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August Smart Lock Review

Industry-leading smart locks with powerful companion app and no monthly fees

Last Updated On: April 25, 2019
SecureScore™: 9.4 /10
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9.4 SecureScore™
Customer Service
9.1
Value
9.1
Equipment
9.7
Features & Technology
9.4
Ease Of Use
9.6

August Smart Lock Ratings

Want to stop a would-be intruder in his tracks… from across the country? Get August Smart Locks. These tech-forward smart locks come in a range of affordable options. The companion app is sleek and sophisticated, allowing users to remotely view activity at their door, issue and revoke digital keys, and lock and unlock their door for any reason at all. Currently the hardware is limited, but this is sure to change. See what our experts say in our August Smart Lock review.

PROS
  • Industry-leading smart lock app
  • Extensive third-party support
  • Affordable pricing at the base level

CONS
  • Limited first-party hardware
  • Wi-Fi bridge is necessary to get the full feature set

Overview

August’s primary goal is to help its customers simplify their lives and make them more secure through the best control and visibility of their doors. August wants to ensure that only authorized parties get into your home, phrasing it as “keep the bad guys out and let the good guys in.”

They achieve this goal by supplying smart lock solutions that give you fine-tuned control over who gets in, when and for how long. You can remotely check your front door, so you stay in the loop from countless miles away.

August searches for partnerships that improve the quality of life for their customers and design their products with a combination of delight and comfort.

Features & Technology

Remotely Control Your Smart Lock

The August App gives you comprehensive control over the functions of your smart lock. You can check the app to see the activity at your door, issue and revoke digital keys, and lock and unlock your door as needed.

Unlimited Digital Keys

Unlike many smart lock providers, you can have as many digital keys as you want. These keys can last for weeks, hours or even minutes.

DoorSense

Find out whether your door is closed and locked.

Voice Assistant Compatibility

August locks support popular third-party voice assistants.

Automatic Locking and Unlocking

Improve your home safety and security by setting the smart lock to automatically activate when you close the door.

Two-Factor Authentication

August stops hackers from compromising your app account by requiring two-factor authentication for login and configuration changes. It also has advanced encryption, so your data is safe when it’s being transmitted to the app, the smart lock or to other devices on your home automation ecosystem.

Quickly Disable Your Virtual Keys and August App

If your phone goes missing, you can disable everything to prevent an unauthorized person from getting access to your phone. You do this through a web-based interface.

Extensive Third-Party Smart Home Integration

August works with a range of third-party partners, including Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Airbnb, HomeAway, IFTTT, Nest, Logitech, SimpliSafe, Honeywell, Yonomi, Wink, Xfinity, Stringify, and Z-Wave.

Ease of Use

You don’t change the outside of your lock, simply the deadbolt that’s located inside the door. Your original keys still work with the upgrade to a smart lock, although you won’t need them once you get everything set up. If you end up running into problems during the installation or beyond, friendly customer service reps can help you through the process.

Customer Service

August has a limited product range, which means that the representatives have the opportunity to know about all the models inside and out. You can reach out via phone and email, as well as an extensive resource library that provides you with installation guides, FAQs, and other self-service support.

Value

August’s entry-level smart lock is quite affordable, making it a desirable choice for people dipping their toes into this device category. They have a focus on innovation and a powerful platform to support their products, making these devices a worthwhile investment.

The smart locks don’t have any monthly fee associated with them, but if you pair them up with the August Doorbell Cam, then you can pay $4.99 a month or $49.99 annually to increase your video recording storage from 24 hours of history to 30 days.

Equipment

Smart Lock $129

This entry-level smart lock supports automated locking and unlocking, virtual keys, and door sensors to let you know whether the door has opened or closed. Some functionality needs the Connect Wi-Fi Bridge to go with the lock, such as remotely accessing controls, getting voice commands via Alexa and adding Google Assistant compatibility.

Smart Lock Pro $199

This smart lock gives you full control via the August app. In addition to the features available from the base-level Smart Lock, you also get Z-Wave Plus Support, and Siri and Apple HomeKit support. If you add the Wi-Fi Bridge, you gain remote access, Amazon Alexa voice commands and Google Assistant.

Connect Wi-Fi Bridge $79

This device enables you to control August Smart Locks via your phone through remote access. You must pair one bridge to one lock. It works with both the Smart Lock and the Smart Lock Pro.

 Yale Assure Locks

August’s Connected by August app is compatible with Yale Assure Locks, so you get many of the features of the Smart Lock and Smart Lock Pro through these locks. Some of the benefits of using Yale’s locks with August software include having a touchscreen keypad available if you forget your phone, voice assistant support and a backup charger.

Smart Keypad $59

You can set up access to your home with this smart keypad if you want an access option that doesn’t use your phone or keys. It works with your August Smart Lock.

Doorbell Cam Pro $199

August also has a video doorbell available that acts as an excellent companion for their smart locks. The HindSight technology starts recording before any motion alerts, so you have the full context to a situation. You can replay any videos from the previous 24 hours with the included Basic Video Recording subscription. If your visitors are allowed in your home, you can tell your August Smart Lock to let them in. The HD video camera takes clear video day and night, while two-way audio lets you communicate with your visitors no matter where you’re at. If you want expanded recording functionality, you can pay $4.99 per month for the Premium plan to get access to 30 days of video.

If you already have a chime doorbell in place, you use the same wiring so you won’t have to go out of your way to get it set up.

Summary

August combines quality smart locks with a powerful platform. Its integration with a broad range of third-party services, including ones that are more unusual to see like Airbnb and HomeAway, give this device a lot of flexibility and functionality for homeowners wanting to get more out of their locks.

2 Comments

  1. Paul J. Daoust says:

    If I have guests who do not have a smart phone, would I need a keypad to give them access ?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Paul,
      Yes, assuming you don’t want to use the digital keys.

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