As Android 14 rolls out to devices, the Home Assistant app receives the tools tailored for this update, which operates similarly to the Google Home Panel found on select Android 14 devices.
Despite the Home Panel’s efficacy in controlling smart devices on Android 14, it remains exclusive to certain devices—specifically, Pixel and Samsung devices running Android 14. For Android users with smart home appliances, the new Home Assistant Device Control feature provides a viable alternative.
This Home Assistant feature for Android 14 empowers users to execute a myriad of controls directly from their smartphones. The feature conveniently organizes smart home devices into a dashboard, offering users an easily navigable space for performing or customizing controls.
What’s more, users can configure controls for use even when their device is locked. For those seeking simultaneous control over multiple devices, the dashboard’s side-by-side server controls are a valuable asset.
To switch between modes, users can open the app, go to Settings > Companion app > Manage device controls, and choose either ‘Built-in’ or ‘Dashboard.’ It’s important to note that when transitioning from built-in device controls to a dashboard, users may need to remove all controls previously in use for the dashboard to appear.