Kwikset’s SmartKey door lock is designed to alleviate the hassle, stress and cost that result from having to re-key a door lock, regardless of the reason. The driving idea behind SmartKey® re-key technology is that the advanced design limits accessibility and provides maximum security, but the time and skill it takes to re-key a SmartKey lock is minimal. It sounds simple because it is! To feed your curiosity, here’s an in-depth look at how the Kwikset SmartKey actually works.

SmartKey re-key technology stands out as the paramount leader in key control security because of the following enhancements:

  • Optimal Drill Resistance: The lock cylinder uses two steel balls in the front of the key face, making it resistant to attack from drilling, or from intruders.
  • ANSI Grading: The ANSI Grade 1 deadbolt is certified as the highest level of residential security, and is available in SmartKey.
  • BumpGuard™ Protection: Patented technology with a side locking bar substitutes a traditional pin and tumble design, ensuring protection against lock bumping.
  • Superior Pick-Resistance: SmartKey locks have passed even the most stringent lock-picking standard, UL 437, par. 11.6.

What does this mean? SmartKey is bump proof, pick resistant, and drill resistant.


Re-keying SmartKey locks requires only three items and entails three easy steps. Users must have their functioning key, a SmartKey Learn Tool, and a new Kwikset key. By first inserting the functioning key and turning it ¼ turn clockwise, then inserting and removing the SmartKey learn tool, followed by removing the functioning key, a lock is re-keyed then by inserting a new key and turning it ½ turn counter-clockwise.

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As with anything, glitches may arise if proper implementation is not carefully executed. In the event a user runs into difficulty re-keying their SmartKey lock, the following tested troubleshooting tips serve as resourceful, helpful work-arounds:

  • Keep in mind that both the key and learn tool must be fully inserted for the process to properly work; only turn the functioning key ¼ turn.
  • Not inserting the key all of the way will delay and possibly detriment the re-keying process; users must insert the key in all of the way to re-key. If the key is not inserted in all the way the lock could jam, and neither the old key nor the new key will work.  If that does occur, Kwikset recommends taking the lock set to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s to have it reset.
  • Even if users have lost their learn tool for their SmartKey lock, intruders won’t be able to break in. Both the learn tool and the working key are imperative to successfully re-key a lock.

“I rent a home to seasonal guests in Naples, Florida, and I like to be able to change the keys as easily as I change the alarm code,” says Mark S. “SmartKey allows me to do that with so much ease. I trust SmartKey so much that I have switched out all of the locks at my mother’s home, as well, for my peace of mind. SmartKey is the best innovation Kwikset has developed.”


SmartKey re-key technology delivers an unparalleled option in home security maintenance. Kwikset’s SmartKey is available at home centers and hardware stores nationwide. Find the nearest location here.