August has done an excellent job of building a short video for installations (see below). The first step is to use painters tape to secure the outside deadbolt from falling out. Second, you remove the interior part of your deadbolt. It then walks you through using the supplied adaptors to connect the August Lock to your deadbolt. All in all, the hardware installation took ten minutes.
Once the hardware was configured, I went to work setting up the software. The software configuration is another place where August has done a great job of making it easy. It walked me through the calibration process, sharing it with my wife over the August app, and then adding it to HomeKit as well.
If you’ve held off on a smart lock due to the perceived complexity, you’ll be safe choosing an August Smart Lock Pro.
I’ve got it configured where it automatically unlocks as we walk up to our home, so we don’t have to fiddle with finding our keys while trying to get our children in the house. As we leave, it automatically locks. I also have it set to automatically lock when we come home after five minutes. It’s a perfect example of how smart home products should work. We don’t have to think about it. It blends in perfectly with our lifestyle, and it works behind the scenes.
Thanks to its HomeKit support, I can always check in with Siri to make sure my door is locked. I can also set it to run with my other automations as well. Right now, I have it to set auto-lock via HomeKit automation when our “Night” mode goes on. In the event the door was still unlocked, I would know that HomeKit is locking it.
Overall, I am very pleased witht the August Smart Lock Pro. I wish I had bought it sooner. If you’ve been hesitant to move into the smart door lock world due to worrying about the installation process, look no further than the August Smart Lock Pro.