Yonomi: An in-depth look into the software smart hub

By Bradly Spicer •  Updated: 09/17/21 •  4 min read

Yonomi is a virtual smart home hub that automates your life and runs directly on your Smart Phone. Using the Yonomi app, you can set up custom behaviors for your lights, locks and thermostats to control them automatically or via the push of a button on your phone.

The best way to try and understand Yonomi is that it’s essentially an application that utilises various integrations via account logins etc to send commands directly from their servers to your Smart Homes applications.

One of the best things about Yonomi is that it was built by developers for developers, which means it has not only a wide range of tools and controls but an extremely vast API if you want to get your hands dirty.

If touching code and getting into the nitty-gritty isn’t your thing, don’t worry! The control that Yonomi offers aren’t to be looked down on! We’ve found with our testing that not only is Yonomi better than IFTTT but it also gives you a lot more native compatibility than HomeKit.

How to get started with Yonomi

Yonomi App Welcome Screen

The first step is to download their free app available on Android and iOS. Using Yonomi does require you to set up an account with them and also have your login details to other services like Philips Hue to hand but once it’s set up it’s a walk in the park.

Make sure when you open the app that you’re on your home Wi-Fi network as this will be where your other Smart Home devices are connected.

From here once you either log in or create an account with Yonomi, you need to select “Start Discovery”, this will prompt you to log in to your other Smart Home services such as TP-Link, Sonos, Philips Hue, LIFX, Switchbot etc.

You may find that some of the devices simply work, we’re not entirely sure why this is the case as upon testing we found it automatically sign in despite not being signed in on the direct apps themselves on our phones.

So, with everything connected what happens if you close the app on your phone? Well, it doesn’t quite run your Smart Home properly if the app is closed, as such you will need to keep it running in the background simply tabbed out for it to run.

What can I use with Yonomi?

Yonomi: An in-depth look into the software smart hub

With Yonomi becoming extremely popular with developers it also boomed with many big companies, so you can expect to see integrations with many Smart Home Brands like:

  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant
  • Siri
  • Sonos
  • Philips Hue
  • LIFX
  • Ecobee
  • Resideo
  • Honeywell Home
  • Schlage
  • Kasa
  • Wemo
  • Insteon
  • MiHome

Alongside this, you can expect to see Yonomi working with both your Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa Smart Hubs.

Unfortunately, Yonomi is only a virtual hub, as such you can’t use it for any interactive elements like watching a Security Camera through it. This will still require you to either open the original app or set up a routine to put the camera stream on your Fire Stick.

Another great thing about Yonomi is that as it’s designed by people who actually have Smart Homes, most products come pre-packed with predefined configurations and routines.

How do I use Yonomi with my voice assistant?

Opening your phone and then an app to control your Smart Home is pretty pointless if you can’t control it seamlessly and without delay. That’s why routines exist!

Routines allow you to trigger various actions on a device or another application from the client device that Yonomi is running on. This does however require your phone to be on the same WiFi network as your Smart Voice Assistant Hubs and the smart devices you wish to control.

Yonomi works incredibly well via your Voice Assistants, once you’ve connected either the Google Home or Amazon Alexa assistant to your virtual smart hub, you can trigger routines or tasks directly by asking your voice assistant “Alexa, run {Routine Name}” or “Ok Google, {Routine Name}“.

Another fantastic part of Yonomi is that it has suggestions for routines it can make for you, simply tap on “Ideas” at the bottom of your Yonomi app home and you can select from lots of suggestions.


Bradly Spicer

I'm a Smart Home and IT Enthusiast that loves to check out new technology and gadgets! I enjoy reading your experiences and news, so if you want to share anything or chat smart homes, definitely send me an email!