Remotely Lock and Unlock Your Door with Lockitron and Your iPhone
Article by George Norman
On 19 May 2011
Imagine this situation if you will. Your uncle says he has something to drop off at your house and says he’ll be over when you’re not at home. When he gets to your front door, he rings you up. After he tells you that he’s at your place, you then use your phone to unlock your door. When he’s done he rings you up again and tells you he’s leaving. You once again use your phone, but this time to remotely lock your door.

You can do this as long as you have the right tech by your side. The right tech in this situation is the Lockitron deadbolt (which is fully compatible as a replacement for most standard deadbolts; you can order a Lockitron Self-Install Kit for your through-hole deadbolt, door knob or door handle and have it set up in no time at all) and your mobile phone.

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You could be in Hawaii and the door you want to unlock could be in Lisbon – distance is not an issue.

With your internet-enabled smartphone, an iPhone for example, you can lock and unlock doors from anywhere in the world using a handy app and the internet. “Lockitron works by sending a signal from your phone through our servers to a small device that plugs into your internet router. This in turn talks to your door telling it to lock or unlock,” explained Apigy Inc, the dev behind Lockitron.

If you don’t have an internet-enabled smartphone, a regular phone will do as well. You can lock and unlock doors remotely via text message. “Activate our text message feature to allow any mobile phone to use Lockitron through text messaging” explained Apigy.

Apigy explained that Nexus S users don’t need to bother with keys, they can lock and unlock Lockitron-enabled doors by waving they smartphone. After an NFC tag is placed on the lock, the Nexus S user can simply wave the mobile device over the NFC tag to lock/unlock the door. A native Android app for this feature is yet to be released.

To get a better idea of what Lockitron is all about, check out this YouTube video.
For additional information on Lockitron go to

Tags: Lockitron, iPhone, Nexus S
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