I can’t even begin to count the numerous times I’ve either lost the TV remote or had to ask my boyfriend to turn the volume down when I’m trying to fall asleep. The SmartThings app changes all of this, putting the ‘control’ in my hands and even in my pocket!
During installation of my Samsung SmartTV, I was instructed to download the SmartThings app, as it would make the setup more seamless. Once I had this app installed on my phone, I knew instantly that it would be a game-changer. With this application, I have the capabilities to turn the TV on and off, control the volume, change the channel… every functionality of a regular remote. I can set the remote down in one spot with no chance of losing it, go elsewhere in my apartment, and because I always have my phone on me, I can control the television from anywhere.
While this app has more than just the remote functionality, such as setting up automations to turn the lights on when you arrive home or create a “scene” to turn off all the lights while you’re already in bed, I find myself using the remote most frequently. It’s an unmatched convenience for when you have those moments of your significant other falling asleep with the TV too loud or even cleaning your home and wanting to play music from the other room.
Before the Apple fanatics send me into exile, I’m still devoted to my Apple products (my Apple TV is hooked up to the Samsung SmartTV—conflict of brand interest, perhaps?). However, Samsung has certainly piqued my interest in their selection of smart devices. In any event, I can still control my Apple TV functions through the SmartThings app. Its optimization for all platforms knows no bounds, which is why this application gives you the ultimate [remote] control.
While the ability to control my television from my phone anywhere in the apartment allows for a frictionless experience, is there such thing as TOO MUCH control over our day-to-day home functions? Having control over my utilities for efficiency and savings is ideal, but I wouldn’t want to always have to rely on an app, or even multiple applications for that matter, to handle household items. Can you imagine the spike in screen time if I’m constantly on my phone controlling my home? Maybe not so efficient… Regardless, it’s hard to say how we’d ever be able to live without this kind of automation and technologic transformation.