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    How Schlage smart locks stand up to Mother Nature.

    November 26, 2018 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, November 26, 2018

    Smart locks - Weatherproof - Schlage

    Are smart locks waterproof? What happens when the power goes out? Here’s what you need to know.

     

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    Smart locks - Weatherproof - Schlage

    Some of us love winter weather, and others are already counting down the days until spring. When the temperatures drop, and the snow and ice hit your door, you want your lock to be ready, even if you aren’t.

     

    When it comes to holding up to the weather, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, as well as Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage Keypad Deadbolt, are designed to exceed, and have been validated to function, beyond industry certification requirements.

     

    We do not recommend our smart locks be used on outdoor gates or on doors in which the lock’s interior housing is completely exposed to the elements. However, we consistently work to bring you quality products so that you know you’re getting the convenient features and peace of mind, no matter what elements your house faces.

    Tried and tested

    Your electronic lock’s exterior components, which are often exposed to the harshest elements, are tested against:

     

    • Extreme temperatures, including icing or freezing conditions (as low as approximately -22 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the lock) and high heat (up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • High humidity and condensing humidity
    • Rain
    • Coastal environment conditions

    Peace of mind

    Additional features provide an extra layer of confidence for when the worst weather strikes.

     

    • Battery operated: All of Schlage’s keyless locks run on battery power, so if the power goes out, you’re still protected. You won’t be locked out and those who shouldn’t have access to your home won’t gain it just because ice pulled down a power line.
    • Back-lit numbers: Whether the power goes down or the sun has just set early, you’ll never be left fumbling in the dark to unlock your door.
    • Glove-friendly: No need to remove your mittens. Touchscreens and keypads work even if they’re wet from rain and when you’re wearing gloves.

    Protection beyond the weather

    Of course, not all elements are a result of Mother Nature. We know security depends on your lock working in all kinds of conditions. That’s why we also test our smart locks in construction-based environments, such as pressure washing, fluid spills and dust.

     

    Schlage smart locks are backed by a three-year electronics warranty and a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty. With our successful testing, you can be as confident as we are in your security and style year-round, rain or shine, snow or heat.

    To find out if a Schlage smart lock will work well for your home and climate, reach out to us on Facebook or contact our customer support team for help.
     

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Yonomi

    July 12, 2018 12:46 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt works with Yonomi Smart Home Routines

    The Schlage Sense lock is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Homekit, and now, plays seamlessly with Yonomi.

     

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    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is now part of the Plays with Yonomi device family. The Schlage Sense lock joins over 130 connected products, including the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt, Philips Hue, Honeywell, LIFX, Nest, ecobee, and more. Schlage Sense smart locks are compatible with new or existing Routines on your Yonomi account and add new levels of automation to your devices. Bring your home to life with these beautifully crafted designer locks from Schlage.
    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt - Yonomi - Smart home routines

    Convenience, security, and a design that makes sense

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is among the strongest, most intelligent Bluetooth® enabled locks, with the highest industry rating for security and durability. The Schlage Sense lock is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Homekit, and now, plays seamlessly with Yonomi. The new integration allows users to control their locks as part of Routines with other smart home products within their connected homes.

     

    With the Schlage Sense deadbolt, you can:
     

    • Create up to 30 unique access codes so trusted friends and family can enter using their code at the lock’s touchscreen
    • Schedule access codes so guests can only enter when you want them to
    • Use the Wi-Fi Adapter to check on the lock’s status from anywhere, so you never have to wonder if the front door was left unlocked
    • View past activity to see which codes have been used and when

    Adding your Schlage Sense smart lock to Yonomi Routines

    Adding your Schlage Sense locks is easy and works by either adding your locks to existing routines or creating brand new ones. Here’s how to connect your lock to a new routine:

     

    1. Launch Yonomi, tap on the Routines tab and select +

    2. Tap Add Event + and select Location, swipe right to select I leave home

    3. Tap Add Action + and select the action you'd like executed first

    4. Customize your action by swiping it to predefined options or tapping the text to edit notifications

    5. Continue to add actions in the sequence you'd like them executed

    6. You can also add conditions if you'd like your Routine to run only under certain circumstances (e.g., time of day)

    7. Once you're complete, tap Save in the upper right-hand corner

     

    Ready to get started? Have Alexa lend you a hand by setting up a Dinner Party Routine.

    Dinner party routines with Yonomi

    Take advantage of Yonomi’s new “Routines within Routines” feature to create the perfect setting for your next dinner party.

     

    1. Create a  “Dinner Party Lights” Routine:

          a. LIFX lights turn warm for all living room lights

          b. Philips Hue outdoor lights turn on patio lighting to bright

          c. Philips Hue turn on garden spotlights

    2. Create a “Dinner Party” Routine:

          a. Lights are adjusted for Dinner Party Lights routine

          b. Nest adjusts the temperature to 72 degrees

          c. Sonos turns on your favorite party playlist

          d. Front door Schlage Sense deadbolt is unlocked

     

    Still chopping vegetables in the kitchen when the first guests arrive? Just tell Alexa or Google Assistant to “turn on Dinner Party” and Yonomi will take care of the rest!

    This post first appeared on yonomi.co on July 12, 2018.

    How to get the most out of your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    May 30, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Smart Lock - Schlage Sense - Integrations

    Did you know you can pair your Schlage Sense smart lock with additional accessories to get even more convenient features?

     

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    You may wonder how a residential door hardware company would ever think to begin using electronics in their products. We’d encourage you to check out our Company History page, but the bottom line is that Schlage offers electronic locks because they can add an array of conveniences to your day-to-day life.
    Smart Lock - Schlage Sense - Integrations


    Assign each of the kids their own unique access code so you can track when they get home. Set a schedule for the dog walker’s access code so they can only get in when you want them to. Customize settings like built-in alarm and auto-locking to add extra security – no more worrying about the kids forgetting to lock the door behind them. These are all standard features of our Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, but did you know you can pair your Schlage Sense lock with additional accessories to get even more convenient features?
     

    With all the new technology coming out from major companies like Google, Amazon and Apple, there are a lot of exciting smart home integrations happening with the deadbolt that allow you to customize your experience to your daily needs. We don’t all have kids, and we don’t all need a dog walker. The reason we offer integrations like these with our Schlage Sense lock is so we can offer features that can be customized to your specific lifestyle, whatever that looks like.
     

    Navigating all the different options can be tricky. The technology involved isn’t really important…what’s important is how it can be useful to you. What other items in your home will it work with, and what are the possible benefits?
     

    We’ve broken down for you below all the integration possibilities for the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. You can navigate the headings below quickly by answering one simple question: does your household use iOS devices only, a mix of iOS and Android smartphones, or Android only?

    Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter

    The Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter lets you lock and unlock your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt from anywhere with your Android smartphone or your iPhone®. This means any time you can’t remember whether you locked the door behind you, or would like to let a friend in because you’re running late on the way home, you can use the app to check the lock status and lock and unlock with just a tap.

     

    The adapter is easy to use and takes up minimal space – if you plug it into the bottom outlet, you’ll still have a plug available on top. Just plug the adapter in and use the Schlage Sense app to pair it with your deadbolt and connect it to your home WiFi network for anywhere access. The adapter can support up to two Schlage Sense locks at a time, and does not work with Apple HomeKit or Siri voice control.

     

    In order for anywhere access to stay connected, the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter must stay plugged into power at home, connected to Wi-Fi and in Bluetooth® range (about 40 feet) from the lock.

    Amazon Alexa

    If you pair your Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter with your Schlage Sense lock, you’ll be able to use hands-free voice control with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo and Dot. Learn more about Alexa features here.

    Google Assistant

    Similar to Alexa, if you pair your Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter with your Schlage Sense lock, you’ll be able to use hands-free voice control with Google Assistant-enabled devices like Google Home. Learn more about Google Assistant features here.

    Apple TV / HomePod / iPad

    If you love Apple products and your entire household uses iPhone rather than Android, you can program your lock to work with Apple HomeKit. This option won’t allow for any Android compatibility, but it will allow you to pair your lock with other HomeKit-enabled devices to customize your Apple-centric smart home experience. You can also use the lock with the Home app that comes built into the latest iOS.

     

    If you have an Apple TV or a HomePod, pairing with your Schlage Sense lock will allow you to connect to your lock from anywhere to make sure the door is locked or let a guest in while you’re running late. You can even use an iPad with the latest iOS as a smart home ‘hub’ that pairs with your lock to offer anywhere access, provided the iPad stays plugged in at home where it can connect to your lock through Bluetooth.

    Have more questions about the Schlage Sense lock? Be sure to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook.

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant

    May 29, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt - Google Assistant

    Find out how to setup your Schlage Sense smart lock with Google Assistant and the advanced features you can now unlock with this new integration.

     

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    On the heels of new Amazon Alexa capabilities, at Schlage we’re proving that we aren’t done innovating! In fact, today we’re announcing that the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant. With the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, you can connect your Schlage Sense smart lock with your Google Assistant-enabled devices. This allows you to ask Google Assistant to check the status of your lock and command it to lock hands-free using just your voice. Here’s everything you need to know before you get started.
    Schlage Sense - Google Assistant

    1. Will current Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt models be compatible with Google Assistant?

    Yes. All current Schlage Sense lock models will be compatible with Google Assistant-enabled devices through the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter.

    2. How do I connect my Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant?

    In order to use the Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant-enabled devices, users must connect the deadbolt to the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, sold separately. Follow the setup steps within the app to link your Schlage account with your Google Assistant account, then add the Schlage action. Once connected, users will be able to access their lock using voice activation.

    3. Which Google Assistant voice activation commands work with the Schlage Sense lock?

    Google Assistant users can lock and check the status of their Schlage lock. This offers consumers the peace of mind and convenience of knowing their homes are always locked and protected by one of the strongest, most convenient locks on the market.

    4. Which Google Assistant voice activation commands will not work with the Schlage Sense locks?

    Schlage is committed to providing consumers with a suite of keyless electronic products developed to address their need for convenient and secure locks. With this in mind, Google Assistant voice control commands are not enabled to unlock or create/maintain secured codes because a second authentication step is not available for Google Assistant. Offering an additional authentication step for any actions that can impact the security of the home is part of Schlage’s commitment to offering solutions that are both convenient and secure.

    5. Why can’t I unlock my Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant using voice control?

    Schlage has a legacy in producing the strongest locks in the industry that offer easy ways to add another layer of security, and even make it smarter. This legacy and commitment remains true with Google Assistant-enabled devices. With this in mind, Google Assistant voice control commands are not enabled to unlock or create/maintain secured codes because a second authentication step is not available for Google Assistant. Offering an additional authentication step for any actions that can impact the security of the home is part of Schlage’s commitment to offering solutions that are both convenient and secure. Schlage’s focus continues to be ensuring that the power of unlocking a home remains in consumers' hands directly.

    6. Why can’t I add or delete user codes on my Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant?

    Already trusted in over 40 million homes, Schlage always aim to create carefully designed products that bring the possibilities and potential of every door in your home to life – keeping you safe and making life easier and more connected. We are unwilling to compromise that, especially when it comes to smart home integrations. Therefore, we always want to ensure something like adding and delete user codes remain in the users’ hands directly, rather than relying on third-party components.

    For more information about the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and its capabilities, visit schlage.com/sense.

    Schlage smart locks gain Amazon Alexa voice unlocking

    May 8, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Amazon Alexa - Unlock feature - Schlage Smart Locks

    Schlage and Amazon Alexa announce unlock capabilities. Here's what you need to know first.

     

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    Amazon Alexa users can now use the Alexa app to enable or disable new voice unlock functionality for their Schlage smart locks. This new functionality is an enhancement to Schlage and Amazon Alexa’s current features, which include verbally locking or checking the status of the front door via Alexa-enabled devices. Here's what you need to know before getting started.
    Amazon Alexa - Unlock - Schlage Smart Locks

    1. Which Schlage smart locks are compatible with Amazon Alexa?

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt are compatible with Amazon Alexa. To connect your Schlage Sense lock, you will need the Schlage Sense Wi-fi Adapter. To connect with Schlage Connect or the Connected Keypad locks, you will need a Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub.

    2. How does the new voice unlock feature for Amazon Alexa work?

    The unlocking feature is disabled by default. Users must use the Amazon Alexa app to log in and enter their password to enable the feature first. Then they will be required to set a 4-digit PIN which must be spoken before Alexa will unlock the door. When the user says “Alexa, unlock the front door,” Alexa will ask for the PIN. If the PIN is correct, Alexa will unlock the door. After 3 attempts to unlock the door with an incorrect PIN, Alexa will disable the unlock feature and the door will remain locked. Users can re-enable the feature by logging into the Amazon Alexa app and repeating the process.

    3. You said you were not including voice unlock functionality because of your commitment to security. What has changed?

    At the time of the initial integration, Amazon Alexa had no method in place of authenticating the user’s identity when using a voice unlock command. Now that Alexa requires users to enter their password to enable the unlocking function initially within the app, as well as speak a 4-digit PIN before Alexa will unlock the door, it is possible to offer the voice unlock function with proper security in place.

    4. What should I do if my spoken PIN is compromised?

    Log into the Amazon Alexa app to change your PIN as needed. We recommend changing your PIN at regular intervals just as you would a computer password.

    5. What technology do I need to connect my lock with Amazon Alexa and allow for the new voice unlock feature?

    Samsung SmartThings and Wink will enable this functionality with the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. The Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter will enable this functionality for the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.

    6. Can the unlock feature be used with Amazon Alexa smart home routines?

    Currently, there is no plan to support routines for operations that affect the security of your home (unlock, disarm, open.)

    7. In which countries will the Amazon Alexa voice unlock feature be enabled?

    This functionality is currently launching in the United States only.

    Ready to outfit your home with one of Schlage's smartest locks yet? Visit schlage.com to learn more and where to buy. If you have any questions as you set up your new smart home tech, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter for help.

    Why experts like Mike Holmes trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    December 21, 2017 2:30 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 22, 2017

    Why experts like Mike Holmes trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    When choosing the best smart home products for your home, quality, security and design all matter.

     

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    Smart home products are quickly being adopted by homeowners everywhere as the appeal for greater convenience and peace of mind takes priority. When choosing the best smart home products for your home, quality, security and design all matter. It's important to choose a product you can depend on to work when you need it from a company you can trust. 

     

    That's why home remodeling experts like Mike Holmes, trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. Whether you're purchasing this smart lock for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, you can rest easy knowing that Schlage put the same attention to security and strength as we have for all our products for the past 95 years. See what Mike and his daughter Sherry have to say about their favorite smart lock purchase in the video below.

     

    Looking for more smart home advice? Be sure to keep an eye on the Technology section of our blog and follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

    How to access your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt from anywhere

    October 17, 2017 11:57 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    How to access your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt from anywhere

    If you’re looking for the convenience and peace of mind that comes with being able to access your lock from anywhere, there are multiple options available for doing this.

     

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    Have you ever left the house in a hurry, and later wondered whether you accidentally left the door unlocked behind you? With so many things to juggle in life, it’s happened to us all.

     

    That got us thinking – what if you never had to wonder whether your door was unlocked again? What if you could lock it from wherever you are? And wouldn’t you like to receive smartphone notifications whenever the lock is used, so you can keep track of who’s going in and out and when? 

    Schlage Sense - Smart Lock - Anywhere Access

    So we designed the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt so that users could have this functionality – if they want it. Smart lock beginners who want to benefit from the lock’s basic features can do that out of the box with just a smartphone, no need for a home automation system or other smart accessories.

     

    However, if you’re looking for the convenience and peace of mind that comes with being able to access your lock from anywhere, there are multiple options available for doing this – and it’s easy to choose the right one for you.

     

    Here are the basics:

    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter option: Android smartphones + iOS

    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Anywhere Access

    If you want to use both iOS and Android smartphones with your lock, you’ll want a Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter.

     

    The Adapter is a simple wall plug-in that connects your lock to your Wi-Fi network so you can lock and unlock it from anywhere and receive activity notifications. It’s easy to set up – plug it in within Bluetooth range of the lock (usually about 40 feet), and use the Schlage Sense app to connect the Adapter to your home Wi-Fi network and then pair it with your lock.

     

    As long as your Adapter stays plugged into power, connected to Wi-Fi and within Bluetooth range of the lock, you’ll be able to access it using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android smartphone from anywhere.

     

    Keep in mind that while the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter will work with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, it does not work with Apple HomeKit and is not compatible with features like Siri or the Apple Home app.

    Apple HomeKit option: iOS only

    Schlage Sense - Remote Access - HomeKit Lock

    If you have an Apple TV or use primarily iOS devices in your household, you might prefer the Apple HomeKit setup option. If your lock is up to date with the latest firmware (use the Schlage Sense app to check for updates), it will ask you simple questions at setup to determine whether this Apple HomeKit option is best for you.

     

    If you set up your lock with the Apple HomeKit option, you can pair your lock with your Apple TV and gain anywhere access using Apple HomeKit technology. You’ll still be able to control your lock and manage settings from anywhere with the Schlage Sense app, plus your lock will work in tandem with other HomeKit-enabled devices in your home through the Apple Home app. You’ll also be able to use Siri to lock and unlock your door, and will receive notifications when the lock is used (use the Schlage Sense app to manage your notification settings.)

     

    Keep in mind that this option is intended for Apple HomeKit users and does not work with Android smartphones.

     

    Here are the technical details:

     

    You’ll need an Apple TV 3rd or 4th generation or an iPad with iOS 10.0 or higher. If you decide to use your iPad as your Apple HomeKit hub (a new functionality offered by Apple with iOS 10.0), the iPad must stay at home powered on and connected to Wi-Fi just as an Apple TV would be.

     

    You’ll also want to make sure that the Apple TV/iPad is set up with the same iCloud and iTunes account information as your iPhone.

    If I already have a Schlage Sense lock, how do I update it so that I can use it with Android and/or the Wi-Fi Adapter?
    First, you’ll need to make sure your lock has the latest firmware. Firmware updates are important because they ensure that your Schlage Sense lock has the latest features and capabilities. The lock will notify you of a firmware update through the Schlage Sense app. Firmware updates for the lock must be performed through the app within Bluetooth range of the lock:
    Schlage Sense - Firmware update


    When you're within Bluetooth range of the lock, connect your lock with the app.

    Schlage Sense - Firmware update


    Tap “Begin Update” or go to Lock Settings > Information and tap the firmware version information to request an update.

    Schlage Sense - Firmware update


    The firmware will be updated over the next several minutes.

    Schlage Sense - Firmware update
    Once you’re up to date with the latest firmware, you can change the setup option on your lock so it will work with Android devices and the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter. In the Schlage Sense app, you’ll need to delete the lock from your account and pair it again, choosing the new setup option. This will return your lock to factory default settings and erase any new codes you’ve added, so make sure you record those if you want to add them to the lock again.
    Schlage Sense - Change set up - Schlage System - HomeKit


    If the lock is currently set up with an iOS device, first delete the lock from the account by going to Lock Settings and tapping Delete Lock.

    Schlage Sense - Change set up - Schlage System - HomeKit


    Then, use the Schlage Sense app to pair the lock again. If adding the lock from an iOS device, select “Explore Other Options” and then “Set up with Schlage system.”

     

    A firmware update may be required, after which you will need to restart the “Add a lock” process and select the Schlage system.

     

    Once setup is complete, the lock will be compatible with both Android smartphones and iOS devices and can be paired with the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter.

    Questions about lock setup? You can reach us on Facebook or Twitter or contact Schlage customer service at 888-805-9837.

    Smart lock pre-installation checklist

    September 25, 2017 8:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, September 25, 2017

    5 things you must consider before installing a smart lock

    Make sure your smart lock installation goes as smoothly as possible by following these 5 steps first.

     

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    Smart locks are the perfect way to add a little more convenience and security to your home. With a smart lock from Schlage, you can choose to enter your home with a custom code you define, a mechanical key or your phone (depending on the lock you choose).

     

    Installing a new smart lock is a project that any skill-level can take on with just a screwdriver and a few minutes out of your day. Before you get started, it's important to note these five things to ensure the installation goes as smoothly as possible.

    Smart locks - Installation - Schlage

    Download the app

    If you are installing the Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt, be sure to download the free, Schlage SenseTM app before you begin installing your lock. The app has great step-by-step instructions so you can quickly install the lock and pair your smartphone seamlessly. You can also access other valuable information and helpful resources that allow you to take advantage of all the lock's capabilities and future updates.

     

    Before you download, make sure your smartphone is up-to-date with the latest software version. You can check this by accessing your phone's settings and looking under "General" or "About".

    Make sure your door is properly aligned

    Because the bolt on your smart lock is extended automatically, it's important that the door and jamb are properly aligned. You can check this by testing your current lock. You'll want to answer yes to each of these questions:

    Can you lock your door without pushing, pulling or lifting the door?

    Does your door alignment stay the same no matter how hot or cold the weather may get?

    When the door is closed, is there space for the deadbolt to extend 1" into the frame when locked?

    Check your door measurements

    All of Schlage's smart locks are designed to fit any standard, pre-drilled door. To double-check that your door will be compatible, you can find a quick look at standard door dimensions for deadbolt installation here. If your door is thicker than the standard 1-3/4", you may need to purchase a thick door kit which will extend the lock's capabilities to 2-1/4". You can contact our customer support team at 888.805.9837 for assistance.

    Wait to install the batteries

    To make sure your lock is properly paired to any smart hubs or phones, it's best to wait to install the batteries when instructed to do so. This ensures that nothing interferes with the auto-handing process of the lock and properly initiates the setup sequence that is needed after the lock is installed. If you do make a mistake or miss a step, you can simply perform a factory reset to start over.

    Choose a coordinating handleset

    Don't forget to complete the look by pairing a coordinating handleset, knob or lever. You'll need to consider which function will work best with your lifestyle. Do you want to make sure you can easily come and go without a mechanical key? Choose a Hall & Closet (Passage) function so you're never accidentally locked out. Keep in mind that if you keep a keyed knob or lever, you'll still have to manage mutliple mechanical keys for household members and guests. For handlesets, we offer a lower half, front entry handle that easily suites with the style of your smart lock.

    You can find complete video tutorials for installing each of our smart locks by visiting our How-to-Center.

    12 times a keyless electronic deadbolt looked fantastic on a front door

    August 4, 2017 1:50 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 4, 2017

    12 times a keyless electronic deadbolt looked fantastic on a front door

    Let these beautiful front doors inspire you to add a little more tech to your home.

     

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    When choosing and installing keyless locks, ditching the key doesn't mean ditching style, too. Our customers have some of the most beautiful homes so we gathered up real world photos on Instagram to help inspire your next makeover and give you the courage to add a little tech to your front door! Tell us: Which look is your favorite? Be sure to follow us on Instagram for plenty of inspiration!
     

    6 things you must know before purchasing a smart lock

    August 3, 2017 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, August 3, 2017

    6 things you must know before purchasing a smart lock

    It's never been easier or more affordable to build your own smart home but the wealth of options can also be a little overwhelming. Consider these 6 qualities before investing in a smart lock.

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    With recent advancements in smart home technology and many brands entering the industry, it's never been easier or more affordable to outfit your home with smart technology. By focusing on a few aspects of your home that could benefit from a little more convenience and security, you'll be living like the Jetsons in no time. But with so many available options, the features can become a little overwhelming. Here are six things you need to know about smart locks before you decide to make the investment.
    Smart lock - Schlage Sense - Schlage Connect

    Ease of installation

    Will you need to hire a locksmith to install your new lock or is it a quick and easy DIY project? Be sure to consider available installation manuals and videos before you choose a lock.

     

    With the Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt, installation is easy. Just follow along through the Schlage Sense app for step-by-step instructions. A screwdriver is the only tool you'll need to complete the installation in just a few minutes.

    Ease of use

    A smart lock that becomes confusing to use is going to add more frustration than convenience to your day-to-day. Make sure you understand all modes of access a smart lock allows and how to share access with a family member or service personnel. It may be too confusing for a friend to download an app to take advantage of keyless entry so you'll want a lock that gives you options.

     

    Both the Schlage Sense lock and Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen Deadbolt allow multiple modes of entry whether it's through an app on your phone, a 4-8 digit PIN or a manual key. Simply create a custom PIN for any guests that need access to your home. No confusing app instructions necessary!

    Proven track record for strength and security

    At the end of the day, it's important that your smart lock stand the test of time when it comes to keeping your home safe and secure. While there are many smart locks on the market that have plenty of cool features to keep you connected, they fall short when it comes to strength and durability. Choosing a smart lock from a company that has a long history of producing quality deadbolts and locks will give you the peace of mind knowing that even if the wi-fi is out or your batteries fail, you'll still have a durable lock built to protect your home.

     

    If you're unsure whether or not a lock passes the strength and durability test, look for locks that are backed by the BHMA certified secure home residential door hardware grade. At Schlage, we put our locks against rigorous testing, such as sledgehammer attacks, attempts to manually pull the lock from the door, and measures of durability that ensure smooth functionality after a lifetime of use. Both the Schlage Sense lock and Schlage Connect lock with built-in alarm received a grade of AAA from the BHMA - the highest rating you can receive in the categories of strength, durability and finish.

    Available features

    Take the time to learn all the available features for your smart lock. A great lock can do more than lock and unlock! With a Schlage smart lock, you can take advantage of extra features like built-in alarm technology that senses the slightest vibrations against the door and responds with an audible alarm and optional auto-lock technology that automatically locks the deadbolt behind you so you never have to worry about someone forgetting to lock the door again.

    Battery life

    Make sure you understand the type of batteries used to power your lock and the expected battery life. You don't want to end up with a lock that uses an obscure battery or needs to be changed every month. Schlage smart locks are powered by 4 double A batteries that only need to be changed once a year.

    Smart device compatibility

    Do you already have other smart devices installed in your home? You'll want to be sure you choose a smart lock that is compatible. Do you have a smart home hub powered by z-wave technology? Then you'll want to choose a z-wave lock, like the Schlage Connect lock. Are you interested in building a smart home within the Apple HomeKit Ecosystem? Then Schlage Sense is right for you.

     

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