A Step-by-Step Guide to Remove a Door Knob With No Screws

Knock, knock. Who’s there? A job well done

Justine Harrington
Updated April 6, 2022
A woman removing a dooknob with a screwdriver
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Time to complete

30 minutes

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What you'll need:


  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Allen wrench


  • Paperclip

Just like many other things in your home, your door knobs will eventually need to be replaced one day. The good news is that you don’t always have to call a professional locksmith to remove a door knob. If you know what you’re doing and have the right tools at your disposal, removing a screwless door knob is a relatively simple job for any homeowner.

  1. Locate the Hidden Slot

    Close-up of hands of a senior man removing a doorknob
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    Look for a small slot or hole underneath the door shaft. If you find a slot, insert your flat-head screwdriver into the hole and tug on the knob. It should slide off easily. If, on the other hand, you find a small hole, you can straighten out a paper clip and push it inside the hole; then, pull the knob out.

  2. Pry Off the Rose

    The rose is the round decorative plate that fits around your door knob. If the rose doesn’t come off with the knob, you’ll need to remove it on its own, to expose the mounting screws underneath it. To do so, insert the tip of your screwdriver under the small opening between the plate and the door. Gently pry it off.

  3. Remove the Hidden Screws

    Now, use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the hidden mounting screws.

  4. Replace the Latch Plate

    Using your Phillips screwdriver, remove the screws holding your old latch plate in place. Now, you’re ready to install your new door knob and its matching hardware.

What Else to Know About Screwless Door Knob Removal

Keep in mind that it’s helpful to know the different types of interior door knobs before beginning this project. These include passage, privacy, dummy, and keyed-entrance knobs. Knowing the type of knob you have will determine how best to remove it. You can always contact a door installer in your area if you have questions about screwless door knob removal.

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