Troubleshooting Guide for the Schlage Encode Smart Lock

Key Takeaway

  • Common issues with Schlage Encode include connectivity problems, programming errors, low battery, keypad malfunctioning, etc.
  • These issues can be easily fixed by ensuring a strong Wi-Fi signal and proper network setup, replacing batteries regularly, cleaning the keypad of dirt and dust, power cycling the lock, and performing a factory reset if necessary.

Welcome to the fascinating world of smart locks, where security meets convenience in the most brilliant way possible. Today, we’re going to dive deep into the exceptional Schlage Encode Wi-Fi deadbolt – a smart lock that’s captured the hearts of many homeowners seeking top-notch protection for their abode.

As technology continues to revolutionize our daily lives, smart locks have become a game-changer in home security. The Schlage Encode Smart Lock, with its sleek design and advanced features, has quickly gained a reputation for its convenience and reliability. However, even the most cutting-edge devices can occasionally encounter hiccups or issues.

Having spent countless hours tinkering with smart locks (as was my goal for 2023) and diving into their intricacies, I’ve developed a deep understanding of their quirks and challenges. While I don’t claim to have all the answers, in this blog, I will provide a comprehensive guide to troubleshooting the Schlage Encode smart lock. 

Troubleshooting the Schlage Encode Smart Lock

If you’re experiencing difficulties with your Schlage locks, here are several troubleshooting steps to consider. I have included troubleshooting measures for various issues, including one specifically related to problems with your Schlage Encode keypad lock.

1. Schlage Encode Not Connecting to Wi-Fi

Schlage Encode Not Connecting to Wi-Fi

If your Schlage Encode smart lock is having trouble connecting to Wi-Fi, follow these troubleshooting steps:

– Check Signal Strength:

Ensure that the smart lock is within range of your Wi-Fi router. If it is located too far away or obstructed by walls or other objects, the signal strength may be weak. Try moving the lock closer to the router and see if it improves connectivity.

– Restart the Router:

At times, routers can experience temporary problems that affect their performance. To address this, you can try the following steps: First, turn off the router by switching it off. Afterward, wait for a few seconds to allow for a brief pause. Finally, turn the router back on. This process helps refresh the connection and can often resolve any temporary glitches that may have been causing issues.

– Verify Network Band Compatibility:

Verify Network Band Compatibility:

The Schlage Encode smart lock supports the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band. Make sure your router is broadcasting in this frequency band. If your router supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, ensure that the lock is connected to the 2.4 GHz band, as it provides a better range for smart devices.

– Reset the Modem or Router:

If none of the troubleshooting steps mentioned earlier have resolved your issue, you can attempt the following solution: resetting your WiFi router. Resetting the router will restore it to its default settings, requiring you to reconfigure and customize the WiFi settings. However, many router-related problems can be resolved by performing a reset.

To reset your internet router, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Locate the Reset button located at the back of your WiFi router.
  • Step 2: While the router is powered on, press and hold the reset button for approximately 15 seconds. You can use the pointed end of a paperclip or a similar object to press the button.
  • Step 3: Wait for the router to complete the reset process and power back on.

2. Schlage Encode Not Working At All

Schlage Encode Not Working At All

If your Schlage lock is completely unresponsive, meaning it does not respond to keypad inputs or attempts to lock or unlock the door, you can try the following steps to troubleshoot the issue:

– Check Battery Level: 

The first step is to verify the battery level of your Schlage Encode smart lock. Open the app and check the battery level. If the batteries are low or dead, replace them with fresh non-rechargeable alkaline batteries.

Check Battery Level:

Here’s how,

  • Step 1: Get four new AA alkaline batteries.
  • Step 2: Locate the battery compartment on the bottom of the lock.
  • Step 3: Use a screwdriver or coin to unlock and remove the battery cover.
  • Step 4: Take out the old batteries and insert the new batteries, ensuring proper alignment.
  • Step 5: Close the battery compartment by locking the cover.
Take out the old batteries and insert the new batteries

– Reset the Lock: 

Performing a factory reset on your Schlage Encode smart lock is a process that restores the lock to its original settings, erasing any customized configurations or user codes. This can be useful in resolving software-related issues, such as unresponsive behavior or connectivity problems. However, please note that a factory reset will delete all user codes and settings associated with the lock, so you’ll need to reconfigure it afterward.

Here’s how to perform a factory reset on your Schlage Encode smart lock:

  • Step 1: Remove the batteries from your Schlage Encode lock.
  • Step 2: Press and hold the Schlage button on the door lock.
  • Step 3: While holding the Schlage button, reconnect the batteries to your lock.
  • Step 4: Release the Schlage button once the batteries are reinserted. You will observe that the lock initiates a setup process. Wait until the lock’s bolt ceases movement.

3. Schlage Encode Keypad Not Working

Schlage Encode Keypad Not Working

If the keypad on your Schlage Encode smart lock is not working, follow these steps:

– Clean the Keypad:

Dirt or debris accumulation on the keypad surface of your Schlage Encode smart lock can interfere with its functionality, causing buttons to become unresponsive or difficult to press. 

To address this issue, use a soft, dry cloth to gently clean the keypad surface, ensuring you remove any obstructions or residue. Take care to cover all the buttons and their crevices while avoiding the use of liquid or moisture, as they can damage the electronic components.

4. Schlage Encode Blinking Red

Schlage Encode Blinking Red

If the Schlage Encode lock is blinking red, it signifies a problem with the lock. To troubleshoot this issue, you can attempt the following steps:

Check Battery Level:

The most common reason for a Schlage Encode lock to blink red is low battery power. When the batteries are running low or are completely depleted, the lock will indicate this by blinking red. Therefore, it is essential to check the battery level and replace the batteries if they are low or dead. By ensuring that the lock has sufficient battery power, you can resolve the issue of the lock blinking red and maintain its proper functionality.

Disable Vacation Mode:

If the keypad on your Schlage Encode smart lock is blinking red, another possible reason could be that you have accidentally enabled Vacation Mode. 

Vacation Mode is a feature that allows you to disable certain functionalities of the lock temporarily when you are away for an extended period. When Vacation Mode is enabled, the keypad will be deactivated, preventing any user input.

To check if Vacation Mode is enabled and potentially resolve the issue, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Launch the mobile app that is connected to your Schlage Encode lock on your smartphone or device.
  • Step 2: Within the mobile app, locate the settings menu or options related to your lock.
  • Step 3: Look for a section or option related to Vacation Mode. It may be labeled as “Vacation Mode,” “Away Mode,” or something similar.
    "Vacation Mode"
  • Step 4: If Vacation Mode is enabled, toggle the switch or option to disable it. This will reactivate the keypad and restore its functionality.

5. Schlage Encode Not Connecting to the App

Schlage Encode Not Connecting to the App

If the lock is having trouble connecting to the app, try the following troubleshooting steps:

– Check Wi-Fi Connection:

The first step is to ensure that your smartphone or device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the lock. Both devices need to be on the same network to establish a connection. If your smartphone or device is connected to a different Wi-Fi network, switch it to the correct network that the lock is connected to. This will enable the app to communicate with the lock over the same network.

– Restart the Lock:

Sometimes, the lock may encounter a temporary issue that disrupts its connection. To address this, unplug the lock from its power source if it is connected to one, or remove and reinsert the batteries if it is a battery-powered lock. Wait for a few seconds before powering it back on. This restart can help reset the lock’s internal systems and establish a fresh connection with the app.

– Restart the App:

Closing and reopening the app can refresh its connection to the lock. By doing so, you give the app a chance to reconnect and establish communication with the lock. Simply close the app on your smartphone or device, wait for a few seconds, and then reopen it. This action can resolve any temporary issues or glitches that may be affecting the app’s connection to the lock.

– Reset the Lock:

If the previous steps didn’t solve the connection problem, you can try performing a factory reset on the lock. A factory reset will revert the lock to its default settings and erase any customized configurations or user codes. It’s important to note that this should be done as a last resort, as it will remove any personalized settings. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. I recently changed my Wi-Fi network. How do I update the network settings on my Schlage Encode lock? 

Answer – To update the network settings, follow the instructions provided in the lock’s user manual or app. Typically, you’ll need to put the lock into programming mode and enter your new Wi-Fi network information.

Q2. I’ve forgotten the master code for my Schlage Encode lock. How can I regain access? 

Answer – If you have forgotten the master code, you can reset the lock to factory settings and reprogram it. Keep in mind that resetting the lock will erase all existing codes, and you will need to set them up again. Consult the lock’s user manual or contact Schlage support for detailed instructions on resetting the lock.


The Schlage Encode smart lock offers convenient and secure access to your home. However, if you encounter any issues related to connectivity, battery, keypad, auto-lock, lock status, app connection, firmware updates, or programming, following the troubleshooting steps outlined in this guide can help resolve them. If the issues persist, it is advisable to reach out to Schlage customer support for further assistance. Enjoy the convenience and peace of mind provided by your Schlage Encode smart lock.

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