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    Tap to unlock Schlage’s latest smart lock with Apple home keys.

    January 04, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 4, 2022

    Apple Home Keys lock

    The new 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.

     

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    Thanks to the latest innovations in technology, a lock is more than just a lock, a phone is more than just a phone and a watch is more than just watch. The new 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.
    Jogger using apple watch home keys to unlock front door.

    Secure access with Schlage door locks + home keys

    You’re standing at the door with your hands full and can’t reach your keys. Next thing you know, the bottom of the grocery bag is wet from a puddle, you’ve dropped the files you brought home from work and your kiddo is dancing from foot to foot because they need to get inside now.

     

    Or maybe you’re standing in your entryway, running shoes on, Fido is leashed and the sun is shining just waiting for you to both get out and stretch your legs. But you don’t have pockets and even if you did, you don’t want keys or your phone weighing you down, tugging on your shorts the entire way.

     

    Even if you haven’t found yourself in these exact positions, we’re willing to bet you can still relate. Instead of an armload of groceries, it’s the baby in a carrier and a diaper bag. Instead of running with the dog, it’s hitting the bike trail. Whatever the specifics of the situation, the solution is always the Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt.

     

    When you pair Schlage’s latest smart lock with Apple home keys, you don’t have to drop everything at the door or fuss with physical keys. Instead, use the digital key, stored in your Apple Wallet®, to lock and unlock your door with your Apple Watch® or iPhone®. Apple Watch Series 4 or later with watchOS or later or iPhone XS or later with iOS 15 and above is required.

    Apple Home Keys unlocked Schlage Encode Plus lock

    Choose Schlage, Apple or both – at the same time

    With the Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt, you don’t have to choose between pairing your device with the Schlage® Home app or Apple HomeKit®. You can use both – at the same time. For those without an Apple home hub, there are still plenty of ways to control access to your home conveniently and securely.

     

    • With Apple Wallet, you can use home keys to lock and unlock your door, even without an Apple home hub. As long as you’re close enough to the door to tap to unlock, you can use your compatible Apple Watch or iPhone to enter. It’s the same as if you were paying for groceries with the Wallet app or showing your boarding pass at the airport. They’re all simple, convenient and secure.

    • Add and delete up to 100 unique access codes using the Schlage Home app on any smart phone or the Apple Home app on your iPhone or Apple Watch. Please note that if you choose to use your Apple device, you will need to be near the lock to activate a new code unless you’re synced with a compatible Apple home hub. More on remote access with Apple Home in a minute.

    • If you want to schedule codes – have them active on a recurring or temporary basis – you’ll want to use the Schlage Home app. This way, you can set the codes to be active only on Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. or on June 10-15, for example. Codes created via the Apple Home app will remain “always on,” activated all day, every day.

    • If you like using Alexa or Google Assistant at home, you can still do that, even if you’ve paired the Schlage Encode Plus lock with an Apple device, too. The deadbolt’s built-in WiFi means you can connect directly to those two voice assistants to check the status of the lock or to lock the door with a simple voice command. Want to use Siri® too – or instead? Keep reading.

    Do more together

    If you like to go all in with your Apple device – you have the Apple Watch, HomeKit, an Apple TV, iPad and the list goes on – then you’ll love these extras when you pair your Schlage Encode Plus WiFi Deadbolt with a compatible Apple home hub and the Apple Home and Schlage Home apps. You’ll get all the functionality we’ve already mentioned, plus these.

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    iOS and Android smartphones

    Manage and control from app screen


    iPhone and Apple Watches

    Manage and control from app screen or use home keys

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    100 codes

    Always on | Reoccurring | Temporary


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    when connected to your home WiFi network, no hub required

    Add a HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad

    as a home hub to make your lock part of automations or control it remotely with the Apple Home app

     

    • The smart home automation you have set up through Apple HomeKit can also include the Schlage Encode Plus lock. Maybe it’s a vacation mode or a Good Night scene that prompts the door to lock. It could be something unique to you and your lifestyle that adds the convenience and peace of mind you expect when you trust your home to Schlage in addition to the easy automation of Apple.

    • By pairing your devices to an Apple home hub, you gain remote access control of your lock using your Apple Home app. Without the hub, you can still lock and unlock the door at short range - of the lock. With the hub, though, you can lock/unlock the door, and create codes from anywhere. (Remote access with the Schlage Home app is still available without an additional hub.)

    • Share an access code with trusted family or friends remotely through the Schlage Home or Apple Home app. If creating and sharing through the Apple Home app, you’ll need to be connected to be near the lock or have it connected to an Apple home hub. Once they receive the code, your guests can use it at the lock’s touchscreen to come and go.

    • Ask Siri to check the status of your lock or to lock the door when the deadbolt is paired with the Apple home hub. You can also still use Alexa or Google Assistant at the same time with the Schlage Home app.

    • Enjoy seamless control of access to your home, even if you have a mixed-device household. Because there’s no need to choose between the Schlage mobile experience or Apple HomeKit, the iPhone afficionado in your family gets all their favorite functionality and Apple automations while the person who prefers Android can do the same.

     

    You can’t really go wrong whether you rely on the Schlage Encode Plus lock’s built-in WiFi for connectivity or pair it with your favorite Apple technology. But when you opt for both simultaneously, you’ll see how you can do more with them together.

    Which Apple devices are compatible with the Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt?

    To take advantage of capabilities such as remote access or home automation via HomeKit, you need to pair your Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt with a compatible Apple home hub such as an Apple TV®, iPad®, Apple HomePod® or Apple HomePod mini®. To control your HomeKit-enabled accessory, the latest version of iOS or iPadOS is recommended.

     

    At the launch of the new Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt, to use home keys, the following devices are required:
     

    • iPhone XS or later with iOS 15 or later, or
    • Apple Watch Series 4 or later with watchOS 8 or later

     

    Visit support.apple.com for updated compatibility requirements.

    What else can I do with home keys?

    • Wallet app: Store and access your home keys with peace of mind. Home keys live in your Apple Wallet app, along with your credit cards, car keys and other passes. We are committed to safeguarding your digital access through home keys with the same trusted protection of the personal and financial information you already store in Wallet.

    • Power Reserve: Worried about getting in if your phone battery dies? With Apple’s Power Reserve, even if the iPhone needs to be charged, you may still be able to tap to unlock for up to five hours after their iPhone battery runs out.

    • Multiple locks, one home key: If you have more than one Schlage Encode Plus lock on your home, or maybe one on your own home and another on your rental property, you can control them all with the same home key. That’s the ultimate convenience in the palm or your hand or back of your wrist.

    • Multiple home keys, one lock: You can have multiple home keys set up for same lock, perfect for letting everyone in the family come and go with ease and security.

     

    To learn more about the Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt and to join our mailing list for updates on product availability, visit schlage.com/encodeplus.

     

    Top 10 Schlage blogs of 2021.

    December 29, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    Ringing in 2022

    As we head into the new year, we thought we’d recap some of our favorite tips, tricks, hacks and inspiration from 2021.

     

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    2021 changes to 2022 on an alarm clock on a yellow background with festive glitter on New Year's Eve and Christmas.
    It’s almost time to turn another calendar page, which always makes us a little nostalgic. As we head into the new year, we thought we’d recap some of our favorite tips, tricks, hacks and inspiration from 2021.
    home robot

    This is one a lot of you checked out throughout the year, and it’s no wonder. We love the idea of anything that makes life easier and our kids smarter. If you missed this one, head over now and see if the Grillbot, which scrubs and scrapes your BBQ station for you, or Wigl, which teaches kids programming through music, are on your 2022 wish list.

     

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    Hollow core door makeover

    This is one a lot of you checked out throughout the year, and it’s no wonder. We love the idea of anything that makes life easier and our kids smarter. If you missed this one, head over now and see if the Grillbot, which scrubs and scrapes your BBQ station for you, or Wigl, which teaches kids programming through music, are on your 2022 wish list.

     

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    Porch remodels

    When we shared this blog on Facebook, you all had some amazing things to say. Even Mike Holmes chimed in. Plus, who doesn’t love a rags-to-riches story? These front porch makeovers show just how much impact some curb appeal TLC can have.

     

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    Pregnant woman painting rainbow textile

    It’s a beautiful and exciting time of life, but when you’re expecting, it can also be overwhelming. You have so many questions! We tried to answer a few of those queries about what you should and shouldn’t do so Mom and Baby stay healthy during home improvement projects. This one was also part of our eight-part Bringing Home Baby series, so be sure to check out the other blogs on nesting in the nursery, organization with kiddos and more.

     

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    children and father playing with cardboard box.

    Staying safe and keeping your home secure is everyone’s responsibility. It’s never too early to start teaching kids how to protect themselves. This blog, which was part of our Crime Prevention Month series, offers some effective tips for doing just that. If you have little ones in your life, you won’t want to miss this list of security lessons ranging from knowing what to do when a stranger comes to the door to teaching your teens about dating violence.

     

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    Woman in virtual meeting while working from home.

    Cybersecurity is nothing to take lightly. We buy gifts and bank online, order meal delivery via an app, stream music through smart speakers and pay for groceries with our watch. And then we started working from home and we weren’t just protecting our own digital identities but our employers’ information as well. This article offers advice to help make sure your connected transactions, from bill pay to video chats to storing confidential files, are secure.

     

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    digital organization

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever made the New Year’s resolution to be more organized. Yup, us too. As part of our January series on cleaning and organization, we shared our favorite tips for beating electronic clutter. Although it’s less obvious than a messy closet shelf, a disorganized computer or phone can have a major impact on your sanity and the security of your personal information.

     

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    woman painting wall with green paint

    Sustainability isn’t just a buzz word. And for many homeowners, not being environmentally friendly isn’t an option anymore. Still, the best ways to make your home more sustainable aren’t always obvious. That’s why we made this guide to eco-friendly renovations. In this article, we cover everything from choosing “clean” materials for inside the home to beneficial landscaping ideas for outside.

     

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    Houseplants

    In 2019, we decorated with houseplants because they were beautiful. In 2020, they became a hobby because what else was there to do? In 2021, we stuck with houseplants for their style and as a hobby. If you’re among the group that’s still struggling to keep their indoor plants healthy though, start with this blog, which covers how much lighting, water and humidity your houseplants need to thrive. We also give some ideas for plant varieties that will make turning your brown thumb green easier. If you’re looking for more – how to choose the right container, how to keep your pets and plants safe at the same time – you’ll find it in the rest of our series on all things houseplants.

     

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    Lever and door handing

    Door hardware can be surprisingly complex sometimes. Case in point: lever and door handing. We wrote this piece to help you buy the right thing when upgrading the levers in your home – and not have to install them upside-down or return them to the store. Get the complete explanation here and if you still have questions, send us a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

     

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    Honorable mention

    How to clean porch décor: When was the last time you washed that doormat?

     

    Advice for buying your first home: Because buyer’s remorse hits a lot harder on a house you spent thousands on versus a $50 sweater.

     

    Time travel: Vacation safety tips from 1953 that still work: A lot has changed in almost 70 years … but not as much as you might think.

     

    How to set up a home bar for your best holiday hosting: A Joybird study found that a fully stocked bar is the top-ranked must-have for hosting a party, so are your ready?

     

    This is just the tiniest of fractions of what we offered in 2021, hoping to provide you with the ideas and know-how for turning your home into a haven. Find the rest, from DIY projects to technology and security updates, at Schlage.com/blog.

     

    7 (more) ways to secure your smart home for National Crime Prevention Month.

    October 25, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 25, 2021

    7 ways to secure your smart home for National Crime Prevention Month. | Schlage

    Here are a few ways to secure your home so you can protect your personal information and home even better.

     

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    Once upon a time, we shared 10 tips for securing your smart home for Crime Prevention Month. We still stand by those suggestions, but here are a few more so you can protect your personal information and home even better.
     

    1. Manage your passwords

    Once you’ve set strong passwords, you might be tempted to write them down so you don’t forget. Don’t use a Post-It that anyone could find. Use an app or other secure cloud-based storage instead. If you do just make a note of it in your phone, at least password-protect your phone or use facial recognition.

    Getting rid of unnecessary passwords is often an overlooked but important part of security. For example, if you’ve created multiple access codes for your smart lock, do a regular inventory to see if they’re all still needed. That code you created for your friends when they visited six months ago? Delete it. The one your neighbor used to water your plants when you were on vacation? Delete that one, too. Just like you don’t want spare keys floating around, you don’t want unnecessary access codes out there, either.

     

    2. Beef up your work-from-home security

    Now that it’s more common to spend at least part of your working life in your home office, make sure you’re taking all the precautions to keep personal and professional information safe. Adopt antivirus software, use a secure VPN when sharing data and be careful what you screenshare during that next Zoom call. Learn more ways to improve your security when working remotely.

    3. Use all available features

    Many smart devices have security features built in. Maybe it’s a way to track and find your phone if it goes missing. Or it could be an alarm and push notifications on your smart lock. Take the time to explore the options on your device and activate those that will improve your overall home security.

     

    4. organize electronic clutter

    There’s something really satisfying about clearing out a closet, but organizing your digital footprint? That’s not usually our first thought come spring cleaning time. Remove unnecessary apps from your phone, unsubscribe from e-newsletters you never read and delete desktop folders that don’t actually help you stay organized. You’ll be able to find what you need more easily, plus have a better handle on where personal information is and how it’s being used. That’s a key factor in beating electronic clutter for security.

    5. Do a home inventory

    If your home is broken into and devices are stolen, a home inventory will help you to know exactly what’s missing. While this can expedite insurance claims in some cases, it will also make it easier for you to know what data might have been stolen along with a device. Of course, it’s not just technology that should go on your home audit. Credit cards, passports and other personal documents that can be used to steal your identity can also be included.

     

    6. talk to your kids about cybersecurity

    Anyone under the age of 30 has no memory of life before the internet. Their ease with technology can be an advantage, but it can also put them at risk if they get too comfortable. Teach your kids what information should and shouldn’t be shared online, encourage them to safely store their devices when they aren’t using them and make sure they know not to divulge other information such as smart lock access codes, even to best friends. And in case you missed it, check out the first part of our Crime Prevention Month series with tips for how kids can help protect your home security.

    7. refresh your online shopping strategy

    The holidays are right around the corner. When you go to snag all those cyber deals, use this guide to stay secure shopping online and prevent package theft. They’ll help protect the financial information you share with stores as well as your purchases when they reach your doorstep.

    Since 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council has declared October as Crime Prevention Month. Since then, they’ve worked with a variety of organizations to improve personal safety and crime prevention in our neighborhoods. Get the answer to “How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?” and learn more about smart home tech at the Schlage blog.

     

    5 smart back-to-school hacks.

    August 27, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 27, 2021

    Smart back to school hacks | Schlage

    Most of us could use all the help we can get when back-to-school season heats up. With the right smart home technology, you can make mornings smoother and evenings calmer.

     

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    Most of us could use all the help we can get when back-to-school season heats up. With the right smart home technology, you can make mornings smoother and evenings calmer. Try these five back-to-school hacks to get smart this fall.

    Get smart about … scheduling

    This is an easy one, especially if you already use Alexa or Google Assistant. Use your voice assistant to set a series of timers to help everyone get out the door on time. It’s 7 a.m.? Wake up. 7:30? Come get your breakfast. 8:15? Time to catch the bus. Look into the Echo Dot Kid’s Edition for capabilities designed especially for the kiddos.

     

    You can also create routines through your voice assistant, so one word and your smart home is seamlessly taking you through bedtime paces. “Alexa, time for bed” could dim the lights in your child’s room, turn on sleep sounds and turn off other technology that could interfere with their sleep patterns. (Keep reading for more sleep-friendly tech tips.)

     

    As the day-to-day action picks up, use your voice assistant to remind you of important tasks. Sync it with your personal calendar and ask it to notify you of upcoming events like a soccer game, parent-teacher conferences or deadlines. You can also set one notification for recurring events, so each Tuesday, Alexa will remind your kids it’s time to take out the trash.

    Get smart about … organization

    If you need help keeping track of schedules and making sure you know how to reach everyone in the carpool, there’s an app for that. There are actually quite a few. Choose one that lets you share calendars and contacts with the whole family. If your kids have a smartphone, set them up with apps to help with homework – due-date reminders, language learning, math assistance, note-taking and even creating flashcards. And don’t forget parental control apps that limit their screen time. Check out Digital Trends’ recommendations.

     

    Wonder of all wonders, your child remembered that they need posterboard for the science fair more than 24 hours in advance. Ask Alexa to add school supplies, food for lunches and more to your Amazon shopping list. If it’s something you use regularly and replenish often – maybe laundry detergent for all those sports jerseys and school uniforms – Alexa can reorder it automatically so you don’t even have to ask.

    Get smart about … security

    Schlage smart locks can’t improve your child’s grades, but they can do a lot of other really helpful things. When you create unique access codes for your kids, they no longer have to carry – and try not to lose – a spare key. Not only do you not have to worry about who found the spare, but you always know Bobby and Susie can get in the house when they return from school, football practice or band rehearsal. If they forget their code, you can always unlock the door from anywhere for them using a compatible app on your smartphone.

     

    Need another benefit of a smart lock for back-to-school? When your Schlage lock is connected to your home network or smart hub, you can access an activity log on your phone. You’ll be able to see who used their code and when, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing your kids made it home from school on time.

     

    Learn more about each of our smart locks – the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt – and try the Smart Lock Selector to see which one is best for your family.

    Get smart about … sleep

    Science has proved that kids learn better when they get a good night’s rest and smart technology can actually help kids sleep. This Wake Up Light simulates sunset and sunrise to ease your student in and out of sleep. Customize the start of the day by choosing between a range of light colors and brightness as well as different alarm sounds. Digital Trends has more suggestions for tech that creates white noise and sleep sounds to help your little one get to sleep faster.

     

    If your kids are restless sleepers, it might be an air quality issue. An air purifier and humidifier can help remove air particles and allergens. The humidifier adds moisture to the room so they aren’t breathing stale, dry air. All of this together might help them breathe more easily, resulting in better rest. The Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool is on the pricier side, but we like its smart features – control it with an app or via Alexa and Apple Siri® – and quiet settings for night mode.

    Get smart about … college

    Help your older kids be smart on campus. The easiest way to turn a dorm into a smart home, even though it’s a temporary living situation, is by installing smart plugs or power strips. You get to skip the hardwiring, but they can still control lights, music and more. A multi-port USB charger is always helpful, too. No more fighting with the roommate for valuable outlets when everyone needs to charge their phone, tablet and other tech at the same time.

     

    No matter where your college student lives – at home, in a dorm, in an off-campus apartment – get them a Bluetooth tracker for their valuables. Apple AirTag for iPhone users and Tile Mate for Android users are great ways to find laptops and other devices if someone tries to swipe them.

     

    Back-to-school doesn’t have to be a stressful time. With smart technology, you can make it easier than geometry proofs and French verb conjugation. Find more ways to make the season a snap on the Schlage blog with our tips for creating a family command center, taking the perfect back-to-school photos and designing a homework station that will help them focus.

     

     

    Improve your security for working remotely from home.

    August 23, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 23, 2021

    Improve your security for working remotely from home.

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

     

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    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.
     

    Cybersecurity strategies 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 – 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.

    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, invest in a sliding webcam cover. 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 an electronic lock like the Schlage Touch® Keyless Touchscreen Lever or Schlage keypad lever is ideal for a home office that requires an extra level of security.

     

    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.

     

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

     

    3 reasons smart locks are your best move when moving.

    August 13, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 13, 2021

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    See how a smart lock can make your home more attractive to potential buyers and add convenience to the home selling process.

     

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    There are a lot of things to think about when buying a home or putting yours up for sale. But have you considered getting a smart lock? As a new homeowner, you’ll want to replace your locks right away for security, so why not choose one that also makes your life more convenient. And as a seller, electronic locks can make your home more attractive to buyers, too.
     

    1. trusted security

    You have so many new house ideas, like what colors to the paint the walls, how you’re going to decorate your new movie room, getting the kids settled and more. One of the first things to do when moving, however, is replacing the locks on your new home. You never know who might still have a key – the previous owner, their cleaning lady, some stranger who picked it up after their kid lost it on the walk home from school.

     

    Secure your home with a new smart lock or one that you brought with you from your old house. If you’re using a lock from your previous home, you’ll need to complete the programming and pairing process again at the new place. Either way, the addition of new door hardware – electronic locks or mechanical deadbolts – is the smart choice for security and style.

    2. People in and out of your home

    When you’re selling a home, people are coming and going constantly. Whether it’s the realtor showing prospective buyers around or service providers coming to make repairs or clean, it’s impossible for you to be home every time someone needs to get in. Instead of leaving your door unlocked or hiding a key under a plant, install a smart lock to keep your house secure while still allowing access to those you trust. Instead of a lockbox on the door, ask your realtor about using access codes instead.

     

    You can use an app to program new access codes into the lock, even setting schedules for when those codes can be used. And because you’re notified when they are used, you can keep a better eye on who is in your house and when. It’s an easy way to grant secure access to those service providers, not to mention see when people are viewing your home and preventing the realtor from showing your house during certain times of the day.

     

     

    3. What buyers look for

    Smart home devices are becoming more in demand and expected for buyers. In a 2018 survey, Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that smart home devices and other technology are integral to helping homes sell faster and for more money. A vast majority of the survey’s respondents said they expect certain smart devices to be pre-installed before even moving in. Topping the list were smart thermostats (77%) and fire detectors (75%). Sixty-three percent of respondents expected smart locks to be pre-installed.

     

    And by the way, The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) found in 2018 that three out of four millennials – the largest generational group of home buyers – were willing to pay $1,500 to $4,000 to make their homes smarter. Think how that investment can pay off for you.

     

    Finally, as we move beyond 2020, consider the idea that many people may be looking for touchless technology in greater numbers. Not only is it convenient for those times when your hands are full, but it can also be more sanitary when you’re trying to keep hands clean and germ-free.

    4. Curb appeal

    The first impression is sometimes the only impression when it comes to deciding to make a home purchase. While there are plenty of major upgrades that will increase your curb appeal, updating front door hardware is one of the easiest and most noticeable improvements you can make. Use the product selector to find the perfect door hardware for your home and refresh the front of your house in minutes.

    Whether you’re buying your first home or your forever home, use this moving checklist for a smooth transition and, of course, check out Smart Lock Selector to see which smart lock works best for you.

     

     

    How to access your Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt from anywhere.

    August 06, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 6, 2021

    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 WiFi Adapter option: Android smartphones + iPhone

    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Anywhere Access

    If you want to use both iPhone® and Android smartphones with your lock, you’ll want a Schlage Sense® WiFi Adapter.

     

    The Adapter is a simple wall plug-in that connects your lock to your WiFi 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® Home app to connect the Adapter to your home Wi-Fi network. Then pair it with your lock.

     

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

     

    Keep in mind that while the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter will work with a compatible iOS device, it does not work with Apple HomeKit® and is not compatible with features like Siri® or the Apple Home app.

    Apple HomeKit option: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch only

    Schlage Sense - Remote Access - HomeKit Lock

    If you have an Apple TV® or use iPhone, iPad or iPod touch 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 Home 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 a compatible 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 Home 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 receive notifications when the lock is used (use the Schlage Home 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:

     

    We recommend an Apple TV 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 WiFi 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 WiFi 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 Home app. Firmware updates for the lock must be performed through the app within Bluetooth range of the lock:


    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 WiFi Adapter. In the Schlage Home 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 iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, 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 Home 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 iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and can be paired with the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter.

    Questions about lock setup? You can reach us on Facebook or Twitter or try our FAQs online.

     

    Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt and Amazon Alexa: What you need to know

    July 30, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 30, 2021

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Amazon Alexa: What you need to know

    Here’s what you need to know before you connect your smart lock to Amazon Alexa.

     

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    The Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt makes it easier to control access to your home – getting started is simple with the Schlage® Home app and gaining remote access from anywhere is no problem when you pair the lock with the Schlage Sense® WiFi Adapter. And now you can also access your lock with Amazon Alexa voice commands. Here’s what you need to know to combine the superior security of the Schlage Sense lock with the great convenience of Amazon Alexa.
     

    1. Will current Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt models be compatible with Amazon Alexa?

    Yes, all current Schlage Sense lock models are compatible with Amazon Alexa devices through the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter (sold separately), which is perfect for remote access for split-device households or owners who haven’t chosen a home automation system yet.

    2. What hubs does the Schlage Sense lock work with?

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is compatible with Alexa-enabled devices via the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter. The Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter does not work with Apple HomeKit® or support the use of Siri® voice control.

    3. How do I connect with Amazon Alexa?

    To connect your Schlage Sense lock with an Alexa-enabled device, plug the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter into power at home. The WiFi Adapter needs to be within Bluetooth range of the lock (about 40 feet). Then use the Schlage Home app to pair your deadbolt with the adapter and connect it to your home WiFi.

     

    Once the lock is connected to your home WiFi, you are ready to complete the setup within the Alexa app.

     

    • Log in to your Alexa app using your Amazon password.

    • Enable the Schlage Home skill in the Alexa app.

    • Link your Schlage account to your Alexa account. This will give the skill permission to access the lock.

     

    To enable the unlocking feature – this is initially disabled by default for your security – create a four-digit PIN in the Alexa app now.

    4. What can the Schlage Sense lock and Amazon Alexa do?

    After connecting the devices, you can ask Alexa to lock and unlock the door, and check the status of your Schlage Sense deadbolt. This offers the peace of mind and convenience of knowing your home is always locked and protected by one of the strongest, most convenient locks on the market.

     

    Voice unlocking is one the newest functions available in the integration between Schlage and Amazon Alexa. The feature was made possible through technological improvements that now require Alexa to authenticate the user’s identity prior to unlocking the door. The additional step helps to maintain the superior security you expect from Schlage while still enjoying the convenience of voice activation. Read more about unlocking your door with Amazon Alexa here.

    5. What can't the Schlage Sense lock and Amazon Alexa do?

    Already trusted in over 40 million homes, Schlage always aims 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 integration. With this in mind, Amazon Alexa is not enabled to check battery status or create/maintain secured codes. This ensures that control of these features remains directly in your hands rather than relying on third-party components.

     

    Whether asking Alexa from bed if the front door is locked or manually securing your deadbolt from the touchscreen, the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt provides all users with keyless convenience and confidence in their home security. Add to that additional benefits that come when you pair your lock with the other technology in your home and there’s proof that smarter homes start with Schlage.

     

    Learn about our other smart home integrations for the Schlage Sense lock at Schlage.com. If you have questions about setting up your smart lock, message us on Facebook or Twitter or visit our How-To Center.

     

     

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

    July 22, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

    Schlage smart locks | Schlage

    So, you purchased a new smart home device? Here’s a list of resources to help you get connected with your Schlage smart lock quickly and easily.

     

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    As smart homes become more popular, the number of devices we have in our homes is exploding, sometimes more quickly than we even realize. Do a count right now and you might be surprised by how many you have. (Go ahead. We’ll wait.) Whether you just upgraded to a Schlage smart lock, got a new smart home hub or decided to get more from your voice assistant than just asking Alexa about the weather, making all these devices work together is key to ultimate convenience. Here’s a list of resources to help you get connected quickly and easily.

     

    Before you can sync your devices, make sure the lock is properly installed on your door and that you have the smartphone app that coincides with your hub, if necessary, 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 the Schlage Encode, Schlage Connect and Schlage Sense deadbolts online.

     

    Now let’s get connected.

    Schlage smart locks.

    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, you’ll need to use the SmartThings app on your mobile device and follow the directions in the app. Additional instructions to get you started can be found here. At the end of enrollment, a green light on your lock indicates success.

    Wink

    Why pair Wink with the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt - Z-Wave Plus?

     

    • Let in trusted friends and family or secure the deadbolt if you forgot by locking and unlocking your door from anywhere using the Wink app

    • Add and delete user codes at any time and from anywhere via the Wink app, like when you need to give access to a trusted friend while you’re stuck at work

    • Check the battery level via the Wink app

    • Create convenient shortcuts and more advanced features

    To sync your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus to your Wink hub, open the Wink app on your mobile device and follow the app’s instructions. When you have successfully connected your devices, you will see a flashing green check mark on the lock. The Wink app will also indicate that it has found the lock.

    Nexia

    Why pair Nexia with the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt - Z-Wave Plus?

     

    • Let in trusted friends and family or secure the deadbolt if you forgot by locking and unlocking your door from anywhere using a compatible app

    • Add and delete user codes at any time and from anywhere from your mobile device, like when you need to give access to a trusted friend while you’re stuck at work

    • Check the battery level via the Wink app

    • Get app alerts when a user code is entered

    • Use Google Assistant to control your Schlage Connect lock with voice commands

    Get step-by-step instructions for how to add your Z-Wave Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt to your Nexia Bridge.

    Ring Video Doorbell

    With remote access of our smart locks, you can use a compatible app to unlock the door for someone, even if you aren’t home. But what if you want to make sure – actually see – who’s at the door before you tap unlock. You can do that and more when you pair your Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with the Ring Video Doorbell.

     

    • Lock and unlock your door directly from the Live View in Ring App

    • Use the Ring Video Doorbell to verify your guest’s identity before granting access

    • Add access control to your Ring of Security (doorbells and cameras)

    To connect your Schlage Encode lock with the Ring Video Doorbell, follow the instructions provided in your Ring App during setup. A Ring Alarm Base Station or Ring Protection Plan are not required to use the Schlage Encode lock with your Ring Video Doorbell.

    Ring Alarm

    Why pair the Ring Alarm Base Station with the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt - Z-Wave Plus?

     

    • Let in trusted friends and family or secure the deadbolt if you forgot by locking and unlocking your door from anywhere using the Ring App

    • Arm or disarm your Ring Alarm right at the lock

    • Add and delete user codes at any time and from anywhere from your mobile device, like when you need to give access to a trusted friend while you’re stuck at work

    • Check the battery level via the app

    • Get app alerts when a user code is entered

    To pair your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with the Ring Alarm Base Station, simply follow the step-by-step instructions in the Ring App.

    Apple TV®, iPad® or HomePod

    The Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt is compatible with a variety of Apple® devices, including Apple TV, iPad and Homepod. Why pair one of these devices with the Schlage Sense lock and Bluetooth technology?

     

    • Control your lock and manage settings from anywhere with the Schlage® Home app and one of the Apple devices above, which can give you 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

    • Use Siri® to lock and unlock your door for hands-free convenience

    • Receive notifications when the lock is used so you know who is coming and going from your home when the lock is connected to the Apple device or within Bluetooth range

    To set up remote connectivity with Apple HomeKit using a compatible Apple TV, iPad or HomePod, open the Schlage Home app on your iOS device and choose “Continue with HomeKit.” Once you’ve chosen the “Continue with HomeKit” option, follow the instructions provided in the Schlage Home app.

    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.

    Amazon Alexa

    Because of its built-in WiFi, you don’t need a smart hub to connect your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt with an Alexa-enabled device. To start using your Schlage Encode lock 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. Again, follow the instructions for the Schlage Home skill in the app.

     

    If you have the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Zigbee technology, you’ll need Key by Amazon, Echo Plus or Samsung SmartThings. Use the links below for instructions on how to connect your Schlage Connect deadbolt with Zigbee to Alexa.

     

    Samsung SmartThings is also compatible with Schlage Connect Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus technology, as are Wink and Ring Alarm. Use the links below 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 Smart WiFi Deadbolt, 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.

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

     

    10 things the Schlage Connect® lock can do with a Samsung SmartThings hub.

    July 09, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 8, 2021

    10 things the Schlage Connect™ lock can do with a Samsung SmartThings hub

    Whether you're shopping for the right smart home system or want to choose the best lock for your Samsung SmartThings setup, here are 10 smart lock features you could take advantage of.

     

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    One of the best ways to get security and advanced features in a Schlage smart lock is by pairing it with a compatible home automation system. The Z-wave Plus-enabled Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt works with most Z-Wave smart home hubs, including Samsung SmartThings. Only when you pair your lock with a hub like SmartThings can you control the lock from anywhere, freeing you from the hassles of lost keys, getting locked out and hiding a spare where anyone can find it.

     

    Here are 10 tasks made possible when you pair your Schlage Connect smart lock with a Samsung SmartThings hub.

    Z-wave smart lock - Schlage Connect - Samsung SmartThings

    1. Remote accessibility

    Gone are the days of worrying whether you left the door unlocked when you headed out for the day. Simply check the status of your lock through the SmartThings app. If the deadbolt is unlocked, lock it via the app, no matter where you are, without the need to turn around and go home.

    2. Smart home routines

    SmartThings allows you to create routines that are triggered by a single action. A goodnight routine, for example, locks the doors, closes the garage and turns off all electronics with a single command. A vacation routine could, again, lock all your doors and adjust the thermostat. Setting up automation with other smart devices is fast and easy since you can do everything directly from your smartphone.

    3. Create unique access codes

    Use the SmartThings app to quickly create a code for a family member or trusted friend and disable it when it is no longer needed. You can also receive alerts from SmartThings when your Schlage Connect deadbolt is unlocked with one of the access codes, so you always know who is coming and going. You can still manage codes at the lock’s touchscreen without SmartThings, but the hub gives you the next level of flexibility and convenience for controlling access remotely.

    4. Easily share access codes with visitors via SMS

    Once you’ve assigned a new access code to a visitor in the SmartThings app, you can conveniently share that code via SMS. No need for you to leave the app and no need for temporary users to download anything new to gain access.

    5. Rename or delete an access code

    Can’t find your programming guide or instructions? That’s not a problem because SmartThings allows you to edit and delete access codes all through the app instead of the touchscreen.

    6. One convenient place to check the status of all your locks

    If you have more than one smart lock installed – at home on the front and garage entrance doors, a vacation house or an AirBnB property – SmartThings allows you to conveniently check the status of each lock in a single app.

    7. Lock all smart locks in one click

    Did you leave all your doors unlocked? (You know how forgetful kids can be.) You don’t have to command each Schlage Connect deadbolt to lock one at a time. SmartThings allows you to lock them all with a single tap.

    8. Track access codes for multiple locks in one place

    Keeping track of all active access codes, whether you have one lock or several, is simple. Easily view which family members and friends have access to which locks all in the SmartThings app.

    9. Receive updates on lock activity

    SmartThings offers more peace of mind with your Schlage Connect lock by letting you know precisely when your lock was manually locked or unlocked, if it was unlocked using a code, and when a code was updated or deleted.

    10. Pair your smart lock with Amazon Alexa

    Add even more convenience to your home automation set-up by pairing an Alexa-enabled device with Samsung SmartThings. Easily check the status of your deadbolt or command it to lock or unlock by asking Alexa.

    Once you’ve installed your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt on your door, pairing with the SmartThings hub is quick and easy. Get full instructions on how to connect here. If you have any questions along the way, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

     

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