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    Your guide to choosing stylish and secure front door handles.

    May 18, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    Schlage front door handle with smart lock.

    This guide can help you pick the perfect Schlage front door handle. Understand the different Schlage handleset functions, security features and style options.



    It’s the first thing a guest sees when they come to your home – your front door. Make the right kind of first impression when you upgrade your curb appeal with a Schlage entry door handleset. This guide can help you pick the perfect Schlage handleset to meet your security and style needs.


    We know you want to get right to picking the fun part – that stylish handle for your front door. But let’s start with how you’re going to secure your home. Just as there are four common functions for interior door hardware, there are four main types of entry door handlesets.

    Guide to choosing a Schlage front door handle.

    Handle + Mechanical Deadbolt

    When you pair your front door handle with a mechanical deadbolt, you can choose between a single-cylinder or a double-cylinder deadbolt. How do you know what’s right for you? Here are the highlights:


    • A single-cylinder deadbolt requires a key to lock or unlock your door from the outside only. You’ll use a thumbturn on the interior.

    • A double-cylinder deadbolt requires a key on both sides. Check your local building requirements if you’re interested in a double cylinder. While they are more secure, they can make it more difficult to exit the house quickly in an emergency, so some areas restrict these.

    • Both single- and double-cylinder deadbolts have a BHMA rating of AAA, meaning they’re graded Best in residential Security, Durability and Finish.

    • We also offer the Schlage Custom™ Single Cylinder Handleset. Choose between a two-piece decorative trim or a 3/4 trim, which includes the lock on the same piece as the grip. A Schlage Custom handleset also makes it even easier to match the style to your interior door hardware, giving you a cohesive look from the front door to back porch and everywhere in between.

    Schlage Custom Camelot two piece handleset.

    Two-piece decorative trim handleset.

    Schlage Custom Camelot 3/4 trim handleset

    3/4 trim handleset

    Front Entry Handle Only

    Maybe you already have a deadbolt that works great. Or maybe you want the flexibility to create your own unique look for your entry lockset. Then you might choose just a front entry handle.


    • This piece does not include a deadbolt. You will want to purchase one separately depending on your family’s needs and style preferences.

    • Make a statement that’s all your own by choosing from an assortment of interior door knob and lever styles. Schlage Custom Door Hardware gives you the flexibility and options to create the perfect look to go along with your new handleset.

    Schlage Custom Camelot front entry handle.

    Front entry handle.

    Front Entry Handle + Electronic or Smart Lock

    You love the look of a handleset and you want keyless convenience? We have the style and security solution for you. You can pair your front door handles with any Schlage electronic or smart deadbolt. Ready for the highlights?


    • For remote access from anywhere, add a front entry handle to any of our smart locks – the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with either Z-Wave Plus or Zigbee technology, or the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. The Schlage Encode, Schlage Connect with Z-Wave Plus and Schlage Sense smart deadbolts all have top AAA ratings from BHMA.

    • Add a handle to either of our electronic locks – the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt or keypad deadbolt – which feature a AAA Best rating in residential Security, Durability and Finish from the BHMA.

    • Installation is simple, even with the technology. Because all our electronic and smart locks are battery operated, there’s no hardwiring necessary and no need to call an electrician or handyman.

    • Schlage is proud of our ability to combine innovative technology with superior aesthetics. Like all our door hardware, smart locks come in a variety of styles and finishes so you’ll be sure your front door continues to make a beautiful statement without sacrificing security.

    Schlage Connect with Camelot from entry handle.

    Front entry handle + smart lock.

    Inactive Handleset

    Just like inactive interior knobs and levers, inactive handlesets are used as decorative door pulls. You see these most often when you have a double entry door with one locking door and the other primarily for show. When you shop for inactive handlesets, don’t be fooled. It often looks like a deadbolt is included, but that piece is just for aesthetics and is not actually a working lock. For full locking capabilities, you’ll choose one of the options above for the active door.


    Because the main appeal of an inactive handleset is its style, it should come as no surprise that we offer Schlage Custom inactive handlesets. These come in extended 3/4 trim from grip to deadbolt to create a high-style look, and you can pair your style and finish with Schlage Custom interior hardware to coordinate your home’s hardware inside and out.

    Schlage Custom Camelot Inactive Handleset.

    Inactive handleset.

    Style. Simplicity. Schlage.

    Now that you know which kind of exterior door hardware you need, you’re ready to choose the style that best fits your home. Schlage offers a variety of designs and finishes, from angular to flowing and classic to contemporary. They’re all designed to ensure that your front door is the perfect introduction to your home. Use this guide to handleset styles to create a perfect match.


    Once you’ve brought everything home, installation is easy. All you need is a screwdriver and a few minutes of effort. Check out our installation guide and How-To Center to make adding it to your home as simple as ever.


    How to properly clean your smart locks and door hardware.

    April 3, 2020 12:22 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 3, 2020

    Woman cleaning door knob

    Keep your door hardware looking as good as the day you installed it. Here’s what you need to know to properly care for each unique finish.



    Today’s current environment has us thinking differently about our household’s high-touch surfaces. Now more than ever we are focusing on the importance and what it means to keep a safe and healthy home.


    We’ve included the tips below to help you navigate how to properly clean and disinfect your smart locks and door hardware.

    Woman cleaning door knob with cloth.

    Step 1: Clean your door hardware

    Before you can apply disinfectant, you need to remove any dust, dirt or debris that could keep that disinfectant from working effectively. To do this, Schlage recommends starting with a mild liquid dishwashing soap detergent mixed with water.


    • Gently wipe the surface of your door hardware with the mild soap and water mixture.

    • Using water only, wipe surfaces again to remove any detergent left behind.

    • Immediately dry all surfaces with a clean towel.

    • Do not spray or immerse the hardware in liquid at any time.

    Step 2: Disinfect your door hardware

    Once you have removed excess dirt and grime from your hardware, you’re ready to disinfect it. Pay special attention to the disinfectants’ ingredients. Some contain harsh or abrasive chemicals that will damage the finish of your hardware. Be sure to refer to the product’s manual for more information.


    • Follow the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines under “How to clean and disinfect.” There you will find easy-to-prepare bleach or alcohol solutions.

    • Wipe surfaces gently, and do not spray or immerse your hardware in the disinfectant. When cleaning the keypad of your smart lock, do not leave disinfectants applied for a long period of time.

    • Per CDC guidelines, do not dry the surfaces. Instead, allow them to air dry to give the disinfectant time to work effectively.


    Do not apply cleaners or disinfectants to your door hardware in direct sunlight or elevated temperatures. Doing so can harm your hardware’s protective coating.

    Step 3: Keep your door hardware looking like new

    The following tips will help maintain your door hardware and protect it from tarnishing from natural elements.

    For clear-coated finishes

    Initial care for most finishes requires only periodic cleaning with mild non-abrasive soap and light buffing with a soft cloth. We also recommend coating most finishes, including chrome finishes, with a non-abrasive car wax to preserve the color and protect it from the elements. Particular care should be taken to avoid paint smears, thinners and strong cleaning agents as they will quickly destroy the protective coatings and subject the finish to rapid oxidation and discoloration.

    Bright Brass finish

    Bright Brass

    Polished Nickel finish

    Polished Nickel

    Antique Brass finish

    Antique Brass

    Satin Nickel finish

    Satin Nickel

    Satin Brass finish

    Satin Brass

    Antique Pewter finish

    Antique Pewter

    Aged bronze finish

    Aged Bronze

    Matte Black finish

    Matte Black

    For oil-rubbed bronze finish

    Oil-Rubbed bronze finish is a living finish that changes over time to give it a constantly evolving presentation. Since it does not have a clear coat, the flat brown coating eventually wears down to a copper penny color.


    To care for this finish, wipe with a little vegetable oil on a soft cloth, but be careful not to use too much. Too much oil may leave residue on your hands with use. Household detergents and mild abrasive powder may be used to restore the high metal color without seriously affecting the original compound of the metal. Finish by rubbing with furniture paste wax.

    Oil-rubbed bronze finish

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze

    For chrome finishes

    Simply wipe your chrome hardware with a damp cloth. If needed, a high-grade chrome polish may be used according to directions to clean and restore the original shine and satin finish.

    Bright Chrome finish

    Bright Chrome

    Satin Chrome finish

    Satin Chrome

    Being diligent in cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces in your home is one of the simplest ways to help keep your home and family healthy.


    Find Schlage on Facebook and Twitter for product updates or if you have questions.


    Schlage Encode™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Yonomi

    March 3, 2020 8:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    Schlage Encode Smart Deadbolt works with Yonomi Smart Home Routines

    The Schlage Encode lock is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Ring Doorbell, and now, plays seamlessly with Yonomi.



    The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt is now part of the Plays with Yonomi device family, joining more than 130 connected products, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. Include your Schlage Encode WiFi lock in new or existing Routines on your Yonomi account. This compatibility is just the beginning when you want the next level in home automation. Learn more about how you can take advantage of Yonomi Routines with the Schlage Encode lock.
    Schlage Encode wifi lock

    Welcome Home Routine

    Run your Welcome Home Routine at the end of the workday and make it even easier on yourself by using voice control to unlock the Schlage Encode deadbolt. It’s especially helpful when your hands are full of groceries, the kids’ sports gear and everything else the day threw at you.


    Your Welcome Home Routine could include the following actions:


    • Turn smart lights warm for all living room lights

    • Set living room temperature to 68 degrees with smart thermostat

    • Set Sonos speakers volume to 15%

    • Unlock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt


    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, ecobee or Honeywell Thermostat, Sonos Speaker

    Leaving Home Routine

    When you’re rushing out the door in the morning, the last thing you want to worry about is if you remembered to lock the door. Automate the morning hustle even more by ensuring your smart lights are turned off as well.


    Your Leaving Home Routine could include the following actions:


    • Turn off all smart lights

    • Turn off Sonos speaker

    • Lock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt


    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb, Sonos Speaker

    Bedtime Routine

    Wind down for the night with this thorough checklist of power-down tasks.


    Your Bedtime Routine could include the following actions:


    • Turn off the TV when you already have the Activity set up on your Logitech Harmony Hub

    • Dim bedroom smart lights

    • Play white noise, a meditation playlist or Sonos “Bedtime” Favorite on your smart speaker

    • Lock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt


    Devices you’ll need: Logitech Harmony Hub, Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb, Sonos Speaker, and Schlage Encode Lock

    Throw a Dinner Party

    Hosting a dinner party already has you juggling cooking, mingling with guests, pouring drinks and more. Let the Schlage Encode lock help automatically welcome friends and family.


    Your Dinner Party Routine could include the following actions:


    • Adjust lights for Dinner Party Lights Routine

    • Adjust smart thermostat to 72 degrees

    • Play your favorite party playlist on Sonos

    • Unlock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt


    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!


    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, Philips Hue or LIFX lights, Sonos Speaker, ecobee or Honeywell Thermostat

    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt will add a new layer of convenience to your Routines while keeping you and your family safe and secure. You can even set up smart reorders through Amazon Dash Replenishment so you always have replacement batteries for the lock when needed. Learn more about the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and find where to buy here.

    This post first appeared on on March 3, 2020.


    What you can do with Schlage smart locks and Google Assistant.

    January 14, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    Google Home Mini

    Connecting your devices to a Google Assistant hub has all kinds of benefits, both fun and practical, so why not consider making one of those devices a Schlage smart lock?



    Voice commands, like those you give Google Assistant, are loved by many. You can control electronics without having to get out of bed. You can turn things on and off when your hands are full. In an emergency, you can often call for help even if you can’t reach the phone. Connecting your devices to a Google Assistant hub has all kinds of benefits, both fun and practical, so why not consider making one of those devices a Schlage smart lock?
    Google Home mini

    Which Schlage smart locks work with Google Assistant?

    Google Assistant is compatible with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus.


    The Schlage Encode deadbolt, because it has built-in WiFi does not need a smart home hub or adapter to work with Google Assistant. However, to pair the Schlage Sense lock with your Google Assistant-enabled device, you will need the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter. If you have the Schlage Connect deadbolt, you will need to sync it with your Nexia Home hub for Google Assistant capabilities.

    What app do I need to control my Schlage smart lock with Google Assistant?

    For all three Schlage locks, you will need to have the Google Home app on your smartphone to sync devices and to add your lock to Google routines. To take advantage of other features like creating and managing access codes remotely or viewing the access history log, you will still use other apps like the Schlage Home app for Schlage Sense and Schlage Encode locks, or the Nexia app for the Schlage Connect lock. Visit our smart locks overview pages for more details on the specific features available.

    What can I ask Google Assistant to do with my Schlage smart lock?

    There are currently two voice commands that allow you to control your Schlage smart lock via Google Assistant. “OK Google, is my door locked?” lets you check the status of your deadbolt. This is particularly handy when lying in bed, cozy with a cat on your lap and you can’t remember if you locked up before turning in.


    If you did forget, you still don’t have to disturb Fluffy. “OK Google, lock my door” will secure the deadbolt for you.

    Can I include my Schlage smart lock in a Google routine?

    With Google Assistant, you can create routines that allow you to trigger multiple actions with a single command. For example, “OK Google, go on vacation” can turn off the lights, adjust the thermostat, lock your Schlage smart deadbolt and take care of many other tasks before you hit the road. Unlocking is not supported in Google Routines.


    Learn more about Schlage’s smart locks and the home automation systems they’re compatible with at


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

    December 27, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 27, 2019

    Schlage smart locks | Schlage

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



    We know a deadbolt might be a bit of a strange Christmas gift. But we also know it happens (and we thank you). More likely, perhaps, you got a new smart home hub like Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Apple HomeKit™ or Nexia for the holidays. Maybe it’s a new voice control assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant that you want to sync with your Schlage smart lock. 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 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, open the SmartThings app on your mobile device and tap on Home. Under Things, choose Add a Thing and follow the directions in the app. At the end of enrollment, a green light on your lock indicates success.


    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.


    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.

    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. Find instructions here.


    If you have the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Zigbee technology, you’ll need Amazon Key, 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 Nexia. 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.


    With Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus, you’ll need Nexia to access voice control through Google Assistant. Find instructions here.

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


    Alexa can now make your Schlage smart lock even more secure.

    December 6, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 6, 2019

    Amazon Dash Replenishment plus Schlage Encode

    You don’t have to quit having backyard parties and outdoor dinners just because the temperatures drop.



    Never run out of batteries for your Schlage smart lock again. When you pair your Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Alexa and set up smart reorders through Amazon Dash Replenishment, you can get replacement batteries the moment more are needed.
    Schlage Encode plus Amazon Dash

    How do smart reorders work with the Schlage Encode smart lock?

    Currently, with the Alexa skill, you can check the status of your lock and lock/unlock it using voice control. Now, Alexa can help you monitor the battery level of your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt as well. When your smart lock batteries are running low, Alexa will notify you so you can proactively replace them before they run out. For even more convenience, you can set up smart reorders through Dash Replenishment and batteries will be automatically reordered from Amazon when the time is right—helping to ensure your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt is always working like it should.

    How do I set up smart reorders for my Schlage Encode smart lock batteries?

    New customers will have the option to enable smart reorders through Dash Replenishment when setting up the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Alexa. Existing customers can set up smart reordering for smart lock batteries by navigating to Devices in the Alexa app, selecting your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, selecting “Supplies,” and following the on-screen prompts.

    For more details about smart reordering, visit the Dash Replenishment page on Learn more about the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, and where to buy one, at


    Sharing access is easier than ever with Schlage smart locks.

    December 2, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 2, 2019

    Sharing access just got easier with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    Sharing access with your smart lock is much safer and more secure than hiding or copying keys. Here's how to do it.



    Every home is as unique as the family that lives in it. That’s why Schlage continues to offer a variety of ways to protect and allow access to your house. With smart locks that work with different types of technology and plenty of options for remote access, our goal of creating innovative security solutions just for you is now a reality


    Thanks to smart locks, sharing access with unique user codes or virtual keys is much safer and more secure than hiding or copying keys. You may even save money – and time by never having to head to the hardware store to copy a key again. No more headaches trying to keep track of the keys you’ve handed out or worrying when one is lost or stolen, and no more keys weighing you down on your morning run. Adding an electronic lock to your home is definitely a lifestyle change – for the better.

    Smart lock - Access codes - Virtual keys - Schlage Sense

    Easy access for everyone

    The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt hold multiple unique access codes that are entered on the lock’s touchscreen. This lets you create a personalized code for each trusted individual – friends, family or service providers – you’d like to allow into your home, even if they don’t have a smartphone. That means Mom, Dad and the babysitter can all have their own codes.


    The Schlage® Home app makes it easy for you to add codes for your Schlage Encode and Schlage Sense deadbolts in just a few taps. Keeping track of codes is simple because you can name each one according to who it was shared with. (Please note that the Schlage Home app is not compatible with the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt.)

    To add new user codes through the Schlage Home app:

    Schlage Home app lock status screen.


    Tap the “Users” icon in the bottom right of the screen.

    Under the “Access Codes” tab, tap the “+” in the upper right of the screen.


    Schlage Home app access codes screen.

    Enter a name and digits for the access code. Choose between granting “Always” or schedule the code for a specific time period. Keep reading for more tips on scheduling codes.


    Schlage Home app adding new access code setup screen.

    Tap “Save” in the upper right corner to save the code. You’ll then be prompted with the option to share the new access code with your guest through text or email.

    Custom schedules

    The Schlage Home app gives you even more control over access sharing by allowing you to set schedules so each code will only work when you want it to. For example, if you want the babysitter to be able to use her code to enter your home only on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, you can do that. The rest of the week, the code won’t work.


    It’s also easy to delete codes with the app when you no longer need them – much easier than tracking down a spare key or re-keying your lock because a spare has been lost or stolen.


    Here's how to schedule access codes for your Schlage Encode or Schlage Sense locks:

    Schlage Home app lock status screen.


    Tap the “Users” icon in the bottom right of the screen. Select an access code to manage or create a new one by tapping the “+” in the upper right of the screen.

    Schlage Home app access codes screen.

    To change the access schedule, tap “Schedule.”


    Schlage Home app schedule access codes screen.

    Choose between “Always,” “Recurring” or “Temporary.”*


    * Note that if you have a Schlage Sense lock, you cannot set a "Temporary" schedule. This feature is only available with the Schlage Encode lock.


    Schlage Home app access code schedule types screen.

    For recurring schedules, simply tap the day of the week you want to deactivate. Active days will remain blue. You can then set a timeframe.
    Schlage Home app setting up recurring access codes screen.
    Schlage Home app setting up recurring access codes screen.

    If you need that same code to also be active during a different time on another day – say, Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m. as well as Saturday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – tap “Add another schedule” and repeat the steps directly above.


    Schlage Home app creating recurring access code schedules screen.

    Temporary access codes (available only with the Schlage Encode lock) can be scheduled for a range of days, like for a week beginning Dec. 2, or for a specific timeframe on a single day, such as from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5.


    Schlage Home app setting up temporary access codes screen.


    Once finished, tap the “<” on the top left of the screen, then “Save” on the top right.

    Virtual keys

    If your guest has a smartphone, you can send them a virtual key through the cloud from wherever you are – even if you don’t have the lock set up for remote access Virtual keys are like electronic credentials. Your guest will receive a secure link that expires within 24 hours and leads them to the Schlage Home app where their virtual key is accepted. When they arrive at the door with their Bluetooth®-enabled smartphone, the lock will recognize their secure credentials and allow access. Thanks to the Bluetooth connection between the lock and their phone, they’ll be able to unlock the door right then and there using the Schlage Home app.


    *It's important to note that virtual keys will not work with Schlage Sense locks set up using the Apple HomeKit™ option. If you'd like to take advantage of virtual keys, you will need to reset your lock to factory settings and re-pair it using the Schlage system setup. See our FAQs for Schlage Sense for more information.

    Here's how to send virtual keys:

    Schlage Home app lock status screen.


    Open the app and select which lock you would like to send the invite for. Tap the “Users” icon on the bottom right of the screen.

    Schlage Home app access code virtual keys screen.


    Tap “Virtual Keys.” on the bottom right of the screen. You will then be able to edit existing virtual keys or add a new virtual key by tapping the “+” in the top right of the screen.

    Schlage Home app creating virtual keys screen.


    Enter name of invited user and indicate whether you’d like to provide Admin access or Guest access (recommended).


    You will then be prompted to select a method, such as email or text, to send the invite. The invitation will be available for 24 hours before it expires. When the user is near the lock with Bluetooth turned on, they will be able to use the Schlage Home app on their smartphone to lock or unlock the deadbolt.

    The great thing about each of these features is that they aren’t just convenient. They also offer you peace of mind when it comes to protecting your home, your possessions and, most importantly, your family.


    Questions or comments about Schlage smart locks? Ask away on Facebook or Twitter.

    Shopper’s guide to door hardware

    November 7, 2019 9:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 7, 2019

    Shopper’s guide to door hardware | Schlage

    You’ve arrived in the aisle and…whoa! There are a lot of choices. This guide will help you navigate and choose the best hardware for your doors.



    So , your old door knob broke. Or maybe you finally noticed you’ve got bright brass hardware on your doors and satin nickel everywhere else in the house. Perhaps your front door isn’t doing anything for your curb appeal. The point is, you’ve decided to update your door hardware, you’re in the store aisle and … whoa! There are a lot of choices.

    You may be surprised to learn there are actually a lot of different types of door knobs and levers designed for different types of doors in the home. There’s hardware for closet and hall doors that don’t need to lock, locking hardware for bedrooms and bathrooms, non-turning pulls for doors that don’t latch, keyed entry and deadbolts for exterior doors – and that’s just to name a few. So how do you know where to start?

    Don’t worry. Schlage is here to decode your door hardware needs. Let’s start with some basic questions and drill down from there.

    Woman installing Schlage door hardware.

    1. How many bore holes are in my door?

    We refer to the round holes where the door lock is installed as “bore holes” (brush up on your door hardware terminology here.) Most doors have one, two or three bore hole.


    If the door has no bore holes, you can simply install a non-turning or “dummy” knob or lever that serves as a decorative door pull.

    2. Do I want a mechanical, electronic or smart lock?

    Schlage locks, whether mechanical, electronic or smart, offer superior security and style. For our purposes here, you’ll probably want to focus on how important keyless convenience and remote access are to you as the deciding factor.

    3. Would I prefer a door knob or a lever?

    This is mainly a matter of aesthetic preference. With Schlage’s variety of styles and finishes, you’re sure to find a look that suits your unique taste. Do consider ease of use, too. Knobs can be difficult for children and pets to operate – sometimes a good thing if you have an escape artist – while levers can be easier for those with arthritis or when your hands are full.

    4. What functionality should my mechanical lock have – keyed entry, Hall & closet or Bed & bath?

    Is it an exterior door where you want extra security? If so, choose a keyed lock or deadbolt. Otherwise you’ll need either a Bed & bath lock with push-button locking or a Hall & closet knob or lever that simply turns to let you in and out.


    We’ve put together a few handy decision trees to guide you through choosing the right door hardware the first time. And here’s a bonus hint for you. The function colors in the decision trees correspond to the function color on our packaging in the aisle, so you can match them up to easily find what you need.


    Let’s get started with our first question: How many bore holes are in your door?

    Single bore hole

    A door with a single bore door is typically an interior door, although not always. Either way, you’ll need to decide whether you want a mechanical or electronic lock.


    For interior doors, a mechanical lock is usually sufficient. Most people who want a locking interior door are looking for privacy more than security. When this is the case, choose a Bed & bath knob or lever. If locking is not a concern, like with kitchen pantries or laundry rooms, choose a Hall & closet knob or lever. If you can’t decide or you want to prepare for the future, consider Schlage Custom™ Combined Interior Door Hardware. This allows you to switch between locking and non-locking functionality, so when the extra bedroom becomes a nursery, you can switch from locking to non-locking without replacing the whole lock.



    For a door – interior or exterior – where you want greater control over access, choose a mechanical keyed entry lock or an electronic lock. These are perfect for wine cellars, home offices and the door leading in from your garage. If you don’t want to carry a physical key to get to your Chardonnay, go with the electronic option. In addition to security, they provide keyless convenience. Just set an access code that you can easily change or delete if needed.


    If you choose electronics, you’ll have to decide whether you want a backup key. The Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Lever has no cylinder and, therefore, no key. If you prefer the option of a backup key, we recommend a Schlage® keypad lever.

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    List of mechanical functions for single bore hole locks.
    Electronic levers for single bore hole doors.

    Double bore hole

    If your door has two or three bore holes, it’s almost certainly an exterior door. In this case, you’ll likely appreciate an even greater level of security and additional convenience features.


    Simply put, the top hole in a double bore hole door is for your deadbolt and the bottom is for your knob or lever. This is where smart locks come into play. When it comes to choosing your deadbolt, you’ll need to decide between mechanical, electronic or smart. Our recommendation is a smart or electronic deadbolt with a non-locking knob or lever beneath.


    The same considerations for an interior electronic lock apply on exterior doors. With the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage® keypad deadbolt, you get keyless convenience and Schlage’s reputation for security and durability. Then simply choose the knob or lever that matches your style for the bottom bore hole.


    If you choose a smart lock – the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt – know that you’ll also be able to control your lock remotely from anywhere using compatible smartphone apps, find peace of mind when you can monitor the status of your lock from your phone and enjoy additional everyday convenience by pairing your lock with other smart home technology. Learn more about Schlage smart locks below or try our Get Help Deciding Tool to determine which is the best fit for your home and lifestyle.


    Should you choose to go entirely mechanical on your exterior door, look for a lock with the deadbolt function. Your knob or lever can then be either locking or non-locking. Look to buy these as a set so that they are keyed the same, or if you purchase them separately, consider having a locksmith rekey them so that you aren’t carrying around multiple keys for the same door.

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    List of mechanical functions for double bore hole locks.
    Electronic locks for double bore hole doors.

    Triple bore hole

    What if you have a triple bore hole door? That means you need a deadbolt for the top hole and a front entry handle for the two holes below it.


    Like the other door setups, your deadbolt can be mechanical, electronic or smart. All the same benefits as above apply. The main difference with a triple bore hole door is your handleset options. Choose from our series of decorative handleset grips in a variety of finishes to pair with your deadbolt.


    Schlage offers a variety of handlesets. One option is a 3/4 trim, where a single unit of hardware includes both the deadbolt portion and the handleset grip. There is also a two-piece trim, which, as the name implies, is two separate components – one being the deadbolt and the other being the grip – but sold together. Both the 3/4 and two-piece trims fit on standard triple bore hole doors.

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    List of mechanical functions for triple bore hole locks.
    Electronic locks with handle for doors with 3 holes.




    We hope this guide helps you navigate the wide world of door hardware. Have more questions? Reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter, or check out our FAQs.


    Did you know? Door knobs through history.

    September 11, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    History of door knobs | Schlage

    Today we have smart locks. Back then we had animal pelts. Whether or not you’ve ever wondered about the history of door knobs, their origin is more interesting than you might think.



    Today we have smart locks. Back then we had animal pelts. Whether or not you’ve ever wondered about the history of door knobs, their origin is more interesting than you might think.

    Collection of old door knobs.

    When not even the nobles had knobs

    Schlage door knobs, levers and deadbolts today are all about superior style, security and innovation. But the earliest door hardware certainly wouldn’t be described as stylish, secure or innovative today. Dating back to ancient Egyptians about 5,000 years ago, people used animal hides and other textiles to serve as doors. Knobs obviously weren’t required in those instances, and it takes a surprisingly long time before they do become commonplace in homes. In the Middle Ages, families lived in one big room, making doors, and privacy, virtually nonexistent. To secure buildings and belongings, beams barricaded external wooden doors.


    In the late 1500s and beyond, we start seeing individual rooms, but only in palaces and the most stately homes. For example, when Louis XIV reigned France and built the Palace of Versailles, highly decorative and delicate door knobs were created both for the king and his courtiers. The purpose was more about displaying and opulence than achieving security, however.


    As individual rooms became common in more modest homes, a seemingly unusual trend began to develop – doors had locks but no handles. For people who could afford it, it was a metal lock and key somewhat similar to today. The poor, however, used a latch-string, a strap of leather threaded through a small hole in the door that could be used to lift and lower a wooden bar.

    Advancement through American innovation

    Door knobs and other door hardware finally became increasingly prevalent after the American Revolution when the United States began producing its own finished goods rather than importing many of those items from England. As American manufacturing developed and the Industrial Revolution picked up steam, so did homegrown innovation. (It didn’t hurt that doors became thicker to accommodate latches. Early Colonial homes typically had doors a mere 1/4 inch thick.) From 1830 to 1873, more than 100 U.S. patents were granted for door knobs.


    The earliest door knobs were made from a variety of materials and not all of them functioned with just a simple turn. From the start, pressed- and cut-glass door knobs were popular. China or ceramic knobs were mainly imported from France and England until the first U.S. patent was granted for making door knobs out of potter’s clay, and cast-metal knobs were introduced around 1846.


    Wooden knobs were common but were phased out as composite metal knobs were introduced. The main body of these new metal door knobs was made out of iron or steel and covered entirely or in part with a veneer of bronze or brass.


    Finally, decorative door hardware, including knobs, emerged after the Centennial Exposition of 1876 during the Victorian era. This was a time when ornate architecture was seeing a revival and so hardware was relied on for its functionality as well as its decorative potential.


    Speaking of functionality, the door knob has come a long way. As you can see in The Story Behind Von Duprin, a brand of Allegion, which is the parent company of Schlage, some early knobs were so complex that users required special training to know how to operate them. It’s clearly a far cry from some of today’s smart locks that need only a simple “Alexa, unlock the door” voice command, and evidence of how far we’ve come in making buildings and people safer through innovation.

    Updated style and security rooted in tradition

    Thankfully we have never reverted to the difficult-to-use hardware of the Iroquois Theatre, and innovation continues to be one of Schlage’s hallmarks. Our founder, Walter Schlage, patented a door lock that turned lights on and off in 1909. Since 1920, Schlage has been a major player in manufacturing quality door knobs and locks, continuously advancing door security.


    Schlage door locks are manufactured in zinc, stainless steel and brass, and are available in a variety of styles and finishes, many of which are reminiscent of some of those earliest efforts. You can see where the Schlage® Siena door knob has its roots in the first cast-metal knobs, particularly when it’s in an Aged Bronze finish. And the decadence of Victorian and Art Deco architecture not only continues to live strong in older homes but is enjoying a recent resurgence among renovations as well. The popularity of glass door knobs like Schlage® Alexandria and Hobson are shining examples of updated classics for today’s homeowners.


    Continuing a long history of door security, Schlage offers the best in quality materials and workmanship as well as styles to fit every décor from nearly any era (sorry, no animal hides, though). What will we come up with next? Only the future will tell.


    View the glass Schlage Alexandria and Hobson knobs, as well as our other styles, at


    What a Schlage Warranty means to you.

    August 20, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    What a Schlage Warranty means to you.

    Whether you bought your Schlage lock last week or 10 years ago, we will continue to honor our warranties.



    When we say Schlage locks and door hardware have “quality you can feel” and “premium metal construction,” we stake our reputation on it. Schlage stands behind its products – mechanical and electronic – and that’s another kind of peace of mind you can count on. We’ve been bringing you high-quality door hardware for more than 95 years and will continue to do so with a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty, and a three-year limited electronics warranty.
    Schlage Accent lever on bedroom door.

    Get the details

    Whether you bought your Schlage lock last week or 10 years ago, we will continue to honor our warranties. Our lawyers wanted us to share the finer details of the warranties with you here:


    Schlage Keypad lock in Aged Bronze on front door with lever.

    Make a warranty claim

    There are some actions that can void a warranty. These include applying harsh chemicals, paint and paint thinners, and solvents that can damage the finish. Using scrapers, squeegees or razors on your door hardware should also be avoided. For the warranty to remain valid, the door hardware or lock should also only be used for its intended residential purpose and should be properly stored, installed, maintained and operated.


    If none of these situations or others outlined in the warranty applies to your lock and you would like to submit a warranty claim, please send the information listed below to


    1. Pictures of the front and back of defective lock. If it is an electronic or smart lock, please also include the programming sticker with the six-digit programming code. You can find the sticker on the backplate of the exterior side of the lock.
    2. Your mailing address. This must be a physical address and not a P.O. box.
    3. Your telephone number.
    4. A brief description of the issue, including the approximate age of the lock.
    Schlage Bowery knob on bathroom door.

    Learn more

    Part of keeping your locks and door hardware looking and working like new is proper maintenance. Don’t forget these tips for cleaning and caring for your electronic touchscreen deadbolt.


    If you have other questions, contact our Customer Care team online or call 888-805-9837. Be sure to have the following information ready to verify your warranty: proof of purchase, estimated installation date and model number.


    We’re glad you chose to be on of the more than 40 million homes that trust their security to Schlage.



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