Google introduced the Smart Home controls section in the power menu with Android 11. And it is available on many devices that are running on Android 11. But as Samsung Galaxy phones run on the custom One UI, the settings and interface are also different. So, you may not find Smart Home device controls in the power menu on your Galaxy phone. But you can enable it on your device. Here you will know how to access Smart Home controls on Samsung phones running on One UI 3.1 or later.
It is one of the useful features that users have been waiting for a long time. Along with its use, it also makes the device attractive. If you are using smart devices then only this feature makes sense. But if not then this feature is not helpful for now. It is because currently, you can only add smart home controls through the Google Home app. Other apps may soon use this feature to make it useful.
The Smart Home Device control is not available till One UI 3.0 but Samsung introduced this feature in the latest One UI 3.1 Update. Although the Smart Home controls are not available in Power Menu in One UI 3.1, you can find it on the Quick Settings page. You need to first enable Smart Device controls on your Samsung Galaxy phone.
How to Access Smart Home Controls on Samsung phones running One UI 3.1
If you have updated your Samsung phone to One UI 3.1, then you can follow this guide to access the Google Smart Home controls on the Quick Settings page. You can follow the given steps to enable the Smart Home control toggles on your Samsung phone.
Step 1: Make sure Google Home is installed on your Samsung phone. You can directly install it from the Play Store.
Step 2: Now connect your Smart devices with the Google Home app through your phone.
Step 3: Swipe down to access quick settings on your phone. Then tap on the Devices button right next to the Media button.
Step 4: In the Devices section you will find SmartThings toggle by default.
Step 5: Now tap on SmartThings drop down menu and select the Home option.
Step 6: It will now list all the connected Smart home devices in the Home toggle.
You can now use toggles to control your devices such as Smart Lights, Soundbars, Air Purifiers, Plugs, and more. To control smart devices, you can tap on any of the available toggles, and then you can scroll the slider to increase/decrease brightness, volumes, and more. It also allows changing light colors directly from those toggles.
To access smart controls immediately, it also has the option to use these toggles without unlocking your device. This is one of the impressive parts of this feature that saves user’s time. To enable these settings, click on three dots which are on the right side under Devices. Then go to Settings and enable ‘Use while the phone is locked‘.
This feature is only available in One UI 3.1 and newer versions. And as of now One UI 3.1 is available on Galaxy S21 series and Galaxy Tab S7 & S7+. But soon the new update will make its way to other devices as well and then you can try this new feature on your Galaxy phone.
In case you have an Android phone with Smart Device controls on the power menu. Then you will be glad to know that you can also add custom toggles on your phones such as volume controls, torch, screen recording button, and more. And it is possible with third-party apps. You can follow this guide to add custom toggles on your Android phone.
So, there you have it the complete guide on how to access smart home controls on Samsung phones running One UI 3.1.