Android 2023.3: A number of servers & Home windows 11 app

Home Assistant logo with ‘Android Companion 2023.3’ text

It’s lastly right here, some of the widespread function requests for the Dwelling Assistant
Android Companion app: now you can configure a number of Dwelling Assistant servers. The
app can ship sensor updates to all servers and simply combine and match widgets, tiles,
and controls for various servers 🎉

Plus, a preview of the Dwelling Assistant app is now obtainable by way of the Amazon Appstore
on Home windows 11, which lets you rapidly join your laptop to Dwelling Assistant.

There are additionally different adjustments that add some polish to the app and enhance help
for options within the newest Dwelling Assistant releases, so let’s dig into the replace!

Configure a number of Dwelling Assistant servers

Generally, one Dwelling Assistant occasion is just not sufficient. You want Dwelling Assistant so
a lot that you just resolve to assist another person get began, there’s a second residence in
your life, otherwise you repeatedly go to someplace else the place they’re utilizing Dwelling Assistant.

Earlier than this replace, when you needed to entry a couple of server it was a little bit of a
trouble. Switching apps, creating bookmarks, and utilizing totally different profiles. Not to mention
connecting your Android gadget to a number of servers for options like sensors
and notifications.

This subject now belongs to the previous, as there’s a brand new possibility in Settings >
Companion app to configure a second server, and one other one after that, and one other…
They may all present up within the app, and you should utilize all options you’ve come to
anticipate, like plenty of sensors on your gadget and help for push notifications.
Each will get particular person settings, so when you don’t wish to share your step depend
and allow location monitoring in all places, that’s OK.

Screenshots of a phone showing different dashboards in the app, one of them showing a pop-up titled ‘Choose server’

That’s not all – it’s also possible to use all servers outdoors the app, mixing and
matching servers when utilizing shortcuts, notifications, widgets, tiles and controls.
Toggling lights from three totally different houses side-by-side? No downside!

Notice: the Put on OS app doesn’t but help a number of servers.

Now obtainable on Home windows 11 (preview)

The Dwelling Assistant Android Companion app is now obtainable by way of the Amazon Appstore
on supported Home windows 11 units. Whereas there are already nice choices to combine your
laptop from the group on the market, the Companion app makes it straightforward to begin
and advantages from all of the work on the Android app, continuously including new options.

Screenshot of the Home Assistant Android app on a Windows 11 device

Home windows doesn’t all the time present right info to the app and should shut down
background work, together with sensors, after a number of minutes, which is why we’re
releasing Home windows 11 help for the app as a preview. Android help in Home windows
11 continues to get higher and we intend to make changes to enhance the
expertise sooner or later.

Refining Put on OS

The Dwelling Assistant app has been obtainable for over a yr now on Put on OS watches
and continues to enhance. Earlier this yr, preliminary help for Help was added,
and on this replace
@dshokouhi made it simpler to entry utilizing a watchface
complication. Now Help is barely a faucet away!

Received a number of entities and wish to cover the litter in your watch? You can already
add favorites which might be displayed on the prime of the app, however it will nonetheless load
all entities under them. Now, there’s an choice to solely present favorites to scale back
what will get loaded and forestall unintended adjustments. Strive it out and tell us when you
want this extra centered expertise!

Screenshots of a Wear OS device, showing an Assist complication a watchface, updated launch screen, and favorites only home screen

@SkechyWolf and @dshokouhi additionally labored on the feel and appear of the app to make it
slot in higher with different fashionable Put on apps.

Different noteworthy adjustments

There’s extra on this replace, listed below are some highlights:

  • Any sensor with a location connected will now present up for navigation when utilizing Android
    Auto. Good one,
  • @jpelgrom added preliminary help for the brand new Thread integration in 2023.3. Thanks!
  • @Adi146 and @dshokouhi labored to make the Beacon Monitor extra dependable when within the
    background and when toggling it on and off, good to see enhancements!
  • Put a number of work in a customized dashboard, solely to have it break in your telephone due to
    textual content that’s ever so barely too small or undesirable auto-rotation? No extra, as @dmiales
    tweaked settings to forestall this from taking place!
  • Received a notification that ought to solely present up in your watch? Within the earlier replace, help
    was added for notifications to the Put on OS app, and on this replace work continues by
    @dshokouhi, with the app now supporting TTS notifications.

Much more folks labored on fixing bugs on this replace, like @Suxsem and @JBassett. Thanks
to all of those that contributed. You probably have a good suggestion to enhance the app or discovered a bug to
repair, be at liberty to be a part of us on the boards or contribute on GitHub.

All adjustments

You will discover a whole checklist of all adjustments made for this replace right here:
Full changelog for Dwelling Assistant Android 2023.3.0.

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