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    Hottest home trends predictions for 2018

    January 12, 2018 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Hottest home trends predictions for 2018 | Schlage

    Whether you’re looking to make big changes or small updates, we’ve compiled a list of trends expected to be popular this year so you can get a head start on decorating.

     

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    2018 Trends - Style & Design - Technology - Schlage


    With a new year comes new trends, and January is the perfect time to refresh the interior of your home. Whether you’re looking to make big changes or small updates, we’ve compiled a list of trends expected to be popular this year so you can get a head start on decorating.
     

    We talked to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, Schlage’s parent company, about what he expects 2018’s biggest trends to be.

    Black

    Roberts said black will continue to be very popular this year. Whether it’s black front doors, black rooms or Matte Black door hardware, anyone can make black work in their home because it goes with everything.

    TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATED WITHIN THE HOME

    Product designers across all sorts of industries are adopting the latest technology, and that trend will only continue to gain momentum. Right now, you can buy smart home products for home alarm systems, smart locks, heating and cooling, lighting, and even your kitchen. All of these categories are growing as more and more brands create new products that integrate with smart home technology. Roberts expects this to continue and for more categories to be introduced into the market.

     

    Schlage is at the forefront of where style and tech collide as we work to make smart home technology more accessible and integrated with style. Schlage’s Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships, Rob Martens, predicts the next big operating system will be inside the home.

    PATTERNS AND TEXTURE

    Patterns and texture were popular in 2017 and will continue to be popular this year. There has been a resurgence of 70s stylings. Yellows, greens and bold patterns are becoming popular again. Texture includes anything from animal prints to metal finishes to natural wood. Pantone predicts similar trends for 2018 in their article on Realtor.com.

    Do you like these ideas? Do you already have some of them in your home? If you’re looking for more style inspiration, check out our Style Talk Pinterest board.

    10 popular smart home and technology topics you shouldn't have missed in 2017

    December 29, 2017 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 29, 2017

    10 popular smart home and technology topics you shouldn't have missed in 2017

    Here's a look back at our top ten smart home articles of 2017 to help you in your search for the right information.

     

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    When it comes to choosing the right smart home technology for your home, the amount of information available can be overwhleming but thorough research is key. Whether you're looking for ways smart locks can simplify your life, want to stay up-to-date on the latest Schlage product developments or are interested in future tech trends, our experts have you covered.

     

    Here's a look back at our top ten smart home articles of 2017 to help you in your search for more information.

    Smart home - Technology - Schlage

    1. How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    Here’s a step-by-step guide for syncing your Schlage Connect compatible smart home hub with Amazon Alexa and controlling your lock with Alexa.

    2. The future of the smart home is accessible

    Learn how advancements in technology –from smart home to everyday living– have become easier to adopt, making daily life more convenient for consumers.

    3. How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    Take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic locks. Here’s what you need to know about smart lock hackers, and why you should ditch the spare key.

    4. 11 things to know about the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Android compatibility

    Learn how to set up your Schlage Sense lock with the Android app, how to send virtual keys, edit access codes, and update the smart lock’s firmware.

    5. 3 reasons smart locks are your best move when moving

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

    6. 6 things you must know before purchasing a smart lock

    It's never been easier or more affordable to build your own smart home. Consider these 6 qualities before purchasing a smart lock.

    7. How to choose the best smart lock to protect your home

    When buying a smart lock, look for these 7 features to ensure you choose a keyless lock with the most advanced and secure technology.

    8. Smart and safe home sharing

    Eliminate worrying how your guests will make it through the front door when you home share. See how keyless locks make your Airbnb safe and smart.

    9. Lifehacks for smart locks

    Smart locks are meant to make life easier and more connected. Here are convenient lifehacks to help you use your smart lock to its full potential.

    10. How to build a high tech smart home without sacrificing style

    Adopting smart home tech shouldn’t mean sacrificing personal style. Here are 4 smart home assistants that are high tech and look good doing it.

    What smart home topics would you like to learn more about in 2018? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. In the mean time, be sure to visit Smart Locks on schlage.com for even more details about our full smart lock line-up.

    Why experts like Mike Holmes trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

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

    Friday, December 22, 2017

    Why experts like Mike Holmes trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

    Set up your Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter for iOS™ or Android™

    November 28, 2017 8:34 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    Set up your Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter for iOS™ or Android™

    The Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter enables users to control their Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt when away from home. Here's how to get started.

     

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    The Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter lets you lock/unlock your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt from anywhere with your Android™ smartphone, iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®. Simply plug the small Wi-Fi Adapter into power at home. Use the Schlage Sense app to pair it with your deadbolt and connect it to your home Wi-Fi network for anywhere access.

     

    After you have downloaded the Schlage Sense app and paired it with your lock using the Schlage mode setup, you can quickly and easily set up your Wi-Fi Adapter. The Wi-Fi Adapter is not compatible with HomeKit so if you've paired your lock with your phone using the HomeKit setup, you will need to complete a factory reset and re-pair your lock using the Schlage mode setup before completing the steps below.

    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Smart lock

    How to set up your Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter for iOS

     1Navigate to the menu in the app and click Wi-Fi Adapters.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     2Click the "+" in the top right corner of the page.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     3Type in the programming code located on the back of your Wi-Fi Adapter.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     4Then plug in your Wi-Fi Adapter within 40 feet of your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     5Follow instructions on the screen to join the Wi-Fi Adapter's temporary network, then return to the app to finish the setup.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     6Now, following on-screen instructions in the Schlage Sense app, join your home's Wi-Fi network.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     7The app will automatically pair with your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt within range.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     8Congratulations! You have now paired your lock and Wi-Fi Adapter.
     
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS

    How to set up your Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter for Android

     1Make sure your smartphone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network that you'll be using for the Adapter. Navigate to the menu in the app and click Wi-Fi Adapters.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     2Click the "+" in the top right corner of the page.


     
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     3Take note of the 8-digit programming code located on the back of your Wi-Fi Adapter - you'll need it for setup.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     4Plug in your Wi-Fi Adapter within 40 feet of your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.
     
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     5Choose your Wi-Fi Adapter from the list on your screen.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     6Select your home Wi-Fi network to pair with.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     7Enter the Wi-Fi Adapter's programming code that you located before plugging it in.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     8Now your Wi-Fi Adapter is added to your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt account.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     9Congratulations! You have successfully paired your lock to your Wi-Fi Adapter.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
    Now you have anywhere access to your home through your phone. Check the status of your door, and lock and unlock your door from anywhere with your smartphone. Keep in mind, the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter must stay plugged into power at home, connected to Wi-Fi and in Bluetooth® range (about 40 feet) from the lock to enable remote access. For more information, visit schlage.com/sense.

    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    November 22, 2017 9:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    Take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic locks.

     

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    For those of us in the door hardware industry, electronic locks are a no-brainer. They’ve quickly become indispensable in offices, hospitals, hotels, and many other professional locations, but many consumers are still learning about the possibilities that electronic deadbolts and smart locks can offer at home. “Are they really secure?” is a question we hear consumers ask frequently. So let’s take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic locks.
    Electronic deadbolt - Smart lock - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt - Security

    Residential security grading

    The first thing you should know is that a group of industry experts called the Builders Hardware Manufacturing Association (or BHMA for short) set national standards regarding the security level, durability and finish quality of door hardware products. This helps professional locksmiths, building managers and other professionals to ensure that they are using the right hardware in the right places, especially when they have to adhere to local building code requirements.

     

    In order to help homeowners make the same decisions about which hardware is best for their home, BHMA created a set of standards specific to residential door hardware. They created three categories - Security, Durability, and Finish – with rigid criteria for testing the hardware to ensure it meets either a C (good), B (better) or A (best) grade in each category. Most Schlage products receive a AAA, which means they have received the best possible grades in Security, Durability and Finish.

    Smart lock security - Residential Door Hardware Grades - Schlage

    So what does all that really mean? It means that all of our products, whether mechanical or electronic, run through all kinds of heavy-duty, intense testing procedures – including, yes, hitting it with a sledgehammer really hard. So regardless of what kind of lock you buy, you know you’ll be getting a product that has been tested against the rigorous demands of daily usage. Our Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt, and Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Lever have all received a grade A in security, the best possible grade to keep your home, and everything inside it, safe.

    What about hackers?

    We’ve all heard about the neighbor’s garage door code getting hacked. The good news is that these days that story is a bit of an urban legend – there were some instances of compromised garage door codes back when the technology was new, but major strides have been made in electronic security since then, making these types of hacks much more difficult to pull off. Basically, if you’re comfortable ordering items from Amazon, you can trust that the connection between your Schlage smart lock and your smartphone is just as secure.

     

    Besides, when it comes to entry points to the home, blunt-force attacks are much more effective than sophisticated electronic methods, though the rising popularity of home security systems is putting a dent in traditional break-ins as well. Electronic locks that integrate with home security systems, like the Schlage Connect lock, actually add a layer of electronic security to your home, allowing you to keep better track of who’s coming and going, and when.

     

    Locks that add extra security without requiring a smart home or security system are also on the rise. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is a great example - with multiple options to connect your lock to the cloud, you can receive real-time notifications and view a history of who used the lock and when. There’s also a built-in alarm on the Schlage Sense and Connect locks that sounds when the lock or door is forced, or the wrong code entered repeatedly. 

    Spare keys are a safety faux pas

    There’s an added security element to simply doing away with spare keys and using access codes instead. Codes are easier to control – if a code becomes compromised, simply delete it. No need to rekey or buy new locks because a key has been lost and anyone in town could have it. A lock without a cylinder, like the completely keyless Schlage Touch lock, also eliminates the possibility of picking or bumping because there’s no keyhole for intruders to manipulate.

     

    As you can see, electronic locks are a smart choice for any home. They can save time, add convenience, and make it safer and easier to share access by eliminating spare keys. Paired with the easy installation and exceptional customer service that Schlage is known for, adding one of our electronic deadbolts or smart locks to your home is an easy step toward a safer, simpler day.

    How to set up and lock your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt with Amazon Alexa

    November 20, 2017 10:14 AM by emily.bailey

    Sunday, November 30, 0002

    Here's a step-by-step guide to start using Amazon Alexa to lock your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.

     

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    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt just became a little more convenient. Using an Alexa-enabled device, customers now have the ability to lock and check the status of their Schlage Sense lock via their Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter. It’s just one more way this smart lock provides added peace of mind.


    Here’s a step-by-step guide to get started. If you need to connect your lock with the Wi-Fi Adapter, you can find a full tutorial for iOS and Android apps
    here.

    How to link your Alexa app with Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter

     1Select the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone.
     2In the Amazon Alexa app, tap the menu (hamburger) icon.
     3Select smart home.
     4Scroll down until you see “Get More Smart Home Skills” and select.
     5Search for “Schlage Sense” and select.
     6Select “Enable”.
     7Link your account by logging in to your Schlage Account.
     8Select "Done".

    How to use the Alexa lock functionality with your smart lock

     1After selecting "Done" int the steps above, you will be prompted to discover devices that can be used with Alexa. Select "Discover Devices".
     2Allow the app to discover connected devices that use voice commands.
     3The app will display devices it can control – including your Schlage Sense lock.
     4You are now ready to use voice commands with your Schlage Sense deadbolt:
     
    "Alexa, is my front door locked?”
    Alexa: “The Front Door is unlocked.”
    “Alexa, lock my front door.”

    The ultimate holiday smart home gift guide

    November 15, 2017 6:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    The ultimate holiday smart home gift guide

    Give the gift that makes your loved ones lives a little easier. Our suggestions feature a range of smart devices that are sure to be a hit this holiday season.

     

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    The holidays are fast approaching and if you haven't started thinking about gifts, it's probably time to start. According to the National Retail Federation, more than 40% of people start shopping before November. Maybe you have a list full of people that are easy to shop for. If so, we envy you. For the rest of us, there is at least one person that is impossible to buy for - often multiple people. Sure, you could always get them a gift card, but if you’re looking for something a little more fun, we compiled the ultimate list for you.

     

    Everyone appreciates a gift that make their lives a little easier. Our suggestions feature a range of smart devices that are sure to be a hit this holiday season.

    Holiday Gift Guide - Smart Home - Schlage

    Apple TV®

    Apple TV is a great, all-in-one piece of technology for any home. It is TV customized to you. Apps like Netflix, HBO Now and Hulu allow you to watch whatever you want, whenever you want. You can listen to music, use Siri, and play games, too. It also connects to Apple HomeKit®, the latest smart home technology from Apple, allowing you to have remote access to HomeKit-enabled devices. If you have a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt or other smart home devices, you can use HomeKit to get anywhere access to your home’s electronics on your iOS device. You could lock your front door if you forgot when you left the house, or turn up the furnace before you get home so the house is warm when you arrive.

    Google Chromecast™

    If you want to give a gift that will allow your loved ones to stream TV, video and music, but they don't have an Apple device, Chromecast might be your best bet. It plugs into the TV and is controlled through smartphones, tablets or laptops. It also works with Android™, Apple and Windows, so everyone can use it.

    Arlo™

    For anyone that is interested in home security, the Arlo Pro is a perfect gift. It is a wire-free, weatherproof camera that records what’s going on in the home and sends mobile or email alerts when it senses motion or sound. It is also perfect for pet owners that don’t like to be away from home and want to be able to check in on their animals. With two-way audio, you can hear what’s going on at home and talk through the camera.

    Roomba®

    No one likes to do household chores when there are a million other things that they could be focusing on. Give someone back their free time with Roomba. There are multiple models with different features so that it’s easy to choose what works based on the home it will be cleaning. All of the models are Wi-Fi connected and accessible through the app so you know what has been cleaned.

    Smart speaker

    Smart speakers are becoming more and more popular, so if you have someone on your list that doesn’t own one yet, they will be grateful to get one as a present. There are multiple smart speaker brands already and more that are in the process of releasing new products, but the two biggest smart speaker names are Google Home™ and Amazon Echo™. Both speakers work with Apple and Android devices and integrate with various smart home products and apps. The Amazon Echo is compatible with the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. You can ask her to lock your door if you’ve already gone to bed and don’t want to get up, or ask the status of the door if you aren’t sure if you locked it. Both speakers come with so many features that choosing between them is more a matter of preference and what type of smart home device you have rather than which one is better.

    Smart lock

    This is the perfect gift for any homeowner. Whether they are interested in smart home devices or not, everyone could use a touchscreen lock so they never have to deal with house keys again. The Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt is perfect for people that want to have, or already have, a smart home. It uses Z-Wave technology so it can connect to most home automation hubs. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt has its own app that is compatible with both Android and Apple smartphones so that anyone can use it.

    Home Automation Hub

    For those on your gift list that are interested in smart homes but haven’t yet made the leap, a home automation hub would be a great way to get them started. There are so many options out there to choose from: Apple HomeKit, Wink™, Iris and Samsung SmartThings™ to name a few. Each hub has its own strengths so it’s important to know what someone wants out of a smart home and what devices they have to work it. Some, like Homekit, only work with Apple, but many are compatible with Apple and Android. Some hubs lend themselves to certain tasks, like home security, while others are very customizable and make it easy to set up sequences between smart home objects. When buying a home automation hub, your choice will depend more on who will receive it than name brand recognition.

    Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter

    If someone doesn’t want to plunge into the world of smart homes, but you know that they would still love the convenience of never worrying about their house keys, the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter is the perfect gift to pair with the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. The Wi-Fi Adapter pairs with the deadbolt to allow it to send notifications through the Schlage Sense app. This allows the owner to lock and unlock their door from anywhere, using their smartphone.

     

    Wi-Fi Adapter is not compatible with Apple HomeKit.

    Do any of these things sound like something someone on your holiday gift list would enjoy? Do you think we missed something that should have been on the list? Let us know on Facebook!

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

    October 31, 2017 2:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    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. Thanks to the Schlage Sense app (available for iOS and Android smartphones), it’s easy to set up and get started. You can also lock/unlock your smart lock from anywhere with the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter (sold separately). It’s perfect for split device households, Android enthusiasts or owners who haven’t chosen a home automation system yet. Simply plug the small Wi-Fi Adapter into power at home within Bluetooth-range of your lock (about 40 feet). Use the Schlage Sense app to pair it with your deadbolt and connect it to your home Wi-Fi network for anywhere access.

     

    Now, Schlage is expanding its innovation footprint even further. Schlage Sense owners using the Schlage set-up option and the Wi-Fi Adapter can now access their lock via Amazon Alexa Voice Service. Here’s what you need to know before you use your Schlage Sense lock with Amazon Alexa.

    Smart locks - Schlage Sense - Amazon Alexa

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

    Yes, all current Schlage Sense lock models will be compatible with Amazon Alexa devices through the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter. 

    2. What steps need to be taken to connect with Amazon Alexa?

    In order to use the Schlage Sense lock via Alexa-enabled devices, users must connect the deadbolt to the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, sold separately. Once it is connected, users will be able to access their lock via voice activation.

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

    Amazon Echo users can lock and check the status of their Schlage Sense deadbolt through their Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter. This offers consumers the peace of mind and convenience of knowing their homes are always locked and protected by one of the strongest, most convenient locks on the market.

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

    Schlage is committed to providing consumers with a suite of keyless electronic products developed to address their need for convenient and secure locks. With this in mind, Amazon Alexa is not enabled to unlock, check battery status or create/maintain secured codes.

    5. Why can’t I unlock my lock or check battery status with Amazon Alexa?

    Schlage has a legacy in producing the strongest locks in the industry that offer easy ways to add another layer of security, and even make it smarter. This legacy and commitment remains true with Alexa Voice Service, therefore Schlage’s focus continues to be ensuring that the power of unlocking a home or checking battery status remains in consumers' hands directly, rather 

    6. Why can’t I add or delete user codes with Amazon Alexa?

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

    7. What hubs does the Schlage Sense™ lock work with?

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

     

    For more information about the Schlage Sense integration with Amazon Alexa, view our press release

    10 ways to extend your smartphone's super powers

    October 23, 2017 1:32 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    Super smartphone

    Your smartphone plays a bigger role in your life than you may already realize. Here are 10 unique ways to start taking advantage of its many conveniences.

     

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    You rarely leave home without it. It's the one thing that's always by your side, whether home or away. If forgotten, a sinking feeling may overcome. How can you navigate without it?

     

    Your smartphone plays a bigger role in your life than you may already realize. Here are ten unique ways you can extend the power of your smartphone and start taking advantage of many of its conveniences.
     

    Smartphone super powers.

    How to access your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt from anywhere

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

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    How to access your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt from anywhere

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

     

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

     

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

    Schlage Sense - Smart Lock - Anywhere Access

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

     

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

     

    Here are the basics:

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

    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Anywhere Access

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

    Apple HomeKit option: iOS only

    Schlage Sense - Remote Access - HomeKit Lock

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Here are the technical details:

     

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

     

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

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


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

    Schlage Sense - Firmware update


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

    Schlage Sense - Firmware update


    The firmware will be updated over the next several minutes.

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


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

    Schlage Sense - Change set up - Schlage System - HomeKit


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

     

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

     

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

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