What are you folks using for the front-end on mobile devices?


#1

There seems to be several different frontends out there, and I’m wondering how they compare.

There’s the “basic” HA front end, that seems to rely on using “Groups” to organize. I mostly use that one, especially from desktop, but it’s getting quite cluttered (I’ve not bothered setting groups yet).

There’s Lovelace, which I’ve been using a bit with hand-written yaml. Works well for a simplified front-end for my wife’s phone - I can add the switches she needs, but not the various utility features.

AppDaemon has a frontend, that’s presumably python driven.

And I seem to recall folks mentioning several others, can’t recall which.

So what are you using? Pros/Cons of different systems? I’m especially looking at things that work well on an iphone and ipad - multifunction devices, not tablets used solely for control.


#2

Homekit and Siri.


#3

I’m using TileBoard, I’ve tried a few other front ends including AppDaemon and Lovelace but TB seems to just work, even with older or low end mobile devices.

The only downside is it’s a little tricky to set up, but once you get the hang of the JSON and CSS stuff it works very well.


#4

Any pictures of your setup??? Interested in looking to see a working version


#5

Is that much easier…? You port everything into ha and then back to HomeKit?


#6

No, actually I don‘t use Homekit but native Homebridge of Home Assistant to expose entities to the family‘s phones.

For a home automation system, there should be no need to control it. Only if I want to do something extra-ordinary (turn on lights at day), I use Siri.


#7

I use ios app with Lovelace. I’ve made my default view mobile first and it shows all the things I most often use from mobile. For quick control of some lights I use homekit favorite view from the control center.