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Yonomi: More powerful and limited alternative to IFTTT

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Yonomi is an app for your phone with which you can automate various processes in the house, similar to IFTTT. At its core, this is a much more powerful alternative, as you can do more things with the devices it supports.

If you want to automate everything at home, you have various options. You can use a service such as IFTTT or opt for a specific voice assistant or a specific smart home platform . But if you don’t want to commit to a voice assistant or platform just yet, Yonomi is a great alternative. You can download the app on both Android and iOS and then it is possible to connect different devices to each other through routines. In this article we explain what Yonomi.

Yonomi: the basics

When you have downloaded the app (above you will find links to the apps per platform), you still need to create an account. Once you’ve done that, Yonomi will start working for you right away. From the moment the app starts scanning for devices, your various WiFi-connected devices will automatically come up. This way you can add them to your profile. In the app, devices and services are described as Things. That is good to know, since you cannot only link devices.

The moment you search for your devices, some of them may work with Yonomi right away. In many cases, however, it is necessary to log in with the account associated with the smart device or service in question. In the case of Philips Hue, you need to press the button on the hub again to complete the pairing. Once you have completed the installation, your smartphone or tablet is in fact a kind of virtual smart home hub where all (or as many as possible) smart home products come together and can be operated.

Devices that support Yonomi

For a complete list of supported devices and brands, please visit the Yonomi website . It’s good to see the company partnering with all kinds of big smart home brands, such as Nest, Philips Hue, Ecobee, Honeywell, Lifx, Logitech, TP-Link and August, as well as programs like Works with Amazon Alexa and Works with Google Assistant, but it You may be missing some brands or devices in the list. In that respect, Yonomi is somewhat limited if you compare the automation service with a competitor like IFTTT.

The fact that you can control most of your smart home devices in the Yonomi app does not mean that you can immediately say goodbye to the various apps from manufacturers (a disadvantage if you like a clean phone). Unfortunately, not all functions are supported: for example, you cannot view camera images in the app). That’s why you should think of Yonomi as a simple switch between different devices, with which you can automatically activate processes that go no further than on / off, up or down, et cetera.

Yonomi routines

Yonomi offers routines. This is the main function of the app. Other apps call this function recipes or applets, but here we call them routines. This way you can have devices respond to each other or switch them in quick succession. The basis of a routine is the When action. When the alarm goes off, the lights go on. But you can happen a little later based on a specific time. In addition, multiple When factors can be set, making the service more powerful than, for example, IFTTT.

When specific conditions are met (the When action), different things happen in the house. Things that you have set within the app. Then there is another option: you can specify conditions more precisely by using the But only if option. This way the alarm does not have to go off when you are at home of course; then you set that this is not necessary when Yonomi ‘sees’ that you are home. Such specific actions take your location into account – that is something to keep in mind.

You can make Yonomi as complex as you want. For example, you can set when you leave home (again: your location must be on), the lights go out, the door is locked, the alarm is switched on, the music is switched off and the heating switches to the ‘away’ status. to stand. Then you could add by means of the But only if option that this should only happen during the week and not on the weekend. Or when your partner is also gone. So you don’t have to set anything per day or moment.

Yonomi and voice assistants

You can activate the triggers manually within the app or have them work automatically based on time or attendance. But you can also control them with your voice when you pair your voice assistant of choice, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant . Pairing is done respectively via the Alexa skill or by finding the Home speaker after scanning. After pairing, you can simply say (in English): “Hey Google / Alexa, activate [routine]. The assistants see the routines as devices; that’s why this works so easily.