Presence allows you to automatically have Homey control your devices the way you like. Come home to a beautifully lit house, where pleasant music starts playing as you walk through the door. Leave the house knowing you’ll never have to worry again about adjusting the thermostat or turning off your lights.
The presence status is maintained in two ways; automatically with Flows via the Homey smartphone app or web app, and manually by updating the status in the app menu or via voice assistants.
A user's status is automatically set to
at home when the user's smartphone with the Homey app is within a small radius of the location specified in the Homey settings.
The user's status is automatically set to
away when the smartphone with the installed Homey app is outside of the radius. This check is performed by your phone's operating system whenever it suspects your location has changed.
Updating your location can take up to two minutes. As a result, there can be some delay between a user arriving or leaving and the status being updated.
Another way to set the presence is with Flows. This allows you to update the status immediately instead of having to wait for your phone to detect a change.
A good example would be to create a Flow that updates your presence when your smart door lock is unlocked.
Lastly, you can tell Homey when you're leaving or coming home via a voice assistant like Siri, Alexa, or Google Home.
In case there are multiple registered users, you can create status update Flows for each person and have the automation triggered from their preferred voice assistant app or device.
When you turn in for the night, you want your house to adjust to your needs. That's what the sleep status is for.
You can use the sleep status as a Flow trigger to make sure the curtains are drawn, the lights are off, and the temperature is lowered a bit.
You set your own sleep status with Flows. A simple Flow with a button on your nightstand can be used, or you can create a Flow when it's after a specific time and a particular light gets turned off.
The other way to update your sleep status is to tell your voice assistant. You can create voice shortcuts with the phrases "Alexa, good night!" or "Hey Siri, good morning!" and have them trigger sleep update Flows.