How to Unlock Jeep Cherokee with Keys Inside

How to Unlock Jeep Cherokee with Keys Inside – 5 EASY WAYS!

Do you have your keys locked in the car and now you have no idea how to unlock Jeep Cherokee with keys inside? Thankfully, there are a few ways in which you can do that.

If you have a newer model, simply use the Uconnect app to unlock the vehicle. With old Jeep Cherokee models, you might have to get a bit more creative and use a screwdriver, a slim jim, or an auto-jiggler key.

Below you will find detailed instructions for every method and a few tips that will help you save the money that you’d otherwise spend on a locksmith.

How to Unlock Jeep Cherokee with Keys Inside

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1. Use the Uconnect App

Uconnect is an award-winning connected vehicle platform that is built in the latest models of Jeep vehicles. The application allows you to make and receive calls, reply to text messages, play songs, and, most importantly, you can use the Uconnect application to unlock your vehicle, in case you have left your keys inside.

Just make sure that you have the right app installed on your smartphone and then select ‘unlock’. Enter your security PIN and you’re done.

If you have an older version of a Jeep Cherokee or if you forgot your phone in the car together with the keys, you’re left with the following options.

2. Use a Screwdriver to Unlock the Jeep

To unlock the door of your vehicle with this tool, you would have to insert the blade in the keyhole and jiggle the tool back and forth.

Another way of unlocking the Jeep with a screwdriver is by inserting the tool between the door of the Jeep and the frame. Once you spot the tool inside the vehicle, insert a hook made out of a wire into the gap and try to push the button with the wire to unlock the door.

Though both of these methods can work, it is not recommended to opt for a screwdriver to open your Jeep Cherokee. You might end up damaging the lock or even bending the door if you’re not being extremely careful.

3. Get in the Car Through the Trunk

You might be able to get into the vehicle through the trunk if you have all the necessary tools.

  1. Remove the license plate.
  2. There is usually a small hole behind the license plate. Insert a small screwdriver into the hole and carefully move it from one side to the other to open the trunk.
  3. To push the seat back from inside the trunk, pull the release under the trunk panel.
  4. If you can get inside the car through the opening, then you’re done. If you can’t, then use a clothes hanger to ‘catch’ your keys.

4. Use a Slim Jim

Slim jims are special tools that can come in handy, in case you have locked yourself out of the car. It acts directly on the levers and the interconnecting rods that operate the door so that you wouldn’t have to deal with the actual lock mechanism.

Such tools cannot open newer models as those have sophisticated internal defense mechanisms.

A slim jim is, basically, a long, thin metal tool with hooks on the end. To make it work its magic, all you would have to do is slide the tool inside the door all the way down and then carefully twist it to unlatch the door lock.

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5. Use an Auto-Jiggler Key

There are special auto-jiggler keys that can be used by owners to unlock a wide range of different vehicles, including Jeeps (such a key is most effective on older vehicles).

All you would have to do is insert the tool into the lock and move it from side to side. Be very gentle when doing that as the jiggler key might cause excessive wear inside the lock.

The main trick here is to keep your auto-jiggler in an easily accessible place in case of an emergency. Of course, you wouldn’t want to leave it in the car, so putting it in your wallet might be a better idea.

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How to Avoid Such a Problem in the Future

1. Use the Jeep key fob

When you’re locking the vehicle doors, make sure to do it with the help of the lock button on your key fob (if your model does have such a function). As long as you remember to replace the batteries every 3-4 years, you should not experience any issues.

2. Make spare keys

Replacing a key that has been lost can be quite expensive. Especially, if your keys have a fob or a radio frequency identification chip. It would be a lot easier and cheaper to make a few spare sets ahead of time, while you still have the keys on you. Keep the spare keys in accessible places or hand them out to your family members who would be able to help you out in case of an emergency.

3. Never put the keys on the vehicle seat

It’s easier said than done, but you should train yourself never to put your Jeep keys anywhere except for your pocket or purse.
As soon as you take the keys out of the ignition, put them in this safe spot. Don’t let a phone call or anything else distract you from completing this simple yet extremely important action.

By the way, leaving your keys on the seat can also lead to potentially dangerous situations. Someone might decide to break into your Jeep, once they spot the keys inside the vehicle.


Now you know how to unlock Jeep Cherokee with keys inside. Of course, you can always smash the window of the Jeep in case of an emergency or call a team of professionals to take care of the problem.

But if you want to avoid spending a considerable amount of money, make sure to install the Uconnect app or always carry an auto-jiggler key with you. By the way, having a second key that one of your family members could deliver to you in such a situation is also a great idea.


Can a Dealership Unlock My Jeep Cherokee if The Keys are Inside? 

Yes, a dealership can help unlock your car if the keys are inside. This might be particularly helpful if your car’s warranty is still active because they might unlock it for free. Still, it might be more time consuming than trying the above tested methods and at times more costly than calling a locksmith. 

How Much Does it Cost to Unlock a Jeep Cherokee? 

It depends on several factors including your location and the locksmith you choose or whether you want the dealership help to unlock your car. On average, you might have to part with $50 – $100 to have your Jeep Cherokee unlocked.

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