The Kwikset Kevo is one of the most popular smart locks on the market, but if you’re a stickler for keypads, the Schlage Connect is an option to consider. Here’s how to install and set up the Schlage Connect smart lock.
The Connect isn’t an add-on to your existing deadbolt, but rather a full replacement. This can make the installation process a bit daunting for those who’ve never replaced a lock before. So before you get started, make sure that this is something you’re comfortable doing. If not, it may be wise to call a knowledgeable friend (or a professional locksmith) to help.
This guide also assumes that you already have a deadbolt installed on your door. If you don’t, then you’ll need to drill a completely new hole in your door to install the Kevo (or any deadbolt for that matter) using one of these.
Luckily, the Schlage Connect comes with everything that you’ll need, but you’ll need a couple of tools to put it all together: a screwdriver or power drill, and maybe a hammer. If you do decide to use a power drill, be extra careful not to over-tighten any screws.
Step One: Remove Your Existing Deadbolt
Start by removing the deadbolt that’s currently installed on your door, which usually involves removing a couple of screws from the inside. My deadbolt is of the battery-powered keypad variety, so it’s a bit more complex to remove. If you just have a simple deadbolt, this process should be a lot easier for you.
After those screws are removed, carefully take off the cover. You may have to slightly tap on it with a hammer to loosen it up if it doesn’t come off easily.
There will be two more screws on the inside that you’ll need to remove. These connect the inside portion of the lock to the outside portion.
Once those screws are removed, you can carefully pull apart the entire lock and remove it, starting with the interior section.
From there, remove the outside portion.
Next, remove the two screws on the latch.
Pull the latch out of the door.
You now have a clean slate to install the Schlage Connect smart lock.
Step Two: Install the Schlage Connect
The first step is to install the latch. Depending on the mortise of your door, there are different faceplates you can use, including a square faceplate, a rounded faceplate, and one without a faceplate at all. Take a look at your previous door latch and match it with the new one to see which one you need to use.
Insert the door latch into the door. Make sure that the middle hole in the door latch is centered within the door’s hole. If not, remove the latch, hold onto the deadbolt latch and…
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