In this blog post, I’ll show you how you can turn your old tablet into a universal smart home remote. At the end of this blog post, you’ll be able to control all your smart home devices by using Yeti.
Do you have an old tablet or iPad at home that you are no longer using? That was also my case, so I decided I could bring it to life again.
Having many smart home devices and controlling them using your phone is a good experience. Turning them on/off by voice commands it’s cool when there isn’t noise or you actually have Google Home or Alexa.
But what about guests who are willing to play with your home? Or what about when you forgot your phone into another room but you still want to turn on/off your lights?
Your old tablet can help you to face up to this situation. We are going to use our tablet to control our smart home.
Creating a home control tablet
To create our home control tablet interface we will need:
Step 1: Clean and charge your tablet
Probably, your tablet has been in a drawer, so clean and full charge it can be a good starter point.
Step 2: Install Yeti
Go to the Store and look for Yeti Smart Home. Download and Install it.
Yeti is compatible with a wide range of Android, Apple and Amazon tablets. If yours doesn’t seem to be compatible, let us now in the comments.
Step 3: Let yeti scan your home
Once you have installed Yeti on your tablet, open the app and follow the steps so Yeti can find all your devices. In my case, I have Philips Hue Lights, Lifx and Yeelight and also a Sonos Speaker.
Home automation on tablet
After Yeti has found your devices, your tablet will become the main control center for your home. You can hang it on the wall or let it be in any room you wish.
Now it’s time to customize your home:
- Create routine to set your devices at sunrise/sunset
- I like to wake up at sunrise (around 8 am) and having my lights in the living room turned on
- Create some charms for some special moments
- I’ll place my tablet at the entrance, so I will create a charm saying “Leaving home”. Then every time I leave home I will make sure all my devices turn off before leaving.
- Organize devices by rooms
- I have devices in the living room, kitchen and bedroom, so I can organize and control them easier.
Leave Yeti in the background of your tablet and never kill the app. So we can make sure that the communication between Yeti and your devices has been successful.
Don’t hang your tablet permanently on your wall unless you have a way to charge it.
We are always improving Yeti and adding new features. We’ll soon integrate new brands and we will include new triggers for routines apart from time. Stay tuned!
If you have a great table set up at home share it in the comments below! We want to know them!