How to Open My Safe If I Forgot the Combination

4 Steps to Getting your safe open

If you are ever unable to open your safe (even a gun safe) and access the contents of it, we advise against trying to open it yourself. A non-professional could damage the lock, safe, or the contents in the process, making it much more difficult for a professional locksmith to open the safe without damaging the safe or the contents inside the safe further. Before calling a Locksmith, there are a few things you can try to get your safe open. Below we list our 4 steps to getting your safe open.


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How to Open My Safe If I Forgot the CombinationStep 1: Find Out Which Safe You Have

The first step that you need to take is to identify the type of safe that you have. Properly identifying your safe means that you will be able to use the appropriate measures to reset your code or recover the code, to unlock your safe.

The last thing that you would want to do is panic and use the wrong access methods for your safe. This ends up damaging the safe and all its internal components. If you think this could never happen, you should probably talk to someone who has been in a lockout before.

What types of safe locks are there?

Currently, there are 3 types of safe locks that are used:

  • Key Lock: This is the old-fashioned generic lock that is unlocked using a key. It gets the job done, but can be troublesome if the key is misplaced or lost.
  • Combination Lock: Another analog type of lock, it requires you to manually turn a knob to specific numbers displayed around the dial to unlock.
  • Electronic Lock: An electronic safe that typically runs on battery, this lock requires you to input the correct sequence of numbers to unlock. This type of lock is currently the most popular.

You must request help for a certain safe, this holds true regardless of whether you contact the manufacturer or a locksmith. When you contact either or, you will have to provide basic information about the safe for them to know which course of action they should take. The information that is needed in this situation can either be a serial number on the safe or your purchase information.

The serial number can be found on the side of the safe or the back panel of the safe. For security purposes, some safes have their serial numbers on the body of the safe. So, if you can’t find your serial number, use information from your purchase order to find out the brand and type of safe you have.

Step 2: Determine If Your Safe Has a Key Override

Once you know the type of safe that you have, you should check whether the safe (or gun safe) has a key override that can be used if you have forgotten your combination. Key overrides allow you to gain access to your safe using an alternative method. The key override is also extremely useful when you have forgotten the combination to your safe.

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It is possible that you didn’t even know that your safe had a key override. Lots of people neglect to read the user manual when they buy a safe. Also, not all safes advertise the fact that they have an override key.

You should take the time to read through your owner’s manual and verify whether the safe has a key override or not. Doing so will save you time, and it will help you get back into your safe. However, if you find yourself saying “I forgot my safe combination”, do not get your hopes up about the mechanical override key. Not all safe manufacturers utilize one in their safes.


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Step 3: Determine If the Safe Has a Change Key

If your safe does not have a key override, there is no need to worry, you will make your way back into your safe. There are many people who have said, “I forgot the combination to my safe,” who have ended up gaining access to their safes once again. In the absence of a mechanical override key, a change key can be used to help you out of your situation. A change key allows you to change the combination so you can gain access to your safe again. This is extremely useful for when you have forgotten your combination.

The change key doesn’t work for all safes because you might be required to input your old combination when you are using a change key. To get the change key to work you insert the key in the back of the safe and then you must input the reset combination. This set of numbers is merely a way of wiping the slate clean for you to set a new code to your safe.

If you forgot your safe combination, the use of a change key or a mechanical key override can be quick solutions. People rarely have these elements on hand, so you will likely have to resort to calling a locksmith to help you get back into your safe.

Step 4: Find A Locksmith

If you have tried all of the above methods and you have not been able to get into your safe, it might be time to reach out to the professionals. A locksmith will be able to help you enter a safe that you are locked out of.

Finding the locksmith to open your safe sounds relatively easy. Safes are very intricate devices, and if they are not treated properly, you could potentially damage your security investment and the contents of your safe as well. Ideally, you want to find a locksmith that is familiar with safes, and one that seems knowledgeable about your safe (or gun safe).

Call Milwaukee Lockstar today to gain access to your safe and valuables.


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