August Smart Lock vs. Smart Lock Pro: Which smart lock should you buy?

August Smart Lock Pro installed on a door that is being opened in a home
August Smart Lock Pro installed on a door that is being opened in a home (Image credit: August)

August Smart Lock vs. Smart Lock Pro: A quick breakdown of the specs

Keeping our homes safe and secure is a top priority and the convenience of the best smarts locks is unbeatable. We've been using technology around our homes for years, so finding the right tech is our bread and butter.

If you've been looking to add a smart lock to your home, chances are you've run across August. The company makes several smart lock and smart-lock-adjacent accessories for your home. Its most popular product, the August Smart Lock, comes in two flavors: the standard August Smart Lock and the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. If you're trying to decide between the two, here's what the key differences are!

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Header Cell - Column 0 August Smart LockAugust Smart Lock Pro + Connect
App supportYesYes
Works with Apple HomeKitNoYes
Works with Amazon AlexaRequires August ConnectYes
Works with the Google AssistantRequires August ConnectYes
Works with Z-Wave PlusNoYes
Remote accessRequires August ConnectYes
August Connect includedNoYes

As you can see, it's not just the look and feel of these locks that separate them. The cheaper August Smart Lock doesn't have the same smart home integrations as the pricier Pro model. And even if you choose to upgrade the August Smart Lock by purchasing an August Connect, you still won't have access to all the platforms supported by the Pro model.

If you're interested in adding to your HomeKit or Z-Wave-based smart home setup, your best bet is going to be the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. If you're using an Amazon Echo, a Google Home, or if you need remote access to your August Smart Lock, you can save money by purchasing the August Smart Lock and August Connect.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

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