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

Home Assistant logo with ‘Android Companion 2023.3’ text

It’s lastly right here, one of the crucial widespread 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 may all present up within the app, and you should use all options you’ve come to
count on, like numerous sensors to your system and assist for push notifications.
Each will get particular person settings, so should you don’t wish to share your step depend
and allow location monitoring all over the 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 too can use all servers exterior the app, mixing and
matching servers when utilizing shortcuts, notifications, widgets, tiles and controls.
Toggling lights from three completely different houses side-by-side? No drawback!

Observe: 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 neighborhood on the market, the Companion app makes it simple to start out
and advantages from all of the work on the Android app, steadily including new options.

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

Home windows doesn’t at all times present appropriate info to the app and should 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!

Received a number of entities and wish to disguise the litter in your watch? You would already
add favorites which might be displayed on the prime of the app, however it might nonetheless load
all entities beneath them. Now, there may be an choice to solely present favorites to cut back
what will get loaded and stop unintentional modifications. Attempt it out and tell us should you
favor 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 feel and appear 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 a number of work in a customized dashboard, solely to have it break in your cellphone 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 occurring!
  • Received 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 folks labored on fixing bugs on this replace, like @Suxsem and @JBassett. Thanks
to all of those that contributed. When 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.