How to Open a Schlage Lock With a Dead Battery? [No Key]

Did you just encounter a situation where your Schlage smart lock’s battery is dead, and you have also forgotten its key? You need to open the lock without a key in such a scenario.

Read on to learn how to open a Schlage lock with a dead battery or without any key. Moreover, through the detailed guide, we’ll try to clear out all your confusion.

How to Open a Schlage Lock With a Dead Battery

Is opening the Schlage lock without a key a safe option?

Opening a Schlage key lock without a key may sound worrisome, but in reality, it’s indeed a safe option. To do so, you just need to reset your Schlage lock to re-key it. Note while doing this procedure, the touchscreen lock will remain on, and hence you’ll not be able to open the door until it gets completed.

In addition, most people try to open the lock with another key instead of resetting the lock to where the toggle-style key functions. This is indeed troublesome and a more hectic procedure.

Instead, use the physical key inside the lock after the reset but just one side while keeping the other side with the key ring to avoid it from being used by others in your absence.

How to open a Schlage keypad lock without a key?

You may need some equipment to open a Schlage keypad lock without a key but be careful while performing the whole procedure, as it may damage your Schlage keypad lock.

Things you need to open a Schlage keypad lock without a key:

  • An old key
  • Plug follower tool
  • Retainer ring tool
  • New key
  • A tweezer
  • Rekeying kit for instructions

Here are the steps to open a Schlage keypad lock without a key:

  1. First, remove the deadbolt from the hole on your lock, and then remove the Schlage lock from the door.
  2. Next, use your old key in the spanner and turn it by 45 degrees to remove the C-clip and lock cylinder.
  3. Now plug the follower inside the cylinder housing to remove the interior plug. Ensure that none of the pins or springs fall out while doing so.
  4. Replace the pins using a tweezer.
  5. Lastly, reverse the steps with a new key to verify the procedure. Also, lock the door once to secure the doorknob, cylinder, and housing mechanism.

If the above steps don’t unlock your Schlage keypad lock, contact the locksmith for professional help.

How to open a Schlage lock with a dead battery?

To open a Schlage lock with a dead battery, you first need to use the Schlage handle release key and a break and then enter the tool to re-key it. Also, note that you need to change its battery and re-lock it.

Here are the steps to open a Schlage lock with a dead battery:

  1. Firstly, use a screwdriver to place the Schlage handle on the box. Ensure to place the plate of the Schlage lock and the plate faces up, and you also place the broken finger and the reset key in the box during the key inside the Schlage lock.
  2. Now use a screwdriver to open it by turning it clockwise from the front.
  3. Next, remove the key and open the lock while locking each new key as you proceed.
  4. You’ll now see the Schlage key in the Schlage lock while the key in the plate broken.
  5. Now, here are the steps to change the battery and reset it:
  6. Take a new Alkaline battery and on the contacts, touch it below the bolt throw.
  7. Now, wait for one red light, three green lights, and three beeps after that.
  8. Next, enter a valid credential and turn the bolt throw away from the door edge.
  9. Lastly, replace the batteries and re-lock the door.


What to do if the Schlage lock battery dies?

When your Schlage lock battery dies, remove the dead batteries from your device and gently insert the new ones against the connectors in the right direction. Use the four AAA alkaline batteries for the required results.

How long does Schlage battery last?

You’ll need a 9V battery, the only standard one for the Schlage lock. It lasts for about a year if used with thread. However, it may last for almost 6 months if used with Wi-Fi. You may also receive a low-battery warning note before the battery drains completely.

Can a locksmith unlock a Schlage Lock?

You require a screwdriver and a few minutes to unlock a Schlage lock. You may easily open the lock, but we suggest you consult a licensed, registered locksmith as the priority, especially while performing huge tasks like replacing all the hardware of the doors at home.

Why is my Schlage Lock not working after changing its batteries?

If your Schlage lock is still not working even after changing its batteries, then the probability is that you might be using the wrong batteries. Instead, use four alkaline AAA batteries, the only ones required for the Schlage lock.

How to replace the Schlage lock battery?

Below are the steps to replace the Schlage lock battery:

  1. Firstly, remove the black battery cover by sliding it up at the interior side of the lock.
  2. Next, unsnap the short wire, which is the battery connector.
  3. Now replace the batteries by first removing the battery tray.
  4. Replace the new batteries within the tray facing the door.
  5. Lastly, snap the battery connector and place the black cover again.

How do you know if my Schlage battery needs charging?

There are three signs to consider your Schlage battery needs charging. First, the battery is critically low if it’s blinking red light. While blinking yellow light after entering the user code or flashing within the Schlage button, both indicate low battery.


In conclusion, you may easily open your Schlage lock with a dead battery or no key. However, both conditions need different steps to be followed.

For the former one, you’ll need first to use the release key to unlock it and then change the battery and re-lock it. While for the latter, you may need an old key, a plug follower tool, a tweezer, and a new key to unlock and re-key it. Read this blog to learn more.

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