Schlage Auto Lock: How it Works and How to Enable It

If you’re wondering how the Schlage auto-lock feature works or you’re not sure how to enable it, this post is your go-to resource.

In the following paragraphs, I’ll explain how the Schlage auto-lock feature works and how to enable/disable it. Let’s dive in!

Schlage Lock with Auto-Lock

First off, note that the auto-lock feature is not available in all Schlage keypad locks. You should have gotten a Schlage lock with the auto-lock feature before you think of enabling or using the auto-lock. If you’re looking to get a Schlage Lock with the auto-lock feature, see this post.

That said, let’s get started with how the Schlage auto-lock feature works.

What is Schlage Auto-Lock?

This is a feature in some Schlage keypad lock models that (when enabled) automatically locks the door after a few seconds/minutes when the door closes.

How Schlage Auto Lock Works

As mentioned earlier, this feature locks your door automatically when the door is closed.

For instance, if you close your door and forget to lock it yourself, the auto-lock feature will lock it automatically after a few seconds or so. The time it takes to lock your door depends on your settings.

You can set the auto-lock time delay to lock automatically after 30 seconds, 1 minute, and so on.

However, note that this feature isn’t enabled by default. You’ll have to enable it yourself to get it to work. Keep reading to see how to do this.

Enabling Schlage Auto Lock

If your Schlage lock comes with the auto-locking feature, here’s how to enable it:

  • Press the Schlage button on the keypad.
  • Enter your Programming Code. Next, press key 9 on the keypad.
  • Auto-lock is enabled.

Disabling Schlage Auto Lock

If (for any reason) you’re not comfortable with the auto-lock feature, you can disable it.

Here’s how to disable the Schlage auto-lock feature:

Press the Schlage button. Then enter your Programming Code and press key 9. The process is the same as enabling the feature.

Benefits of the Schlage Auto-Lock Feature

Using a Schlage lock with the auto-lock feature offers you the comfort of locking your door hands-free.

Also, you won’t have to worry about going back to your house to confirm if the door is locked. Of course, you may forget to lock your door sometimes. Or maybe you did but are not quite sure.

With the auto-lock feature enabled, you’re sure your door will lock automatically after a few seconds/minutes—depending on the time delay you set.

Auto-lock also works as a security feature. If your kids are at home, they may open the door and forget to lock it. With auto-lock, your door will lock automatically even when your kids forget to lock it. This helps prevent break-ins.

What if the Auto-Lock Feature Malfunctions?

Some features in your lock may sometimes malfunction. If your Schlage lock auto-lock feature stops working, replacing the batteries and resetting the lock is usually a go-to fix.

I have also written a detailed guide on how to troubleshoot Schlage auto-lock. Hopefully, you’d get the lock to work properly if you follow the troubleshooting steps correctly.

Wrapping Up

So that’s how the Schlage auto-lock feature works. And you’ll have to activate the feature to get it working—the steps are outlined above.

Keep in mind that you can’t use the auto-lock feature if your Schlage lock doesn’t have this feature. An example of a popular Schlage lock model without the auto-lock feature is the Schlage BE365. While some Schlage keypad locks with the auto-lock feature include Schlage FE595, FE575, and BE469.

To use the auto-lock, get a Schlage lock with the auto-lock feature and ensure auto-lock is enabled.