All smart locks can tell you whether your door is locked or unlocked. But DoorSense goes a bit further, alerting you to whether your door is opened, closed, or ajar. It does this with a two-part sensor: one part is already inside the smart lock, and the other is a separate piece that goes on your door frame.
It’s a thoughtful addition that offers an added bit of security and reassurance that you’ll know everything’s normal as you go about your day. (Especially if you’ve got kids who tend to leave the door open on their way outside.)
The August Smart Lock also lets you give it instructions—to ask if the door is locked, for example—with Alexa and Google Assistant. It’s a convenient feature, but again, it’s available only with the Connect Wi-Fi bridge.
Lost phone feature
Since you can control August door locks from your phone, August implements a lost phone feature for extra security. If you misplace your phone, you don’t have to worry about someone using it to get into your home.
August’s lost phone feature allows you to disable your August mobile app and any virtual keys on your phone and other associated devices. You can use a physical key, if you have one, or download the August app on another device to let yourself inside in the meantime.
The August Smart Lock retails for $149.99 alone or $219.99 with the Connect Wi-Fi adapter. For that price, it’s in the same range as the Kwikset Kevo and the Schlage Sense. Overall, though, the August Smart Lock offers more features, like DoorSense, for its price.