel by removing any screws that are keeping it in place.

Use tools such as a Phillips or flat-head screwdriver to unscrew the screws on the top and sides of the washer. Make sure to note where each screw goes, so you can put them back in their original positions later when you are finished with this process.

Once all visible screws have been removed from the top panel, you should be able to lift it off with ease and expose a pair of black wires coming from underneath. These will connect to a small green box on your washing machine; this is what controls your washer’s door lock.

Unscrew the door lock assembly

Begin by unplugging the washer from the wall outlet and opening the door of your Samsung washer. You will then need to locate the two screws in the central section of the door lock assembly. Use a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew these parts and carefully remove them. After this is done, carefully pry up the plastic coating that covers the central section of the door lock using a small flathead screwdriver. Once this panel is removed, you will be able to access to door lock assembly as well as its internal wiring.

Disconnect the wires

Disconnecting the wires is an important step in bypassing a Samsung Washer’s door lock. Before attempting this, turn off the power to the washer by unplugging it from the wall. Once you’ve done this, open the access panel located on the back of the washer.

Locate and identify the wires connected to the door lock mechanism, then remove them one at a time. Make sure to note which wire goes where so that you can properly reconnect them later. Once the wires have been disconnected, your Samsung Washer’s door should now be ready to open and close freely without engaging its safety lock feature.

Remove the door lock assembly

The first step to bypassing the door lock on a Samsung washer is to cover back the control panel and remove the door lock assembly. This is located at the top of the washer, behind the control panel. To access this component, begin by removing any screws or fasteners that are securing it in place. Carefully lay the panel aside, being mindful not to disconnect any wiring attached to it or damage any components. Once exposed, you can unscrew and remove the entire door lock assembly from its mounting. You may need a small screwdriver for this task, but most door locks can easily be removed by hand. Be sure to store all parts in a safe place for later reassembly.

Disconnect the wires from the door lock

The first step in bypassing the door lock on your Samsung Washer is to disconnect the wires that are connecting the terminal block to the door. Depending on your specific model of washer, you will either have two or three wires connected. If you have two wires connected, labeled “L1” and “L2”, then you can safely remove the wire connected to L1. If your washer has three wires connected, labeled “L1”, “L2” and “COMMON”, then you can safely disconnect both wires connecting to L1 and L2 terminals. Once removed, make sure all shore power is switched off and there is no power flowing through the system before proceeding to the next step.

Reconnect the wires to the new door lock

Once you have removed the door lock from your Samsung washer, you need to connect the wires to the new door lock. To do this, cut off any excess wires and make sure that each wire is clearly labeled for easy identification. Connect each wire to its designated terminal on the new door lock, ensuring a tight connection and lining up all of the screws. Once all connections are secure, fasten the screws over each connection and being sure not to over-tighten them as this may cause damage. For best results, you can use a screwdriver or a nut driver to ensure that they stay in place and that they are tightened safely. After reconnecting all of the wires, check the functionality of your new door lock.


Congratulations – you now know how to bypass the door lock on a Samsung washing machine! All modern Samsung washers are equipped with an automatic door-lock feature that prevents you from opening the machine mid-cycle. However, this feature can be bypassed with a few simple steps. First, locate and remove the top control panel. Next, locate and press the small Reset button located near the front of the cabinet. Finally, locate and move or remove the bypass inhibitor switch located behind or near the control panel. Once all these steps are complete, your Samsung washer’s door lock should be disabled or bypassed.

In summary, although automatic door locks are a useful safety feature for preventing accidental contact with spinning tubs and blades, it is possible to disable them if necessary. Simply remove any plastic casings that have been installed over parts of your Samsung top-load washer’s control panel and reset or disable its inhibitor switch using specialized tools or handsaw blades. With these few simple steps complete, your washer’s door lock should be successfully bypassed!

How to Bypass the Door Lock on a Samsung WasherCheckout this video:

Share this Article