The Kwikset Kevo sensible lock comes with a intelligent design that permits you to merely contact the lock to unlock it—however that’s not the solely function that makes it so nice. Right here’s how to get the most out of our Kevo sensible lock.
Use Your Earlier Key with the Kevo
Shopping for a brand new lock requires utilizing new keys. You may rent a locksmith to change the lock pin sample of the deadbolt to match your outdated keys, however most of the time it’s not price the hassle.
Nevertheless, the Kevo comes with Kwikset’s SmartKey know-how, which permits you to use your outdated Kwikset key to unlock the Kevo—no locksmith obligatory. It’s very easy to do and solely takes about 30 seconds thanks to a particular little instrument that comes with the lock. Take a look at our information to see how to program it. (If your own home beforehand used Schlage locks, then you definately gained’t find a way to use that key to unlock the Kevo—you’ll want a brand new Kwikset key insetad).
Get a Kevo Fob So You Don’t Have to Use Your Cellphone
The Kevo usually depends on location and Bluetooth knowledge out of your telephone so as to decide if it’s truly you that’s attempting to unlock your door. Nevertheless, which means you’ve got to go away the app working in the background always. If that doesn’t sound interesting to you, you should use a Kevo Fob as an alternative of the lock relying in your telephone.
The Kevo Fob acts as a direct substitute to your telephone. If you happen to contact the lock with the fob in your pocket, it can open. So if you happen to don’t need the app working in the background all the time otherwise you often have the Bluetooth off, you should use the fob as an alternative. Right here’s how to set it up.
Create “eKeys” for Household Members
One downside of the Kevo (as opposed to different sensible locks with keypads) is that you simply simply can’t share a easy keycode with different individuals if you need to give them entry to your own home. As a substitute, you’ve got to give them their very own “eKey” to use on their telephone, but it surely’s straightforward to arrange.
Simply open up the Kevo app and ship an eKey to a contact in your telephone (or ship them an e-mail in the event that they’re not in your contacts). From there, their telephone will now act as a digital key to your Kevo lock, and you may even prohibit entry at sure occasions or solely give them non permanent entry in the event that they’re a visitor.
Management Your Kevo Remotely (or With Alexa) with Kevo Plus
By itself, the Kevo solely permits you to lock and unlock your door out of your telephone if you happen to’re close by and inside Bluetooth distance. You can management the lock from afar, however you want Kevo Plus to make that occur.
Kevo Plus prices a one-time payment of $99 and comes with an web gateway gadget that you simply plug into your router. This connects your Kevo to the web, which then permits you to entry your lock even whenever you aren’t residence. Kevo Plus additionally permits you to combine Kevo with different smarthome units, like the Amazon Echo, to management your lock.
Allow Auto-Lock If You’re a Forgetful Individual
I can’t inform you what number of occasions I’ve forgotten to lock the door behind me. Fortunately, it hasn’t price me, however others might not be so fortunate. Kevo has an auto-lock function that routinely locks your door 30 seconds after you unlock it, that method your forgetfulness gained’t come round and chunk you in the rear finish later in.
To allow it, all you’ve got to do is take the inside cowl off, find the #four swap, and switch it on. After that, your Kevo will routinely lock itself after 30 seconds, whether or not the door is open or closed.
Lock the Door with out Your Cellphone
When locking your door, the Kevo nonetheless depends in your telephone. So if you happen to don’t have your telephone (or fob) with you, you’ll be able to’t lock your door by contact. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to allow a function known as Triple Contact Lock that permits you to lock your Kevo without having your telephone.
You simply take off the inside cowl on the lock and activate swap #2. From there, Triple Contact Lock can be enabled. If you go away, simply faucet on the lock three consecutive occasions to lock the door.
Conceal a Spare Key, Simply in Case
Regardless that you don’t want a key to lock and unlock your Kevo, it’s nonetheless a good suggestion to have a spare key useful, simply in case the batteries run out or another mechanical failure.
You don’t have to maintain this spare key in your particular person always, though it’s in all probability not that huge of a deal, because you carry your automobile keys with you anyway. Nevertheless, you would simply disguise the key someplace outdoors your own home if you happen to actually don’t need to carry it round with you.