Instead of using the passcode, most digital safes have a key that can be used to manually unlock and open them. But what if you misplace your key and the keypad is powerless? Don’t be afraid! You can still open your digital safe without a key by reactivating the keypad and entering your passcode. If you have forgotten your passcode, you can reset it by pressing the reset button on the inside of the door panel with a thin rod or wire. If all else fails, try breaking the lock open or drilling through the override key slot.
Method 1: Restoring Keypad Power
1. If you don’t have your override key, recharge or replace the batteries. Some digital safes include a keypad for entering your passcode as well as an override key that allows you to open the safe. If your electronic keypad has lost power and you don’t have your override key, replace the keypad’s batteries or recharge it.
If you don’t have your override key, you can use the electronic keypad to open your digital safe.
2. Locate and open the battery casing on the keypad. Look for the battery casing near or on the keypad. It is typically located on the underside of the keypad. Hold the latch with your finger and remove the casing to expose the batteries.
To access the battery casing in some digital safes, you may need to remove a small screw.
Check to see if the battery casing is damaged or if any of the pieces are falling out. If this is the case, you may need to have your safe opened by a professional.
3. Replace the batteries with batteries of the same type and voltage. Remove the existing batteries from their slots once the battery casing has been opened. Install the same type of batteries into their slots in the same manner as the previous ones. Then, close the latch on the battery case.
When you restore power to the keypad, it may light up or turn on.
4. If your digital safe has a power supply connection, connect it. If your safe has a USB slot, a power cord slot, or a 9-volt battery on the keypad, insert a suitable electrical cord or battery. Allow the keypad to charge for at least 10 minutes before attempting to open the safe to allow it to build up a power reserve.
If your safe has a USB charging port, any USB charging cord will work.
Although your safe may have a specific power cord for charging the keypad, you may be able to find a cord that fits into the charging port.
When you plug a power supply into it, there should be a charging light that illuminates or a light behind the keypad that illuminates.
5. Once the power is restored, enter your passcode to open your safe. Try entering your passcode once the keypad has power. The locking mechanism will be disengaged, allowing you to open and access your digital safe.
If you’ve forgotten your passcode, you can reset it.
Method 2: Reset Your Password
1. Locate the back panel of the safe’s electronic element. Look for small holes or openings in the safe’s back or bottom. Look inside the holes with a flashlight for the backside of the control panel.
On the back of the control panel, there will be wires and electrical components.
2. Insert a wire coat hanger through one of the safe’s holes. Unwind a wire coat hanger and straighten it out to make a long, thin wire. Insert the wire hanger end into one of the openings to gain access to the control panel.
If you jam the wire hanger into the opening, you risk damaging the electronic keypad and being unable to reset it.
Use a small, stiff wire that is long enough to reach the control panel if you don’t have a wire coat hanger or if the opening is too small for one.
3. On the safe’s inner keypad, press the reset button. Look for the reset button on the backside of the control panel with your flashlight to guide the wire. It should be a small black button with the word “Reset” written on it. With the end of the hanger, press the button.
When you press the reset button, you may hear a beeping sound or see the control panel illuminate.
4. On the front of the keypad, enter a new passcode. After pressing the reset button, you can enter a new passcode on the front of the keypad. On the keypad, enter a code you know you’ll remember.
Make a note of the code or save it to your phone so you don’t forget it!
5. Confirm the new code by pressing the set button, which is located next to the reset button. Shine the flashlight through one of the openings and look for a button labelled “Set” next to the reset button. To confirm the new passcode that you entered, press the button on the end of your wire.
After you confirm the code, the control panel may beep or light up.
The set button may or may not be labelled, and it may or may not have a checkmark on the front of the panel.
6. Enter your new passcode to open the safe. Remove the wire from the safe and enter your new code into the control panel on the safe’s front. Then, once the locking mechanism has been disengaged, open your safe.
Method 3: Experiment with Different Solutions
1. To open the lock, insert a knife into the keyhole and shake it. Stick the pointed tip of a sturdy knife into the keyhole on your digital safe. Shake and wiggle the knife to disengage the locking mechanism. Then, open the safe’s door.
For less expensive safes, shaking the lock open is more likely to work.
This solution may work well on a safe with a combination key and a digital keypad.
2. To break the lock, insert a screwdriver into the keyhole and turn it. Insert a flathead screwdriver into the keyhole and place the safe on a flat surface. Repeatedly turn the screwdriver counterclockwise until you hear or feel the locking mechanism break open. After that, take out the screwdriver and open the safe.
After damaging the locking mechanism with a screwdriver, you may not be able to lock the safe again.
3. As a last resort, drill through the override key slot. If everything else fails, take a power drill and a drill bit strong enough to drill through metal. Drill through the key slot in the safe until you reach the locking mechanism, which will disable it. The safe door can then be opened.
Drilling through the safe may be difficult and may cause damage to your power drill.
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