2019 Update

Although nearly two years old, all of the information in this article is still relevant. Learning how to bypass an ADT zone is important; scroll down to find out how. 


Sometimes, it is convenient to intentionally disarm one or two areas within your home, while the remainder of the house or property stays under protection. Deactivating certain zones requires the user to set a bypass so that an alarm is not sounded when entering that area. While your level of security may be reduced, the bypass feature allows movement in areas while other areas stay under protection. This article is to better understand a bypass ADT zone.

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    Every homeowner should have a home security checklist to prevent making it easy for burglars to target your home. Keep in mind, setting a bypass for a zone is temporary, as stated in the ADT manual:

    Zones cannot be bypassed once the system is armed. Bypassed zones are automatically canceled each time the system is disarmed and must be bypassed again, if required, before the next arming.

    You may desire to deactivate your security system in one or more zones because you are working in that area or children are at play. Or maybe you desire to open a few windows or a door on a nice day.  The benefit to having the bypass revert to its normal armed status the next time you arm the system makes it impossible to forget to re-arm the system. This would leave an area of your home unprotected.

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    Steps for Setting a Bypass Zone on ADT Systems

    Bypassing LCD5500 Keypad

    • Enter the function menu by pressing “*”
    • Keyboard will display “Press * for Zone Bypass”
    • Press “1” or “*” to enter bypass mode
    • Select ‘Zone Bypass’ and enter your access code (if required)
    • Enter the zone number  (between 01-64) that you wish to bypass
    • Press “#” to exit bypass mode and return to Ready State

    Bypassing LCD5501Z keypad

    • Press “*” or 1 followed by your access code
    • Enter the 2 digit zone number (01-64) to bypass
    • To remove a zone bypass, enter the zone number (01-64)
    • Press “#” to exit bypass mode and return to Ready State
    • To remove a bypassed zone, re-enter that two digit bypass number to delete

    To Recall the Last Set of Bypass Zones

    You can always quickly recall the last programmed set of bypass zones. This is beneficial when you have a certain path or areas in which you want to quickly remove your security. After entering the system:

    • Select the numbers 9,9 on your keypad
    • Press “#” to return to Ready State

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    Setting a Bypass Group

    You can program your system to save a group of bypass zones for easy access and quick re-setting.  This is done by setting up a bypass group. Setting a bypass group will save you time and eliminate the need to reset bypass that you commonly use. After entering the system:

    • Enter the 2 digit zone numbers (01-64) to bypass
    • To save this selection, enter 9,5
    • Press “#” to return to Ready State

    How to Permanently Bypass ADT Alarm Zone

    For whatever the reason may be, you want to permanently bypass a section of your home from triggering an alarm. Maybe you’re having work done on a section of your home or you have children and you don’t want them to trigger an alarm on specific parts of your property. This is when it’s useful to know how to permanently bypass ADT alarm zone.

    Because bypassing a zone in your home weakens the overall security of your home, we suggest consulting with your security company before taking permanent action. You should also make sure a permanent bypass is something you truly want for your home. Next, speak with a representative from ADT to confirm whether or not a permanent bypass is even possible.

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