How a lift-up handle works
A lift-up handle is a lock that requires the door handle to be lifted in order to lock the door. If your door has this type of lock, the mechanical locking mechanism is activated by lifting the door handle.
Unlocking and locking a door with a lift-up handle
Locking the door
- Lift up the door handle. This engages the bolt and multipoint locking points.
- Turn the key to the locked position.
- Your door is locked.
Uocking the door
- Turn the key to the “unlocked” position. This will release the handle.
- Push down the handle. This disengages the bolt and multipoint locking points.
- You can now open the door.
Nuki supports the most common variants of the lift-up handle
The Nuki Smart Lock can pull the latch and is therefore suitable for the two most common variants of the lift-up handle.
- Door handles on the inside and outside are permanently interconnected
If you push down the door handle on the outside, the handle on the inside of the door will also move down.
Pushing down the handle on the inside and the outside of the door releases the latch.
So you can open your unlocked door from the outside without a key.
- The door handles on the inside and outside are not interconnected
Only pushing down the handle on the inside of the door releases the latch.
Pushing down the door handle on the outside does not pull the latch of the door.
So you need a key to open your unlocked door from the outside.
In the Nuki app you can set if a locking action should only unlock or also pull the latch to open the door.
Initial setup and calibration of the Nuki Smart Lock
Select “Lift-up handle” as your door fitting during the initial setup of your Smart Lock. To change the settings for your door fitting later, tap on the desired Smart Lock in the Nuki app and enter the lock settings. Then go to "Manage Smart Lock". Here you can find the option "Choose door fitting" to change the setting.
Note: In the Nuki app you can configure whether Nuki should only unlock your door or even pull the latch to open the door for you. To adjust this setting, answer the question in the Nuki app if you need a key to open your unlocked door.
During the initial setup the Smart Lock calibrates itself and adapts to your door. To calibrate your Smart Lock make sure the door is unlocked but closed. In an additional step you will be asked to lift up the handle. Once the calibration has been successfully completed, all customized features of the Nuki Smart Lock will be available.
Feature limitations of the Nuki Smart Lock
The Nuki Smart Lock is a so-called key-turner. That means it turns the key for you to lock or unlock the door. However, the Smart Lock cannot lift up the door handle.
That means, only if you have lifted the door handle, your Nuki Smart Lock can lock your door. This has to be considered for all features of the Nuki Smart Lock that include locking your door.
The Nuki app keeps you informed!
Your Smart Lock recognizes if the door handle has not been lifted before locking. In the Nuki app you will get a warning notifying you that the door cannot be locked because the door handle is not in the right position.
You will also see an error message in the activity log if the locking action could not be performed successfully because the door handle was not lifted.
If you have activated notifications, Nuki will additionally warn you via push notification on your smartphone.
We have also added a note to all features of the Nuki Smart Lock that include locking the door, reminding you to lift up the door handle.
These features of the Smart Lock are affected:
In case of a Lift-up handle, the door handle has to be lifted for the door to be locked. If this is not the case, Nuki will detect this and inform you. There will be no retry, but the action will be discarded.