Make the Most of Your New Smart Home Devices

Smart home devices were a popular holiday gift idea this year! Whether you received an Amazon Echo, Apple Watch, Sonos, or Logitech Harmony Hub, you can get more out of it by using the free Yonomi app to connect all of your smart home devices so they can work together.

Let’s get started. It just takes a few minutes to get set up.

We’re assuming you’ve already plugged in your new device and fired it up. Now, let’s give you a truly connected home. Download the free Yonomi app for iPhone or Android. Open the app and it will automatically detect all of your smart home devices compatible with Yonomi.

Now you can set up customized Yonomi Routines that involve any combination of smart home devices, making your daily routines around the house run more smoothly.

Here are a few popular Yonomi Routines to consider:


Get the House Ready for Bed

Set up a Bedtime Routine, so when you’re ready to shut down your house does too. Turn on Bedtime from your phone, Apple Watch or Amazon Echo.

  • turn off the TV and audio
  • dim your smart lights
  • play bedtime music on your Sonos
  • make sure your smart locks are locked

What devices you’ll need: Logitech Harmony Hub, Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb, Sonos Speaker, and Schlage Smart Lock

Optional devices: Apple Watch or Amazon Echo

Tips to setting up a Bedtime Routine:

  1. Make sure you already have a ‘Turn off TV and audio’ Activity set up for your Logitech Harmony Hub.
  2. Set up a Sonos ‘Bedtime’ Favorite before creating the Bedtime Routine.
  3. For the Sonos to trigger, you must be connected to your home wifi network.


Be Welcomed Home by Your Home

A Welcome Home Routine detects when you arrive home and automatically gets the house ready.

  • adjust the temperature
  • turn on smart light bulbs in specific rooms
  • broadcast “Welcome Home” on your Sonos

What devices you’ll need: Nest or Honeywell Thermostat, Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb and Sonos Speaker

Tips to setting up a Welcome Home Routine: 

  1. Play around with the bulb color to see what puts you in the best mood.
  2. Explore accents for your Sonos greetings by selecting your Sonos in the Things tab and tapping “Options.”
  3. For the Sonos to trigger, you must be connected to your home wifi network.


Make All Mornings Good

A Wake Up Routine can help get you out of bed at a specific time every morning.

  • turn on the smart lights in your bedroom
  • broadcast today’s weather on your Sonos
  • start up your coffee maker
  • warm up the house

What devices you’ll need: Philips Hue or LIFX Bulbs, Sonos SpeakerNest or Honeywell Thermostat, and a WeMo Coffee Maker or Switch

Tips to setting up a Wake Up Routine: 

  1. Try a warm yellow bulb color to simulate daylight and ease into the day.
  2. Explore accents for your weather announcement by selecting your Sonos in the Things tab and tapping “Options.”
  3. For the Sonos to trigger, you must be connected to your home wifi network.


Stay in for the Movies

A Movie Night Routine gets your home binge-watch ready and can be triggerd from your phone, Apple Watch or Amazon Echo.

  • turn on TV and Apple TV
  • dim living room lights to a soft red
  • turn all other lights off
  • turn up the heat

What devices you’ll need: Logitech Harmony Hub, Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb, and Nest or Honeywell Thermostat

Optional devices: Apple Watch or Amazon Echo

Tips to setting up a Movie Night Routine: 

  1. Make sure you already have a ‘Turn on TV and Apple TV’ Activity set up for your Logitech Harmony Hub.
  2. Play around with light colors best for movie watching.


Ring in the New Year

A New Year’s Routine will add to the celebration when the clock strikes midnight.

  • flash lights in every room
  • play “Auld Lang Syne”
  • change the light color

What devices you’ll need: Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb and Sonos Speaker

Tips to setting up a New Year’s Up Routine: 

  1. Play around with the bulb color to match the mood of your party.
  2. For the Sonos to trigger, you must be connected to your home wifi network.

 

Create as many Yonomi Routines as you’d like, customized exactly to your preferences. They can be set to run automatically at a specific time of day, triggered by your location, or run manually only when you need it.

Looking for more tips? We have some helpful guidance for connecting popular smart home devices with Yonomi:

Learn the basics of connecting Alexa and Yonomi

More tips and tricks for using Alexa to run Yonomi Routines

How to connect Alexa and Sonos

Control your smart home using Apple Watch and Yonomi

Connect Yonomi and Logitech Harmony Hub

Set up Routines to make life at home with kids a little easier!

 

If you’re looking for general tips about how to get the most out of Alexa, we’re fans of this guide by Taylor Martin at CNET providing 15 Amazon Echo Tips and Tricks.

 

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