# How to Unlock a Combination Lock Without Knowing the Combination

Combination locks can be used on cupboards, boxes and safes to secure valuable or important goods inside. However, trouble can arise if you forget the combination code to unlock it. While most manual combination locks can be broken using brute force, this takes a lot of time and energy, and for good reason. Luckily, there are other ways to open a combination lock when you don't remember the combination.

How to Unlock a Combination Lock Without Knowing the Combination
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## Cracking the Code

There's a way to crack the code of a combination lock when you've forgotten it. Hold the lock with the latch at the top and the dial facing you. The locking mechanism will be on the left-hand side. You'll need to exert some pressure on the lock's latch – enough so the dial can turn, but not so much that it spins freely. This tension is essential in order to feel when you hit the right number of the combination and the mechanism engages.

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Which way do you turn locks? It's best to start clockwise and then change to counterclockwise. What's most important is remembering which direction you started with.

Turn the dial. If it never catches, you haven't put enough pressure on the latch. If it's clicking at every number, you've put too much pressure on the latch. Getting the right amount of pressure will mean that the dial clicks only once. When you find this one click, add five to the number. That's the first number in the combination.

Once you find the first number, switch the dial rotation to counterclockwise. After one full rotation, the dial will meet resistance at a certain number. This is the second number in the combination.

After you've found the first two numbers, the most time-efficient way to find the third is simply to try each option. Set the first two numbers, then go through a sequence to find the third.