Yale Linus Smart Lock Review

Yale company is a well known lock manufacturer that has been producing high quality locks for many years. Users are always very satisfied with Yale locks. It continues its successful works by being a part of the ASSA ABLOY which is leader in access solutions

We have previously made a review of 3 different smart locks from Yale company and we were very satisfied with them. This time, we will review the Yale Linus Smart Lock, the latest smart lock model that Yale has produced for Euro Profile locks, which are mostly used in the European market. Let’s check and see if Yale Linus Smart Lock is as good as Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Connected By August, Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-Wave and Nest x Yale Lock with Nest Connect.

Before continuing with our review, we would like to point out that Yale Linus Smart Lock does not connect to the Wi-Fi when it is factory-made out of the box. For this reason, in our review, we will make our review by including the Yale Linus Connect Bridge and Yale Linus Smart Keypad which make usage easier. Both of these products are sold separately.

Design of Yale Linus Smart Lock

Yale Linus Smart Lock has a very strong structure. It is made of solid metal so it is really heavy. It has a beautiful led indicator activating while there is an operation on the lock.

As dimensions it is 58mm in width, 58mm in depth and 150mm in length. Yale Linus Smart Lock is a big smart lock which covers large area on the door. This is the biggest smart lock that we have ever seen so far in our reviews.

We have made reviews for 2 other models compatible with Euro Profile Cylinders. They are Nuki Combo 2.0 Smart Lock and Desi Utopic R Smart Lock. When we compare these smart locks as design, we can say that Yale Linus Smart Lock looks like a start-up project against them.

Just to compare the dimensions, below we are sharing you 2 photos. The first one is from our previous reviews while Linus was not on the market. In that photo you can see that Nuki Combo 2.0 Smart Lock was the biggest one with 110 mm x 60 mm x 60 mm dimensions. At the middle you can see Dana Lock V3 and as the smallest you can see Desi Utopic R Smart Lock.

At the second photo, you can do better comparison as we aligned all of these smart locks near Yale Linus Smart Lock.

All Europe Locks

Despite its big size and almost same functionality with other smart locks in the photo, Yale Linus Smart Lock won the 2020 Reddot Design awards and European Product Design Award. Maybe it is just because of the solid metal material structure but we want to leave the comparision to you without further comments.

Yale Linus Smart Lock installed on a door

Before going to next part of our review, we want to say one last thing about the design. Yale Linus Smart Lock is compatible with Euro Profile Cylinders but there is a problem. Due to its design, if you don’t have a cylinder with emergency function lets keys to be inserted from each side at the same time and rotated, you will not be able to unlock your door with a key from outside in case of an emergency.

This technical problem is creating a risky position for the user. Nuki Combo 2.0 Smart Lock also has the same problem but Desi Utopic R Smart Lock comes with a pre-installed cylinder on it. This design of Desi Utopic R lets you to use a key from outside when needed so you won’t need to pay extra money to buy a Euro Profile Cylinder with emergency feature but you will have to use Desi’s pre-installed cylinder.

Whether or not the cylinder in your door has emergency function, if you do not want to replace it, we can offer you another new smart lock model which we will review next time. Desi Utopic OK Type A Smart Lock will let your key to be used from outside whenever you want even if it is not an emergency featured cylinder.

Connection Standards and Smart Home Controller Options

As we mentioned before, Yale Linus Smart Lock cannot connect to the Wi-Fi as out of the box. By default, it has bluetooth connection. It, it does not support Z-Wave or Zigbee connections. Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa is supported by using Yale Linus Connect Bridge. Additionaly, it supports IFTTT web services and Airbnb.

We can easily say that these options pretty enough for a smart lock. Below you can find what you can do with these and what we have faced during our tests.

Yale Linus Connect Bridge
Yale Linus Connect Bridge

Amazon Alexa

Alexa is a widely used voice assistant. By using voice commands, you can lock your door, unlock your door and ask Alexa if your door is closed or not. Alexa voice assistant requires Echo or Echo Dot to pair with Yale Linus Smart Lock.

There some steps to pair Alexa and Yale Linus Smart Lock. You must add Yale Smart Living skill to Amazon Alexa app and give your lock a name so that Alexa will apply your commands. Don’t forget that you will be asked for a pin when you want to unlock your door by your voice.

We have tested voice commands for a while and seen that they are generally working without any problems but sometimes we have faced with connection problems. We believe this can be solved with a software update.

Echo Dot

alexa These are the voice commands which you can use on Alexa and assuming the name of your lock is “front door”.

  • Check if your front door is locked or not: “Alexa, is my front door locked?”
  • Locking your door: Alexalock the front door.
  • Unlock your door: Alexaunlock the front door. [you will also need to say your pin code]
  • Set PIN code: [Configured in Alexa app]

Google Assistant

To use the Google Assistant, you need to pair your Yale Linus Smart Lock with Google Home. After 3 or 4 attempts, we were able to establish a connection. Then all the voice commands we sent were implemented without any problems. We are sure that the app will be improved and there will be no problems in this regard over time.

googleassitantThese 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?
  • To check the status of your door you can use this voice command but your DoorSense should be installed on your door. “Ok, Google, is my front door closed?”
  • Unlock: “OK Googleunlock my front door.”

Apple HomeKit

We have paired Yale Linus Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit. However, we had to recalibrate the lock because Linus did not appear at Apple HomeKit. Due to lack of troubleshooting documents we found this solution by trying. So if face with this problem, just recalibrate your Yale Linus Smart Lock and try again.

After pairing completed and everything ready to test, we had no problems in the operation step. You can talk with Siri and ask to lock, unlock your door or check whether your door is locked.

If you are asking whether you can use an Apple watch to control your lock, we can answer as “Yes”. Apple watch is a great option for locking and unlocking you door.

We have tested these commands inside the house and remotely and it worked perfectly as expected. Below you can find some example commands.

“Hey Siri, Unlock my door”

“Hey Siri, is my door locked?”

Please keep in mind if you have at least Apple TV 4th Gen at your house then you won’t need to buy Yale Linus Connect Bridge to connect your device to internet. You can easily use your Apple TV 4th Gen to connect your Yale Linus Smart Lock.

Auto Lock

One of the biggest advantages of smart locks is the automatic locking function. We, as a team, activate the automatic locking mode of every smart lock that we test and use at our own doors.

When you activate the auto lock, your door will be locked automatically when the time you selected on the app has passed since the last unlocking operation. However, Yale Linus Smart Lock works in a different way. It has Doorsense unit as same as August’s. It detects if door is closed completely or not and activates the timer after detecting that your door closed completely.

We have test this couple of times and it worked correctly 80% of our attempts. You can selet from 10 seconds to 30 minutes for auto lock timing. You can have problem with calibrating the Doorsense so you should be patient and expect to try 8-10 or even more times repeatedly till it is completed. This is very important because if you don’t calibrate the Doorsense, you will not be able to use cool Auto Unlock feature.

Please note: DoorSense feature will not work with either a metal door frame or a metal retractable screen frame.

Yale Linus Smart Lock

Auto Unlock

Auto unlock is a very rare feature between smart locks. For this reason, we see it as one of the biggest advantages of Yale Linus Smart Lock. August series smart locks have automatic unlock feature. Since Yale and August companies are under Assa Abloy group, their technologies are almost same. We also want to remind you that Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 has this feature among the smart locks using the Euro Profile Cylinder lock system.

When you activate the automatic unlocking feature, your phone will act as a wireless key between your door and you. Once you enter to Geofencing area which is approximately 100 meters away from your lock, your phone will start to scan to find your Yale Linus Smart Lock. If it finds the lock in the range of 5 meters, it will automatically unlock the door.

If you have some smart devices connected to your home network such as Philips Hue lights, you can set automation as turning on the lights when door is unlocked and disarming the Yale Smart Alarm system.

We have tested this feature with variuos phones and seen that it is working fine almost all of the time. Some people might face with problems so we suggest you to check the calibration of your Doorsense.

We know that some people will ask if auto unlock will unlock the door again while they are at home and sleeping. You should not worry for this because your phone should leave the Geofencing area and return back to there in order to activate auto unlock again. We also tested this and Yale Linus Smart Lock never unlocked the door till we go out of the Geofencing area and return back.

Virtual Keys

Virtaul keys are the main way to unlock your door if you don’t have Yale Linus Smart Keypad installed on your door. You can create different kind of Virtual Keys depending on your needs. Virtual Keys can be created remotely so that you will not need to be near Linus. Below, we will explain 3 different types of Virtual Keys that you can create with Yale Access App with details

  • Always: A very ideal Virtual key for family members and most trusted people. This Virtural Key will always unlock the door without any time limitations.
  • Recurring: If you have visitors such as dogwalker, gardener, handyman or some similar people to your home at every week repeatedly on certain days and at certain hours, you can define this type of virtual key for those people. In this way, this virtual key will be active every week on the days and time range you specify until you delete it from the system. As an example if you are having a service in your house which is always at Wednesday and Thursday between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM you can let your guest in at every week in this day and time period.
  • Temporary: Yale Linus Smart Lock has Airbnb integration but if you want another solution, you can use this virtual key. Once you create this virtual key, your guest will be able to use it in the date range you defined till the finishing hour that you set. It will not work after the finishing time passes and deleted from the system. As an example a house owner can use this key to let AirBnb guest in the specified date and time range. Owner can create this key for customer A as valid through 12.20.20 – 12.24.20 between 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM. It will not work after 03:00 PM 12.24.20.

You can view the detailed usage logs in the app for each virtual key.

Smart Alerts

Smart Alerts are simply reports that you want to receive to your phone as notifications. By using smart alerts you can get details for the following conditions.

  1. When the door is locked or unlocked manually
  2. When a user which is defined by you locks or unlocks the door
  3. When the door left ajar by using Doorsense
  4. When the door is Auto-Locked
  5. When door is locked with One – Touch Keyapd
Yale Linus Smart Lock

Battery Life of Yale Linus Smart Lock

Yale Linus Smart Lock is very new on the market so we can’t be sure of its battery life. It is powered by 4 x AA Alkaline batteries which are also included in the box. Yale believes that Linus Smart Lock will go at least 6 months but we can’t confirm or deny this claim yet.

Generally, we do short-term usage tests but this time one of our members will use it on his own door and see how long it will go. Test will be performed with Yale Linus Connect Bridge and Yale Linus Smart Keypad added to the system. Auto lock, smart alerts and auto unlock will be enabled too. We will update the Yale Linus Smart Lock battery life information in the future.

To prevent your battery from running out suddenly, you can follow the battery through the application. In addition, when the battery falls below a certain level, you will receive a low battery warning from the phone as a notification. In this way, you have the chance to change the batteries without delay. In fact, we recommend you to replace the batteries as soon as you get the low battery warning.

We want to point out an important information in this step again. If you don’t change the batteries and they drain completely, you will not have a chance to unlock your door with your existing keys from outside if the Euro Profile Cylinder installed on your door does not have emergency function.

Battery changing of Yale Linus Smart Lock is simple as expected. Battery cover which is located below the lock knob is a magnet cover, by pressing on the side, you can grab it and reach to battery holder. Whole process will take around 1 minute.

Yale Linus Smart Keypad

Yale Linus Smart Keypad is the same keypad as August Smart Keypad. Only the difference is their compay logos at the bottom. Keypad is always a good equipment for a smart lock. Yale Linus Smart Keypad is sold separetely from the Yale Linus Smart Lock.

Yale Smart Keypad

Usage of this keypad is extremely easy as it has easy to press buttons with user friendly design. You can create user codes with types of always, temporary and recurring. We have already explained details of these under Virtual Keys title so plese scroll up to check them if you missed to read.

All of the user codes can be created over the Yale Access App. User codes should be 4-6 digits length. 256 user codes can be stored at the same time. We have tested all of these user code types and they all worked as it was advertised.

Tracking the activity of a user code is possible over the app. Yale Linus Smart Keypad has a single press button to lock the door. Just press the button with Yale logo on the bottom to lock the door.

Yale Linus Smart Keypad has a bright enough backlit that you can use it easily in dark environments. However, to activate this backlit, you have to press any key on the keypad. We recommend that you activate the backlit of the keypad by pressing the key with the Yale logo under the keypad so that you will be able to enter the user code correctly every time.

August Smart Keypad version of this keypad have short battery life as short as 1,5 months for 5-6 times daily usage. Probably, Yale Linus Smart Keypad has the same battery life but we will update this information in the future. It has also low battery warning system over the app and via e-mail. Sizes are pretty small as 7.3 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm. A good product to be used near Yale Linus Smart Lock.

Package includes:

– 1 Smart Keypad

– 2 AAA Batteries

– 2 Screws

– 2 Wall Anchors

– Double-Sided Tape

– Getting Started Guide

Installation Process of Yale Linus Smart Lock

In order to install Yale Linus Smart Lock on your door, your cylinder must stick out at least 3 mm from the door furniture. If it is less than 3 mm you should use the adhesive pad coming inside the box.

Yale Linus Smart Lock has an easy installation process. All the steps are clearly explained in the app. If you follow the steps, you will definetely have no problem to install it on your door.

We managed to install in 3 minutes as it was claimed. If you need to change the cylinder with another one, it can take additional 4-5 minutes for an inexperienced user but if you will change your cylinder with Yale Linus adjustable cylinder then it can take up to 10 minutes to adjust and install the new cylinder on your door.

No drilling or any other kind of operation needed during our installation. It is not the fastest to install smart lock on the market but it is easy enough for everyone to complete installation.

There is a quick start guide in the product box. Also, when consumers scan the QR code, they gain access to information about the installation and how to videos.

Below, you will find 2 different Yale Linus Smart Lock installation videos. First one is for the ones who will use their existing compatible cylinders. Second video is for the ones who will use Yale Linus Adjustable Cylinder.

Yale Linus Smart Lock
Yale Linus Smart Lock all finishes

Technical Details Chart

Item Weight 623 gram
Product Dimensions 15 x 5.8 x 5.2 cm
Voltage 1.5 volts
Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
Included Components Linus Smart Lock x1 – Mounting plate x1 – DoorSense(TM) magnet x1 – Allen key x 1 – AA batteries x 4 – Quick start guide x 1
Batteries Included? Yes
Batteries Required? Yes
Battery Cell Type Alkaline
Warranty Description 2 year manufacturer

Cons and Pros of Yale Linus Smart Lock

In this last part of our review, we will try to summarize all of our experiences and list the pros and cons of the Yale Linus Smart Lock. First of all, we would like to point out that Yale is a company that always produces top quality and reliable locks.

We can say without hesitation that this smart lock is made of a high quality material and is very durable, but we do not think that it is a beautiful smart lock in terms of design because its size is really big compared to competing smart locks on the market. It is also a big minus that you cannot use your key from outside in the absence of cylinder with emergency function. This will cost additional cylinder cost for you.

Yale Linus Smart Lock is more expensive compared to competitive products in terms of price. After paying such a high fee, you will need to purchase Yale Linus Connect Bridge to gain remote access to your lock. This is obviously not to our liking.

We liked the easy installation process of Linus Smart Lock. Having Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Airbnb and IFTTT support after connecting to Wi-Fi is great. They all work well but will be better with future updates.

Auto unlock is the star of Yale Linus Smart Lock which is a life saver. Having Doorsense is a big advantage to check the situation of the door if it is open or closed. Overall performance of adversited features work as they should be. We are satisfied by this.

Yale Linus Smart Lock works slower than both the Nuki Combo 2.0 Smart Lock and Desi Utopic R Smart Lock, which we mentioned in this review as its motor operating performance. Since we do not yet have clear information about battery life, we will update this in the future.

*UPDATE*: We have been contacted by Yale about the battery life so we are sharing the informatin we got from them.

The battery lifetime is dependent on the number of turns per locking, the smoothness of the door opening and the number of openings per day. Based on normal usage, the batteries will last between 6 to 9 months.

As a last word, if you are asking youself if you should buy Yale Linus Smart Lock or not, our answer to you would be “maybe”. Not everyone wants a small lock on their door. For this reason, if it suits your eye taste and if it is not a problem for you to buy an extra Yale Linus Connect Bridge for remote access, this Smart Lock may be an ideal choice for you. At the below, we share the pros and cons of Yale Linus Smart Lock with you in a list.


Easy to use application

Solid structure

Easy installation

Different type of virtual key options

Auto unlock and lock

Door sense

Apple HomeKit suppport

Airbnb and IFTTT support (requires Yale Linus Connect Bridge for Wi-Fi)

Voice control by Alexa and Google Assistant (requires Yale Linus Connect Bridge for Wi-Fi)

Easy to change batteries

Keypad contoller option


Big dimensions


Yale Linus Connect Bridge for Wi-Fi not included in the package

Slow motor speed

Requires cylinder with emergency function for key usage from outside

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