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We’ve all been there, right? You get home from a long day of work or school, walk up to your front door, reach in your pockets and—you can’t find your keys. After some quick backtracking, you realize that they’re inside, on the kitchen counter, and you’re locked out. What do you do?

Well unless you have a spare hidden in a fake rock or under the doormat, the first step is calling anyone who has or might have a house key. But if that doesn’t work, and breaking a window isn’t an option, the next step is a $200 call to your local locksmith. That is, unless you have KeyMe…

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KeyMe is a simple and secure way to store, copy, and share your physical keys. The company launched last year, and over the summer it began installing kiosks at different gas stations across New York City. Today, it’s launched a companion iPhone app for its key-storing data service.

TechCrunch breaks down how it works:

“Using the app, you place your key on a white piece of paper and take two scans, of its front and back. The app then translates that into two pieces of information: the key type and a series of numbers that serves as the depth cutting instructions for any locksmith…

You walk in and pull up a screen on your phone which is the instructions. It has your key type and that series of numbers, which is common locksmith language. Without any pre-context they’ll be able to use their hardware and make your key. “

The key data is stored in your cloud-based digital keychain, which KeyMe promises is very secure. The app and account are free, until you actually need it. When you do end up losing your keys, it’ll cost you $9.99 to unlock that key data, plus whatever your locksmith charges for the cutting.

The point here is that the service is supposed to save you both time and money in the event of a lockout. It can take a locksmith several hours to mold and cut a key from scratch, and cost you as much as $200 depending on the difficulty. With, KeyMe that comes down considerably.

To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I locked myself out of my house in recent years. But this would have really come in handy in college, when I had an apartment whose front door would automatically lock when closed. If you want to check it out, you can find KeyMe in the App Store.

Let us know what you think of KeyMe in the comments below!

  • Cool

    It’s a good idea. I’ve only ever lost my keys once years ago so it’s unlikely I’d even ever use this app but it’s a nice safety insurance if it ever actually does happen. Honestly, if it saved me a headache I wouldn’t mind paying $10 it’s a one off fee unless you’re a complete clutz that is constantly losing their keys in which keys you need a different kind of help.

  • dpacemaker

    Bad idea. All a criminal needs is the time to take two quick pics. He can print them and cut them out then use app. This will be pulled soon.

    • JaeM1llz

      And how is the criminal going to know which house to use the key on?

      • Nestea80

        Well, if the criminal is going to get a hold of someone’s keys, it’s probably someone they know. Perhaps someone at the work place. Or maybe they pick up girls at the bar. Or even a friend. Criminals will screw over anyone. And they can easily follow people home. Of course a criminal isn’t going to be just looking for random keys laying around. They have a target. But even then, a simple piece of clay can do the same job.

    • iOS

      lol @ people that upvoted this. People are too stupid and paranoid these days. Please do reply. Like the guy above asked how is the criminal going to know which house to use the key on?

      • dpacemaker

        Let’s say you leave your keys at a checkout. The guy does his quick pics and runs out and gives you the keys. Your none the wiser when he follows you home. I’m far from paranoid. I could care less if I get robbed, it’s only possessions and they can be replaced.

  • Caleb Youngblood

    I love cake.

    • Peter Cao

      How is this relevant to this post at all, some may ask?

      • Falk M.

        Cake is always relevant

    • Bob

      Too vague. It’s very unlikely that you like or have even tried all variety of cakes.

      • Falk M.

        So you mean the cake is a lie?

  • Ricky

    Isnt it too expensive for a locksmith to come??$200? Come on here only $20

  • David Hvilivitzki

    The best way I ever saw to steal and duplicate your key without ever really stealing it

  • I downloaded just to check how the key is scanned, to see if it’s perfect. But I need to input my credit card information just to create an account?

    No way.

    Tried to check the youtube video but it’s gonne, the video and the official channel/account.

    Check youtube:

    “This account has been terminated due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines and/or claims of copyright infringement.”

    Is that a scam?