Organize the smart home gadgets in one cohesive whole is already a bit of a nightmare. You probably have some sort of smart speaker (a Google Nest or an Amazon Echo) and a collection of smart bulbs, thermostats, locks, or cameras that may or may not be made by the same company. Many of them work together, but most departments assume that only one person in the household owns and implements everything. This can make it a bit difficult to separate all the devices you own when someone moves or after a break-up. Who knows which buried frame is going to allow someone to access lights or locks they shouldn’t be able to control?
Fortunately, it’s possible to untangle all of your smart home devices if you know what you’re doing. This guide should help you.
Reset all your devices to factory settings
This is the most tedious part of taking your smart home apart, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind you get from knowing that no one else is going to accidentally (or intentionally) turn off your lights in the home. outside the house. Many smart home devices including some versions of Google Home or Amazon Echo, can be reset using a physical button. This means that even if you have an uncooperative roommate or estranged ex who won’t voluntarily disconnect their accounts from your devices, you can still reset them yourself.
Even if you are able to peacefully remove devices from your setup, it may be best to reset as many devices as possible. Old smart home devices are associated with Wi-Fi networks, shared houses, or personal accounts recognize the voices of individual users, and have custom routines and third-party skills, which may not be configured the way you want in your new location. Sometimes it’s just easier to start from scratch.
Remove all devices that you couldn’t reset
Some of your devices may not have their own physical reset buttons. The Philips Hue bridge, for example, has a reset button, but individual bulbs do not. In this case, your best bet is to use the app from the company that made the device to reset it instead.
There are two ways to do this. Ideally, if you’re still on good terms with the person who initially set up the smart devices in your home, they can find the devices in their apps and remove them one by one. If you no longer have access to the original account used to set them up, many devices can be manually re-configured, usually using a serial number on the device itself. For example, during normal Philips Hue lights setup, the Hue app will automatically detect new bulbs, but you can also enter the six character code on each bulb to add them, which will overwrite any pre-existing account connections. This is also a good time to review your Google home or Amazon Alexa apps to make sure that no account is always linked to any of your devices.
Cancel any paid subscriptions you no longer use
Some smart home devices offer paid services that add additional features, such as Nest Aware, which adds a 30-day recording for any home security cameras you use. However, if you move somewhere you no longer need your own security cameras or you won’t need the same features, make sure you aren’t being charged for a subscription you no longer use. .
Change your passwords and delete old profiles
If you’ve shared accounts with a partner or roommate, whether it’s from an Amazon Prime account to Netflix, it’s a good idea to change your password when you move out. While resetting the hard device might prevent old roommates from controlling your devices later, if they still have access to the account you use to set up new devices, that benefit doesn’t matter much.