Best smart home apps. Remember The Fifth Element movie, where Corben Dallas awakes, and his apartment does, too – music turns on, coffee maker brews coffee…? So, although we still don’t fly in taxies, but there already exist devices you can control with simple apps. And you live in the future inside your smart home.
Check out these 50 smart home apps for your mobile devices with which you can easily control the most important things in your home. We sorted them out in a way that you can find applications which control several devices in the top of the article, and those which manage only one – in the bottom of the article.
Features: This application works with various devices – Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Cam, Dropcam, Nest Protect. It means that you choose the temperature in your smart home, you always know what is happening there and it is always protected. The app sends you notifications so you can monitor any changes in the house.
Pros: Every member of your family can have their own account, you don’t have to share passwords anymore. Cons: The same alert sound for every device. Away/home option doesn’t always work. Price: free.
Features: It helps you control all your connected TP-LINK Smart Home devices no matter where you are – at home or on a vacation on Bora Bora. You can set your appliances to turn on and off according to your schedule 24/7, 365 days a year. There is a great option to turn off the lights using countdown. It works incredibly with young children! You don’t have to force them to go to sleep anymore, they perceive it as a game!
Pros: Very easy to use. Away Mode works well. Cons: Can handle only a few on/off events at a time. Price: free.
Features: The award-winning app. It has a user-friendly interface, it controls locks, lights, temperature and a lot more in a way that you can save money and feel safe and relaxed in your house. How many times did it happen when you forgot whether you had switched off the lights or not? Or left the front door unlocked? Quite often? Well, you don’t have to worry about such things anymore! Use this app for monitoring everything in your house and stay calm.
Pros: Supports more than 500 products and services. Cons: Available only for iOS. Price: free.
Features: Cameras, locks and alarm system are controlled by just one application. Among many possibilities of this app you can find good ones for movie lovers. Just make yourself comfortable in an armchair and enjoy. With the help of MYCiTY LiTE you can draw the curtains, dim the lights and watch your favorite films. In the end of the movie the lights will be softly switched on and the blinds will take their initial place.
Pros: It is an official app for MYCiTY Smart Home. Cons: There are not many users. Price: free.
5) Vivint Smart Home
Features: Another app that helps you to control a variety of devices (security cameras, smart thermostat, door and window sensors, smoke detectors etc.). Sends you notifications if you forget to lock the front or garage doors. You can even speak with your visitor from anywhere with Vivint Doorbell Camera! Or check whether it’s a pizza delivery man or someone uninvited is knocking on your door.
Pros: Good security system. No problems watching recordings from indoor cameras. Cons: There are sometimes crashes when viewing doorbell camera. Not a very good customer service. Price: free.
Features: With this app you also control and monitor all your smart devices but notice that before downloading it you need to buy SmartThings Hub. Using this app you have a lot of benefits – doors automatically unlock when you approach, you can set the stereo system to an interesting mode, that is, when there is an unexpected entry, a sound of barking dogs turns on so you can scare possible robbers out! And if you have your own dog the app can remind you when you forget to feed it.
Pros: You can get a push notification every time your door is open. Cons: The app doesn’t support scenes (the lights in every room will be of the same brightness) and Alexa voice control. Price: free.
Features: Lighting, climate, video control. This app is great for people who like to have everything under their control. Watch you children come home from school, or any visitors that came while you were out, switch on your smart thermostat while you’re still at work, or turn on the lights before you enter your house. All in one app! Works with Nest Learning Thermostat, August Smart Lock, Lutron Caseta Wireless lights, Camberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener, Sengled Element Touch bulb and GE Switches and Dimmers.
Pros: You can quickly arm and disarm your systems no matter where you are. Cons: Sometimes the picture freezes when viewing the video. Price: free.
Features: If you are the lucky owner of Philips Hue lights, Amazon Echo, Nest® products or Schlage smart locks, download this app. You don’t have to think about everyday routines which take your time. You wake up, drink your already made coffee, and you don’t need to bother about turning on/off the TV, lights, locking the door when you leave the house. This app does everything instead of you.
Pros: Works well with Amazon Echo. Cons: Uses a lot of battery power. Price: free.
Features: As you can understand from its name, this application helps you to monitor your security system. You can watch videos from the cameras live or recorded ones. You can instantly and constantly get notifications about everything that happens inside and outside your house. But along with the security, you control your thermostat, lights, etc.
Sometimes it’s hard to save energy not giving up on comfort. But not with this app. You can save up easily with this intelligent automation.
Pros: Focused mainly on the security system. Cons: No panic button. Price: free.
Features: This is another app which controls all your smart home devices. Those who are keen on various styles of music have a wonderful opportunity to listen to a different kind of music in every room. Or, let’s say, you are throwing a huge home party. In this case with the help of this app you can adjust your stereo device and dance to the same song in every room with a perfect sync! Check this one out!
Pros: Great dashboard which displays different devices. Cons: Some features are missing (e.g. can’t be connected to some popular systems like Amazon Echo, WeMo) Price: free.
Features: This app is created for your entertainment, safety and everyday life. But before using this application check if you have Control4 controller and automation system running Control4 OS 2.6 or later. Do you want to make a special dinner for your beloved? Your smart home can help you! Set your oven to prepare some casserole, dim the lights, turn on romantic music – all this using your mobile device. All you need is just to pour wine into glasses!
Pros: Variety of functions for entertainment. Cons: After updating you can’t change the temperature in your thermostat schedule. Price: free.
Features: This one also controls all devices in your smart home and is for free. But in order to configure, you will need to use iRule Builder which is free for 30 days.
Be the king of your smart home, rule the house! This application not only allows you to control your devices but create a special interface. Design it with the help of iRule Builder, it’s easy to customize your remote control with your own buttons, images or even a unique interface for each user in your home.
Pros: Beautiful and elegant interface. Cons: You need to sign in from Google+. Price: free.
Features: This handy app can be connected to all your smart devices which can be controlled even when you leave your house and switch on GPS. This app is awesome! You can chat with your smart home just like with your friends. It gives you valuable hints how to optimize work of the smart devices. A few years ago we couldn’t have imagined this. It helps you to set up everything in a casual way. Your smart home becomes one of your pals!
Pros: Suggests ways for better work of your devices. Cons: Available for iOS only. Price: free.
14) Elgato Eve
Features: The application is for your HomeKit devices. At a Glance is a view, with which you can quickly overview everything that’s happening in your connected home. In seconds you will access your favorite scenes (you set up multiple settings which you can switch on later with one tap) to control your home instantly, and learn the details of your rooms or types with a simple tap. It saves your time!
Pros: Better than Apple Home. Cons: Available for iOS only. Price: free.
Features: This app requires a Lutron Smart Bridge or Smart Bridge Pro. The application controls a variety of devices. From anywhere. A feature of geofencing may be appalling to you. It controls lights based on your location. Imagine that you are coming back home with hands full of ingredients for your supper. Don’t bother, the lights will automatically switch on on your way straight to the kitchen.
Pros: Controls well your indoor and outdoor cameras. Cons: You can’t give commands through OK Google anymore. Price: free.
Features: It works with more than 360 apps and devices, such as Twitter, Google Drive, Weather, Instagram, Email, Alexa, Nest, Philips Hue and your Android/iPhone. You can set your thermostat according to your needs when you arrive home, you can control devices in your home with your voice and Amazon Alexa, you can feel safe at home with security alerts. As it’s said in its slogan, Put the Internet to work for you! Check out whether this app is suitable for you!
Pros: Many apps and devices are connected to just one app. Cons: Problems with locations. Price: free.
Features: It is a good app for smart home integration. It gives you full supervision of your smart home. The application is compatible with a range of devices. Entertain yourself, monitor security, heating, lighting with Gideon.
You can have one less problem with this application. It measures your energy consumption and suggests when and how to use your appliances to save money on your bills. Keep track of your bills with Gideon.
Pros: Works great with Nest Thermostat and Nest Cam. Cons: There aren’t many users of the app. Price: free.
Features: This application allows you to control your Smart Home automation system and should be activated by your specialist of Smart Home Switzerland SA. Your iPhone becomes your remote control for the TV, air conditioner, lights, etc. It is available only on the App Store.
Pros: It is suitable for one home automation system. Cons: Seems to be difficult to install. Price: free.
Features: With this app you can manage your RTI control system (audio, video, climate, lights etc.). Set your thermostat when you leave your work to heat your house, so you come back to a warm, pleasant place. And vice versa – turn down the heating when you go to work and your children go to school. You can save up!
Pros: Works well not only for smart homes but also classrooms, conference rooms, restaurants, hotels. Cons: There aren’t many users of this app. Requires the RTI control system. Price: free.
Features: Everything you want to monitor and manage in your smart home can be controlled by a single app. Have some rest, Wink will take care of your comfort, security, lights, entertainment. Now you have more time for yourself. Do morning exercises while your smart device brews your coffee, don’t run out of the car to close the garage door, don’t worry about the security of the house while you are out. Install Wink. Many devices work just with this app, but with some you may need Wink Hub.
Pros: Great Amazon Alexa integration. Cons: Not very good connectivity between the app and Hue lights. Price: free.
Features: This app controls Chromecast, Chromecast Audio and Google Home. Install it and rule your house! You don’t need Amazon Alexa for voice control. Google Home has its Google Assistant. You can ask questions to your smart home and, thanks to rich Google search, get best answers – facts and information, calculations, translations, dictionary and more. A lot of us dreamed of this – getting the information or the things done instantly. Just give the order.
Pros: Smart lights and thermostat work well with this app. Cons: Audio and video don’t work properly after recent updates. Price: free.
Features: From the name of the app you can understand that this is what you need. Imagine that after a long working week you’re having a lie-in and you want nothing to disturb you. With just one touch lower the blinds, lock doors, dim lights, choose the perfect movie for you and relax. Live in harmony with your smart home. All you need is this app and a Harmony Hub-based remote controls.
Pros: Good for Netflix lovers. Cons: Sometimes fails to work. Price: free.
Features: The application also controls all your smart devices. Manage everything in your house from anywhere – set the thermostat, lights, open/close the garage doors, view live and recorded videos from your cameras. Maybe you may want to save your favourite videos and watch again and again your kid’s first steps. For controlling all of these you can use your voice. This app requires that you are an active ADT customer and a subscriber to ADT Pulse Interactive services.
Pros: Works well without wifi. Cons: The front door camera doesn’t always work well. Price: free.
Features: The application makes your smart home adjust to you, not vice versa! You can do whatever you like while the app does the boring things instead of you. With the new behavioral intelligence feature, the app learns from you and suggests useful hints and devices for your home.
Also with Nest Protect and this app you will always know if there is any smoke in the house and where actually it is so you know what to do. Check out if it is good for your smart home.
Pros: The app is quite fast. It has great reviews. Cons: There aren’t many users of this app. Price: free.
Features: This app is also for all smart devices in your home. You can create scenes with this application, which means that you don’t have to set up every device every day. You just set it once and it performs regularly. Say, you like going for a swim in your pool after work. Control the heating in such a way that when you are home from work you can splash in it immediately!
Pros: Designed exclusively for Clare Home solution. Cons: There aren’t many users of this app. Price: free.
Features: The app works with various Samsung devices. You can use this one app to adjust your refrigerator, washer, air conditioner, oven, vacuum cleaner and more. Cleaning your house has never been so easy! Make yourself comfortable in your sofa, turn on the music, chat with your friends meanwhile your smart vacuum cleaner tidies up your home. Just make one tap on your mobile device’s screen!
Pros: Controls different devices (not only thermostat and lights). Cons: Available for Android only. Not always can be connected to your smart devices. Price: free.
Features: This application also controls your entire home and supports all Apple HomeKit features for HomeKit devices, Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, Nest Cam, WeMo Switch, WeMo Insight, WeMo Light Switch and WeMo Motion. With myHome Plus create time and event triggers to control action sets at specific times. If you sometimes forget to switch off the lights in the hall, the event trigger can do it instead of you if there’s nobody there for some period of time.
Pros: Works with most famous devices. Cons: Not very good customer reviews. Price: free.
Features: This app is quite similar to Samsung Smart Home app. It connects your smart home appliances like refrigerator, washer, dryer, oven, robot vacuum, etc. together. It will help you to manage the household. You can set every device to do its own work. You don’t need to check on them every few minutes. They know what to do! Now you can easily spend more time with your family.
Pros: Variety of devices which can be controlled by the app. Cons: There might be problems with the initial connectivity between the app and devices. Price: free.
Features: If you don’t have a lot of devices to control, but you do own Chamberlain MyQ accessories, install this app and open/close your garage doors when you come or leave home or switch on/off the lights just with a single tap on your mobile device. You will receive an alert if you leave the house and the lights are on. Feels like your home takes care of you.
Pros: Stable and reliable. Many customers have been using it for a long time. Cons: There is no possibility to change the alert sound. No integration with many smart home devices. Price: free.
Features: You need this app as a companion to your Alexa device which will always be handy for you whenever you need some information, music, make a list. Of course, it’s great when you can do a lot of things using just your voice. Alexa will wait for your orders or requests and will do everything possible to fulfill them.
Pros: Works well on iPhone. Cons: There are a lot of questions which Alexa still can’t answer. Price: free.
Features: You may also like this app to control your cameras, doors, thermostat, lights. Be always connected to your home. You hire a dog walker and expect him to come when you are at work? Check if he/she came on time and walked your dog. Or monitor what is your babysitter doing with your children while you’re out.
Pros: You can create rules for your smart home. Cons: There aren’t many users of this app. Price: free.
Features: Controls cameras, lights, thermostat. It is not very widely used but has got good customers` reviews. Also works remotely. It’s not only security that you care of. Record your birthday party, all the singing, dancing and jokes, and watch the video next year, surprise your friends! Your iControl Networks app will help you to do this.
Pros: Simple and easy to use. Cons: There are not many users of this app. Price: free.
Features: There are over 100 devices which can work with this app. Choose some for you and be the ruler in your house. This app is not only able to perform scenes created by you, but you can set more complex programmes and scenarios through the framework “If A happens, B happens”. You will have peace of mind inside your smart home with this app.
iSmartenit App only works with Smartenit manufactured gateways, or the ZBPServer software running on Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone and PogoPlug.
Pros: The app is improved comparing to the previous version. Good customer service. Cons: Some customers find it difficult to register. Price: free.
All these apps help you to work with a variety of appliances. But if you don’t need to control all your smart home, but only one device, look over these applications and choose the one for you!
Features: This application is for your thermostat only. If you don’t need to move your blinds or switch on the lights with the help of an app on your phone, but you do want to manage the heating system, try ecobee. You can adjust temperature, humidity as you wish. It also gives you the weather forecast without any extra app.
Pros: The app is intuitive and gives you reminders about important things concerning your thermostat. Cons: After recent updates the app crashes a lot. Price: free.
Features: This application is for those who own Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat. The app also works with Amazon Alexa, having which you can control the heating with your voice. Another benefit is permanent program retention during power loss. You will always know everything about the temperature, humidity, weather and upcoming changes in heating and cooling that you scheduled.
Pros: Great instructions with which it is easy to set it up. Cons: Often shows the thermostat as offline. Price: free.
Features: Presence is an award winning app. It doesn’t control all your smart devices, too. But you can make your smartphone a device for spying on your house! Do you use cameras to feel safe and sound? This app will be useful to monitor the situation in your home – whether your neighbour came or some suspicious person. You don’t know who broke your favourite vase? Let’s check it with Presence!
Pros: Good customer reviews. Cons: There are not many users of this app. Price: free.
Features: With this app you can watch live and recorded HD videos. There is also an emergency option in case of strange activity. Canary automatically changes modes depending on that if you are at home or not. In Away Mode it monitors any activity and sends you notifications. In Home Mode you choose whether to record videos or not, you can customize privacy.
When you sleep you can use Night Mode to monitor the activity and to be sent notifications. And whenever you want you can use Privacy Mode, with which your app disables all cameras and microphones in your smart home.
Pros: Functional and easy to use. Cons: Only the default sound for the notifications. Price: free.
Features: This is an application for Withings Home Camera. With this app you can check on people you love while you are not at home. During the first few days after installation, the home learns your schedules, noises, movements, light shifts and background sounds in order to give you alerts if anything goes wrong or any strange activity is detected.
Pros: You can choose the tune you like for notifications or switch them off. Cons: The app crashes often. Price: free.
Next four apps will help you to manage the lights in your smart home.
Features: The app can be used easily on your smartphone or tablet. It doesn’t matter where your smart lights are – at home, in the office or elsewhere – all of them can be switched on and off with the help of this app. You can control the lights within wifi zone.
Pros: There is nothing needless. Cons: There are not many users of this app. No manual. Price: free.
Features: Includes security lighting, which copies your behaviour inside the house, backup lighting for up to 5 hours, emergency lighting, which turns on the lights in case a smoke detector is heard, and more. You will never fall down at night because of the chair standing not in a right place, or a cunning Lego block lying on your way to the light switch. Nowadays using BeOn Home everything is easier.
Pros: Works as promised. Cons: The app is a bit slow. Price: free.
Features: You’ll never come back home to a dark place with this app. Control your lights during your trip to Europe, make an impression that you are at home by switching on a special mode which randomly turns the lights on and off in your house. It will look like somebody’s home and they are walking from one room to another, naturally. Which burglar would enter a house full of people?
Pros: A lot of customers are satisfied. Cons: Unstable. Price: free.
Features: This app can help you to adjust the lights according to your needs – you want to relax, concentrate or even bring back your memories from old photos – doesn’t matter. You can do this all controlling your Philips Hue bulbs.
Pros: Beautiful interface. There are a lot of users. Cons: Geofencing doesn’t always work properly. Price: free.
Let’s check other applications which are designed for managing the work of one device only – the one you decided to try out at your home.
Features: This is an app for your June Oven which allows you to control the cooking from anywhere and makes your dishes just the way you like it. You can choose from more than 50 cooking programs, watch the cooking process on your smartphone, always know the temperature inside the oven. Customize alerts to monitor the cooking, or choose what information do you want June app to give you.
Pros: Beautiful interface. Easy to use. Cons: Available for iOS only. Price: free.
Features: It works with Oral-B Bluetooth-enabled electronic toothbrush. With this app you brush your teeth just like under control of a dentist. It will tell you how much time do you need to spend brushing, which zones did you miss, etc. Interested?
Pros: It really helps to improve the state of your teeth. Cons: Sometimes there are problems connecting the brush to your app. Price: free.
45) Hush Smart Earplugs
Features: The app requires Hush Smart Earplugs. It will help you protect sleep from your snoring partner and noisy neighbours. The earplugs will make a soothing sound which will block the outer sounds and help you to fall asleep. But at the same time, it will wake you up on time, just set the alarm with the help of Hush Smart Earplugs application. Don’t be afraid that you can oversleep like with the regular earplugs. This app is perfect for controlling your sleep.
Pros: Nice app design. Does the work in an expected way. Cons: There are not many users. Price: free.
Features: Oh, those sleepless nights when you check on your baby like a hundred times a night! Check out this app! If you are the owner of a Smart Button, this application helps you to monitor your baby’s breathing, sleeping position, etc. All you need is put the button on the baby’s clothes and use the application.
Pros: Gives you a peace of mind. Cons: The app is sometimes disconnected. Price: free.
Features: Sleep Number beds are used with this app which tracks and optimizes your sleep. It will give you good advice how to make your sleep better, you will receive notifications and tips for your sleep improvement. Integrates with Nest, Fitbit, MapMyRun, Withings, Microsoft Health.
Pros: Helps you improve your health. Cons: The app can mistake you with your wife or your dog and track their sleep. Price: free.