Sunday, November 22, 2020
Here are five steps for installing your new lock, setting it up for remote access with a home automation hub and making it a better part of your daily life.
How to install and set up your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt
1. Install the deadbolt.
The first couple of steps are all about actually putting the lock on your door. First things first. Schlage locks are designed to fit on standard pre-drilled doors, and one way we do that is by making the backset of the deadbolt adjustable. After you’ve removed the existing deadbolt, you’ll adjust the bolt length to fit your backset, insert it into the door and screw it into place. You’ll also install the reinforcement plate onto the door frame. For more details and to see animations that guide you through these steps, try our interactive instructions.
2. Install the touchscreen.
At this point, you’re going to install what you probably think of as the actual smart lock. Install the touchscreen to the exterior side of the door, making sure that the cable passes through under the latch assembly – what you did in step 1 – and that the bolt is retracted, or flush with the door.
The support plate should then be screwed to the interior side of the door. This is the component that the lock’s interior assembly will attach to. Again, be sure the cable passes through the opening at the bottom of the plate so that you can connect it to the interior assembly and press it into the panel. Next, attach the interior assembly of the lock to the support plate, remove the battery cover to secure a final screw and insert the batteries.
You’ve now installed your lock. Our interactive instructions can help with these steps, too. Notice that there was no hardwiring required since it’s battery operated and you don’t need to call an electrician. That’s what we call the simplicity of Schlage.
3. Program your lock
Press the Schlage button at the top of the touchscreen and enter the default four-digit user code, found both in your installation instructions and on the back of the interior assembly. Your lock will then perform a set-up routine during which you’ll see a series of blinking lights on the touchscreen.
Next, you’ll want to test your deadbolt to make sure it turns smoothly and the bolt doesn’t rub or stick against any portion of the door or frame. Standing inside your home, close the door and rotate the thumbturn several times. If the bolt drags, adjust the strike as needed.
To test the touchscreen, go outside, taking a key with you so you don’t get locked out, and close the door. Press the Schlage button to lock the door. Press the Schlage button again and enter the four-digit user code to confirm that the door unlocks.
Finally, you can create user access codes, up to 30 for trusted friends and family. To do this, press the Schlage button at the top of the touchscreen and enter the six-digit programming code, found in your Quick Start Guide or under the lock’s battery cover. Press 1 to add a new code, followed by the user code you’d like to create. Once you’ve entered the access code a second time to confirm it, a green check will light on the touchscreen to indicate success.
You can also add and delete codes via an app associated with your home automation hub after you’ve paired the devices. More on this to come.
If you have trouble with any of these steps, visit our How-To Center for FAQs, helpful videos and more troubleshooting tips.
4. Sync with a smart home automation hub.
To access your lock remotely from your phone or with voice commands, you’ll need to sync it with a compatible smart home hub. The most common hubs for the Schlage Connect lock are Samsung SmartThings, Ring Alarm, Nexia and Wink.
Review the instructions or app* that came with your hub to add your smart lock. If the hub requires a DSK code to add the lock, you can find it on the label on the support plate or in the Schlage Connect Quick Start Guide.
*Note that only the hub’s app will work with the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt. You cannot use the Schlage Home app with the Schlage Connect lock.
Once you’ve paired the devices, you can lock and unlock your deadbolt from anywhere, manage access codes, get alerts when a code is used or check the status of the lock, all from an app. Functionality may differ depending on which hub you use, so check with the hub manufacturer for specific capabilities. Find more compatible partners at our Works With page.
5. Set up your smart home.
Once you have your lock installed and connected to a hub, you can start to include it in your smart home in other ways. If you’re using the Samsung SmartThings, Nexia or Wink hub, you can also use Alexa to control your lock. To use voice commands through Google Assistant, you’ll need a Nexia hub. It’s one of the easiest ways to check your lock’s status and lock the door if you forgot, all without lifting a finger.
With some third-party hubs, you can also make your Schlage lock part of a routine or scene. So when you say, “Alexa, time for bed,” you’ll trigger a chain of events that might adjust the lights and temperature in your home, turn on relaxing music and lock the door, along with whatever other actions you program.
The added convenience and simplicity of a smart lock and other connected devices are what attract many people to the idea of a smart home in the first place. It’s not just about gimmicks and fun, although smart devices can certainly be entertaining. When you take the time to customize your devices to fit your lifestyle, you’ll soon wonder how you lived so long without them.