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Looking to take your smart home to the next level with voice control? You're not alone. According to a recent study, some 60 million people in the U.S. ages 18 and older (24% of the 18+ population in the country) own at least one smart speaker device. Put another way, one-in-every-four adults own a speaker that includes the likes of Alexa (Amazon), Siri (Apple), and the Google Assistant (Google).
Playing music and asking Alexa to tell you a joke once in a while is certainly entertaining. But actually putting your smart speaker (and voice assistant) to work pays off in the long run — you’re more likely to actually use it regularly. Ask your voice assistant friends to control your lights, thermostat, appliances, and fans, for example.
Our line of Wi-Fi light switches, outlets and thermostat all three major voice assistants, so you have options. Connecting your iDevices products with a voice assistant is easy. Just tap the "Home Assistants" button in the home menu of the iDevices Connected app, and you'll be guided through setup. Here’s a rundown of what you can do with iDevices and that little voice inside your smart speaker.
Once you connect your iDevices products to Alexa, you can immediately control individual products with voice commands. Just wake Alexa up by saying her name, then tell her what you want to happen.
Need a little more light while cooking? “Alexa, turn on the kitchen light.”
Curled up on the couch and feeling a little chilly? “Alexa, increase thermostat to 78 degrees.”
With the grouping feature in the Amazon Alexa app, you can combine iDevices products with other smart home products compatible with Alexa. This allows you to use your voice to control everything at once. Group products by room or floor to make your voice even more powerful. “Alexa, turn on game room.”
Create routines to automate how your smart speaker and smart products work together. Routines can set the mood for movie time, improve your bed time habits, or even help you get up in the morning.
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Just like Alexa, the Google Assistant gives you the power to control iDevices products with your voice. Once you're connected, just say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” and ask away.
Need to brighten your reading light? “Hey Google, brighten my reading light by 50 percent.”
Not sure what the temperature is upstairs? “Hey Google, what’s the upstairs thermostat set to.”
Products can be grouped by room to make things even easier. This is a great feature for parents with kids who often forget shut things off. “Ok Google, turn off Jane’s room.”
You can also set up routines with the Google Assistant. A single command, like “Hey Google, bedtime,” can play tranquil music, dim the lights, and adjust the thermostat. Always on the go? Setup a “heading home” routine to give you a traffic update, play a podcast, and turn the lights on at home so it’s already bright when you arrive.
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HomeKit compatible iDevices products (everything but Instinct™ and Instant Switch) work with Siri on any of your iOS devices, in addition to your HomePod smart speaker.
First, get her attention by saying “Hey Siri,” then tell her what you want to accomplish. You can turn products on and off. “Hey Siri, turn on the space heater.”
Go hands-free when you adjust the lights. “Hey Siri, dim the chandelier 30 percent."
Just like Alexa and the Google Assistant, you can group products by room or zone. “Hey Siri, turn off the basement lights” is so much easier than actually going down into the creepiness yourself. With HomePod, you can also control all HomeKit products in the room it’s in with one command, like “Hey Siri, turn off the lights.”
Create scenes that allow you to automation several products with your voice. You can do this at home with your HomePod, or on the road with your iPhone/iOS device. To use Siri remotely, you do need an Apple Home Hub. Luckily, your HomePod is just that. An iPad or Apple TV works too.
With remote access to Siri, you can make changes at home from anywhere. If you're driving home from work and expecting a package to arrive, you can say “Hey Siri, turn on the front porch lights at my house.” That way, you can see if the package is waiting at the front door when you arrive home.
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