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Calibrating the Smart Lock


If you are having trouble with your Smart Lock, calibrating the lock is a great first step to take to get everything synced and running smoothly again. 

As a first step, you’ll want to make sure that your Smart Lock is powered on and has a functioning battery. The battery for the Smart Lock and its corresponding PIN pad have a lifespan of up to 3 years, depending on usage. If the Smart Lock has an error within the SimpliSafe® Mobile App that indicates there is a low battery or that your Smart Lock is offline, you’ll want to replace the battery before proceeding.

Calibrating the Smart Lock using the Mobile App*:

The SimpliSafe® Mobile App may display a “Recalibration Needed” alert for routine maintenance. You can recalibrate your Smart Lock using the Mobile App on your phone or tablet with the steps below:

  1. Tap the tile that reads “Recalibration Needed” to get started

    1. If you do not see this tile, you can navigate to the Smart Lock device page to manually start recalibration:

      1. Select “My System” from the navigation bar at the bottom of the app screen.

      2. Tap on “Device Settings.”

      3. Choose your Smart Lock from the list of devices

      4. Scroll down to Calibration and tap the arrow to proceed

  2. Click on the “Begin” button to start the Smart Lock Calibration.

  3. The Smart Lock will begin to calibrate. This should take no more than a few minutes to complete. 

  4. The app will display “Is the Smart Lock unlocked?”

    1. If you notice the door is unlocked, please select “YES” to proceed

    2. If your door is not unlocked, select no and proceed with the in-app flow to troubleshoot the issue further

  5. Tap Done to complete the calibration and exit the flow

*In order to recalibrate the Smart Lock from the SimpliSafe® Mobile App, the Base Station must be updated to firmware 2.14 or higher. For more details on updating your system’s firmware, visit our Updating Your SimpliSafe® System article. The SimpliSafe® Mobile App on your device must also be updated to the latest version. If your Base Station is up to date but you still do not see calibration available, please update your mobile app.

Calibrating the Smart Lock using the Keypad:

  1. Bring the Keypad close to the Smart Lock

  2. Press Menu on the Keypad

  3. Enter your Primary PIN

  4. Use the arrow to toggle to the Devices menu

  5. Choose Lock

  6. Toggle Recalibrate

  7. When prompted by the Keypad to “Close your Door” - manually turn the lock to a locked position and press “Done”

  8. The Smart Lock will then automatically turn three times during calibration

  9. If the calibration was successful, the Keypad will display “Check your Door, is it Unlocked?”

    1. If you notice the door is unlocked, please select YES to proceed

  10. The Keypad will now display “Congratulations” on it. You can press OK to exit the flow

  11. Your Smart Lock is now calibrated and you can use it again

Troubleshooting Recalibration Errors

If the Smart Lock fails to recalibrate when using the Mobile App or Keypad, there may be a few reasons for that: the Base Station could not be connected to Wi-Fi, the placement of your Base Station may not be ideal, battery may be low, or it may not be installed properly. 

We recommend taking each of the following troubleshooting steps below to successfully calibrate your Smart Lock.

The first thing you should do is check if your Base Station is connected to Wi-Fi. This can be done using either the SimpliSafe® Mobile App or Keypad.

Using the SimpliSafe® Mobile App

  1. Select My System from the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen

  2. Tap on Base Station Settings

  3. Next to Wi-Fi Network, you will see your network name if your Base Station is connected to Wi-Fi

Using the Keypad

  1. Press the Menu button and enter your Master PIN

  2. Select System Settings

  3. Next to WiFi, you will see the network name your Base Station is connected to Wi-Fi

If you do not see a network name, you will need to connect your Base Station to Wi-Fi in order to calibrate your Smart Lock.

The second thing you can test is the placement of your Base Station. We recommend moving and plugging it in as close to the Smart Lock as possible and then resetting the Smart Lock. Once the Base Station has been moved and the Smart Lock has been reset, try calibrating the Smart Lock again. If the calibration is successful, you can move your Base Station back to its original location.

The third thing you should check is whether your Base Station or Keypad(s) have a pending firmware update. You’ll know that there is an update available if you see a gear icon on your Keypad or if you receive a notification in the SimpliSafe® Mobile App. If you see that an update is available, you will need to download it before calibrating your Smart Lock again.

If a firmware update is not available, you should check the battery of your Smart Lock. To check the battery levels of the Smart Lock, slide open the top cover and press the test button. The lights on the device will begin to blink. If only the center light is slowly blinking, this would indicate that the batteries within the Smart Lock are low and need to be replaced.

If the Smart Lock’s batteries are not low, we would then recommend looking at how it is installed. Look at the Smart Lock sideways and search for any gaps between the lock and the door, as this could indicate an overtightened mounting bracket which can cause calibration errors. 

If there is a gap between the Smart Lock and the door, take the following steps to slightly loosen the mounting bracket’s screws and realign it with your door:

  • Using the wider end of the PIN Pad & Lock Key that comes with your Smart Lock (pictured below) as a lever, slide the latches of the wings outwards on both sides. Once the wings are separated, pull the lock off the door. If you do not have your PIN Pad & Lock Key, you can also use a small, flat head screwdriver

The Smart Lock's PIN Pad & Lock Key, which is shipped with the device. The Smart Lock's PIN Pad & Lock Key being used to slide the Smart Lock's latches outwards.

  • Slightly loosen the screws on the mounting bracket. Then, with the Smart Lock’s wings open, align the lock on the adapter.

  • Close the Smart Lock’s wings and then attempt to calibrate the Smart Lock again.

If the Smart Lock will not recalibrate after loosening the mounting bracket’s screws, open your door and twist its thumb turn to expose the door’s deadbolt. 

  1. If the deadbolt is not protruding out all the way, that would mean that the Smart Lock has been installed with an incorrect adapter. In that case, you would want to physically remove your Smart Lock, and then reinstall it with the correct adapter.

  2. If the deadbolt is protruding out all the way, take the following steps:

  • Close your door and manually lock and unlock your Smart Lock to feel for any resistance or obstructions. The deadbolt should not be making any contact or grinding on your door’s strike plate.

    • If your deadbolt is not moving freely, obstructions that are getting in the way of the deadbolt seamlessly locking and unlocking will need to be removed.

      • This can be done by raising your door or adjusting your door frame’s strike plate or hole.

  • If your deadbolt is moving freely, attempt to reset your Smart Lock and calibrate it once more with the Base Station plugged in near your Smart Lock.

Still Need Help?

If your Smart Lock continues to fail calibration after taking the above steps, please contact our support team for additional assistance.