As if there weren’t already enough ways to control all of your smarthome devices, text messaging could be the most convenient method for some users. Here’s how to make it work using IFTTT and some hashtags.
Some people spend more time in the Messages app than any other app. Thus, you probably have your phone set up in such a way that you can quickly and easily send a text message whenever you need to. This alone can make controlling certain smarthome devices a lot easier.
Furthermore, Apple users have an even better advantage when it comes to controlling smarthome devices with text messaging. With iMessage, you can send and receive text messages right from your Mac. So when you’re working on your computer, you can quickly pop open iMessage and shoot a quick text message to anyone, which is even quicker and easier than picking up your phone. You can do this with Android as well with a third-party tool.
With that said, I’ve found text messaging one of the quickest and easiest methods for controlling some of my smarthome devices. Granted, voice control with Alexa or Google Assistant is right up there as well, but if I’m not able to shout at Alexa, text messaging is king—and it works no matter where I am.
To make this work, we’ll be using IFTTT and its SMS service in order to control our smarthome devices. If you’re not familiar with IFTTT, check out our full guide on how to set it up and create applets.
For our example, we’ll be setting up an applet to turn on and off the television using the Logitech Harmony Hub—but this will work with your Philips Hue lights, your Nest thermostat, or any other smarthome devices that work with IFTTT.
To get started, visit the IFTTT website and click on “My Applets” toward the upper-right corner of the screen.Read More...
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