April 12, 2022 | KimElliott | Blog

How To Open a Locked Window Without a Key?

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It’s very difficult for someone to open a locked window without a key without breaking either the window or the lock mechanism. If you Google how to open a locked window without a key, you’ll find lots of videos with titles like ‘how to open a locked window with a paper clip’ or ‘how to open a locked window with a knife’ however the technique shown in these videos is often fake and won’t work.

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How to Open a Locked Window Without a Key….and Without Damaging the Window or Lock?

The only answer to that is to call a professional Locksmith who will have the tools and knowledge to open your window non-destructively. Locksmiths are highly skilled and are trained to open a locked window without a key, without breaking or damaging it. However, depending on why you can’t open your window, for example it’s broken or jammed, then a Locksmith may have to cause damage to force entry.

If you have lost your keys, or suspect they have been stolen*, then a Locksmith can replace your window locks and provide you with a new key.

*If you believe your window key has been stolen we suggest you inform the police on the non-emergency line.

 

How to Open a Locked Window using a Knife

Short answer is… you can’t. Opening a locked window with a knife is not something we would recommend. There are some videos and articles claiming that you can open a locked window with a knife, but these are misleading.

Once you read the article or watch the video, you will realise that they are only talking about one type of lock and even if it is the type of lock you have, it’s doubtful you will be able to successfully follow the technique. Using a knife to open a locked window, is dangerous for both yourself and the window, one slip of the hand would mean you could injure yourself or break the window. Your safest bet is to call a Locksmith and have the window lock opened or replaced professionally.

 

How to Open a Locked Window Using a Screwdriver

Again, this is not something we would recommend. If you are seen trying to open a locked window from the outside, using a screwdriver, then its likely someone will call the police. You are also likely to damage either the window, or the lock itself, if you attempt to open it using a screwdriver. If you have lost the key for your window, then your best bet is to call a professional Locksmith to have the window lock replaced.

 

How To Open a Locked Window With a Paperclip

The principle of this technique is that you would pick the window lock with a straightened paperclip. However, lock picking isn’t as easy as it looks in the movies. Locksmiths spend a long time training and practicing their lock picking skill, so it’s unlikely that you will be able to open a window using a paperclip. There are videos online showing you how to do this, but the validity of these videos comes into question, as many people have found the process impossible to follow to successfully pick the window lock.

 

How to Open a Locked Window Without a Key…in an Emergency

If an emergency occurs, such as fire or a small child is trapped inside your house, then it could be your only option is to smash the window itself.

We would not recommend this, unless the situation is life threatening and you cannot wait for a Locksmith. We do suggest that you firstly call the emergency services if you are able and wait for them to respond. When any emergency event occurs, you always need to call the relevant authorities such and the police or the fire service.

Smashing the window should ONLY be done in an emergency. For all other situations we would advise calling a professional Locksmith to gain entry and replace the window locks.

 

Call a Professional Locksmith

The only guaranteed way to open a window without a key, is to call a professional Locksmith. Even if you need to gain access quickly an Emergency Locksmith is still your best option.

They can often get to you quickly and fix or change the lock in one visit. To find out more about locksmith window service then go to our Locksmith services page.

If you need a Locksmith, then visit our find a Locksmith section to find a local Locksmith near you.