Yale Lock With Alexa (Things You Need To Know).

Yale Lock
Yale Lock

Yale locks are considered a great way to improve home security and safety, with this device you can lock and unlock the door without using a physical key.

Just by entering your code on the lock’s backlit touchscreen keypad your door will unlock, you can also control it remotely through its mobile app and set a schedule to automatically unlock the door for your kids and guests.

Many people are wondering if they can voice control this product using the Amazon Alexa device. The answer is yes, you can control the Yale Lock with Alexa the same way you do with other smart home gadgets, you will be able to lock and unlock the door remotely with a simple voice command.

In this blog post, I am going to show you how to directly connect this device to Alexa and how you can do it via the SmartThings hub.

Yale lock works with Alexa.

According to the manufacturer website, Yale Assure Locks with Zigbee work directly with the Amazon Echo Plus without an additional hub.

While Yale Assure Locks/Levers with Z-Wave or ZigBee are compatible with Amazon Alexa when used in conjunction with an Alexa compatible hub such as Samsung SmartThings, Iris, Vera, and more.

The integration of these two products may be helpful especially for elder people who are not comfortable with manipulating an app.

So they can simply open and close the door with their voice without moving from the couch.

This combination is not only useful for the elderly, but also for the people who may be faced with a situation where the mobile application is not working or who have no battery in their smartphone.

They can rely on the Amazon Alexa device such as Echo Dot.

Connect Yale lock and Alexa.

You can use the Echo Plus if you want to operate your Yale Lock using Alexa and you don’t have a SmartThing enabled device, follow the next instructions to integrate your Echo Plus with your lock:

  1. Download the Alexa app from your Android or IOS device.
  2. Open the app and select Devices on the home menu.
  3. Tap the + in the top-right corner, then select Add Device.
  4. Choose the Lock option, then tap on Other.

Tap Discover Devices and enroll your network module by following these steps:

  1. Begin with the device locked. 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 45 seconds.
  6. On the next screen, you will see the message 1 lock discovered.
  7. Tap on Set Up Device to complete the integration.
  8. Then you’ll have the ability to lock and unlock your door using Alexa voice assistant.

Connect Yale Locks to Alexa Via SmartThings.

SmartThings Hub

If you have a Yale lock that is compatible with Zigbee or Z-Wave you can connect it to Alexa using a SmartThings hub, so follow the next steps to do it:

  1. Install the SmartThings and Alexa app from the Play Store or Apple Store and create an account.
  2. Install your Yale door lock by following the installation manual that came with your lock or the 3D instructions that you can find on the BILT app.

Note: don’t forget to insert the Zigbee or Z-Wave network module above the batteries because without it you can’t connect the door lock to the SmartThings hub.

Connect Your Yale Lock To SmartThings:

  1. Open the SmartThings app on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Tap the + button on the home screen.
  3. select “Device”, Then search your device by brand.
  4. Tap on Yale, then “Door Locks”.
  5. Select your Yale Door lock model, then “Start”.
  6. Follow the instructions shown by the app.
  7. Tap the device to rename it and then tap “Done”.

We recommend you name your lock “Back door” or “Front door” because it’s the name you’re going to use with Alexa.

Connect Alexa To SmartThings:

  1. Go to the Alexa app on your mobile or tablet.
  2. From the menu tap on “Smart Home”.
  3. Scroll down to “Your Smart Home Skills”, then select “Get More Smart Home Skills”.
  4. Search for “SmartThings” and Tap “Enable”.
  5. Log in to your SmartThings account.
  6. Choose your SmartThings location in the “From” menu and tap “Authorize”.
  7. Now Alexa is linked to your SmartThings hub.

Let Alexa find your Yale Lock:

Now your Alexa voice assistant has to discover your lock from the Alexa app.

  1. Select “Discover devices” or Ask Alexa to discover your device. Say, “Discover my devices”.
  2. Wait a few seconds to complete the discovery.

If Alexa doesn’t start discovering devices:

  1. From the app select “menu”.
  2. Choose “Smart Home”, then scroll to “Your Devices” and select “Discover Devices”.
  3. Wait a few seconds.
  4. Once completed, you can find your Yale Lock under “Your Devices” in the “Smart Home” section of the Alexa app.

Now your Yale door lock is successfully integrated with the Alexa voice assistant and you can freely manage it with your voice.

Useful voice command to use.

Controlling your Yale Locks with Alexa voice assistant is a good idea as you can give it many commands such as ” Alexa, lock my door” or “Alexa, is my back door locked?”, the unlocking function is disabled by default for your security.

If you want to enable the unlocking feature you need to follow the next steps:

  1. Open the Amazon Alexa app.
  2. In the home screen tap the three horizontal lines in the top left.
  3. Select “Smart Home”, then “Devices”.
  4. Choose your lock, then select “Edit”.
  5. Select “Unlock by app” if you want to unlock your door manually through the app.
  6. Select “Unlock by voice” if you want to unlock it through a voice command.
  7. Read the popup message and then click “OK”.
  8. Create a digit confirmation code that will be required whenever you attempt to unlock your lock by voice.
  9. Confirm your confirmation code by typing it again.
  10. Tap the back arrow to confirm.

Final words.

Alexa is available on Amazon Echo smart speakers, Fire Tablets, Fire TV products, and the mobile app. And this is how you enable it to work with your Yale Lock and if you face some issues you can contact customer support on this website.

Adam B