SmartThings Support

How to connect locks to Alexa with SmartThings

With Amazon Alexa, SmartThings, and a connected lock, you can lock your door or check the current lock status, with just your voice! Here’s how to set up your locks with Alexa and SmartThings–from start to finish!

 

Getting Started

To get started you will need:

  • Amazon Alexa device (Echo, Tap, or Dot)
  • Samsung SmartThings Hub and app
  • A smart lock that works with SmartThings. Check out our supported locks here

 

First, download your apps

  • Download the Samsung SmartThings mobile app for Android or iOS and create an account
  • Set up your Amazon Alexa device and download the Amazon Alexa mobile app for Android or iOS. You’ll use your usual Amazon account to login with this app

 

Connect your lock to the SmartThings Hub

  • Yale locks
  • Kwikset locks
  • Schlage locks

First, make sure the optional Network Module is installed in the Yale lock (which may have been packaged separately inside the Yale lock packaging).

Then, in the SmartThings mobile app:

  1. Tap My Home
  2. Under Things, tap Add a Thing at the bottom of your Things list
  3. The app will say Looking for devices…
  4. While the Hub searches, bring the lock within 5-10 feet of the Hub, then:
    1. If needed for touchscreen models, place your palm on the screen to wake it up
    2. Enter the 4-to-8-digit Master PIN code followed by the # or gear key
    3. Press 7 followed by the # or gear key
    4. Press 1 followed by the # or gear key
    5. Wait up to 60 seconds
  5. When the device is discovered, it will be listed at the top of the screen
  6. Tap the device to rename it and tap Done
  7. When finished, tap Save
  8. Tap Ok to confirm

 

For more help on connecting and resetting a Yale lock, see this article.

 

Tip: Place the Kwikset lock within 5-10 feet of the SmartThings Hub during initial pairing.

In the SmartThings mobile app:

  1. Tap My Home
  2. Under Things, tap Add a Thing at the bottom of your Things list
  3. The app will say Looking for devices…
  4. While the Hub searches:
    • For Z-Wave models: Press button “A” on the back panel of the lock interior once
    • For ZigBee models: press button “A” on the lock interior 4 times
  5. When the device is discovered, it will be listed at the top of the screen
  6. Tap the device to rename it and tap Done
  7. When finished, tap Save
  8. Tap Ok to confirm

 

For more help on connecting and resetting a Kwikset lock, see this article for Z-Wave models and this article for ZigBee models.

 

Tip: Place the Schlage lock within 5-10 feet of the SmartThings Hub during initial pairing.

In the SmartThings mobile app:

  1. Tap My Home
  2. Under Things, tap Add a Thing at the bottom of your Things list
  3. The app will say Looking for devices…
  4. While the Hub searches:
    • For deadbolt models: Press the Schlage button on the lock, enter your 6-digit programming code, and press 0
    • For lever handle models: Enter your 6-digit programming code and wait for the device to beep three times. Then, press the Schlage button and press 0. The Schlage button will blink three times to confirm
  5. When the device is discovered, it will be listed at the top of the screen
  6. Tap the device to rename it and tap Done
  7. When finished, tap Save
  8. Tap Ok to confirm

 

For more help on connecting and resetting a Schlage lock, see this article for deadbolt models and this article for lever handle models.

 

 

Install the lock on your door

Follow the instructions in the installation manual that came with your lock.

 

Connect Alexa To SmartThings

In the Amazon Alexa app:

  1. Tap the menu (three horizontal lines in the top left)
  2. Tap Smart Home
  3. Scroll to Your Smart Home Skills
  4. Tap Get More Smart Home Skills
  5. Enter “SmartThings” in the search field
  6. Tap Enable for SmartThings
  7. Enter your SmartThings email and password
  8. Tap Log in
  9. Choose your SmartThings Location in the From: menu
  10. Tap Authorize
    Note: You can limit the devices Alexa accesses later in the SmartThings app
  11. Once authorized, the following message appears: “Alexa has been successfully linked with SmartThings.”
  12. Tap x to close the window and begin device discovery

 

Allow Alexa To Find Your Lock

In the previous steps, you gave Amazon Alexa permission to access your SmartThings devices and Routines. Now your Amazon Alexa device needs to “discover” or locate the devices and Routines.

 

In the Amazon Alexa app:

  1. After closing the success message in the previous steps, the Alexa app automatically directs you to discover devices
  2. Tap Discover Devices
  3. Wait for device discovery to complete

Note: Discover Devices will also discover your Routines.

 

If Alexa does not begin discovering devices:

  1. In the Amazon Alexa app, tap the menu
  2. Tap Smart Home
  3. Scroll to Your Devices
  4. Tap Discover devices
  5. Wait for device discovery to complete

 

A progress bar appears in the Amazon Alexa app while Alexa looks for SmartThings devices and Routines you have authorized access to. This can take up to 20 seconds.

When discovery completes, discovered devices and Routines will list under Your Devices in the Smart Home section of the Amazon Alexa app.

Congratulations! You’re done with setup and ready to use Alexa’s hands-free voice control for your SmartThings devices!

 

Tips:

Alexa can lock your doors and also tell you the status of your locks. Just give Alexa voice commands like the following examples:

“Alexa, lock the front door.”

“Alexa, is the back door locked?”

When asking Alexa to lock or check lock status, you must use the name of your lock as it appears in your SmartThings app (i.e. “Front Door”).

For security reasons, Alexa cannot unlock locks. Also at this time, Alexa does not support Routines with lock devices, and Groups with locks added to them in Alexa will not run.

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