Best August Smart Locks and Accessories iMore 2019

August, Inc. is a big player in the smart home market thanks to its lineup of smart locks and accessories. Based in San Francisco, California, the company was purchased by Swedish lock manufacturer Assa Abloy in 2017.

Total Control: Smart Lock Pro (3rd generation)

Staff favorite.

The August Smart Lock Pro allows you to lock and unlock your door from anywhere in the world when paired with the August Wi-Fi Bridge. With the free August app, you can also assign secure access. The lock works with Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. Additional features include the ability to lock/unlock automatically based on your current location, two-factor authentication, two-layer encryption, and a lost phone tool.

from $199 at Amazon

Economic choice: Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock is similar to the Pro version except that the former doesn't offer Z-Wave Plus support, nor does it work with Apple HomeKit, or any of the before mentioned voice assistants. Beyond this, the device provides the same features as the more expensive Pro model. Like with that model, you'll need to purchase a separate Wi-Fi Bridge to access your lock from anywhere in the world.

$119 at Amazon

Powerful force: Doorbell Cam Pro (2nd generation)

The August Doorbell Cam Pro uses HindSight technology to monitor your doorway 24/7; when it detects movement, you'll receive a motion alert on your smartphone. The HD video camera offers 24-hour video storage through a free subscription that also includes two-way communication. Premium plans are available monthly that extend how long the videos remain in the cloud. You can download these videos to your smartphone for offline use.

$199 at Amazon

August's newest product: View Doorbell Camera

Wire-free, the View Doorbell Camera by August offers an image sensor and two-way audio in an all-in-one device that includes a chime and swappable battery. The camera records in 1440p, which means it has 33 percent more pixels than full 1080p HD.

$229 at Amazon

Must have accessory: Connect Wi-Fi Bridge

Packaged with or without one of the August locks, the Connect Wi-Bridge Bridge adds remote capabilities, allowing you to lock and unlock your August Smart Lock from anywhere. The Connect bridge is also required to let friends, family, and home service in from afar. You need a Connect bridge for every lock in your home if you want remote access.

$65 at Amazon

Great add-on: Smart Keypad

Would you rather use security codes to unlock your door? Here's the accessory that makes it possible to open your August Smart Lock without a traditional key or phone. Think of it as old school meets new school.

$56 at Amazon

For added protection

Smart locks provide a valuable service for homeowners and renters alike. When added to smart cameras, you can see who's at the door before opening it remotely. For more flexibility, be sure to purchase an August Wi-Fi Bridge so you can control your door locks from anywhere.

For most users, we recommend the August Smart Lock Pro alongside the Connect Wi-Fi Bridge. Buy them together to save money, then use the savings on one of the all-new View Doorbell Cameras.

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