If you're looking to invest in a smart lock, you'll likely to run into August. The company is one of the biggest names in the smart home world and it specialises in β what else β locks. Sure, you can find alternatives for less money, but finding one as smart? Not so easy.
The Smart Lock Pro is now in its third generation, and it's largely a case of refinement. In fact, it looks very similar to the previous model: That big, circular and bulky design hasn't changed a lot.
Thankfully, the newest Smart Lock Pro is also just as easy to install as the older version. Even if you're not the handiest homeowner around, and you dread the frustration that you may endure trying to install a lock β like me β you'll be fine. It's all pretty simple.
Ding dong: August View review
You just need a Philips head screwdriver and to follow the step-by-step instructions in the August app (on iOS and Android, natch). It took me about 10 to 15 minutes to get the Smart Lock Pro installed. You're basically replacing the outside deadbolt switch with the Smart Lock Pro, leaving the inside mechanics intact.
There's also the DoorSense sensor, which you'll need to install on your door frame. You can do the easier thing β as I did β and place it on the frame. Or you can do a little more drilling and work and make it flush inside the door frame. There's also the August Connect bridge, which just plugs into a wall outlet and gives you full control of the lock from where you are.
August Smart Lock Pro: Features
While installation is simple, August really shines when it comes to the features. For instance, thanks to the DoorSense sensor you'll be able to tell if your door is fully closed or not. If it's not, you'll get a notification on your phone telling you that you might want to double back and shut it properly.
Even better, there's auto-lock. So when you leave, your door will automatically lock β as long as you fully closed it. It works the other way too. So when you get in range of your August Smart Lock Pro with your smartphone, the door will automatically unlock.
It feels a lot like magic, and it's something not a lot of other smart locks can do. On those other locks, you either have to fumble with your keys, tap and swipe on your phone until you open up your app or just use a touchscreen panel. But here, you just walk up to your door and β presto β it's open.
On top of all of that, the Smart Lock Pro is one of the few locks that supports the Big Three: Apple's HomeKit, Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. You can both lock β and unlock β your door with spoken commands. It also plays nice with Z-Wave Plus-compatible security systems.
August's smart tech is also versatile. So you can create keys for friends, pet-sitters, Airbnb guests and anyone else who might need temporary access. No wonder August has struck up a partnership with Airbnb.
It's pretty simple, too. You add someone via the August app and they'll be able to register and claim the key in their own app. They'll also get the auto-unlock ability when they're nearby, but you'll get to revoke access at any time if you need to.
- Feature heavy β mobile app keys
- Works with everything
- Easy to self-install
- Quite expensive
- Not the prettiest