Accessing Home Assistant Dashboard via Android Power Menu

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The latest update to the Home Assistant companion app for Android introduces a feature allowing users to link their smart home devices, like lights and switches, to the Android Power Menu. This functionality, compatible with Android 11, provides a new method for interacting with smart home systems. Given the current limited distribution of Android 11, the feature hasn't gained widespread attention. Yet, it offers a practical enhancement for users with access to this version of Android.

A Practical Update for Home Assistant Users

A tip shared by a Reddit user, agneev, highlights a useful aspect of this update for Android 11 users. By long-pressing on a device within the Power Menu, users can directly open the Home Assistant dashboard. This shortcut simplifies the management of smart home devices.

The update to the Home Assistant companion app illustrates the ongoing integration of smart home technology with smartphone operating systems. As more users update to Android 11, the benefits of such features are expected to become more apparent, facilitating a smoother smart home management experience.

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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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