Ariela - Home Assistant Android Client

I wasted a few hours trying to get HA discovery of the Aeriel MQTT sensors. The problem turned out to be that I’d used an apostrophe in Settings -> Common -> Device Name (I used “Kent’s_Phone”). I finally found in HA docs about MQTT discovery that legal characters for id are alphanumerics, underscore and hyphen. I changed the name to “Kents_Phone” and the sensors appeared.

To save other dummies, please consider a change to state the legal characters on the Settings -> Common -> Device Name dialog.

And thank you for this work. I like it better than the default HA android client.


Sure :smiley:

You mean the location setting from phone?

Indeed ’ character is not allowed in the name. Was that name generated by Ariela in the first place?

since activating the device tracker causes battery consumption I thought if it was possible for Ariela not to request and send GPS data during specific times of the day and week. Example:
do not activate the device tracker on ariela from Monday to Friday, from 8 to 17, and every day from 24 to 7

Let me see what i can do about that. Maybe i could do also a setting that when the home wifi is detected no GPS location requests are made.

It would be perfect!

I can’t install the app on my watch from the store. Is it really compatible ? Should I sideload it or a light version of the app ?

yes, because I had previously entered that name (with apostrophe) in the Android settings when I first got the phone.

Hi, this app is amazing! I was about to implement my own until I found it, really thank you.
I’m wondering if anyone else has issues using the mic when the microphone sensor is enabled. I’ve been failing to send WhatsApp voice notes when the sensor is enabled.

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I was just wondering if you have been involved with the development of the Home Assistant Android app? I know in the past you had offered to help (when Ariela was suggested to be the “official”). So I was just wondering if you were involved. I have both installed just so I can watch as the HA app evolves - still use Ariela though since I started with that.


I will have to check but i believe Ariela has exclusivity over microphone when used.

I didn’t been involved until now in the official app development, i had many things to do this period and you can see that also in the Ariela development (there wasn’t any update for 2 months now :frowning:) Still next week i plan small update on Ariela and trying to work as before.

Hi all,

I’ve discovered this great app and so far I’m really impressed! Of course, the $5’ish spent is well spent :slight_smile:

One of the key feature I was looking for is the TTS service. I’ve just started playing with it and testing on a Samsung Tab A6 and a Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

Over night, TTS stopped working on the Huawei (Ariela are already made battery-proof and availability sensor in HA did show it was last seen a minute ago). I use Build-in MQTT. I had to go into Sensors and turn off and back on TTS sensor, then MQTT was working again.

Where should I start troubleshooting? Ariela build-in MQTT? TTS engine on Huawei?

I just installed it on the Samsung tablet and will see in few hours without touching the tablet if it also stops working there.

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I believe to use the image tag, you have to use a URL, and I expect that also means you need to put the image in the /config/www/ directory then use http://IP:8123/local/5/mail_today.gif"

Also not sure how it will handle the GIF vs a normal image…

If your mobile does not have access to HA server you’ll also have to add force_image: true to download the image.

I think I fixed it in a way thats workable for me. I just added the gif to a camera and then used the camera as a stream_source. Now when I click the notification it takes me to the rotating gif image of my daily mail. Looks like Android doesn’t support gif images within a notification. Thanks for the help though.

Please enable debug mode in Ariela, and if it happens again, send them to me using contact function.

Indeed Android doens’t support animated images on the notifcation. Maybe what i could do in the future is adding a new floating window were you can preview automatically gifs / video data from remote?

that would be interesting

I think that too :smiley:

Hi @Ionut, the Huawei issue was the extensive battery optimalization performed by Huawei. I was able to disable them all after a while, and TTS now works perfectly!

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Hi @Ionut,

Since upgrading to 0.107.0 i’m getting these errors and my location isn’t updated:

Log Details (ERROR)
Logger: homeassistant.util.logging
Source: util/
First occurred: March 18, 2020, 7:43:15 PM (852 occurrences)
Last logged: 12:08:46 PM

Exception in update_data when dispatching 'mobile_app_location_update_72cad3393d914d48a7e7f3bexxxxxxxx': ({'gps': [38.xxxxxxx, -9.xxxxxxx], 'gps_accuracy': 17, 'battery': 100},) Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/src/homeassistant/homeassistant/components/mobile_app/", line 151, in update_data self.async_write_ha_state() File "/usr/src/homeassistant/homeassistant/helpers/", line 297, in async_write_ha_state self._async_write_ha_state() # type: ignore File "/usr/src/homeassistant/homeassistant/helpers/", line 320, in _async_write_ha_state state = self.state File "/usr/src/homeassistant/homeassistant/components/device_tracker/", line 105, in state self.hass, self.latitude, self.longitude, self.location_accuracy File "/usr/src/homeassistant/homeassistant/components/zone/", line 102, in async_active_zone zone.attributes[ATTR_LATITUDE], KeyError: 'latitude'

Since the update of HA every member of the family is marked as away. I don’t see any reference to Ariela on the breaking changes of this version. Did anything changed on HA that could be throwing this error?

Hmm…thank you for reporting this. Let me see if some changes occured there.

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Hi @Ionut ,

After upgrading to 0.107.1 everything is working fine again. Everyone is marked as Home (thanks to COVID-19) and no errors on the log.

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