For this guide, we install a Schlage Encode smart lock. Even if you have a different smart lock from another brand, most (if not all) steps will be the same. You will typically find three main components in a smart lock: an outside room that can have a keypad, a lock for a key or both, an interior room that contains the batteries and circuits, and the lock that locks your door. The tricky part is to connect them all.
Tip: You may have already 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 will turn on before going to the door.
This seems like a good tip, but the first time a smart lock is activated, it checks whether the door is turned to the left or to the right and adjusts the locking mechanism accordingly. Without a door to test, the system may be guessing wrong and your installation will not work properly. If you want to perform this test, you must check the instructions for a factory reset process. After running 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 one. Standard locks are easy to remove, as long as you always have access to the interior of your home. Start by finding the two screws on the inner rotating part of the thumb. Then unscrew them.
Open the door (if you have not already done so) and go to the front of the lock (where you insert your key). The key must be loosened, remove it.
Now on the side of your door, look for the lock that slips when you lock it. Unscrew the two screws and remove the bolt.
Install your Smart Lock
Now find the lock for your new lock and look for the top mark:
Slide the bolt into the frame of your door and make sure to keep the "up" face up. Look in the hole of the door to see if the inside of the bolt is centered with your door. You will notice three holes in the assembly – these must be as close as possible to the center. If this is not the case, you can lengthen or shorten the bolt (depending on the current length) to center it. Generally, you 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.
Then find the outside mounting piece to the lock. Pay attention to the long thin bar and the electronic wire.
Insert the assembly to your door. In doing so, insert the object bar into the center hole of the bolt assembly. This should be the only hole through which the bar passes. Carefully side of the wiring under the bolt hardware. You want to make sure that the hardware will not pinch the wiring.
If your smart locking system seems inclined to fall out of the door at this point, we will secure it later. This is especially common with large keyboards. You may want to consider using double-sided tape to keep it in place until you can secure the lock completely.
Some smart locks include a steel or plastic plate against the inside of the door. Take this and pass the wire from the front assembly through. Next, find the two long screws and pass them through the other two holding the bolt assembly to the front. This locks everything in place.
With some locks, you will fix the inside using the two long screws without the metal plate.
Connect the wire of the outer piece to the inner set. Usually, the inner room contains channels to pass the wiring and avoid pinching.
Once the wire is connected, place the inner latch on the door and secure it with the help of screws.
All you have to do is insert your batteries. The first time your lock is activated, it will test the orientation of the door. It is normal that it locks and unlocks several times as part of this process. Once this is complete, you can start to pair your app and set up PINs if you have a keyboard.