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Automate Your Home with These Fantastic Apps

The smart home is a reality these days, with low-cost and easy to use hardware and apps that let you control your lights, blinds, music system and more right from your phone. Whether you want to keep your house safe or maintain the perfect temperature, these apps have you covered.

Control Your Lights

Automate the lights in your home, using Philips Hue, or any other brand of automated smart lighting.

Hue Scintillator

Hue Scintillator

Flaming Pear Software

Hue Scintillator

Design animated lighting effects for Philips Hue, LIFX, Lightify, and Avea with full control over color, speed, style, and more. Scintillator includes lots of pre-built effects and color palettes to get you started. Change them or make your own with the couldn’t-be-simpler editors.

Philips Hue

The One You Need

Philips Hue

Philips Hue

Users can record customized phrases and then activate them with a simple Siri command. Favorite scenes will also be suggested on the lock screen or on the Siri watch face in watchOS 5. Those can be activated with a quick tap. Just to note, you will need version 2 of the Hue bridge, which is square shaped, to use Siri Shortcuts. Designed for the iPhone and all iPad models, the Philips Hue app can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. If you're new to smart lighting, a starter kit with two A19 white bulbs and a Hue Bridge can be purchased now <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016AEHV24?tag=aa_guide-20 ">for $67.40</a> now from Amazon. There are a number of other types of bulbs available, including color options. <a href="https://appadvice.com/post/philips-hue-app-receives-major-update-with-new-scenes-improved-navigation-and-more/1055281310/339659614 ">Back in May</a>, the Hue app received a major update with a simpler navigation UI, a new color picker feature, 30 new lighting scenes and more.

Why we love it

Use HomeKit to Automate Your Home

If it uses Apple's Homekit, it's in here. Find the best Homekit-enabled apps right here, and manage all your stuff from one app.

Stay Safe and Secure

Lock, unlock, and give access to anyone with these great smart lock apps.

August Home

Control your August smart locks and other devices anywhere.

August Home

August Home

For August owners who want full control of their home access.

August Home lets you control your August Smart Lock, August Doorbell Cam, August Smart Keypad and August Connect from your phone. From a single app, you can secure your house, control access, and even see who's at the door. And you don't even have to be home to do it.

Why we love it

We're all about smart devices that make us feel like we're living in the future. And August's suite of gadgets makes just walking into your house feel like you're entering a spaceship. Whether it looks like that depends on how you've decorated, but that's on you.

Kevo

Control your smart locks, even without your phone.

Kevo

Kevo

For people who have Kevo locks and want to use them.

Kevo locks are so intelligent that you don't even need your phone to use it. If your device is in your pocket or bag, all you have to do is touch the smart lock to get into your home. You can also control who can do that by issuing eKeys wherever you are. Your permissions can even be limited based on time or person, and you can even track who comes and goes from the app.

Why we love it

We don't like to admit we're control freaks, but the idea of having complete control to grant permission and monitor who can enter our places brings out the Bond villain in us. We just like data, that's all. And security is important so that nobody can get their stupid hands on our death beams.

Check Out Smart Thermostats

Whether you're looking for official apps to go with that smart thermostat you just got or third-party apps that work with different manufacturer;s products, we've got you covered.

Honeywell Home

Simplify home comfort, security, and awareness by controlling connected home products with this app.

Honeywell Home

Honeywell Home

For those looking for a smarter more comfortable home.

The Honeywell Lyric App has simple to use scheduling, with 8 daily setpoints all customizable across every day of the week. Smart alerts help ensure on-time maintenance for ideal system operation or will let you know of extreme temperatures or humidity levels in your home. You can calculate energy savings and control your Lyric Round thermostat anywhere by iPhone, iPad device.

Why we love it

It's the simplest, most intelligent way to control your home temperature.

Nest

Control your Nest Thermostat from your hand.

Nest

Nest

For those looking to save energy and adjust the temperature of their home from anywhere.

Nest uses sensors, algorithms and the location of your phone to do the right thing automatically, like turning off the heat and turning on the camera when you leave. And everyone at home can get notifications and control the Nest products they need with their own Nest Account.

Why we love it

The Nest thermostat is smarter than our old one and way easier to program. It's also built to save on our energy bills, and a standard unit doesn't care one way or another about that. It combines intelligence, usefulness, and just plain good looks to keep us comfortable, so what's not to like?

Automate Everything

These apps connect to all your smart devices to control your entire home, not just one part of it.