In recent years, we have seen how Google has managed to bring home automation to many users through its own Google Home software, which is compatible with all its products, even with other devices from different manufacturers. However, it is not the only company that has its own software to help us take control of our home, since Xiaomi has Mi Home .
The reality is that the Asian mobile manufacturer has among its catalog an endless number of smart products for our home. Therefore, it is necessary to know how to use this home automation control center for Xiaomi mobile devices and everything you can do from your terminal.
Activate home automation control on your Xiaomi
There is no doubt that home automation, even its simplest version such as controlling a loudspeaker, has become quite a popular trend in recent years. Especially thanks to Amazon and Google, but this does not mean that other manufacturers have also opted for this idea. Although, it has been from 2020 when the population has decided to bet at least to buy a smart device. So, if they have a Xiaomi, you can get to control your gadgets .
However, it was not until the arrival of MIUI 12 and Android 10 that we have been able to have our own panel to control the different devices in our house. And contrary to what happens in other brands such as Samsung, if this function is activated by default, in Xiaomi it will be necessary to enable it from the mobile device settings. And once it is, we can find it hosted in the notification curtain. To do this, we must follow the following steps:
- Access the mobile phone settings.
- Enter the Screen section.
- Select the Control Center and notification bar option.
- Then, you will have to click on Smart home.
- Finally, select Xiaomi Home .
Once we have activated this option, we will have two notification areas, the one on the left that displays the different notices of our applications, and on the right, we will find the control center, in the same way that happens in iOS devices. In addition, through these settings of this new section that we have activated, it will allow us to customize which ones we want to appear.
How to add a new device
Luckily, pairing a new device in this Xiaomi software is really easy. We will only have to access it and click on the “+” icon that appears in the upper right part of the mobile panel. After this, a menu will be displayed in which all the devices that we can control appear, so we will have to look for ours.
However, you won’t have to dig around on your own if you don’t want to, as you can type their name or category in the search box to save some time. But, for this, remember that it must be connected to the Internet and turned on so that it can be detected by the Xiaomi app itself.
Once we have found it, we must click on it to begin the configuration process. The first step will be to select the Wi-Fi network to which our smart device is connected. Then you will have to enter your password. In addition, after connecting it, a new window will open in which it will indicate the connection process. Therefore, we recommend that you bring the phone closer to the router to avoid failures during pairing.
When it has been done correctly, we will have to go to the next screen in which we will have to choose which room in the house is the element that we have just connected. In addition, we will not only be able to choose between all the different options that said software gives us, but we will also be able to give it a personalized name. To do this, we will have to click on the “+” icon and write the name that we want, then we will only have to click on OK.
Afterwards, a drop-down menu will appear on the mobile screen that will allow us to rename that room. After this, the software itself will confirm that it has been added correctly. So it is time to click on Let’s get started to be able to use it . From that moment on, we will be able to control said device from the app’s own menu or even from the control center that we have previously activated. And finally, it must be taken into account that each product will have a different menu, since it will have different functionalities.
How to manage devices
When you already have several devices connected to your account, you will have the option to choose to control each one individually or in a group. This will depend on you and what you want to manage at all times. In the event that you want to be able to control them individually, you just have to press and hold each device separately and adjust the different parameters. Again, keep in mind that logically so that they can be controlled they must be turned on and connected to the Wi-Fi network.
Once you hold down on the one you want to manage and you will see that all the icons of the devices begin to move. At that moment, you will be able to select the device and make the following options with it by simply selecting them in the lower menu:
- Move to top: tap this option to move the device to the top of favorites.
- Remove from favorites: you directly remove it from this section.
- Move: this way you can move it to any other room in the house within the software.
- Share: clicking on this option will allow you to share permissions to run it with other users.
- Remove device: you will unlink the device from this Xiaomi tool .
- Rename: it will let you rename it.
- Create light group: only works for lamps.
Program the gadgets with your Xiaomi
As with other software from other companies such as Google Assistant or Samsung’s Bixby , we can program our smart gadgets as we want. Therefore, we can not only control them manually, but it also makes it easier for us to carry out certain actions at the time that best suits us.
In order to carry it out, we must look for the menu called Automate , which is located at the bottom. Once we enter it, it will be time to configure a room for a device that is already linked to our smartphone. In addition, they will appear in a drop-down menu as soon as we click on the Everyone section. Or, it leaves us the option to create a new room by clicking on the plus icon.
And the best of all is that we can create as many as we want. Although the most advisable thing is to have the same number of rooms that we want to control with our mobile device. After having clicked on the “+” button, we will have to see the devices that are compatible with this function.
After this, it is time to select if we want the action to start executing when a specific device starts working or, simply, make use of a timer . When we configure it, we can select the specific scene both to activate it and to disable it. In addition, we can customize that we send a notification to our mobile.