Schlage Lock Not Working After Battery Change? (Solved!)

To ensure that your Schlage smart locks continue to work properly, replace the batteries if they are low.

However, the reverse could be the case sometimes—the lock stops working after replacing batteries. Does this sound like you? This article will help you solve the problem. Let’s begin!

Schlage Lock not Working after Battery Change: How to Fix it

So if your Schlage keypad lock stops working after replacing the batteries, here’s how to go about it:

1. Ensure You’re Using the Right Batteries

All Schlage electronic/smart locks are powered by alkaline batteries (non-rechargeable), and that’s what Schlage recommends.

While lithium or other types of rechargeable batteries may work, you may experience undesirable operation—just like what you are probably experiencing. So if you’ve replaced your Schlage lock batteries with lithium batteries and the like, you need to change them and get alkaline batteries to avoid unsatisfactory operation.

For the best performance, make sure you have all batteries replaced. You should not mix old batteries and new ones as this could cause your lock’s malfunction.

And depending on your Schlage lock model, you want to ensure you’re using the appropriate batteries. The table below lists the different Schlage electronic locks as well as the required type/number batteries.

Lock Batteries Required
Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt, and Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt. 4 x AA batteries (see recommended batteries).
All Schlage Touch locks and Schlage Keypad locks. 1 x 9-volt lithium batterysee recommended batteries).
Schlage Locks With Built-In Alarm 2 x AAA batteries (see recommended batteries).
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2. Check The Battery Connector is in good condition

Assuming you’re certain that your Schlage lock has the right batteries but still not working, then you want to check if the battery connector is still intact.

Sometimes, during battery change, the battery connector may be disconnected in error, and your lock won’t work (electronically) without the battery connector properly connected.

Make sure that the battery connector is still intact. If not, get it connected and then try to operate your lock again—to see if it works.

3. Reset Factory Settings

If steps 1 and 2 couldn’t fix the problem, then try to factory reset the lock. Factory reset will erase all settings, correcting any incorrect electronic configuration. And this might get your lock up and running again—if you ticked the boxes in steps 1 and 2.

So here’s how to factory reset your Schlage lock:

  • Step 1: Slide the battery cover upwards to remove it.
  • Step 2: Next, remove the battery connector. Press and hold the button. Schlage Button On the keypad
  • Step 3: While you are still holding the Schlage ButtonConnect the battery connector.

Now that’s all about resetting your Schlage lock. The green check on the keypad and the Schlage button will flash three times each—indicating the process was successful.

NotificationAfter restoring factory settings, all user codes and programming codes will be deleted. So you’ll have to reprogram your lock using the default programming code and ensure you change the code for security reasons. Learn how to add user codes and change the preset programming code On a Schlage lock.

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Also, if you have previously enabled auto-lock, low battery notification alert, and the like, make sure to re-enable them as they’ll all return to default settings after restoring factory settings.

That said, if your lock doesn’t work after all, then you may have to contact Schlage or get a locksmith to assist you further.

Wrapping up

If your Schlage lock was working properly but eventually stopped after changing batteries, then it’s safe to assume that the problem is connected to the battery replacement. Perhaps you got substandard or inappropriate batteries.

You may be able fix the problem by following the above steps, but make sure to get premium unused alkaline cells. It is important to verify that the batteries are in good condition before you put them on your lock.

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