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How to install a Smart Lock

  A Schlage Encode satiny smart lock installed on a green door.
Josh Hendrickson

When setting up a new smarthome, one of the easiest gadgets that you can add to your arsenal is a smart slot. It's not much harder than changing a standard lock in your house. Here's what to do.

The basics

For this manual we install a smart lock for Schlage Encode. Even if you have another smart slot from another brand, most (if not all) steps are the same. In general, you will find three main components in a smart lock: an outer piece with a keyboard, a lock for a key or both, an inner piece with the batteries and the circuit and bolt that secures your door. The tricky part is to connect them all.

As a quick tip: you may have been advised to test your smart lock before installing it by inserting the batteries to turn it on. Then you can be sure that the lock is switched on before it is in the door.

That seems like good advice, but the first time a smart lock is turned on, it tests whether the door is facing left or right and adjusts the bolt mechanism accordingly. Without a real door to test against, it can guess wrong, and your installation will not work correctly. To perform this test, check the instructions for a factory reset process. After performing the test, reset the lock at the factory.

Removing the old lock

Before you can install your new smart lock, you must remove the old lock. Standard locks are easy to remove, as long as you still have access to the interior of your house. Start by finding the two screws on the inner swivel joint. Then loosen them.

  A standard thumbturn on a lock, with two red arrows pointing to two screws.
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Open the door (if you have not already done so) and go to the front of the lock (where you place your key). The key assembly must be loose, pull it off.

  The key construction of a lock, slightly tilted out of the door.
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Now look at the side of your door for the bolt that slides out when you lock it. Loosen the two screws and pull the bolt out.

Installing your Smart Lock

Now find the bolt for your new lock and look for the top mark:

[19659006] Slide the bolt into your door frame and make sure that the "top" is facing up. Look in the door hole to see if the inside of the bolt is in the middle of your door. You will notice three holes in the assembly – they should be as close to the center as possible. If this is not the case, you can extend or shorten the bolt (depending on the current length) to center it. You usually do this by turning the bolt mechanism, but you may also need to use a screwdriver. Then install the two screws to lock the bolt in place.

  A lock cavity with a bolt in it and lines that cross through the vertical and horizontal center.
It does not have to be perfectly centered, but it should be close. Josh Hendrickson

Then locate the outer mounting piece for the lock. Note the long bar and the electronic wire.

  A Schlage coding unit with a red box around a wire unit and a rod.
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Place the unit on your door. As you do this, insert the dingbar through the middle hole of the bolt assembly. It must be the only hole through which the beam fits. Carefully lay the wiring under the bolt hardware. You want to make sure that hardware won't pickle the wiring.

  The hole of the door lock, with the wiring running under the bolt construction.
Josh Hendrickson

If your smart lock construction seems to fall the door at this point, we will secure it in later steps. This is especially the case with large keyboards. You may consider using double-sided tape to hold it in place until you can fully secure the lock.

Some smart locks contain a steel or plastic plate that goes against the inside of the door. Grab that and guide the thread through the front. Then locate the two long screws and thread them through the two other screws that secure the bolt assembly to the front. This locks everything in place.

With some locks you fix the inner structure with the two long screws without the metal plate.

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Connect the wire from the outer piece to the inner structure. Usually contains the inner piece of channels to feed the wiring and prevent it from getting pinched.

  An inner slot piece connected to the rest of the slot.
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Place the inner slot as soon as you have the wire connected to the door and fix it with screws.

  A close-up of a Schlage code lock with stabilizing screws.
Josh Hendrickson

Now all you have to do is insert your batteries. your lock is switched on, the direction of the door is tested and it is normal that it is locked several times locked and unlocked as part of that process. When it's done, you can start pairing your app and setting pin codes if you have a keyboard.

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