A study shows that around 73-85 million households have experienced a burglary or theft of some sort in the last ten years. Secure door locks are extremely important to make sure your home is safe.
Keypad door locks are among the safest door locks available in the market. These door locks operate by letting you enter a pre-set numeric password on the keypad.
Many times, these keypad door locks also have fail-safe features, such as disabling the lock if you enter the wrong password multiple times (normally three to five times).
People who own a keypad door lock struggle might struggle to set the code as many times the instructions for doing this are confusing and unclear. This article will help you with simple instructions on how to do this for three of the most popular brands of keypad door locks: Schlage, Kwikset, and Yale.
Before We Begin
Note 1: Many brands, including Schlage, Yale, and Kwikset allow the user to create or change the access code through both the keypad or the mobile application, so you don’t always need to interface with the lock to do this.
Note 2: Before you start the process of changing the access code, you must know the programming code to gain access. This is usually a four-digit or a six-digit code that comes with the instruction manual of the lock. Some of these keypad locks have their programming codes on the back. Make a note of this code or write it down somewhere before installing your door lock.
Note 3: You should immediately change the programming code after installing the lock. The programming code offers administrative access and is an overriding code. Most burglars know the default codes and try them before using any other methods. If you don’t change your code, your lock is nothing but a fancy doorknob.
Yale Smart Lock
- The first step to change the access code on this door lock is to make sure that the keypad is active on the lock. If this keypad is not active, you can activate it by touching it with your palms.
- Next, enter the master code and press the hash button on the keypad.
- After entering this code, press key 2 on your keypad along with the hash button.
- The next step is to press the number 3 button and the hash button from the keypad.
- Now you will gain access to user code slots. There are twenty of these slots. You can select the one you want to change or remove.
- Pressing the hash button again will complete the process successfully.
The procedures for adding and removing these user codes may differ from what is described above based on your locks models. Refer to the lock manual for more detailed instructions.
As mentioned above, the programming code is the all-important key to your lock. This is the code you will require to access all administrative privileges.
You can change the programming code by following these simple steps:
- Enter the six-digit default programming code mentioned on the back of the door lock.
- Now, you need to press the Schlage button and key three from the keypad. You should see the button flash and beep three times.
- Enter the new six-digit code after the flashing and beeping.
- You will have to wait to see if the light turns green or not. If the light turns green, then you have successfully changed the keypad door lock.
User Access Codes
You can follow these simple steps to change the access codes on a Schlage keypad door lock
- Firstly, enter the six-digit access code on the keypad of the door lock.
- Next, click the Schlage button on the keypad door lock. You also need to press the number 2 key on the keypad simultaneously with the Schlage button. You will find this Schlage button present on the top of the keypad on the door lock.
- After you complete the previous step, you will see the button beep and flash three times. You will be required to enter the access code you want to remove or change. After entering this code, the button marked “Schlage” will give you three beeps and flashes one after the other. This beeping and flashing indicate that the door lock has received the command.
- You will have to confirm the code you want to delete by entering this code again. After you enter the code again, the Schlage button will beep again but only once. The beep this time will be for a longer time than before. You will also get a green flash this time. It is a sign that your previous code has been removed successfully.
A Schlage door lock has another neat feature: you can temporarily make all access codes inactive all at once. You need to enter the Six digit programming code mentioned on the back (or else the one you set after changing it).
After entering this code, you need to press the four keys on the keypad. After this, all access codes will be disabled temporarily. If you want to make these access codes active again, you need to repeat this process.
If you want to delete all the access codes on the keypad door lock, you need to repeat the above process and press key 6 instead of key 4.
Changing the Access Codes on a Kwikset Smart Door Lock
- The first step is to press the button for programming the keypad. When you press this button, the keypad will start flashing and beeping and will do so five times continuously.
- Now you need to press the checkmark button.
- You will need the master code in this step. After finding this code, enter it on the keypad.
- After entering the master code, press the lock button again and enter the access code you want to delete or change.
- Press the lock button again. After this, enter the code you want to delete again.
- Press the lock button again. This will be the last time you do so. After pressing it, wait to see that the process was successful.
If the above process was a success, the checkmark button will beep once. Otherwise, you will experience three beeps and flashes from the X pattern. Repeat the above process if you are unsuccessful at the first attempt. You need to make sure that you enter the correct master code.
Keypad door locks are a wonderful option for maintaining the security of your property. You should keep changing the access codes of your keypad door lock regularly to prevent the code from getting compromised.
However, do note that if you don’t change your access codes often enough, these codes are in fact more vulnerable than manual door locks.
We hope the information above will help you reset your access codes as well as master codes to gain the full benefit of your keypad door locks.