Android 2023.3: A number of servers & Home windows 11 app

It’s lastly right here, one of the frequent characteristic requests for the Residence Assistant
Android Companion app: now you can configure a number of Residence Assistant servers. The
app can ship sensor updates to all servers and simply combine and match widgets, tiles,
and controls for various servers 🎉

Plus, a preview of the Residence Assistant app is now accessible through the Amazon Appstore
on Home windows 11, which lets you rapidly join your laptop to Residence Assistant.

There are additionally different modifications that add some polish to the app and enhance assist
for options within the newest Residence Assistant releases, so let’s dig into the replace!

Configure multiple Home Assistant servers

Sometimes, one Home Assistant instance is not enough. You like Home Assistant so
much that you decide to help someone else get started, there’s a second home in
your life, or you regularly visit someplace else where they’re using Home Assistant.

Before this update, if you wanted to access more than one server it was a bit of a
hassle. Switching apps, creating bookmarks, and using different profiles. Let alone
connecting your Android device to multiple servers for features like sensors
and notifications.

This issue now belongs to the past, as there’s a new option in Settings >
Companion app to configure a second server, and one other one after that, and one other…
They are going to all present up within the app, and you should utilize all options you’ve come to
count on, like plenty of sensors in your system and assist for push notifications.
Every one will get particular person settings, so if you happen to don’t wish to share your step rely
and allow location monitoring in every single place, that’s OK.

Screenshots of a phone showing different dashboards in the app, one of them showing a pop-up titled ‘Choose server’

That’s not all – you may as well use all servers outdoors the app, mixing and
matching servers when utilizing shortcuts, notifications, widgets, tiles and controls.
Toggling lights from three totally different properties side-by-side? No drawback!

Notice: the Put on OS app doesn’t but assist a number of servers.

Now accessible on Home windows 11 (preview)

The Residence Assistant Android Companion app is now accessible via the Amazon Appstore
supported Windows 11 devices. Whereas there are already nice choices to combine your
laptop from the group on the market, the Companion app makes it straightforward to start out
and advantages from all of the work on the Android app, incessantly including new options.

Screenshot of the Home Assistant Android app on a Windows 11 device

Home windows doesn’t at all times present right info to the app and will shut down
background work, together with sensors, after a number of minutes, which is why we’re
releasing Home windows 11 assist for the app as a preview. Android assist in Home windows
11 continues to get higher and we intend to make changes to enhance the
expertise sooner or later.

Refining Wear OS

The Home Assistant app has been available for over a year now on Wear OS watches
and continues to improve. Earlier this year, initial support for Assist was added,
and in this update
@dshokouhi made it simpler to entry utilizing a watchface
complication. Now Help is barely a faucet away!

Obtained lots of entities and wish to conceal the muddle in your watch? You possibly can already
add favorites which might be displayed on the prime of the app, however it might nonetheless load
all entities under them. Now, there’s an choice to solely present favorites to cut back
what will get loaded and forestall unintentional modifications. Strive it out and tell us if you happen to
want this extra centered expertise!

Screenshots of a Wear OS device, showing an Assist complication a watchface, updated launch screen, and favorites only home screen

@SkechyWolf and @dshokouhi additionally labored on the appear and feel of the app to make it
slot in higher with different fashionable Put on apps.

Other noteworthy changes

There’s more in this update, here are some highlights:

  • Any sensor with a location attached will now show up for navigation when using Android
    Auto. Nice one,
  • @jpelgrom added preliminary assist for the brand new Thread integration in 2023.3. Thanks!
  • @Adi146 and @dshokouhi labored to make the Beacon Monitor extra dependable when within the
    background and when toggling it on and off, good to see enhancements!
  • Put lots of work in a customized dashboard, solely to have it break in your telephone due to
    textual content that’s ever so barely too small or undesirable auto-rotation? No extra, as @dmiales
    tweaked settings to stop this from taking place!
  • Obtained a notification that ought to solely present up in your watch? Within the earlier replace, assist
    was added for notifications to the Put on OS app, and on this replace work continues by
    @dshokouhi, with the app now supporting TTS notifications.

Much more individuals labored on fixing bugs on this replace, like @Suxsem and @JBassett. Thanks
to all of those that contributed. If in case you have a good suggestion to enhance the app or discovered a bug to
repair, be happy to join us on the forums or contribute on GitHub.

All changes

You can find a complete list of all changes made for this update here:
Full changelog for Home Assistant Android 2023.3.0.