How to Open a Dial Safe Without the Combination

By Editorial Team

Updated September 26, 2017

Opening a dial safe without the combination at first might seem like a complex operation.
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If you have a dial safe containing valuable personal possessions but you can't remember the combination, you need to figure out a way to open the safe and access your property. Dial safes are often designed with features built-in that allow you to open the safe even if you do not have the combination. You can accomplish the mission with the emergency key.

Pull the dial panel off the combination safe. Usually it simply pulls off.

Look for the hidden keyhole on the interior panel underneath where the dial rested. This is usually a small round notch in the safe.

Insert the emergency key into the emergency keyhole slot.

Turn the key clockwise until you hear the safe lock release. Return the key back to its beginning position and remove the key.

Turn the handle that opens the safe downward and pull open the safe.