Installing a smart lock that works with your existing deadbolt means you can still use your keys to unlock the door—especially when the smart lock malfunctions.
As you probably know, not all smart locks work with standard deadbolts. So if you’re not sure what smart lock to get that can fit with your existing deadbolt, then this post is your go-to resource. Let’s head right into it!
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What smart locks can be used with existing deadbolts
As of now, August Wi Fi Smart Lock Pro, August Smart Lock Pro and August Smart Lock (2nd gen), Yale Assure SL and Kwikset Kevo Convert seem to be the best smart lock options that work with most existing deadbolts.
You can read on to find out the features and compatibilities of each lock as well as incompatible deadbolts.
These are the Best Smart Locks for Existing Deadbolts
1. August Wi-Fi Smart Lock (4th Gen)
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock has many unique features. As you’ll expect, the lock works with most standard single cylinder deadbolts. So if you’re looking for a smart lock that can work with your existing deadbolt, this is the lock for you.
But keep in mind that the lock doesn’t work with some deadbolts such as double cylinder deadbolts, mortise locks, Medeco, and single-sided deadbolts. Go here You can view a list comparing deadbolts.
What’s more, let’s take a closer look at other features of the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock.
Built-in Wi-Fi: Unlike other August Smart Lock models, this one comes with built-in Wi-Fi, meaning you don’t need a Wi-Fi bridge to connect to Wi-Fi for remote access. You can connect directly from your phone to Wi-Fi and manage your lock using the August app.
Auto-Lock and auto-Unlock: With the auto-lock feature, you won’t have to worry whether the door is locked, as it automatically locks after a specified time—when it’s not locked. The auto-unlock function detects when you arrive home, and unlocks your door automatically.
Remote Access: You can control this lock from miles away, so long as you have the app on your phone and it’s properly connected to your Wi-Fi network. You can lock and unlock your home, share ekeys with family members, friends, and anyone else you wish to allow access. You’ll also be notified when someone unlocks or locks your door.
Voice Control: This lock can also be controlled via voice commands. It works with Google Assistant and Alexa. You still don’t need a hub/Wi-Fi bridge to connect to Alexa, the built-in Wi-Fi does the job.
2. Yale Assure Smart Lock with Keyless Security
Next on our list is the Yale Assure SL smart lock key-free. This smart lock comes with many great features and, as you would expect, works with most existing deadbolts.
This lock will replace your existing deadbolt for any standard door with a thickness of 1-3/8 to 2-1/4 inches. You can keep your existing deadbolt so that you can lock and unlock the door with your existing deadbolt keys.
Aside from that, you can control the lock remotely when paired to a compatible Z-Wave system—such as Samsung SmartThings and Wink. It’s also compatible with the Ring Alarm Security System, so you can control it remotely via the Ring Alarm app (requires a hub for this function).
That’s not all, you can also control (lock and unlock) the lock hands-free via Alexa voice assistant.
And you won’t have to worry if you forgot to lock your door, as the lock features an auto-lock that ensures your door is always locked. The feature can be disabled if you wish.
3. Kwikset Kevo Convert
You are looking to make your deadbolt a smart lock? Kwikset Kevo Converter is another smart lock that works with most existing deadbolts. You might want to give it an attempt. The lock is compatible with most Kwikset and Schlage cylinder deadbolts. Installation is easy.
But that’s not all about the Kwikset Kevo Convert; the lock has several other features you may like. Let’s take a closer look.
Remote Access: This lock allows remote access to your door and lock it remotely using the Kevo app. This app is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The Kevo app allows you to share ekeys to anyone you wish to grant access to your home. However, connecting to Wi-Fi for remote access requires a Kevo Plus Connected Hub—sold separately.
Smart Home Compatibility: Kevo Convert can be used with many smart home devices such as the Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy S3, and more Amazon Alexa, Nest Learning Thermostat Skybell Ring Doorbell, Skybell, Skybell, and IFTTT
Auto-Lock: The lock also includes an auto-lock, which locks your door automatically after a period of time if it is left unlocked. This feature is disabled by default, so you will need to activate it manually.
Kwikset Kevo Converter comes with many features, including remote access. It also works with your existing deadbolt so you can still use keys to unlock and unlock your doors.
4. August Smart Lock Pro (3rd generation)
So here’s another August Smart Lock that works with most existing deadbolts. This model, unlike the August Wi Fi Smart Lock, requires the August WiFi Bridge to connect with Wi-Fi. That is, you can’t connect it directly to your smartphone for remote access without a Wi-Fi bridge.
You can monitor and control your door from anywhere if you are connected via a Wi Fi bridge. You will also receive notifications on your smartphone when someone locks or unlocks the door.
August Smart Lock Pro can also be paired with Alexa voice assistant. You can then control your door using voice commands. Alexa can lock, unlock, and check your entry history in the Alexa App. You must have an Alexa account. You’ll also have to integrate your lock with Alexa via a Wi-Fi bridge.
Additional features include auto-lock and biometric verification as well as facial recognition.
5. August Smart Lock
August Smart Locks will work with most existing deadbolts. The lock attaches to the inside of your existing deadbolt, so you can still use existing keys to lock or unlock your door.
The August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge allows remote access to the lock. Pairing successfully allows you to lock and unlock your doors remotely, share ekeys and receive notifications when your door is locked/unlocked.
The lock also has auto-locking and unlocking. It automatically locks the door when it’s unlocked and also detects your arrival and unlocks the door.
The lock must be activated remotely using biometric verification or facial recovery in order to provide additional security.
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Sometimes smart locks can malfunction. A typical example is being locked out when the lock isn’t responding. If this happens, you will need to unlock your door using a physical key. You can either use a smart lock with a deadbolt or a lock that works with an existing deadbolt.
Smart locks can replace your existing deadbolt but it is better to keep your deadbolt and use your keys to unlock and lock your door.
This article will help you choose the right smart lock for you.
Kwikset Kevo Converter and August smart lock are the best smart locks that can be used with most existing deadbolts. However, before you purchase one, ensure that it is compatible with your existing deadbolt.
You might also want to read our articles on Smart Locks with a Deadbolt and a Handle, and Smart Locks For Commercial Doors.