The best smart home apps

It’s easier than ever to control the running order of every smart device in your home with the simple tap of a button. Let’s take you through some of the best smart home apps available.

What do I need to know about smart home apps?

For starters, smart home apps and smart devices are designed to make your day-to-day life more manageable, especially when you’re short on time. Gone are the days of getting up to turn on the lights or checking that you locked the windows and garage door. Now you can do all of that and more from a mobile app. Take a look at some of the apps that’ll keep your home in good running order…

Smart home apps for security

Alarm.com allows you to connect your thermostat, lights, security kit, locks and video, and be in total control of your home whether you’re in the living room or out and about.

It will notify you when your garage is open and closed, tell you who’s coming into your house and when (via unique codes), and it’ll display everything that’s occurring in your home via live video uplinks. The more you add to Alarm.com, the smarter it gets and the more control you have.

Virtual assistants

Ask a question (or ten) and get an answer in seconds with counter-top virtual assistants. They’re programmed to do those little admin tasks that you rarely have time to do – that and more. We’ve included two of the most popular ones below.

Google Assistant

On command, Google Assistant will search the web, send texts or make phone calls, schedule reminders, tell you the weather, play the radio and so much more. However, once you link it up to your smart devices it’ll also turn on lights in different rooms, unlock doors and set alarms.

Amazon Alexa

Alexa can take control of your life and home environment in much the same way. Using voice control, she awakens when you call her name. And over time she’ll understand more of what you say when you speak to her. Both are indispensable if you want to initialise a voice-activated system around your home.

Smart home thermostats

A total game changer for energy efficient smart home designers. As far as smart thermostats are concerned, Nest lets you monitor your daily energy usage and program the temperatures as and when you want them, using an incredibly effective interface in the mobile app.

Smart home lights

Smart home lights like Hue let you change the lights in your home to make it look like you’re there when you’re not. Sync mood lighting to your movie collection and generally configure every ambient bulb in your home to your complete satisfaction. Incredibly helpful when it comes to creating the right atmosphere for the right moment and saving on energy.

Setting up smart home apps: how easy is it?

Now that we’ve taken you through some of the top smart home devices, let’s talk about the practicalities of setting them up. Most smart devices come with a single app that you’ll need to download and set up. It’s fairly easy to do.

Download a universal smart home app that lets you sync all of your devices and control them from one place. Get your fully connected home up to scratch with these some of these apps…

The best smart home devices for 2021 and beyond

Whether you’re a die-hard smart homer or a newbie, having the right smart devices and apps in your home means you’ll never forget to bring home the milk or switch off the lights. But with so many devices around it’s hard to know which ones you should get. That’s why we’ve put this list together so that all you need to do is pick the best device for your household.

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