How to Control Your Smart Home Devices from Your Office As if there weren’t already enough ways to control all of your smart home devices, text messaging could be the most convenient method for some users. Here’s how to make it work using IFTTT and some hashtags.
When Text Messaging Can Work
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.
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 Smart Home devices. If you’re not familiar with IFTTT.
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 Smart Home 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.
Now Login with your Gmail or Facebook Account, Select one Option below-
Now After Login Screen you will see option My Applete, Click on that.
Now Click on New Applet.
Click on “This” highlighted in blue.
Type “SMS” in the search box or find it in the grid of products and services below. Click on it when you find it.
Next Click on “Connect”
Now it will Ask for your mobile number. if you are staying out of USA then you have to enter your no like for example i am staying in India i have entered 0091XXXXXXXXXX. AND then click on Send PIN
Now you will get Sms With PIN on you Mobile Phone.
Now Enter Your PIN and Click on Connect Option if you are not receiving sms then try to use other company mobile no some of the mobile company not supporting this service.
Now click on Marked Box.
Type in the hashtag that you will send in the text message. In this case, I’m using “hhru” for (Hello How Are You) tweet to my twitter. This means that I will need to type in “#hhru” and send it to IFTTT in a text message. Click on “Create Trigger” when you’re done with this step.
Next, click on “That” highlighted in blue.
Find the Twitter you want to tweet—in our case, type “Tw” in the search box or find it in the grid of products and services. Click on it when you find it. You may need to connect it to your Twitter account to IFTTT if it isn’t already connected. if you want to select other service like your tv on off, door lock etc. you can select as per your requirement. Here i am selecting twitter for showing the action how it is working.
Now Select Action which you want. Lets Try Post a tweet.
Now Complete action fields and click on “Create Action”
Note: Please adhere to Twitter’s Rules and Terms of Service.
Now Next click on “Finish”
Now you have successfully send tweet to your twitter account click on “check now”.
From there, the applet is officially live and you can start using it right away. The big toggle switch in the middle allows you to temporarily disable and enable the applet at any time.
You can use it for turn on or off your light, TV, Door ect.