Yale’s another great smart lock is on our page today. Recently we have made Yale Assure Lock Sl Key Free Touchscreen with Z-Wave review with 2 other keypad options. Today’s review is going to be about Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected by August which uses Wi-Fi connection.
Yale Assure Locks are available as 3 different keypad types which make them look as twins by appearance when you compare them with the other connection type supported versions of Yale Assure Locks. Keypad types are named as keypad, touchscreen keypad and key-free touchscreen keypad.
Difference between Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected By August and Yale Assure Lock Sl Key Free Touchscreen with Z-Wave is their connection types as one of them supports Wi-Fi while other supports Z-Wave. This diffrence also causes support for connecting to different smart hubs from each other. In this post we will make Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen review but we will share the details of other keypad versions too.
Connection Standards and Smart Home Controller Options
Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected By August has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections. Amazon Alexa by Echo or Echo Dot, Google Assistant by Google Home, Apple HomeKit supported on this smart lock as out of box.
Controlling the smart lock over the phone requires August lock app called August Home app. You can use August home app for both remote access or Bluetooth range access. Additionally, you can use Yale Assure app for usage in the Bluetooth range but you can’t use it for remote access.
We will give more details on what you can do with voice assistants and smart hubs and what you will need to do in order to pair them.
Alexa integration gives you ability to lock ,unlock and check if your door is locked or not just by your voice via Echo or Echo Dot. You don’t need any extra hubs to pair your Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen with Echo Dot thanks to Connected By August kit which comes inside the box. Just follow the steps below to complete integration.
- Select the Alexa navigation menu and go to Skills
- Search for “august”
- Select August Smart Home (black icon)
- Enable the Skill by logging in with your August account information
Here are some example voice commands that you can use with Alexa. Assuming the name of the lock is “front door”.
- Check if your front door is locked or not: “Alexa, is my front door locked?”
- Lock your door: “ Alexa, lock the front door”
- Unlock your door: “ Alexa, unlock the front door ” [you will need to say your pin code]
If you want to add custom skills to your Alexa you should repeat the steps above and at the step 3 you must select August Home with red icon and complete the step 4. After adding custom skill you ask ask Alexa some more things as:
- “Alexa, ask August to check the door.” (will check and answer as “The door is locked and closed.” by using your Doorsense)
- “Alexa, ask August to list my locks.
- “Alexa, ask August for help.”
Don’t forget to give a name to your smart lock in order to Alexa to understand which product it should apply the command to. Alexa works very well with Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen without problems.
Google Home integration is really easy. Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen and Google Home works great together. Moreover, this smart lock will also work together with all the other devices compatible with the Google Assistant. You can lock, unlock and check if your door’s status including if it is open or closed by your voice.
You can follow the steps below to pair your device with Google Home.
- Launch the Google Assistant app and tap on Settings and after tap on Home control. Press the Add New button (bottom right of screen) and select August.
- Fill your August account details.
- At the next screen, set an unlocking code in order to unlock your door by your voice.
These are the voice commands which you can use on Google Assistant
- Lock: “OK, Google, lock my front door.” (use the name assigned to your door in the August app)
- Check Status:“OK, Google, is my front door locked?”
- Check if door is closed or not: “Ok, Google, is my front door closed?” (your Doorsense should be installed in order to use this voice command)
- Unlock: “OK Google, unlock my front door.” (you will be asked your pin to complete unlocking)
Apple HomeKit is another option to control your Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen remotely or inside the house. System works great together. You can use your phone and control your lock over Siri or you can do this by using your Apple Watch.
Apple watch gives you abilitiy to lock, unlock or check the status of the door by talking with Siri as you can do over the phone. Below you can find some command examples.
“Hey Siri, Unlock my door”
“Hey Siri, is my door locked?”
If you are facing with connection problems, we suggest you to reset your iPhone. This will solve the problems most of the time. We are not sharing the steps to follow for pairing these devices because you will be directed by the app over the phone.
Keypad of Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen
Yale Assure Lock series comes with 3 different keypad choices. When you want you buy a Yale Assure Lock you will see these choices as classic keypad, touchscreen keypad and key-free touchscreen keypad. We share our experiences with Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen but we will also tell the differences between other keypad versions.
Touchscreen keypad has a great design with ideal dimensions. It will fit on your door as a part designed for your door. Keys are getting illuminated once you touch the screen. Brigtness of the light is ideal for day and night usage.
Locking operation is easy as touching the keypad with your 3 fingers. You should activate one-touch locking before you try this. We loved this feature because it is different from other touchscreen keypads which requires awakening the keypad and pressing the lock button. This feature makes things much easier.
Unlimited number of codes can be stored on this package because of Connected By August kit. These codes should be 4-8 digits length. First ever code will be the master code of the lock. Creating the codes possible in 2 ways. You can either use the keypad or use August lock app. We will share the code types under “user codes” subtitle.
August Home app lets you create user codes and track them. Whenever someone uses the code you will get notifications about the usage. You can view details of the usage as when/who locked or unlocked the door on the August lock app. We will share you code types that you can create.
- Always: When you create this code, any user who has this code can lock/unlock your door without any time limitations. Code will always work until you delete it.
- Recurring: You have a visitor coming to your house every week at the same days and hours? You can create this code and choose the days with working hours. It will work repeatedly until you delete it. As an example if you are having a service in your house which is always at Wednesday between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM you can let your guest in at every Wednesday between 10:00 AM and 02:00 PM .
- Temporary: Very ideal code type for Airbnb or short term rentals. Just set the the date range with the ending time. It will work until the last time you set for it and it will be deleted automatically. As an example you can create a code for customer X which will be valid through 03.22.20 – 03.24.20 between 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM. It will not work after 03:00 PM 03.24.20.
Auto Lock and Auto Unlock
Auto Lock is always a great feature that we like to have. It simply gets your life easier in your house when you arrive to your house and forget to lock the door. Auto lock is also great for crowded families which can cause forgetting to lock the door. Auto lock is disabled by default and set to 30 secons as default.
Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected By August has different time choices for auto lock triggering. You can set auto lock timer as immediate, 30 seconds or 1 to 30 minutes. After you set the desired time, Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen will be locked so that lock can auto lock the door after the defined time passes over the last time door closed completely. Doorsense will sense if the door is closed or not and activate the auto lock.
Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected By August has auto unlock feature very similar other smart locks August Smart Lock Pro 3rd Gen and Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro with Wi-Fi Bridge. It is disabled by deafult so if you enable it, you phone will be a bridge between your smart lock and you. Your door will be unlocked when you are in approximately ~15 ft range of the lock.
Auto unlock detects your location by GPS and checks if you are in the Geofence range. Once you enter to Geofence area which is 200 meters, your smart lock will be ready to find your phone. Finally, when you are in the ~15 ft range to your door, it will be auto unlocked. This feature is a life saver when you come back to your house with your hands full of bags.
You might be thinking if your locked will be unlocked again while you are at house but don’t worry. As long as you are in the 200 meters Geofence area, your smart lock will not activate auto lock. You should go out of 200 meters range and come back in order to activate it again.
If you experinece any problems with auto lock, we suggest you to check your GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Auto lock uses all of these and if any of them have a problem then you might face with unlocking problems so make sure all of them working well.
We love this feature very much. It is working more detailed on Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected By August if we compare with other smart locks on the market. August lock app gives you 5 different alert choices to receive.
- When the door is locked or unlocked manually
- When a user which is defined by you locks or unlocks the door
- When the door left ajar
- When the door is Auto-Locked
- When door is locked with One – Touch Keypad
Battery Life of Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected By August
This smart lock is powered by 4 x AA Alkaline batteries. We can never guarantee batyery life on these kind of devices because there are couple o facotors effecting the battery life. Some of these factors can be listed as enabled features, usage frequency, lock’s turn number, condition of the door, weather, etc. We always suggest our readers to buy Duracell batteries for a longer usage experience.
We didn’t have enough time to test Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen‘s battery life but we have calculated the battery consumption of the system and tested it in different conditions. We have also contacted with some of the long time users and asked their experiences. From what we have heard and calculated, we can easily say that battery will last between 2 – 3 months.
Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen has 2 low battery indicators. When your batteries get low to critical levels Low Battery Warning indicator on the smart lock will flash RED and you will receive notifications to your mobile phone from August lock app. You should change them as soon as possible. Don’t worry about forgetting to change the batteries. If you do so, you have 2 options to solve the problem. You can either use a 9V battery to charge it from the socket of your touchscree or you can still use your existing key to unlock the door.
Changing batteries of a smart lock should be easy and fast in our opinion. This one has extremely easy battery changing process. Just remove the screw on the interior unit and slide the cover up. You will see the batteries to replace in front of you. Whole process will be around 1 minute.
Other Keypad Versions
Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected By August has has 2 more choices of keypad styles. They are almost same as technical specifications but there are some little differences.
Yale Assure Lock SL Key-Free Touchscreen Connected By August is a model without key hole on it. It is completely key-free with touchscreen keypad.
Yale Assure Lock Keypad Connected By August is a little larger and has physical buttons on it with a key hole. You can use your key when needed.
Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected by August has a larger shape than key-free version because of key hole. There is nothing more different in this model.
If keys are problem for you and you don’t want them anymore in your life then you can choose key-free version. It is really very slim and well designed product. If you still want the freedom to use your key whenever you want and want a keypad with physical buttons then you should choose keypad version. Keypad with physical buttons always works more stable when compared to touchscreens. Finally, if you prefer to have a touchscreen keypad with a key hole on it then you should choose touchsreen keypad version which is our product on review.
Installation Process of Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected By August
Before moving on the installation process please make sure that your door has the following specifications:
Door thicknes: 1-3/4″ to 2-1/4″
Backset 2-3/4″ or 2-3/8″
Face Bore Hole: 2-1/8″
Edge Bore Hole: 1″
After confirming the specifications you can either follow the Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen installation manual at here or just install the BILT app to watch step by step guide.
All Yale Assure Locks have extremely easy installation process. As out bof the box you will get an extandable latch so all you need is a Phillips Head Screwdriver. Depending on the condition of your door you might also need a little drilling which won’t be difficult thanks to drilling templates coming inside the box. Whole process will take around 25 minutes to complete even if you have zero knowledge about locks.
Technical Details Chart
|Item Weight||4.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||6 x 6 x 14 inches|
|Batteries||4 AA batteries required. (included)|
|Included Components||Yale Assure Lock Touhcscreen, Connected by August Module, August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, August DoorSense, Deadbolt, Strike Plate, Mounting Hardware, Installation Manual, 2 keys, 4 x AA batteries, Drilling Templates|
|Battery Cell Type||Alkaline|
|Warranty Description||Lifetime limited warranty on Finish and Mechanical. One year on Electronics|
Cons and Pros of Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected By August
This smart lock is one of the top smart locks on the market. It is definetely biggest competitor of August Smart Lock Pro 3rd Gen. It deserves top 3 place in our top smart locks 2019 list. All kind of users from normal house users to Airbnb house users can use this lock. It has easy installation, long battery life, beautiful design, remote access, voice control, custom user codes and more.
If you are still reading this post then you are probably already feeling confident to buy Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected By August. We definetely suggest this smart lock to anyone who looks for a great solution. You will not be disappointed for your decision. Here is the list of cons and pros:
Small and beautiful design
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support
Solid and heavy-duty structure
Custom app and August app
3 different keypad styles
Guest access, recurring and temporary access
Unlimited user codes
Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant support
Remote access, remote lock / unlock
Stable keypad with very bright light
Long battery life
Easy to change batteries
Battery drain warning
9V battery entrance in case of battery drain
No support for Z-Wave hubs