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    Want a healthy home? Make it smart.

    September 20, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, September 20, 2023

    Modern entryway with matte black smart lock on green door.

    We’ve said it before: smart home technology can improve energy efficiency and help keep the environment healthy. But did you know it can also keep you healthy?



    We’ve said it before: smart home technology can improve energy efficiency and help keep the environment healthy. But did you know it can also keep you healthy?


    Wellness, and how the home can help you achieve it, is becoming increasingly important to both the people building houses and those who will ultimately live there. If you’re ready to jump on this trend and use your favorite technology to improve your daily health habits, we have some ideas for you.

    Modern entryway with matte black smart lock on green door.

    Sleep well

    A good night’s sleep is paramount to health. You’ll be in a better mood, more productive at work, more motivated to work out or play with the kids and have a better chance of losing or keeping off weight. So how can a smart home help you catch some ZZZs?


    Circadian lighting simulates the type of natural light you encounter at different parts of the day and has a huge impact on how well you sleep. Adding circadian lighting to your home can be as basic as installing a lightbulb or as high tech as choosing a system that changes the light’s color on a timer. There are also alarm clocks that gently wake you as opposed to startling you out of your slumber, something that almost always gets you up on the wrong side of the bed. And don’t forget the kiddos. Make bedtime easier on everyone with a combination alarm clock/night light/sound machine.

    Get cooking

    More and more kitchen appliances are getting smart. The refrigerator might have been one of the first to transition, but now several companies have introduced smart microwaves, which allow hands free operation by voice command or app control, and smart ovens which can be controlled remotely and have features like voice control and recipe suggestions.


    Some of these items can still be a bit pricey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be smart in the kitchen. Use your Amazon Echo or Google Home, for example, to help you be a better chef. Who can remember what the internal cooking temperature should be for your meat? You don’t have to when you can say, “Alexa, what temperature should my chicken cook to?” And if your goal is to be better at meal prep and planning, use these assistants to help find healthy recipes, create your grocery list or even order your groceries for you when you’re synched to the appropriate services.


    Busy in the kitchen when guests arrive? By integrating your Schlage smart lock with an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device, all it takes is saying “Unlock the front door” for easy door control without any hassle.

    Find your peace of mind

    Sanity is a kind of healthy, and with today’s schedules getting increasingly hectic, sometimes not having to think about “just one more thing” can make you feel a whole lot better. With a smart lock like the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, you’ll never have to wonder if you remembered to lock your door before you left the house. Simply check the lock’s status on your smartphone or ask Alexa from the other room.


    Other features can go a long way toward that peace of mind as well. The activity log in the Schlage Home app can tell you when an access code has been used, so you’ll know if your kids arrived home safely from school. You might even want to check on the locks at your elderly parents’ home if they often forget to secure their front door.


    Do you constantly find yourself forgetting your keys? Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt is compatible with Apple® home keys, giving you more ways to protect what matters most plus greater convenience through hands-free, remote technology. Enjoy keyless entry and seamless access to your home by simply tapping your Apple Watch or iPhone.

    Drink pure

    Drinking water that is contaminated can be detrimental to your health. Some contaminants are obvious, like dirt and parasites, but others can lead to serious health problems over time, even if they don’t have an immediate impact on your body. A smart water filter has technology that automatically monitors your water quality. Some units can even allow you to enter specific contaminants you want to track into the system’s app and then see how much of those components are being removed from your water. If you want to improve your water quality, then a smart water filter is just what you need maintain a healthy home.

    Keep an eye on the sky

    Whether you have common household hazards like pollen and dust or just want to keep track of what you are breathing, smart air purifiers are an excellent way to make sure that the air in your home is clean and healthy. These smart appliances combine app and voice controls, with air quality monitor capabilities, making it easy to ramp them up if things suddenly take a turn for the worse. This means you can breathe easy knowing your air is always being purified to the higher standards.


    Did you know the National Fire Protection Association recommends changing the batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 months? With already so many things to keep track of, it can be easy for homeowners to overlook this recommendation. So, no healthy home is complete without smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices can literally help keep you alive by actively monitoring for potential safety hazards, sending alerts to your phone if anything dangerous is detected, and alerting you when your device battery is low.


    When you integrate smart technology into your home, you not only do your part for the environment, but you can also improve your health and that of your family as well. Visit for more tips and trends in smart home automation.

    Best gardening tips to create deck privacy with plants.

    September 13, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, September 13, 2023

    Deck privacy with plants | Schlage

    When you’re looking for an outdoor retreat without losing curb appeal or feeling boxed in, try these plant ideas that give your deck more privacy.



    We love spending time outside in our backyards and on porches. The fresh air, sunshine and family time can’t be beat. Many of us are less enthusiastic about prying eyes, whether from neighboring houses or passers-by. When you’re looking for an outdoor retreat without losing curb appeal or feeling boxed in, try these plant ideas that give your deck more privacy.
    Modern backyard deck patio with concrete fire pit and wall of greenery for privacy.

    Best backyard plants for patio privacy

    For backyard privacy that feels more natural than a fence or that creates the illusion that you’re relaxing in a nature preserve, choose tall plants for your garden. Of course, look for varieties that thrive in your region, but you might consider some of these popular plants for equal parts beauty and privacy.

    Ornamental grasses

    For coverage high and wide – many varieties can grow as tall as eight feet and spread to about six – ornamental grasses are dependable plants for privacy. Zebra grass grows well in most zones and, because its foliage is multicolored, a nice addition to your curb appeal. Fountain grass and pink hair grass are other options. The kiddos might also get a kick out of their fuzzy spikes, great for a sensory garden as well as privacy.


    The most important thing is to choose your bamboo varieties wisely. Some are invasive and difficult to control. To help avoid that, choose a clumping variety, which grows taller versus out over wide areas. Also, choose a type of bamboo that will survive in your climate zone.Red Dragon, for example, can take temperatures as low as -20 Fahrenheit, so you even cold-weather homeowners can enjoy privacy. You’ll need several bamboo plants, spaced a few feet apart. The denser the plants – don’t worry about overplanting bamboo – the greater the privacy.


    We especially love palms for adding privacy to smaller patios or porches. It doesn’t have to be some huge, coconut-producing variety. Look for Areca, Lipstick or Needle palms instead. Because most palms don’t winter over very well, you might grow them in a container and bring them indoors when the temperature gets too low. Now, can’t you just imagine yourself lounging in a comfy chair or hammock, surrounded by tropical fronds?

    Fast-growing trees

    None of these options will give you privacy overnight. You can speed things up a bit by choosing fast-growing plants and trees. Arborvitae, also known as Thuja, is one of the most popular varieties due to their hardiness and low maintenance. Leyland cypress and many other evergreens are solid picks, too. If you aren’t a fan of having trees close to the house, plant them along your property line in place of a fence.

    Screened-in backyard deck with hanging ferns and wooden slats for privacy.

    Potted privacy plants

    A container garden is another great way to add privacy to a deck or patio. Not only will the plants help shield the sun or your neighbors’ attention, but so will the pots or whatever structure you hang them from. Hang plants high and let them drape, or start them low and let them climb.

    Vertical veggie garden

    Vertical hanging gardens are the perfect solution for those who are looking to create privacy with plants but have limited space to do so. These gardens utilize vertical space, allowing you to grow plants upwards and save valuable floor space. A great low-cost tip is to repurpose a shoe caddie and transform it into an herb planter. Or try growing climbing plants like beans, cucumbers, and even tomatoes on trellises or vertical planters to create a beautiful and functional privacy screen. 


    We especially like I Spy DIY’s vertical garden makeover and addition of a Schlage smart lock and lever on the back door. It’s the perfect companion for gardening enthusiasts who want both security and easy access to their outdoor oasis. With keyless convenience and remote access, it ensures your home is always secure, giving you peace of mind while you tend to your garden. No more fumbling for keys when going in or out of your back door, just a simple touch or code entry!

    Hanging plant wall

    One of the best things about this plant privacy wall is in that you can upcycle many of the materials to make it yourself. Reuse old shutters or pallets, for example, or frame some chicken wire or lattice panels. Once you have your structure in place, hang small potted plants using hooks or rope. The combination of plant varieties and arrangements is endless. This is customized DIY at its finest.

    Suspended window boxes

    Are they window boxes or hanging planters? There’s no need to choose. Use sturdy chain to suspend the boxes from a covered porch or pergola, and fill them with plants that drape over the edges. Think ferns, trailing snapdragon and sweet potato vine. The Spruce has even more ideas for spiller plants for container gardens.

    Potted climbing flowers

    Climbing or vining flowers like jasmine or clematis make the perfect potted privacy plants and add beautiful color to your curb appeal and privacy at the same time. Repurpose tomato cages or use a stake or trellis to give your flowers something to creep up. With a few containers side-by-side, you’ll have a gorgeous and colorful living privacy screen. Climbing roses are a great addition to an existing fence, too.

    Fast-growing trees

    Privacy is key to enjoying your back deck or patio. Especially when houses are close together, having a secluded area where guests can relax without any distraction is important.  By strategically placing tall and dense plants in rail planters, you can create a natural barrier that adds a touch of privacy to your space. Choose plants like bamboo, tall grasses, or even climbing vines to create a lush and secluded space. 

    Porch swing with plant wall for privacy.

    Consider long-term maintenance

    When it comes to using deck and patio plants for privacy, it’s important to consider the maintenance aspect as well. While plants can provide many benefits and added privacy to your space for years to come, it is crucial to choose the right plants and be mindful of their growth habits. Some plants can get out of control, requiring excessive trimming and potentially creeping into your neighbor’s yard. Additionally, certain plants with aggressive root systems can cause potential decking or foundation issues.


    So, while enjoying the benefits of privacy, it is essential to keep these factors in mind and choose plants that are manageable and won’t cause any unwanted complications. With proper planning, you can create a private outdoor sanctuary that brings beauty and tranquility to your space. 


    Looking for more ways to add privacy to your home? Or maybe you’re just hoping to spruce up your curb appeal for the warmer months? Visit the Schlage blog for more DIY tips and tricks that will help make any home feel like a haven.


    Voice control for smart locks.

    September 08, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 8, 2023

    Voice control for smart locks | Schlage

    Learn all the benefits of our top voice assistant integrations so you can transform your home routines to be both simpler and safer.



    Schlage smart locks have a lot of cool features, but voice control might just be our favorite. Integrating your Schlage smart lock with a voice assistant is one of the best ways to make the most of your smart lock’s capabilities. Learn all the benefits of our top voice assistant integrations so you can transform your home routines to be both simpler and safer. 
    Voice control for smart locks.

    Amazon Alexa

    Why pair your Schlage smart lock with Amazon Alexa?

    With Amazon Alexa, you can lock and unlock your Schlage smart lock with simple voice commands. Whether you’re coming home with your hands full after a long day or just don’t want to get up off the couch, “Alexa, lock the front door” is all it takes to lock your door. You can also trigger Alexa to check the status of your lock by asking: “Alexa, is the side door locked?” This hassle-free option gives you seamless access control and peace of mind. To unlock your Schlage smart lock through Alexa, you will need to give the lock a four-digit PIN that you create with the Alexa app. And with Schlage Encode products, you can even have Alexa alert you when your battery is running low and set up smart reorders so you have replacement batteries right when you need them.


    One of biggest conveniences of integrating your Schlage smart lock with Amazon Alexa is the ability to set up automated smart home routines. These routines are essentially short cuts for Alexa, so you can initiate a series of actions with only one voice command. Build your own routine by opening the routines section in the Alexa app and selecting the + button in the top right corner to begin adding actions. One of our favorite automated routine ideas is “Goodnight alexa” – simply add all the actions that help simplify your bedtime routine, like locking the front door, turning off smart lights, powering down electronics, turning on the night light and starting sleep sounds. 

    Which Schlage Smart Locks work with Amazon Alexa?

    All Schlage smart locks are compatible with Amazon Alexa. The Schlage Encode™ family of products, including Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Encode™ Smart WiFi Lever are the easiest to set up with Amazon Alexa because their built-in WiFi can connect directly to Amazon Alexa without any additional hubs or accessories. The following Schlage smart locks can connect to Amazon Alexa when paired with the specified additional hub or accessory:


    Google Assistant

    Why pair your Schlage smart lock with Google Assistant?

    Pairing your Schlage smart lock with Google Assistant gives you the ability to check the status of your lock with “Hey Google, is my door locked?” and command it to lock with “Hey Google, lock my door.” These simple voice commands help make securing your home as smooth and hassle-free as possible.


    With Google Assistant, you can also create routines that allow you to trigger multiple actions with a single command. This is one of our favorite features because it’s a time-saver that gives real peace of mind. For example, set up a routine like “Hey Google, I’m staying in” that automatically locks your smart locks, adjusts your smart thermostat, plays your favorite music, and tailors your smart lighting. How relaxing!

    Which Schlage Smart Locks work with Google Assistant?

    Google Assistant is compatible with all Schlage smart locks. Because they have built-in WiFi, the Schlage Encode family of products do not require a smart home hub or adapter to work with Google Assistant. Simply connect to your Google Assistant-enabled device directly through WiFi.


    To connect the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with a Google Assistant-enabled device, you will need the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter. The Schlage Connect Z-Wave Plus Smart Deadbolt will need to be synced with a SmartThings hub.


    Why pair your Schlage smart lock with Siri?

    Select Schlage smart locks can be operated with Siri voice control to check the status of your lock or to lock the door. For an optimal experience, it is best to pair your device with an Apple Home Hub. First, you will need to set up a HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV, or iPad as a home hub. Once paired, you can control your smart lock with any of your Apple devices that support Siri – whether you are at home or away. Say “Hey Siri,” then follow with a command like “Lock the front door on my lake house.” You can also use Siri to enact scenes and automations created through the Apple Home app. To control your Apple Home-enabled accessory, the latest version of iOS, tvOS or iPadOS is recommended. To ensure security, if your Siri-enabled Apple device is locked, you won’t be able to use Siri to control your smart lock. You will need to unlock your device before using Siri to lock or unlock your door.  

    Which Schlage Smart Locks work with Siri?

    Both the Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Schlage Sense Smart deadbolt are compatible with Apple Home. To use Siri to control your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt, follow theseinstructions.  

    Connecting your Schlage smart lock with the voice assistant of your choice can enhance your lifestyle and provide you with peace of mind. With Schlage smart locks, you get the best of both worlds: the latest technology innovations backed by over a century of trusted reliability and durability. If you’re still considering which lock is right for you, try our Get Help Deciding Tool. You can also learn more about Schlage’s smart locks and technology integrations at


    How to understand security when shopping for smart home tech.

    September 06, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, September 6, 2023

    Smart home security | Schlage

    Use these tips to choose smart home technology that simplifies your daily home routines and keeps your home secure.



    With smart home devices available from a variety of brands and for a range of applications from smart lighting and TVs to smart security systems and voice assistants, shopping for secure smart home technology often feels complicated. We know smart home technology is convenient, but how do we know if it’s safe? Use the tips below to choose smart home technology that simplifies your daily home routines and keeps your home secure. 
    Father and son looking at smart light.

    1. Research your options

    Take some time to investigate the security and privacy options of the smart home technology you are shopping for. Use these questions to help guide your research:

    What brands offer the technology solution you want? Do they have a trusted legacy?

    Take smart security cameras as an example – you may find a low-cost security camera that offers all the features you are looking for, but the brand behind it doesn’t have a proven track record or consistent customer care. This may be cause for concern – you’ll want to know if the company has had any security breaches in the past and, if so, how they have been handled.

    Are existing customers happy? Read reviews.

    Carefully reading customer reviews will help inform you of any potential security risks, customer service experiences, and ease of enacting a product warranty. Concerns brought up by existing customers can help direct your further research, or you may find positive reviews that give you confidence moving forward with your purchase.

    Are there security measures and a privacy policy in place?

    Some smart home technology like security cameras or voice assistants may send recordings to their manufacturer’s servers. It’s a good idea to know how these systems work so that you can know if you are comfortable with the process or not. For example, voice assistants usually have a “wake word” such as “Hey Alexa” that triggers the device to start recording your voice. Often, you can activate a light or sound signal on the device to let you know when it is listening or turn off a physical button or switch to stop the device from listening. You also want to check if there is a privacy policy for the device so you know if and how recordings are stored and who has access to listen to them – you should be able to opt out of having any personal information collected and/or be able to access and delete any data it collects. Knowing these security measures can give you confidence to purchase a device you can trust.

    Is there a product warranty? If so, what are the warranty features?

    A Product warranty is a good sign that a company will stand behind their smart home technology devices and have tested that their products are safe and reliable. Responsible companies will want to provide their customers with warranty features that show confidence in their product and care for their existing customer base.

    BHMA residential security grading system for residential door hardware and smart locks.

    2. Understand security ratings

    While many smart home technologies may not have consistent third party gradings for security, you can often find independent ratings online where reviewers have set a consistent scale by which to evaluate different products within the same smart home category. For example, Common Sense Media conducted their own privacy evaluation and rating of popular smart speakers with virtual assistants, specifically gearing their analysis to help parents and educators in their decision-making process. 


    Helpfully, smart locks do have a consistent grading system through a group of industry experts called the Builders Hardware Manufacturing Association (BHMA). The BHMA has set national standards specific to residential hardware for security, durability and finish so you can have confidence in choosing the safest smart lock for your home. Their rigid criteria tests hardware to ensure that it meets either a C (good), B (better) or A (best) grade in each category. Most Schlage smart locks have earned a grade of AAA, meaning they are graded best for all three categories. Because Schlage smart locks feature advanced security measures, they are a smart choice for any home. 

    Close-up of wifi router

    3. Secure your network

    Keeping your internet router secure is vital to the safety of your smart home ecosystem. First, make sure that you update the factory default name and password of your router. Choose a network name that has no connection to your physical address; this can help prevent hackers from finding your network. Make sure to use passwords that are strong and unique – a good rule of thumb is to use a minimum of 10 characters including uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols and to avoid obvious personal information. 


    Once you have set a custom network name and secure password for your WiFi, we suggest double checking that your router has an established encryption method. WPA2 is the most common encryption method – if your router is running a lower method such as WEP or WPA, you may be at risk of a cyber attack and should consider upgrading your router. 


    A final safety measure to consider is setting up a “guest network.” This gives you an option for guests who want to use your WiFi so that you don’t have to spread your login credentials far and wide. Using a guest network is also the smartest option for connected smart home devices.

    At Schlage, we help you protect what matters most. From the moment you decide to upgrade your door hardware, Schlage is there for you with customer care, support and guidance to find the best solution to transform your home into a haven. Ready to learn more about our secure smart locks? Check out our get help deciding tool to learn which product would be the best fit for your home. 


    Work from home security made simple.

    August 31, 2023 by monica.reedy

    Thursday, August 31, 2023

    Work from home security

    Here are some simple yet important ways to keep your personal and professional information secure when working remotely.



    When you work in an office, most employers go to great lengths to keep everything secure. You might have to show or swipe your badge to enter the building and use secure network connections for your computer. There could be greeters in the lobby to monitor who’s coming and going and security cameras to record activity in and around the building. But when you work from home, most of those safety measures are either more relaxed or nonexistent. Here are some simple yet important ways to keep your personal and professional information secure when working remotely.
    Man working at laptop in home office.

    Cybersecurity tips for working from home

    In 2020, Malwarebytes surveyed IT and cybersecurity leaders about whether their companies were prepared for remote work during the coronavirus pandemic. Forty-five percent of those respondents said that devices being more exposed at home, where non-employees may have access and inadvertently compromise those devices, was their biggest cybersecurity concern. So how can you make sure you’re keeping your laptop and other devices safe at home?

    First, talk to your employer about the security requirements and resources available to you for free. There’s a good chance your company already has access to some of the cybersecurity features you’ll need most:
    • Antivirus and internet security software that helps prevent malware, spyware and other attacks

    • Operating system and software updates to provide the most current patches that fix bugs and security gaps

    • A secure VPN to safely share information across shared or public networks – like your home WiFi – as if you were connected directly to your employer’s private network

    • Centralized storage or cloud access for backing up documents

    Second, make sure your WiFi router is secure. If you’re still using the default password that came with the router, change it to something unique and hard to guess now. While you’re in there changing the password, update the name of your network, or SSID, too. Choose something that can’t be traced back to your home.


    Enable network encryption, too. There are a few methods available, but WPA2 is the strongest. You can change this through the WiFi settings on your router’s management page.


    Not only is securing your WiFi good for protecting your work data, but it also helps protect anything else you have on your network. Alexa, your smart TV, personal tablets, wifi smart locks – any device connected to the Internet of Things – is more secure when your router is password protected and encrypted.


    Perhaps the best line of defense against breaches in cybersecurity is you, not all the malware software and password managers and whatnot. Take the time to learn about phishing and email scams. Know how to identify them and report them to your employer.

    Woman working late from home office holding coffee mug.

    Safe sightlines for remote work

    You also want to keep prying eyes away from sensitive or confidential documents. With the rise in videoconferencing, be aware of what you’re screensharing. There may be “for your eyes only” information in a document without you thinking about it. You don’t want to flash that up for everyone on your Zoom meeting to see.


    On a similar note, investing in a sliding webcam cover is a work from home security best practice. While it doesn’t affect what others can see on your screen, it can help keep them from peeping something around your home office they shouldn’t. It could be a physical copy of an important document on your desk, or it could simply be a family photo in the background you’d rather not share with coworkers or third-party vendors.

    Securing your home office

    What if the prying eyes are in your own home? We doubt your family is trying to steal sensitive information, but you still need to take extra steps to keep them away from work devices and documents. Lock your computer and phone when you step away from your desk. Better yet, turn on the automatic locking function.


    Don’t let your kids or others use your work devices and be diligent about keeping work-related materials off personal devices. At best, it’s embarrassing if your kiddo accidentally emails your boss. But worst-case scenario, they send confidential information to someone or delete it altogether.


    If you need to keep a closer eye on who enters your home office, consider a secure lock on the door. Typically, we think of deadbolts and smart locks for the front door and other exterior entrances. But a wifi lock like the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever is ideal for a home office that requires an extra level of security. With its advanced features and convenient remote access, you can easily lock and unlock your door using your smartphone. It provides peace of mind knowing that your workspace is protected, even when you are away.


    Finally, whether it’s for your keypad lock, phone or computer, set secure passwords. Check out this article for how to create secure access codes.

    Schlage Encode WiFi Lever on home office door for work from home security.

    Sound privacy when you work from home

    When we talk about white noise machines for the home, it’s usually as a way to get better sleep. They work great for home offices, too, though. If you want to keep others from hearing your phone calls, try a device like the Sound+Sleep. It has 10 audio programs to fit any kind of work mood you’re in and dynamically adjusts the volume based on other noises in the room.


    Other ways to control sound in your home office are improved insulation, soundboards to keep noise from traveling through the walls and rugs or carpets. You might find that white noise machines and sound dampeners not only improve privacy but help you focus as well.

    Lock down on work from home security

    Smart locks are the perfect solution for those who work from home because they offer a seamless way to stay connected and aware of what’s happening at home without interrupting your workflow. Take the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt for example. It’s compatible with Ring Doorbell, allowing you to see who’s at the door from your phone and determine if it’s urgent enough to open. This integration provides an added layer of security and convenience, giving you the ability to manage visitors without needing to leave your desk.


    With a smart lock like the Schlage Encode, you can easily set up personalized notifications to keep tabs on the kids when they get home from school. It’s a great way to stay in the loop and ensure their safety, all while staying focused on your work. And let’s not forget about the auto-lock feature- you can program the lock to automatically secure your home for a set period of time, giving you peace of mind knowing your home is always protected even when you’re away. It’s the perfect combination of convenience and security for your work from home setup. 

    Just because you’re working remotely doesn’t mean that your home shouldn’t still feel like a haven. In fact, it’s probably even more important to make your home comfortable when you spend so much time there. Get more tips for working from home at the Schlage blog. Once you’ve created your home office, you might check out our 10 WFH upgrades or learn more about how to move your home office outdoors.


    Guide to dutch doors on a budget.

    August 29, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 29, 2023

    Dutch doors | Schlage

    If you want to add a dutch door to your home while keeping your project on budget, we can help you achieve the look for less!



    It's no surprise that dutch doors are a popular design choice for traditional and modern styles alike. Dating back to the 17th century, these doors are certainly not new but homeowners that value casual style are embracing this trend all over again. They offer a charming way to add a little more character to your home while maintaining utility and providing lots of value. If you want to add a dutch door to your home while keeping your project on budget, we can help you achieve the look for less! Before we get to our favorite dutch door DIYs, let’s learn a little more about dutch doors themselves.
    Happy couple standing at open dutch door.

    What is a dutch door?

    Dutch doors are essentially a single door that is split in the middle to allow the top half to open while the bottom half remains shut. They are secured together with a latch that allows homeowners to keep the door as one when needed. They typically feature a standard door knob or lever on the bottom half and can house a deadbolt on the top half when used as an exterior door when more security is needed.

    What is the purpose of dutch doors?

    Now that dutch doors have made a comeback, you’ll spot them replacing ordinary doors everywhere. From front doors to garden sheds and even inside homes, dutch doors can provide many benefits no matter what space you choose to put them in.

    Cottage style black dutch door with brass door handle.

    Character and Style

    With their distinctive design and timeless appeal, dutch doors can instantly elevate the aesthetic of any home. Whether you have a traditional or modern style, they add the perfect touch of character and personality to set your space apart. It is a small detail that leaves a lasting impression on anyone who enters your home.

    Let in fresh air

    One of the major benefits of dutch doors is the ability to let fresh air into your home while keeping pets and children safely inside. By opening the top half of the door, you can enjoy a gentle breeze without compromising security or risking any unwanted critters sneaking into your home.

    Enhanced interaction 

    Whether you are chatting with your neighbors, receiving packages, or wanting to keep an eye on the kids playing outside, the divided opening allows for seamless conversations and improved communication. It is the perfect way to create a welcoming atmosphere and foster communication with those outside your home.

    Customizable for your needs 

    Dutch doors can be easily customized to suit your individual preferences. If you value added privacy, you can opt for dutch doors with windowpanes or a solid top half. They can also serve various purposes, such as keeping pets safely contained or replacing unsightly baby gates. With dutch doors, you have the flexibility to personalize your space while maintaining functionality and style.

    How to DIY a dutch door

    Taking an existing interior door and adding a little DIY sweat and skill is a great way to save several hundred dollars. HGTV put together a thorough tutorialfor this interior upgrade to help you get the look and functionality for way less. Below are a few more of our favorite dutch door projects to inspire you.

    Teal blue dutch door on ivory brick home with satin brass handleset.

    Exterior dutch door

    Just like with interior doors, you can take an existing front door and give it new life as a dutch door. Would you believe this project from This Old House only cost $63 to complete?! By adding a few details where the door is halved, you can keep this project from looking like you know...sliced a door in half.


    Juniper Home turned a standard door into a beautiful backyard feature. It’s as stunning from the kitchen inside as it is from the patio outside. We’re probably a bit biased, but thoseSchlage® Siena door knobs really help complete the look, too.

    Split doors for sheds

    A gardening shed, backyard office or other ADU could be the perfect place for you to install a dutch door. Because these sheds often don’t have A/C, natural air flow is important. Nitty Gritty Dirt Man now has somewhere he can store his tools and work in comfort.


    When Twelve on Main built their own greenhouse, they included a dutch door for the same reasons.

    Dutch…or French?...doors

    If one is nice, two must be even better, right? Double dutch doors make a striking entrance. With these examples from Rasmusen Painting and Design and Houzz, you can easily see how a pair of dutch doors works for different styles of homes, from modern farmhouse to coastal cool.

    DIY dutch barn door

    Feeling like putting your carpentry skills to use? Check out this DIY from Remodelaholic and get all the steps you need to create your own rustic, dutch barn door.

    Dutch doors with details

    Don't forget the charming shelf on the lower half of your dutch door. Get all the tips and tricks from Skaie of HomeJelly. If this is a project you'd rather not DIY, she has wonderful advice for working with a professional (and still saving a little dough!).


    Shelves are traditional for half doors, but there’s no reason you should stop there. Add windows or frosted glass, faux paneling or shiplap. Nearly any of these budget-friendly ideas for a hollow core door upgrade would work, especially on an interior dutch door. And if you have an arch-topped door? Embrace the architectural detail and highlight it with a round dutch door like we see in this example from Southern Studio.

    Screens with style

    If the fear of bugs and other unwanted pests are keeping you from your dutch door dreams, consider adding a retractable screen. They are often secured by magnets and can retract from top to bottom or side-to-side for taller doors. When not in use, they are inconspicuous enough to not detract from the look of your dutch door, unlike most bulky screen doors.


    This next one might not be the kind of screen you were expecting, but if you’re a pet owner, you know it’s a great dutch door design idea. Try installing a screen on the bottom half of your door like Rustica . That way, dogs can still see you through the pet screen even if you’ve had to put them in a mudroom or other area while you’re busy. Now you can make dinner without your pup getting underfoot or stressing out because you aren’t together.

    Creative paint jobs

    Don't be afraid to get a little creative with your paint choice for your dutch doors. Consider painting the exterior a different color to add an interesting pop when the door swings inward like we see in this example from House Beautiful. This can be a great way to create a cohesive look between two spaces as you consider a shade that complements both.

    Dutch door locks

    The split nature of the door is usually the main attraction when you decide to make your own dutch door. Even though you can open the top to let in the light and breeze, you still need to be able to secure your home. Choosing the right door hardware for your dutch door is vital. In Home Depot’s DIY dutch door tutorial, they installed the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt (and then apparently had pie). What’s not to love!

    Just as you would with any door hardware, choose a style and finish that perfectly complements the rest of the home. Dutch doors might trend on the traditional side of architecture, but hardware is an easy way to give it a more modern update like we see with this bold yellow door and dark handleset.


    There are so many great reasons to consider dutch doors for your home. Find everything you need for these DIY projects and more at the Schlage blog and Pinterest.


    Prepare your home for independent living without a full remodel.

    August 23, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 23, 2023

    Independent Living | Schlage

    Whether you are interested in making accessibility updates to your home or the home of a loved one, these tips are a great starting place for making a home more comfortable and safer for the future.



    For adults wanting to stay in their homes as they age, preparing the home for independent living now can make that goal more practical. Whether you are interested in making accessibility updates to your home or the home of a loved one, the tips below are a great starting place for making a home more comfortable and safer for the future.
    Independent living couple sitting on front porch with coffee.

    Have all living essentials on the main level

    The most basic place to start is to have your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and laundry all on the main level of your home. This may mean moving your washer and drier up from the basement or converting a room on the main level into a bedroom. Eliminating the need to go up and down stairs for any of these essentials will help facilitate independent living for longer.

    Update your bathroom for accessibility

    Bathrooms are notoriously difficult to navigate and are one of the most common places in the home for a fall. A few changes to your bathroom can make it safer for independent living. Start by adding a handrail by your toilet, and if it is low to the ground, consider upgrading to a chair-height toilet that will be much easier for sitting down and standing up. Next, make changes to your bath or shower. The best option is to have a low or no threshold shower with a wide doorway and grab bars both at the entry/exit point and in the shower itself. Other helpful additions including swapping your shower head for a wand, adding non-slip pads in the shower and on any floor tile and placing a bench or teak stool in the shower.

    Increase lighting

    As our eyes age, additional lighting is a necessary help. Consider how you can increase both natural and electric light in your home. While it may be tempting to add lamps in every corner, it is also important to think about reducing cords that could pose a trip risk and making lighting easier to access. For example, updating window treatments to a remote-control option can make it easier to welcome natural light during the day and changing to smart light bulbs or switches makes turning the lights on or off as easy as a simple voice command to your smart home hub.

    Woman reaching for closet door handle.

    Swap doorknobs for levers

    For those with arthritic hands or who have trouble gripping things, levers are much easier to operate than doorknobs. Fortunately, there are many stylish and secure options when it comes to door handles and levers – this is one change that can make your home more beautiful and functional for independent living!


    While you’re at it, consider ease of use for other home hardware as well. Appliance pulls, cabinet hardware, and faucets are all simple to switch for a more ergonomic option.  

    Widen doorways and slope transitions

    While this is a more extensive project, widening your doorways makes it easier to move throughout your home and may be necessary if you need a walker or wheelchair. Wider doorways also enable medical equipment or emergency personnel to come and go more easily. A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) is the perfect resource for navigating these modifications. 


    As you evaluate your doorways, it’s also a good idea to measure transitions between different types of flooring to make your home more accessible. Any transitions that are taller than a quarter inch should be changed to a sloped transition to prevent any trip hazards. 

    Add handrails

    While it may seem excessive now, installing a handrail by all steps throughout your home will make independent living easier. Don’t forget exterior steps to make your outdoor space more accessible as well – this will help you enjoy your outdoor living spaces well into the future.

    Happy couple in kitchen preparing breakfast together.

    Raise furniture and appliance heights

    Any furniture that is low to the ground or difficult to get in and out of should be replaced with a taller option. Additionally, placing appliances like washers and driers or the dishwasher on risers will make everyday tasks easier and safer. If you love to cook and bake, consider installing a wall oven at a height that will be convenient for years to come. For areas in the kitchen that may be difficult to get to, like bottom kitchen cabinets, install pull-out shelving units to minimize hassle.


    While you are in the process of raising furniture and appliances, make sure you have at least a few outlets in each room that are at an easily accessible height. 

    Smart home technology for aging in place

    Integrating smart home technology into your daily life can ease some of the challenges you may face as you age. From high-tech options like a fall detection robot to simple solutions like motion activated lighting, there are smart home solutions for almost every need. One top recommendation is to set up a voice assistant like Google Home or Amazon Alexa throughout your home – they can help simplify your daily routines and make it easier to immediately call for help in the case of an emergency.

    Man installing Schlage smart lock on garage door.

    Install smart locks

    One of the best smart home technologies to make independent living simpler and safer is to install smart locks, particularly on exterior doors. Smart locks give you better control of who has access to your home and when; by granting unique access codes to trusted family, friends and caregivers, you can maintain independence and improve home security. To be thoroughly prepared for an emergency, you may even choose to have an access code on file with your local 911 dispatch center so that emergency personnel can quickly access your home if needed.


    Through the Schlage Home app, you can check the status of your lock, lock and unlock your door, and see real-time activity logs. While this is certainly helpful for you, it may also be a smart idea to consider giving app access to your loved ones so that they can detect any changes in your activity. Schlage smart locks are also compatible with top voice assistants, so controlling your lock is as easy as “Hey Google, lock the front door.” With all of these features, smart locks for aging in place can give both you and your loved ones peace of mind. 

    Use our get help deciding tool to pick out a smart lock that will simplify home access and security to help you enjoy independent living well into the future. For more home updates for aging in place, check out the ADA accessibility checklist and follow the Schlage blog for more independent living ideas. 


    Looking for a Ring door lock? You want a Schlage.

    August 09, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 9, 2023

    Ring door lock | Schlage

    When you combine a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Ring video doorbells and cameras, you get the best security features that both have to offer so you focus on everyday life.



    Just as you rely on your entire car – seatbelt, airbags, brakes – to keep you safe, you should be able to rely on your entire entryway – door, deadbolt, frame – to protect your home and family. That’s why, even though we make locks, Schlage encourages you to take every precaution and ensure your security fits your needs and lifestyle.


    You might think of a smart lock-security camera bundle as your home’s version of a front-collision warning system, which uses cameras, lasers and other technology to keep you safe while you focus on driving. When you combine a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Ring video doorbells and cameras, you get the best security features that both have to offer so you focus on everyday life.

    Schlage Encode smart wifi deadbolt on front door with Ring video doorbell.

    What are the advantages of a home security camera?

    There are many advantages to installing a video doorbell or camera on your front door beyond peace of mind. Some of the tangible benefits include:


    • Make intruders think twice. Sometimes just seeing a camera will deter thieves from even attempting to enter your home, so make the camera obvious.

    • See who’s snooping. If someone does try to break in or steal a package, video footage of the event could help to identify the culprit.

    • Know when deliveries are made. Most of us have received a notification that a package was dropped off only for it to go MIA, either because the delivery wasn’t actually completed or porch pirates swiped it.

    • Know who’s in your home. See when your kids or service providers come and go.

    • Screen visitors. Whether you’re at work, don’t want your kids to answer the door for a stranger or are simply too comfortable to get off the couch, see who’s knocking without actually going to the door.

    • Improve resale value. A growing number of homebuyers are looking for smart home technology included in the deal.

    • Lower home insurance payments. Some companies will reduce your premium when you add security measures.

    Why should I trust my home to the Schlage Encode lock and Ring?

    Bundling your Schlage Encode deadbolt with a Ring camera or video doorbell lets you take advantage of the lock’s best features and then some. All Schlage products come backed with 100 years of experience in keeping your home secure. Add to that our limited lifetime warranty and you can be confident you’re getting the quality and durability you expect and need.


    It’s more than that, though. The Schlage Encode deadbolt offers greater levels of convenience from the minute you install it to the countless moments you use it every day. There’s no hardwiring needed during installation and because of its built-in WiFi, no hub is required for remote access. Check the lock’s status from anywhere, so you never have to worry or make a return trip home to doublecheck if your door is secure. Create and schedule up to 100 access codes so the people you trust most have access only when you want them to. And don’t forget about Alexa. Ask the voice assistant to lock and unlock your door (you’ll verify the unlock command with a PIN) and make the lock part of your favorite Alexa routine.


    Bring the Ring Video Doorbell into the mix you put even greater security and convenience at your fingertips. Lock and unlock the door directly from the Live View of your camera in the Ring app. This is perfect for when you get held up in the office or at the airport and need to let a dog walker or babysitter in the house. Or maybe you want to unlock the door for a friend while you finish dinner in the kitchen.


    It’s not just about the “Ring door lock,” though. You also get the benefit of being part of the Ring community. With Ring’s range of devices and accessories, you can protect your home in more ways than just securing the front door. Consider adding compatible smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well as flood and freeze detectors as part of your complete home security. There’s even a Ring Neighbors app that helps communities work together for a safer neighborhood.


    With this flexibility and customizable options, you can easily update your surveillance as your needs change. It’s the perfect way to build the right security system with only the features you want and trust. Plus, when you choose Schlage and Ring, you’re choosing two of the industry’s leaders in home security, doing exactly what they do best. Can you think of a better way to peace of mind?


    Learn more about the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and the devices it works with at You can also find out more about the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt’s integration with Ring Alarm on our blog.


    How to make a smart home.

    August 04, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 4, 2023

    Smart home | Schlage

    According to recent surveys, three out of five people say that home security is the number one reason they’re exploring the latest in smart home setups.



    Smart homes are rapidly growing in popularity with the number of households in the US actively using smart home devices reaching over 60 million in 2023. Home security is a top priority for many homeowners, and smart homes can offer convenience, comfort and improved security year-round. According to recent surveys, three out of five people say that home security is the number one reason they’re exploring the latest in smart home setups. With a smart home setup, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your home is secure, even when you’re away. 


    That’s why manufacturers are developing a variety of technologies specifically designed to improve security. At the same time, they’re working together to create compatible products that deliver both convenience and savings. Here is the ultimate guide on how to make your house a smart house.

    Mid-Century Modern smart home entryway with Schlage smart lock on front door.

    How do I start building a smart home?

    Building a smart home can seem overwhelming, but it is easier than you might think. First, consider the devices you’ll need for your smart home setup. These can range from smart lights and thermostats to smart locks and cameras. The cost of these devices can vary widely, but a good rule of thumb is to budget around $1,000 for a basic setup. To be considered a smart home, your house needs to have reliable internet connection and a Wi-Fi network. Once you have these basics in place, you can start building your smart home.

    Smart speaker next to Schlage smart lock.

    Secure more with smart integrations

    Smart home technology has revolutionized the way we live, and by taking advantage of compatible tech devices like a smart lock with a camera, you can enjoy all the incredible benefits technology has to offer. Whether you are looking to improve your home’s security, energy efficiency, or convenience you can create a seamless smart home experience with these smart integrations. 

    Jogger using apple watch home keys to unlock front door.

    Schlage Encode ™ Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Apple Home Key

    The Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt makes seamless access simple and secure. The built-in WiFi compatibility connects directly to your home’s WiFi network, giving you the ability to control your lock from anywhere, manage up to 100 customized access codes, and see lock history when paired to the Schlage Home app – no extra hub required. And with Apple home keys compatibility, you can simply tap to lock or unlock using your iPhone or Apple Watch.

    Google home smart speaker.

    Schlage Encode ™ Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant

    The Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt is changing the way you protect what matters most. Built-in WiFi and secure encryption help you control and monitor your home from anywhere, no additional accessories needed. Plus, you can pair it with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to lock and unlock the door, and check the status of your Schlage Sense deadbolt all with the power of your voice.

    Kid reading in room with lamp on.

    Install smart lighting

    Nearly two-thirds of homeowners consider lighting when they’re thinking about smart home technology. Smart bulbs that can be remotely controlled and networked on timers and dimmers are convenient and energy efficient. Major manufacturers like Samsung and Phillips are lighting the way in home automation.

    Mom and children looking at tablet.

    Install a smart thermostat

    Look to companies like Ecobee, Nest, Honeywell and Bosch to put the “control” in climate control. Whether you’re automating your heating and AC, setting up individual climate zones within your home or looking to control and monitor your home temperature while you’re away, this is the ideal option for comfort and energy savings.

    Woman checking smartphone.

    Install smart locks

    We’ve already explored the Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt, but Schlage offers a wide selection of smart locks to meet a variety of needs. Go keyless with secure customizable keycodes. Monitor and manage who’s coming and going. And enjoy the safety, simplicity and style that Schlage offers.

    Schlage Encode WiFi Door Lock with Ring Video Doorbell

    Install smart doorbells and cameras

    Who’s at the door? Are the kids home from school? Are you expecting a delivery? No matter where you are, video doorbells and remotely monitored security cameras can help you stay in the loop with what’s happening inside and outside of your home. Products from Ring, Nest and Amazon are revolutionizing home access. And peace of mind.

    Ring video doorbell on white board and batten home with Schlage smart lock.

    Ring Video Doorbell 3 with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt

    Use the Ring app to monitor who is at the door from anywhere. Control your smart lock from your phone and see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet or PC.

    SimpliSafe security sign in front of home.

    Install smart security

    It’s important to remember that home security starts at the front door with a smart lock. Combining it with a monitored home security system can take protection to the next level. You can go with complete legacy systems like ADT or try network kits from companies like SimpliSafe or Abode. It all comes down to cost, convenience and compatibility. Learn more about which security systems are compatible with Schlage smart locks with our Works With page.

    Smart TV remote.

    Install whole-home-automation

    About half of those with smart homes also use their network to control smart TVs, speaker systems and other smart products such as appliances and window shades. Products from Wink, Samsung, Google and Apple provide a number of networking options with a variety of smart home device offerings.

    Smart home security starts at the front door quote.

    The popularity of smart tech is only expected to grow as innovation fuels better products. When you consider the convenience, safety, security - and fun - connected technologies can bring you, it’s easy to see why you’d want to build a smart home system. Ready to begin building your dream smart home? Visit our website to view Schlage’s smart lock offerings or use our Get Help Deciding tool to find the perfect smart lock for your home.


    How to pair your Schlage smart lock with your new smart device.

    August 02, 2023 by monica.reedy

    Wednesday, August 2, 2023

    Schlage smart locks | Schlage

    Here’s a list of resources to help you get your new Schlage smart lock connected quickly and hassle-free to other smart devices in your home.



    Enhancing your life with the latest smart home device should be exciting and simple – not an installation nightmare. Whether you’ve upgraded to the latest smart home hub or a new voice control assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant,  it is easy to sync your new device with your Schlage smart lock. Here’s a list of resources to help you get connected quickly and hassle-free.


    Schlage smart wifi lock on mudroom door.


    Before you can sync your devices, make sure the lock is properly installed on your door and that you have the smartphone app that corresponds with your hub and lock. You may need to create an account and complete some initial start-up steps via the app before pairing your devices. Find step-by-step interactive installation instructions for each of our smart locks online:



    Now let’s get connected.

    Samsung SmartThings

    Why pair SmartThings with the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt?


    • Let in trusted friends and family or secure the deadbolt if you forgot by locking and unlocking your door from anywhere using the SmartThings app
    • Gain peace of mind by checking the status of your lock from your smartphone
    • Get app alerts when a user code is entered so you know who is coming and going from your home
    • More advanced features with the Schlage Connect lock with Z-Wave Plus

    To pair your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Samsung SmartThings, open the SmartThings app on your mobile device and tap on Home. Under Things, choose Add a Thing and follow the directions in the app. At the end of enrollment, a green light on your lock indicates success.

    Schlage Encode WiFi Door Lock with Ring Video Doorbell

    Ring Video Doorbell

    Why pair Ring Video Doorbell with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt?


    • See and speak to guests at your door and unlock the door for trusted friends and family with the Ring app
    • Check the status of your lock remotely and, if you forgot to secure the deadbolt before leaving home, lock it using the app on your phone


    To sync your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt to your Ring Video Doorbell, download the Schlage Home and Ring apps to your smart phone and create accounts if needed. Follow the setup instructions in the Schlage Home app and make sure your lock is connected to WiFi. Next, you’ll add the lock in the Ring App. Follow the steps in the Ring app to add a new device.

    iPhone and Apple Watch

    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Smart WiFi Lever work with the Schlage Home App for Apple Watch. Simply download the app to lock and unlock as well as check the status of your deadbolt from your Apple Watch.


    The Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt are both Apple Home™ enabled locks and compatible with a variety of Apple® devices through the Apple Home app. Why pair one of your Apple devices with the Schlage Encode Plus or Schlage Sense lock?


    • Lock/unlock your deadbolt from your iPhone or Apple Watch screen in the Apple Home app
    • Use Siri voice control to operate and check the status of your lock when near the lock
    • For the Schlage Encode Plus deadbolt, create and manage always-on access codes in the Apple Home app


    The Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt also supports Apple home keys for iPhone and Apple Watch. Why pair home keys with the Schlage Encode Plus lock?


    • Simply tap to lock and unlock the door using Apple home keys, stored in your Apple Wallet, on your iPhone or Apple Watch for easy and secure access to your home

    • Express mode for home keys offers the ability to use your iPhone or Apple Watch as your key without the need for authentication for quick unlock access

    There are a few ways to set up your devices to control your Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Apple home keys via your Apple Watch or iPhone:

    Woman unlocking front door with Apple Watch

    Setting up the Schlage Encode Plus deadbolt in Apple Home app

    If your Schlage Encode Plus deadbolt is already set up with the Schlage Home app, you’ll next need to pair it with HomeKit. From the Schlage Home app, select Works With from the dropdown menu and add HomeKit. Follow the instructions in the app. When it asks you to Add Accessory, you can tap your phone to the interior side of the lock on the HomeKit label or manually type in the HomeKit setup code found on the inside of the lock’s interior. Once the lock has been found and paired with HomeKit, select Yes when it asks if you want to use home keys. It will then ask if you want to use Express Mode. This mode allows you to unlock doors by holding your iOS device near the lock without first authenticating your iPhone or Watch with face or touch ID. You can choose to enable or disable Express Mode. Complete the setup process by following the final steps in the Schlage Home app.


    If you choose to control your Schlage Encode Plus deadbolt using the Apple Home app only, open the Apple Home app on your phone and choose Add Accessory. Locate the HomeKit setup label on the inside of the interior portion of the lock and tap your phone to that label. Alternatively, you can manually enter the HomeKit setup code shown on the label. When prompted, select Add to Home. Put the lock into pairing mode by pressing the black button on the inside of the lock’s interior. When the blue light flashes slowly, tap your phone to the lock to pair or choose to enter the HomeKit setup code manually. From here, you can follow the steps provided in the app.

    Setting up the Schlage Sense deadbolt in Apple Home app

    Open the Apple Home app on your iPhone and choose Add Accessory. Locate the HomeKit setup label on the inside of the interior portion of the lock or Quick Start Guide and scan the HomeKit QR code. Alternatively, you can manually enter the HomeKit setup code shown on the label. When prompted, select Add to Home.


    If setting up from the Schlage Home app after using the guided interactive instructions, choose “Continue with HomeKit.” Once you’ve chosen the “Continue with HomeKit” option, follow the instructions provided in the Schlage Home app.

    Apple TV®, iPad®, HomePod or HomePod Mini

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Encode Plus Smart Deadbolt are also compatible with a variety of Apple devices, including Apple TV, iPad, HomePod and HomePod Mini  Apple TV, iPad and HomePod via HomeKit, which allow more options for access control and home automation. Why pair one of these Apple home hub devices with the Schlage Encode Plus lock or Schlage Sense lock in your Apple Home app?


    • Lock/unlock and check status of your lock remotely, which can give greater convenience and security
    • Allow your lock to work in tandem with other Apple HomeKit™-enabled devices in your home through the Apple Home app
    • For the Schlage Encode Plus deadbolt, remotely create and manage always-on access codes in the Apple Home app
    • Create automations that allow your lock to work with other Apple HomeKit-enabled devices in your home
    • Use Siri® to lock and unlock your door for hands-free convenience remotely
    • Receive notifications from the Apple Home app when the lock is used so you know who is coming and going from your home

    Here is a guide to setting up remote connectivity with Apple HomeKit using a compatible Apple TV, iPad or HomePod.

    Voice Assistants

    Don’t forget that you can use voice assistants with your smart deadbolts, too. In most cases, you’ll need to use one of the smart hubs above to take advantage of the compatibility between your lock and Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri.

    Man cooking in kitchen speaking to Amazon Alexa speaker.

    Amazon Alexa

    Because of its built-in WiFi, you don’t need a smart hub to connect your Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Encode Smart WiFi Lever with an Alexa-enabled device. To start using your Schlage Encode locks with Alexa, access the Alexa app on your smartphone, choose the Schlage Home skill and follow the instructions in the app.


    If you have the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, all you need is the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter to use Alexa. Find instructions here.


    Samsung SmartThings is compatible with the Schlage Connect Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus technology. Use this link for instructions on how to connect your Schlage Connect deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus to Alexa.

    Google Assistant

    To pair Google Assistant with your Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Encode Smart WiFi Lever , follow these instructions.


    If you’re a Google Assistant user and have the Schlage Sense deadbolt, make sure you have the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter to take advantage of voice control capabilities. Find instructions here.


    To use Siri to control your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt, follow these instructions. You can also learn which Apple devices support “Hey Siri” here.

    If you’re still considering which lock is right for you, try our Get Help Deciding Tool. You can also learn more about all of Schlage’s smart locks and find additional partners like Leviton that help you get the most from your deadbolt every day at