How to Pick a Lock with a Bobby Pin

To pick a lock with a bobby pin, first bend open a bobby pin until it makes a 90-degree

angle, and remove the rubber piece on the straight end.

Make a slight bend at the tip of the straight end.

Now, take a second bobby pin and bend the closed end to one side so it forms a 90-degree


You’ll use this bobby pin as a lever.

Insert the bent end of the lever into the lock, and turn the lever to one side to apply


Next, insert the bent end of the pick into the lock above the lever.

There are 5 pins inside of a standard lock, and each pin needs to be pressed up to the

same point for the lock to open.

You can use the end of the pick to press the pins up, but you’ll need to start with the

pin that’s seized.

A seized pin is a pin that’s harder to press up than the rest.

To find the seized pin, start near the outside of the lock and press up on each pin one at

a time, inserting the pick further and further into the lock as you go.

When you feel resistance, you’ve found a seized pin.

Now, move the pick up and down to force the seized pin up.

Keep doing this until you hear an audible click.

Make sure you’re still applying pressure with the lever.

This pressure will cause the lock to turn slightly when the seized pin is pushed up.

Next, find another seized pin the same way you did before, and repeat the process.

Every time a seized pin is freed, another pin will become seized, so there will always

be a seized pin to press up.

Continue pressing the seized pins up with the pick until you’ve lifted up every pin

and the lock unlocks.