A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Remove Kwikset Deadbolt Without Screws

Key Takeaway

  • To learn how to remove a Kwikset deadbolt lock without visible screws, first inspect the lock to discover the hidden screws.
  • Remove the decorative plate with a flathead screwdriver and disassemble the lock by removing the mounting screws.

Deadbolts are known to provide a high level of security to your home against forced entry. No doubt, Kwikset locks are great at this job, hence are a preferred choice for many. While Kwikset deadbolts, once installed, go a long way, they are not a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, as you do need to change them on some occasions. 

Replacing a Kwikset deadbolt is a simple and straightforward process that should be done in case your deadbolt is too old, worn out, or damaged. Though, users who have a Kwikset lock with concealed screws often go for a locksmith to complete the task. But what if I told you that you could DIY the task, save money, and spare yourself the hassle?

So, no more looking for how to remove the Kwikset deadbolt without screws because this article has got you covered. Here, I will discuss detailed step-by-step instructions for removing a Kwikset deadbolt with concealed screws, or in layman’s terms, ‘no screws.’

How To Remove Kwikset Deadbolt Without Screws

First of all, all Kwikset locks come with screws, and that’s how they mount to the door. While certain Kwikset deadbolt types may have screws that are visible to users, others may have them covered by a plate for aesthetic reasons or as an additional layer of security. 

Typically, visible screws are located on the thumb turn of a single cylinder on the inside side of the door. A double-cylinder deadbolt, on the other hand, has a keyhole on either side and screws that are covered by a plate. Hence, not seeing the screws makes a user look for how to remove the Kwikset deadbolt without screws.

By gaining access to the mounting screws that keep the Kwikset deadbolt attached to the door, you can remove it with ease. You would require some basic tools for the same.

Material Required

Removing a Kwikset deadbolt from your door will require using the following tools.

  • A flat-headed screwdriver: A flat-head screwdriver will help you remove the decorative place from your Kwikset deadbolt so that you can access the mounting screws.
    flat-headed screwdriver
  • A Phillips screwdriver:  A Phillips screwdriver will help you unscrew the mountain screws to dissemble the lockset. The size of the screwdriver depends upon the size of the screws on the deadbolt.
    Phillips screwdriver
  • An awl or a sharp-edged object: An awl will assist the flat-head screwdriver in removing the decorative plate. You may alternatively use any other sharp and pointed object similar to an awl.
    awl or a sharp-edged object

Steps To Remove Kwikset Deadbolt Without Screws

Here are the steps to remove a Kwikset deadbolt without screws. 

  • Step 1: You must first remove the thumb latch to access the screws of your deadbolt that are concealed below the decorative plate

    Look for a little hole in the shaft that connects the thumb latch to the rest of the deadbolt lock.  Use an awl or a sharp object, insert it into the hole, and press gently. Once you hear the thumb latch release, remove it.

    Some Kwikset locks may have a plastic or metal pin on the shaft of the latch handle that you can use to remove the thumb latch instead of using an awl.
  • Step 2: Once the latch has been removed from the deadbolt, you now need to remove the decorative plate. The plate in Kwikset deadbolts is usually held in place by friction and has a small notch at the edge. Simply locate the little cutout around the rim, insert the tiny flat-headed screwdriver, and carefully pull the plate off the lock. 

    Be careful and ensure that you do not harm the door or the plate during the process.
  • Step 3: Now that you’ve discovered the hidden screws, use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws and keep them in a safe place. The size of the screwdriver depends on the head of the mounting screws.
  • Step 4: Next, remove the two halves of the Kwikset deadbolt. Pull the inner and outer parts of the Kwikset deadbolt carefully and gently remove the Kwikset deadbolt cylinder components and set them aside.
    If you intend to use the same lock again, you must ensure that you don’t lose or damage any individual lock component.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. The thumb turn of my Kwikset deadbolt lock works, but the key doesn’t spin. How can I fix the issue?

Answer – The lock cylinder is typically to blame if the thumb latch on the inner side of your Kwikset deadbolt still functions, but the lock no longer spins with the key. The sole solution in this circumstance is to repair or replace the lock cylinder. 

Q2. How often should you lubricate a deadbolt?

Answer – The different parts, including the screws, can be lubricated yearly using Teflon and graphite-based lubricants. Avoid using lubricants that contain oil because they tend to attract dust.

Q3. Does a misaligned door and hinge influence the operation of a deadbolt?

Answer – Using the door and the lock repeatedly and forcefully can lead to many alignment problems, which may impact the functioning of the deadbolt.  You may read more about the same in my article about fixing a misaligned deadbolt.


Kwikset locks are definitely one of the best in the industry. Apart from efficiently securing a space, they are easy to install and remove. If you have straightforward, detailed instructions, removing a Kwikset deadbolt lock is simple, whether your deadbolt has visible screws or not.
The article must have been helpful if you were trying to figure out how to remove a Kwikset deadbolt lock without screws. Write to me in the comments area if you have any more queries about replacing or removing your deadbolt lock, and I’ll do my best to guide you!

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Hey! I am Mark. Though I am not a locksmith by profession, but locks have always fascinated me since my teens. And it all started when I got locked out of my house and I had to pick the lock. Since then it has become my hobby to learn more about different kinds of locks, understand their working and methods to pick them up. In due course of time, I have also become better aware of how installing the right lock goes a long way in ensuring iron clad security. I aim to share my passion (about locks) through this blog. If you are also passionate about picking locks or are just looking to beef up the security, hop on the ride.