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How do I set my Kwikset SmartKey?

Last Updated: 8th May, 2020

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First, insert the functioning key and turn it ¼-turn clockwise. Then, insert and remove the SmartKey learn tool. Follow by removing the functioning key, inserting a new key, and turning it ½-turn counter-clockwise. Your lock is then successfully re-keyed.

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People also ask, how do I know if my Kwikset lock is SmartKey?

These locks can be identified by a small vertical slot on the plug, located to the left of the cylinder's keyway**. These locks will also be marked "Kwikset" or "Weiser".

Secondly, how does Kwikset SmartKey work? When the user wants to rekey the lock, the working key is used to rotate the plug 90° clockwise. A special tool known as the "Smart Key" is used on the small hole to the left of the keyway. This physically disengages the sidebar and wafers from the guide pins and allows the working key to be removed.

Herein, does Kwikset Smart Key work with any key?

A Kwikset SmartKey tool (One should've came with your lock, but if not, you can buy one on Amazon). The new (or rather, old) key that you want to use instead. This must be a Kwikset key, as Kwikset and Schlage keys are totally different from one another (and won't work in each other's locks).

Can you rekey a smart lock without the original key?

If you have no key for your locks but need to rekey – a locksmith can still rekey your locks. However, if you do not have a working key, in some cases the total cost for picking the locks and rekeying it will not justify the cost of the rekey and maybe a new lock will be cheaper.

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Geraldin Wulfen

Explainer

Are Kwikset SmartKey locks safe?

Kwikset is committed to delivering unmatched security features to homeowners and puts the safety of our customers above all else. SmartKey cylinders feature ANSI Grade 1 security, are bump-proof and highly pick resistant while also passing the most stringent security standards, UL 437, par 11.6 & 11.7.

Magela Rodenkirch

Explainer

Can I rekey my own locks?

Change your own locks by removing the lock cylinder and changing the pins. Learn to rekey your entry and deadbolt locks like a pro, and at a fraction of the cost, using a rekeying kit. Instead of calling a locksmith when a key is lost, rekey the door lock yourself and save.

Kori Bockenhauer

Pundit

What is smart key for door locks?

SmartKey is an advanced security breakthrough which allows you to rekey the lock in seconds. To rekey your lock with an entirely new key, simply insert the functioning key, turn a quarter turn clockwise, insert the learning tool, remove the existing key, and insert a new key. That's it!

Salahedin Matthiess

Pundit

Can you make copies of Kwikset smart keys?

You can buy the key's and hardware stories such as Home Depot. Usually they come with the rekeying tool and instructions. If you find one that does, then Home Depot can make as many copies of it as you want, and you can rekey your locks to use this non-smartkey.

Benedikt Crook

Pundit

How much does it cost to rekey a lock?

Rekeying locks on your home costs $40 to $100 plus $15 to $40 per lock or about $75 per hour. If you call the locksmith to your home, you might also pay a trip fee of $50 to $100. Actual quotes depend on the type of locksmith you need for the doors you can't open. Rekeying doesn't mean replacing.

Jingwei Schmidkunz

Teacher

Can all Kwikset locks be rekeyed?

Re-keying a lock is useful for improving the security of a home and it can replace previous keys that you have lost or may have been unknowingly copied. Note: This re-keying was performed on a Kwikset deadbolt, but the procedure should be the same for most brands.

Irian Olives

Teacher

What is rekeying a lock?

Rekeying locks
In rekeying a lock, the locksmith removes the pins and springs in the lock cylinder and replaces them with new pins and springs that work with a new and different key. Key control simply means accounting for all keys made to operate the locks. Once keys are loaned out, key control is lost.

Tudorita Bouhouch

Teacher

How do you pick a door lock?

The easiest way to pick a lock is to use the fast and dirty method: scrubbing.
  1. Insert Tension Wrench into the Bottom of Key Hole and Apply Slight Pressure.
  2. Insert Pick at Top of Lock.
  3. While Applying Slight Torque to Your Wrench, Scrub Your Pick Back and Forth in the Key Hole.
  4. Repeat Until All the Pins Set.

Xinyao Lambas

Teacher

Are smart locks safe?

Yes, smart locks are connected to networks, and anyone with a smart lock should absolutely keep their apps updated, passwords secure and use a PIN for unlocking via voice assistants. However, smart locks do eliminate the risk of someone swiping the key from underneath your doormat.

Nunilon Brogegas

Reviewer

What is Kwikset SmartCode?

SmartCode touchpad electronic deadbolt is the only one-touch locking motorized deadbolt. It also features SmartKey re-key technology as the back-up keyway.

Huiying Seifart

Reviewer

How do you rekey a Kwikset lock with a smart key?

First, insert the functioning key and turn it ¼-turn clockwise. Then, insert and remove the SmartKey learn tool. Follow by removing the functioning key, inserting a new key, and turning it ½-turn counter-clockwise. Your lock is then successfully re-keyed.

Outmane Croger

Reviewer

Which is better Kwikset or Schlage?

Between Schlage and Kwikset, there is absolutely no doubt that Schlage makes better locks. With a better, more precise manufacturing process and 2 additional security pins than the Kwikset deadbolt, Schlage locks are significantly harder to pick, bump or compromise in non-destructive ways.

Nordi Grewsmuhl

Reviewer

Will Home Depot rekey locks to match?

In most cases your local Home Depot can rekey new locks to match your old key. If you have Schlage or Kwikset brand locks this is an easy process. In most cases your local Home Depot can rekey new locks to match your old key.

Ezzohra Anosov

Supporter

Is there a master key for Kwikset locks?

Creating a master key for a Kwikset lock provides you with the convenience of opening all your locks with a single key. Most apartment complexes and hotels operate on a master key or card system. To allow for entry using your original and master keys, change the pins in the lock mechanisms in each door.

Delfim Winokur

Supporter

Are Weiser smart key locks secure?

Yes, SmartKey re-key technology provides additional security: SmartKey is available in an ANSI Grade 1 deadbolt- certified the highest level of residential security. SmartKey offers BumpGuard™ protection, to protect against lock bumping, an attack technique that can defeat conventional pin and tumbler locks.

Yoselyn Chalykh

Supporter

What's the tiny hole in a padlock for?

The small hole on the bottom of a padlock
Firstly it lets water drain out if you're using it outdoors, preventing it from rusting or freezing up in the rain or snow. Secondly, the hole can also be used to oil the lock to keep it functioning properly.

Ostap Mondaray

Beginner

Can you rekey a Kwikset lock with a Schlage Key?

Re-key Schlage Lock to Kwikset
Basically, you cannot re-key the lock from Schlage to Kwikset, but you can change the lock cylinder from Schlage to Kwikset. A locksmith will be able to do it for you. Changing the lock cylinder will still cost less from changing the lock itself.

Yolima Saenz De Jubera

Beginner

How do you rekey a Schlage lock without the original key?

How to Rekey a Schlage Without a Key
  1. Instructions.
  2. Use lock-picking tools legally to unlock your own door.
  3. Use a paper clip to firmly press into the knob hole, located on the side of knob.
  4. Separate the cylinder housing and use the retainer ring tool in the re-keying set to remove the retainer ring.

Alexia De Brito

Beginner

How do you reset a Schlage Key?

Rekeying instructions
  1. Insert the reset key for the current bitting.
  2. Rotate the plug to the 11 o'clock position.
  3. Remove the reset key and insert the reset key for the desired bitting.
  4. Rotate the plug back to the 12 o'clock position and remove the reset key.
  5. Test the new working key.