How to Pick Padlocks

Updated February 21, 2017

One of the most frustrating things is not being able to access something because of a lost padlock key. When you lose the key to a padlock, there are ways to still unlock the padlock by using different tools. Read on to learn how to pick padlocks.

Get your tools together. To pick the lock of a padlock, it often takes a combination of several tools to get the job done. Make sure that you have all the tools so you can successfully pick the padlock.

Insert the wrench. The torsion wrench must be the first tool that you put into the lock. Put the wrench into the back of the lock and move the wrench around until it fits into the padlock.

Insert the pick. Next, with the torsion wrench still in the padlock, insert the tool you are using for your pick into the padlock. These two tools will work together to pick the padlock.

Apply pressure to the wrench. While pushing the pick into the lock, apply pressure to the back of the torsion wrench. Each time you move the pick tool around in the lock, push the back of the torsion wrench away from the lock.

Listen for the click. As you apply the pressure to the wrench, you will hear a slight click. When you hear this noise, pull up on the lock until it is completely free and the padlock is unlocked.


You can also use household objects such as paper clips to pick the padlock. Use two paper clips as a substitute for the wrench and pick.


If you are buying a padlock to keep something secure, it is important to use smaller padlocks. Larger padlocks are easier to pick since the key space is large and will not give your items as much protection.

Things You'll Need

  • Torsion wrench
  • Pick tool
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