Home Assistant Android Tidbits

By Eric Lathrop on

I was watching some videos from the Home Assistant Conference, and I learned a few things about the Home Assistant Android Companion App.

I learned that the app can send the phone's next alarm time to Home Assistant where you can write automations to respond to it. I wrote a simple automation to turn on a lamp when my alarm goes off:

alias: Turn on bedroom lamp when Eric's alarm triggers
description: ''
  - platform: time
    at: sensor.eric_s_pixel_3a_xl_next_alarm
condition: []
  - type: turn_on
    device_id: 46863ec32fbfe7b7cf5712d92b1c7db8
    entity_id: switch.jasco_products_28169_plug_in_one_outlet_smart_switch_switch
    domain: switch
mode: single

I also learned that the app integrates with the power button menu. When you long-press the phone's power button a special screen comes up that lets you reboot the phone, but it also has a section at the bottom for controlling smart home devices. You can add buttons to trigger scenes, or turn on/off individual devices. Here's how mine looks:

My Android Power Menu