With this gallery we explore the 24 top smart home apps for controlling and programming smart devices and changing the way your home responds.
Welcome to our gallery featuring some of the best smart home apps on the market today.
We love smart home technology and the multifaceted ways it can improve our homes and everyday lives.
Since most of these devices are controlled via smartphone and tablet apps, we wanted to take a closer look at the software that make your smart home work together.
While many smart home devices, especially hubs and other connectivity products, are paired with their own apps, we discovered a wealth of apps that work independently to connect and control devices.
Some of the apps you’ll see on our list are directly tied to products from the same company, while others are more universal. The distinction becomes less important when you realize that these are all completely free.
Without a price tag, you’re free to mix and match, pairing the solutions that work best for your home and lifestyle, until you find the app or apps that grant you maximum control and convenience.
While many of these apps perform similar functions, such as notifying you about important developments at home, or turning lights or appliances on remotely, there are some important outliers with very specific functions. You’ll want to take a close look at each app and see just what it is that they do uniquely.
Whether you’ve got your smart home ecosystem humming along, or you’re just starting to put the pieces together, a solid control app will be the glue that binds it all into one seamless experience.
As you explore our list of the best smart home apps, be sure to keep an eye out for specific features that might fit your lifestyle best. Not all apps are built the same, and one size does not fit all.
With the variety available, you’ll definitely find the perfect fit.
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Alarm.com is at heart a home security system, but because it is a smart app, it gives you access to so much more than just securing your home. It helps you monitor and automate your home. It can connect all of your devices seamlessly in one place. They work together in a smart way and you only have to go to one application to view them all.
The security system is customizable to the exact needs of you and your home. Alarm.com has a full staff of consultants that can help ensure you have everything you need. This system allows you to connect your lights, thermostats, security, locks, and video to give you the ultimate control.
This system does not alert you only when there is something wrong in your home, it alerts you to everything that is happening in your home. It lets you know when the garage door is opened and closed, or when specific individuals come in and out of the house. It gives you a constant update of everything that is happening at your house, even when you cannot be there.
You can set it up so that you are alerted about specific events happening, regardless if your security system is armed. You can also receive live video of everything that is happening in your home. Remember the days of having to leave a key for someone? Well, no longer. You can create a code specific to one person and allow access to that code when you want.
2. myHome Plus App
myHome Plus is a third party app that is universal and compatible for the set up and control of accessories that are compatible with HomeKit. It does not matter who the manufacturer of the accessories is, this app will still work. This app allows you to have remote access and you can use your Apple Watch to control options in your favorites.
With this app, you can control rooms, zones, and triggers. You are able to enable a timer and events which become a trigger to control actions such as creating a day and time for the lights in your home to turn on.
It also provides support for iCloud use. It provides a widget that gives you a rundown of the state of each device you have paired to the app. It uses sliders and toggles to control the power of smart devices that are plugged in or have the ability for dimming.
It has an easy to use interface, but some experience is helpful in navigating the system. You are also able to control Nest or WeMo devices with this app. Imagine being able to control all of your devices from one single location. You are able to see the battery status on all items. This is a free app but you have to pay a small fee to unlock extra perks.
The SimpliSafe app gives you access to your SimpliSafe security alarm from anywhere on any device. From your device you can arm or disarm your security system, receive notifications instantaneously and keep up to the minute awareness of everything happening in your home when you cannot be there.
This app captures video and plays it back for you, as long as you have a camera as part of your security system. You are able to protect every window, door, and room from fire, water, intruders as well as being aware of all emergencies.
Your home is monitored by professionals 24 hours 7 days a week. If they detect any type of problem or emergency, they contact you immediately. This system protects you even when you lose power because it has a battery that should last for 10 years.
The system can detect a water or fire emergency and notifies you immediately. The app notifies you if someone is moving around in your house and opening specific doors or going into areas that you have designated as off limits. An alarm does not sound, but the app is notified. You can even set up custom alerts for family and friends.
4. Vivint Smart Home App
The Vivint Smart Home App is considered to be the complete system for smart home control. It can connect smoke detectors, doorbell cameras, smart thermostats, security cameras, sensors for doors and windows. The best part is you only have to use one interface to control all of them.
This app is simple to use and reduces the need for you to move between different apps to control all the smart apps in your home. You will no longer have to walk through your house to turn off your light switches.
This app also allows you to set your alarm from anywhere. You can control all of your heating and air conditioning so that you can maintain your climate control and save energy. You can see all the visitors that come to your front door and talk to them as long as you have a doorbell camera. You can unlock and lock your doors remotely from any location.
There is really no limit to the things you can do, as you can open garage doors. You receive notification when anyone enters or leaves your home. This system can monitor and verify the carbon monoxide levels in your home. You can create personal identification numbers to control your app. You can receive a notification to your app anytime someone approaches and rings your doorbell. It also records 10 seconds of video for you to review.
5. Xfinity Home
The Xfinity Home app is the app to use to not only control your Xfinity TV, but also allows you to control your lights and thermostat. It has a long list of device that are compatible with the Xfinity Home app. Thermostats such as Nest, Zen, Carrier Cor and ecobee. You can sync chamberlain or LiftPrimary MyQ garage door openers. You can control Philips Hue Lights, Lutron Caseta Wireless Light Switches, as well as GE wireless light switches and dimmers. It allows you to control August smart locks or Kwikset SmartCode locks.
This app allows you to stay connected to your house no matter where you are. You can arm and disarm your security system, adjust the temperature in your house, and control the lights. You no when someone enters or leaves your home, and you can see video of what has occurred. You can create rules that are automated, such as having your lights come on at a certain time.
You receive text notifications via email or text that alerts you when something has happened in your home. In addition, your system comes professional monitoring that is available 24 hours 2 days per week. The system comes with a touchscreen, sensors for the doors and windows, a keypad that is wireless, a motion detector and cameras. You have the option to add more devices to your system.
6. Google Assistant
Google Assistant is a virtual assistant powered by Google. It is intended to work on a mobile device, along with smart home devices. It can interact with you via two way communication. For the most part, you use your voice to interact with Google Assistant, but you do have the option to use the keyboard on your device
. It can search the internet for you, schedule calendar items, set alarms, and modify settings. It can show you information from all of your Google accounts. You can ask it questions and tell it to do things for you.
Google Assistant allows you to send texts, make phone calls, schedule reminders, send emails, get weather, and play music. You can connect all of the smart devices in your home to your Google Assistant so you can ask Google to control them for you. It can turn lights on and off, lock and unlock doors, and set your security alarm all by you asking a question, or giving a command.
You can even have it play messages through speakers in your house to someone who is there, even when you are not. Of you can send broadcast messages to people who are in the house with you. The messages go to their Google speakers or their mobile devices.
7. Amazon Alexa
Alexa is Amazon’s version of a virtual assistant. It allows you to interact just by using your voice to ask Alexa to do things such as play music, set an alarm, give weather and news updates, or make a to do list for you. It also alerts you when your Amazon order has been delivered. It can even tell you exactly what items were delivered.
You can control all of your smart devices and make Alexa your home automation system. Alexa wakes up and comes to attention just by saying her name. You can even change the language of your Alexa to a handful of option. The more you talk to Alexa, the better able she is to recognize your voice and speech patterns. This means she will learn to understand you better.
There is an entire line of options that you can add to what you control with Alexa. There are speakers, clocks, earbuds and even glasses. Alexa can check the status of and control smart lights, thermostats, and locks. There is even an option to use your speakers as a two way intercom. You can personalize your Alexa commands and settings. All Alexa devices come with call or message support for all of your Alexa based needs.
8. Total Connect Comfort
The Total Connect Comfort app provides the you the ability to manage and monitor the use of your heating and cooling systems from absolutely anywhere. The Total Connect Comfort app pairs well to the Honeywell Home Wi-Fi Thermostat and the Honeywell Home Redilink Comfort Systems. However, you also must use the Redilink Internet Gateway to utilize those services. This app allows you to handle just about any function that you could think of for your heating and air conditioning systems.
With this app, you are able to look at the schedule you have set for your thermostat and also change your scheduled settings on the fly. You can look at and change all of your settings for your heat and air conditioning, including the indoor temperature. You can change the fan system, as well as the change the settings for the humidifier and dehumidifier.
You are able to view the weather forecast for the next five days so that you make decisions about the temperature settings inside your home. You are able to see the temperature and humidity on the outside of your house. You can also access multiple thermostats. You can also get monthly reports about your energy consumption. This allows you to stay on top of your total energy consumption and usage.
9. Samsung Smart Things App
This free app from Samsung, available on the Apple, Google, and Windows stores, lets you receive notifications about what’s happening at home, no matter where you’re at. You’ll be sent instant alerts for a variety of conditions, including unwanted entry, smoke, floods, or anything else you set. With a compatible camera, you’ll be able to capture video footage of events. Of course, you’ll also be able to control your compatible smart devices with a tap of your finger.
The WeMo app is designed to work with a suite of compatible easy-to-use products over the internet from your smartphone or tablet. It’s also compatible with very popular app IFTTT, which we will cover below. It comprises several functions, including Insight Switch, to show you how much energy your devices are using, Light Switch, to let you turn all the lights in the home on or off, and NetCam, which triggers home automation features when you walk in the door.
Paired with the Nest Thermostat (see our list of smart home utilities) this smartphone app lets you adjust and program the temperature in your home from anywhere with an internet connection. The app goes deeper, showing how much energy is used every day, creating monthly reports and helping craft a better plan to become more efficient.
You can set detailed schedules with the app, with far more ease than you’ve ever been able to program a thermostat.
The app tracks your location and can automatically adjust the Nest thermostat when you’re away from home. Even more, the app can be used as a remote baby monitor or pet cam!
12. Control 4
This universally-minded app will allow you to use your Android smartphone or tablet to become a primary remote control, covering entertainment devices, lighting, cameras, security systems, and more. If it can be automated and connected to a smart home network, you can control it.
The app specifically mentions compatibility with over 8,000 products including Roku, Nest, Sonos, Kwikset, Sony, and beyond. With such wide ranging control options, you’ll be able to centralize command of all your various smart home devices.
You probably recognize DirecTV as a satellite dish service, but they’ve now got a mobile app that allows you to operate and enjoy your programming from anywhere. The app lets you watch movies and TV on your tablet or smartphone, and can even let you set your DVR programming. It can all be operated by voice, lending a hands-free luxury to its function.
Even cooler, the app features a sports bar finder, letting you search out bars and restaurants carrying DirecTV sports programming. Additionally, once you’ve recorded shows, you can take them with you on your tablet or phone and watch any time.
14. Philips HUE
The HUE app works with Apple HomeKit technology, allowing you to use Siri to control the lighting in your home. The app is essential for creating custom scenes to control the home settings. You’ll be able to automate the lights, making it appear that you’re home while you are away – the lighting can also be controlled manually from anywhere, whether your bedroom or your job site.
You can set any shade of white light, from cool daylight tones to relaxing warm night lights. Even cooler, you can play with a full spectrum of colors, and even sync the lights with your music, movies, and games for a newly immersive effect.
15. Apple Homekit
Apple Homekit is designed to work through the apps that control your individual smart home devices, enabling the apps to connect, resulting in a comprehensive network that can be controlled from one place.
It works by creating “scenes” to connect and control your smart home appliances in different combination. This means that simple one-touch interactions can perform a suite of functions in your home.
You can create scenes like “leaving home,” which could turn off lights, lock doors, and lower your thermostat. Even better, it all works via Siri’s voice recognition software, so you can even go touch-free.
16. AT&T Digital Life
The AT&T Digital Life app is designed to be a comprehensive suite of functions that work in concert to manage your home from the ground up. The app covers your home security via video monitoring, door control, energy management, and even water detection. Sensors and cameras are all directly linked via the internet, so that you can have a first person view of what’s happening, get alerts if anything out of the ordinary occurs, and make sure that your lights and thermostat are programmed exactly as you like, from anywhere on Earth.
Insteon is an app designed to work hand in hand with the Insteon Hub, which is one of several similar devices that tie your smart home ecosystem of devices together. Available for every major brand of smartphone, Insteon will let you control all branded devices, from light bulbs to wall switches, outlets, and thermostats.
You’ll be able to receive notification alerts from any attached sensors, including motion, door, window, and even water leaks. Beyond this, the app is designed to let you automate and schedule your smart home devices.
IFTTT is designed to be the sort of digital connective tissue between the other apps on your phone, including smart home device apps. Thus, you’ll be able to set up “recipes” to control your devices in multiple ways at once. The process works by “if, then” statements, so that virtually anything that can be done in an app can be programmed and scheduled with IFTTT.
Thus, you can set condition events like this: “if it’s almost sunset, turn the house lights on,” or “brew coffee when I wake up.” The possibilities are quite endless, and can enhance your smart home devices beyond what their own apps can achieve.
SmartFX light bulbs are a uniquely creative way to spice up the lighting in your home, with fully customizable colors and programming that allows for a range of rhythmic features. The best part is that they can be directly controlled from your smartphone with an included free app. We previously showcased these lights in our guide to Smart Home Lighting.
The app enables unique features that let the lights “dance” or change colors to the music in your home, program and schedule them to come on at set times, and even tie them into your alarm, bringing up the lights when you’re supposed to wake up in the morning.
20. Somfy MyLink
MyLink is available for both Apple and Android devices, and lets you transform your interactions with Somfy-powered motorized solutions. You’ll be able to maximize the benefits like energy savings, privacy, comfort, and of course, convenience. You’ll be able to operate shades, blinds, awnings, screens, and shutters with your phone or tablet from anywhere with an internet connection.
Wink creates one of the most popular hubs we’ve featured in our series on Smart Home Devices. Their free accompanying app is a simple to use solution that allows for your diverse collection of smart devices to speak the same language. You’l be able to command lights, power, security, and more with a swipe or a tap, and you can control the whole home from anywhere in the world. Even better, you can customize the way your devices speak to one another, creating a series of shortcuts to automate the whole smart home ecosystem.
22. Loxone Smart Home
This smart home device companion app is designed to let you control a whole suite of the most important functions at home, including climate control, security, entertainment, shading, and even pool and irrigation systems. It ties together your isolated devices, letting them work in coordination without any modification.
You’ll be able to tie together the functionality of disparate devices like motion detectors, door and window sensors, and lighting control. You can manually control these items directly, or automate everything from your Apple or Android device.
Savant lets you create experiences to reflect your personality and lifestyle, switching between Sonos, Apple TV, cable, blu-ray, and other entertainment options with your smartphone or tablet. Even better, it can connect to other smart home systems like lighting, allowing you to set “scenes” where entire sets of functions can work in concert.
For instance, you can set up “movie night,” to change the lighting and set up your A/V equipment for a film viewing. You can even program scenes specific to individual users, so everyone in the family gets their own surroundings.
24. ADT Pulse
Focused on security, this app is a bit more direct and to the point than many others on our list. It’s designed to activate and deactivate your ADT security system, as well as notify you of broken sensors, and any time your system has not been armed. With added video surveillance, you’ll be able to see live video of your home from anywhere with an internet connection. Even better, you can set up motion sensors to trigger recording and send clips directly to your smartphone for review.
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