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Smart assistants (Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant) show their best side with properly named devices, groups and orchestrated routines.

Everything needs a name and as you add smart devices the names multiply, so it naturally becomes harder to remember what to say and when. There is of course no screen to help you navigate between different actions.

The aim of this guide is to make voice truly the most intuitive interface. Taking these extra steps may be a bit more work at first, but they’ll definitely make your smart home experience more enjoyable in the long run.

Device naming

Naming single devices should be short and intuitive, otherwise your assistant may not be able to understand you or even worse, you won’t be able to memorise the commands.

Avoid the assistant’s error message “There are multiple devices with that name.” and make the device names short and sweet.

There are two options to name your devices in a way that makes it easy for you to memorise and your assistant to understand:

1. Focus on the location of the device and define: room, position and device name.

2. State the activity that this device support and define: activity and device name.

Example: Bedroom Corner Light / Fireplace Light

If you are renaming a lot of single devices at once, we strongly suggest doing that in the 1Home Dashboard as its quicker than in the assistant mobile app.

Having this logic behind single device naming will help you memorise the commands effortlessly and you’ll be able to control any device separately if needed. Mind that you don’t have to rename all of your devices, just the ones you will actually control on their own - and won’t use through groups or routines.

Now that you have successfully named your smart devices, you are ready to enjoy your home’s fullest potential with the hands-free dimension of voice control.

Creating groups

Controlling single devices is time-consuming, boring and ultimately, unnecessary. This is where Groups come very handy (Siri and Google call these groups Rooms).

Groups enable you to arrange devices into groups and control them as a single entity.

How to create a Group in the Alexa App

How to create a group with Google Assistant

How to create a group with Apple HomeKit

Creating routines

You wake up at the same time practically everyday, wash your teeth everyday, read the news, drink coffee. Our mornings are usually repeated and built around a routine that give structure to our day.

We also use our homes in a similar way every day. Routines (called Scenes in Apple’s Siri) are a great way to blend our home with our routines in a seamless way. Streamlining mornings and invest the saved energy in to the day ahead.

Routines are a series of actions, triggered by a single command.

Unless you’ve dug deep into the settings menu of your smart assistant, you might not even know about the this most powerful feature!

How to create a routine with Amazon Alexa:

How to create a routine with Google Home:

How to create a routine with Apple HomeKit:

Here's how simple it is!

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