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5 Automation Apps For Your Smart Home

April 14, 2017

You will be spoiled for choices when looking for smart devices to automate your home and apps to control those devices. Several smart device options range from smart thermostats that learn your habits to smart lights that switch off automatically when you go to sleep. There are a ton of devices out there, and they have a ton of apps you can use to run them. The best automation apps for your smart home include:

SmartThings App

This free app turns your smartphone into a remote control for all of your home’s SmartThings compatible products. You can add multiple smart products to this app for a fully automated home. These include the SmartThings Hub, SmartPro HD Camera, motion sensors, and more. It also sends you alerts when a device detects movement in your home.

You can customize actions to occur at any time of the day or night automatically. This app is available on Google Play, Apple’s App Store, and the Windows Store.

Nest App

If you are a proud owner of either a Nest Learning Thermostat or Nest Cam and Outdoor Cam, then you have already experienced the free Nest App. You can control all the Nest products in your home with this app, which means you don’t have to switch between different apps. If you are using the app on a smartphone, you can control your Nest devices connected to the internet remotely through Wi-Fi.

For instance, you can control the temperature in your home when you are away from home. The app also allows you to watch what the indoor or outdoor camera is recording when you are away.

The app also allows you to view video history in Sightline and make or share clips using your smart devices if you have the Nest Aware service. Download and update the app free from Google Play or the App Store.

IFTTT

If This Then That (IFTTT) is a free app that helps you make two apps or online services work together. You can use the IF app to make YouTube talk to your Twitter account so that whenever you post a YouTube video, the app will automatically post it on Twitter. In the app, it may appear as “if I post a new video on YouTube, then post that video on Twitter.” This sentence or statement is called a recipe.

The “if this” part of the recipe is known as a trigger and the “then that” is an action. Another example is “if it gets dark outside, then turn on the lights.”  The app is easy to use. However, the IFTTT app does not support all services (channels) or apps, so find out whether it supports the apps you have before you download it. You can download it for free on Google Play and the App Store.

Philips Hue App

If you are a fan of smart lights bulbs, then the Hue app will impress you. Philips Hue app allows you to control your lights from any device and create ambiance for every moment. This colorful app has clear sections and big buttons that make it easy to navigate.

It has a “routines” feature that automates lights to change colors (themes) and brightness throughout the day. The “home and away” modes let the app automatically turn off when you leave and on again when you arrive at home. You can download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play. If you want more options for your Hue lights, you can download the paid Hue Pro app.

Sonos App

The Sonos music app helps you stream music from different streaming services to your Sonos speakers. You can add streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and more to the app. It allows you to choose what to play, where to play it, and how loud you want your music. You can also choose the room you want music to play in and what type of music you want to play in each room.

There are several other specialized and third-party apps that will help you enjoy your home automation system. For more information about automation apps, please visit our website.

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