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Automate your home with the TESLA Smart app

Editorial office of TESLA Editorial office of TESLA 4. 10. 2023

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If you're new to smart products, you might be surprised to learn that just buying a smart device doesn't mean you're living smart. In fact, a smart home only comes into being when it starts to help you in your everyday life. To achieve this, you need to learn how to use automation. And the good news is that the TESLA Smart app makes it really easy.

If you have purchased a smart product from the TESLA family, you should definitely not forget to download the TESLA Smart mobile app. The smart product and the mobile app form a pair that no smart home can do without. 

Why is this important? If you don't connect the product to the app, you make it a regular "dumb" device. And that would be a shame. The app opens up a wide range of possibilities for you to work with smart products. And we're not just talking about remote control. We're talking about automations that make your home work independently as a sophisticated ecosystem. 

Get to know the two main features in the app that will make your life easier and take your living comfort to a new level. The first is Manual Scenes, which lets you run a set of multiple tasks with a single click. The second is Automations, through which you tell products how to behave in certain situations. 

Manual scenes: one click to start a set of tasks 

Manual scenes save you a lot of time if you do certain household tasks regularly. It is a preset combination of several tasks that you start with one click in the app. You set the scenes according to the running of your household to reflect your normal activities. Plus, you can add them to the app's home screen so you'll always have them in sight. 

A typical situation for using a manual scene is, for example, turning off the sockets and lights when you leave the home. Without setting the scene, every single socket and every single light would need to be switched off separately. Depending on the number of them, this can then take up to several dozen clicks in the app. And that adds up to a pretty long process. If you went through it every time you left the house, you'd probably give up after a few days. 

The solution is to create a scene. Within a manual scene, you set exactly what should happen when the scene is run. In this case, "Switch off all sockets and lights". When you leave the house, just click on the scene and you're done. You can probably guess that it will be useful to create another "Turn on all sockets and lights" scene when you get home. 

Instructions for creating a scene (switching sockets on/off) 

1. Click on the "Smart" icon at the bottom of the home screen 

2. Point to the + symbol at the top right of the screen to open the option for Create Scene 

3. Select "Manual" 

4. In the "So" box, click in the "Add Action" box. 

5. Select the product for which you want to create a scene (for example, a specific socket or multiple sockets) via the "Start device" option 

6. Select the action you want to occur (On/Off) and confirm 

7. Repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 until you have added all the desired devices 

8. Before you save the scene, you can still select the "Style" option via the three dots in the upper right corner and choose a specific color for better clarity

Examples for using scenes 

  • Switching sockets on/off: All household sockets are controlled through one manual scene. 
  • Turn lights on/off: Turn on/off all the lights in a room or the entire home with one click. 
  • Activate/Deactivate all security components: One click in the app activates or deactivates the alarm, security camera, siren, door and window sensor and motion sensor. 
  • Activate/Deactivate devices in the children's room: When you're in the room, you can leave the baby-sitting aids turned off. But if you leave, simply activate the baby monitor and the motion sensor. 
  • House cleaning: If you're taking cleaning seriously, you can put all the tasks you want to do into one manual scene. You can start the vacuum cleaner, air purifier and diffuser all at once. 

Automation: for independent household functioning 

If you're serious about smart home, learning how to create automation will be your alpha and omega. They make it easy to tell products how to behave in certain situations, creating an autonomous ecosystem that works and thinks for you. 

Again, we'll explain this with a simple model example, this time with pet care. Imagine equipping your home with a smart feeder, a fountain and a pet bed. In the app, you set the food ration to 250 grams of kibble and your dog should eat twice a day at 10am and 8pm. You connect the fountain to a motion sensor in the app and specify that every time the sensor detects movement in the kitchen, it will activate the water pump and UV water filtration. For the bed, you then set it to turn on the cooling pad if the temperature rises above 25 degrees in the summer. That's it. Your dog will be fed, have fresh water and ideal conditions for resting. Just three products and one setting in the app will ensure that your pets are royally taken care of without you even having to think about it. 

Take control of your smart home with a simple app. Just download the app, add individual TESLA products and set their behaviour. Anyone can do it. In addition, the app is fully localised in many languages, including English.

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Setting up automations in the app 

Creating automations in TESLA Smart is intuitive and offers a variety of options. You can set the functioning of the products depending on the criteria you select, which can be the current weather, your location, the time or the status of another smart device. 

  • Weather-based adjustment: the device will react to local temperatures (suitable for air conditioning or heating products, for example). 
  • With permission, the app will track your mobile's location. As you leave or return to your home, it will automatically activate or deactivate selected devices (for example, activating security files a few minutes after you leave the house). 
  • Time-based settings: turns products on or off at the day and time you specify (for example, the smart camera at 8pm every day). 
  • Settings by another smart device: used to connect smart products to each other. Ideal when pairing with sensors and sensing devices (for example, turns off the air purifier if you open a window). 

Instructions for setting up automation (turning off the air purifier when a window is opened) 

1. Click on the "Smart" icon at the bottom of the home screen 

2. Point to the + symbol at the top right of the screen to open the option for Create Scene. 

3. Select the desired criterion (in this case "When the device changes state") 

4. Select the device to change the state (in this case "Door and window sensor") 

5. You select that the state should be "Open" (by doing this you have created the basis of the condition "When I open a window") 

6. In the "So" box, click in the "Add action" box 

7. Select the action to occur (in this case "Start device") 

8. Select the product for which the change is to occur (in this case "Smart Air Purifier") 

9. Select what should happen to the device (in this case "Off") 

10. Confirm by clicking on "Next" in the top right corner 

11. Before saving, you can name the automation via the three dots in the top right corner and also set the validity period 

What not to forget: 

Keep in mind that two options need to be set for each situation. That is, one where the situation occurs and one where it does not occur. For example, if you are pairing a window sensor with an air purifier, you need to set both option A (window opened and air purifier switched off) and option B (window closed and air purifier switched on).

Further examples for the use of automation: 

How to manage households? 

A household does not have to be just one. If you also use smart products at your cottage or office, you can easily create multiple households to manage in the app. You'll then simply switch to set up your chosen products at that location as needed. In addition, you can divide each household into individual rooms and thus have a perfect overview of which device you are currently controlling (for example, kitchen light in the cottage -> household "Cottage" -> room "Kitchen" -> device "Light"). 

You can find the home management under the "My Profile" tab, select "Home Management" and a number of options will open up. Create a new household, name it, adjust the room divisions or join an existing household.

How to share control with household members? 

Of course, multiple household members can control the products. The app therefore offers sharing with other users. You can share the entire household or only selected products. You can find out all about sharing in the article How to share smart products or your entire household with other users.  

How to connect your home with smart assistants? 

For products that can use voice control, you can connect them to smart assistants in the "My Profile" tab. Here you select the desired assistant, verify via code and link the selected products.


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