Home Assistant Android Companion App Update: What You Need to Know

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The Home Assistant Companion App for Android, a key tool for managing Home Assistant dashboards on Android devices, has received a noteworthy update. The version 3.0.0, now available on the Google Play Store, introduces new features and improvements aimed at enhancing the user experience for both new and existing users. This update focuses on expanding the app’s sensor capabilities and integrating with Android 11’s Power Menu, alongside refinements to the onboarding process for new users.


Key Features in the 3.0.0 Update

The latest update brings several notable features designed to improve the functionality and user experience of the Home Assistant companion app for Android.

New Sensor Integrations and Settings

With an aim to reduce reliance on third-party apps like Tasker for automation tasks, the Home Assistant companion app has added new sensors and customizable settings:

The update also enhances the settings for already existing sensors, giving users more control over how and when their data is sent to Home Assistant.

Android 11 Power Menu Integration

The integration with Android 11’s Power Menu is a forward-looking feature, offering a centralized hub for controlling smart home devices. Although the adoption of Android 11 is still underway, this feature highlights the app’s commitment to aligning with the latest Android features for home automation control.

A screenshot of Android 11's power menu.

Improved Onboarding Experience

For newcomers, the updated onboarding process simplifies the initial setup and personalizes the experience by allowing users to name their device within the Home Assistant ecosystem. This small yet meaningful change aims to make starting with the app more user-friendly.

Conclusion: A Step Forward for Home Assistant Users

The version 3.0.0 of the Home Assistant companion app for Android represents an incremental update that builds on the app’s core functionalities while introducing new features to enhance the smart home management experience. By expanding sensor capabilities, integrating with the latest Android features, and streamlining the onboarding process, the update aims to cater to the needs of both new and existing users. As the Home Assistant ecosystem continues to evolve, these updates play a crucial role in simplifying and enhancing the way users interact with their smart homes.

A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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