Connecting your smart blinds with your smart home hub based on Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home Assistant will allow you to automate the entire process. After the setup is complete, you can conveniently use your voice commands to control your smart blinds.
But how do you set up your Alexa or Google Home with these smart blinds? The process is not that difficult, and you can do it by going through the following steps mentioned below.
Connecting to Amazon Alexa
You will need Amazon Alexa, and if you have more than one smart home hub controller, all of them have to be online for this setup to work properly. For example, you can connect your blinds with Amazon Echo, Echo Show and Echo Dot.
Step 1 – Tap on “Skills & Games”
Open the Amazon Alexa application on your phone. Next, tap on the menu present in the top left corner and “Skill & Games”.
Step 2 – Enable your smart blinds
The next field will show a search field to enter your smart blinds’ brand or manufacturer’s name. Your brand of smart blinds will appear below. Select that and tap on the “Enable to use” button.
Step 3 – Enter your login information
Now, enter the login information for your smart blind application on the next screen by entering the username and password and then tap “Allow”.
Step 4 – Authorize Alexa
Make sure your smart home hub controller is online, plugged and pulsing cyan. And then tap on the “Authorize” button. Now, go back to your Alexa app, and it will propel you to discover devices.
Besides, as Alexa supports blinds, your smart blinds will be under that section labelled “Switches” in your Alexa application. So, now you can use Alexa voice commands to use your smart blinds.
Connecting to Google Assistant
For this, you must install a Google Assistant-enabled smartphone or speaker and the Google Home mobile application on your phone. Here are a few steps to set up your smart blinds with Google Home.
Step 1 – Tap the “Add” button
Open your Google Home application and tap on that “+” button labeled “Add”. you need to make sure the Google account you are using is linked with the device logged in with your Google account enabled with Google Assistant. For switching accounts, tap on that user button. It is present on the top right of the navigation bar.
Step 2 – Choose the “Set up device” button
The next step will require you to tap on “Set up device”. This will be one of the options listed.
Step 3 – Go for the “Have something already set up?”
On the next screen, there will be two options. One will be “set up new devices”, and the other will be “Works with Google”. Under the second option, there will be a link “Have something already set up?” This is where you need to tap.
Step 4 – Tap on the magnifier button
Tap on the magnifier button, present on the top left side of your screen. As soon as you tap on it, a list of different smart blinds brands and manufacturers will appear. You need to choose the one that you own.
Step 5 – Provide your login information
The next step is to provide the login information that you use with your smart blind mobile application. Once you have entered the username and password, tap on “Proceed”. Now, wait as the app redirects you to the next step.
Step 6 – Change the name of rooms of blinds
Your Google Assistant will automatically assign your smart blinds to existing or new rooms if a name matches two apps. You can change the name by clicking on “Device info” for each blind icon and changing its name. Of course, you can leave it if you want.
Setting up your smart blinds with Amazon Alexa and Google Home is not an intricate process. It’s just like pairing your phone with any other Bluetooth device. Just make sure you enter the right username and password from your smart blinds app during the login process, and everything will go smoothly.
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