Chapter 3. Home Screen

The Home screen is the control centre of your SwitchThat world. It’s always accessible by simply tapping the red SwitchThat logo at the top left of every screen.

Your view of your Home screen will depend on whether you are accessing your One Hub from a tablet, phone or using a web browser on a computer.

The following example pictures show how the Home screen might appear on a phone or a tablet.

Home screen on a phone

Home screen on a phone


Home screen on a tablet

Home screen on a tablet


3.1. Your Devices

Your devices are initially displayed as ‘tiles’ on the Home screen. A device tile shows you the name and manufacturer of the device, as well as an image illustrating what kind of device it is e.g. a light, music player, power socket, etc.

The right hand side of the tile will usually show you a summary of the status of the device and may also have a switch you can tap to turn the device on or off. Note that not all devices will have an on/off switch on their tile, only those devices for which being turned ‘on’ or ‘off’ makes sense, e.g. lights, switches, music players.

If your One Hub cannot access a device for some reason (e.g. the device has been powered off, or is not connected to your home network) then there will be an orange warning symbol over the device’s tile. This indicates that the device is currently unavailable. See Chapter 6, Configuring your Devices for tips on dealing with unavailable devices.

3.2. All On / All Off Buttons

You can quickly turn the devices in the current view on/off at once by tapping the All on or All off buttons (at the bottom left of the screen on phones and in the right-hand side control panel on larger displays.)

All On / All Off buttons on phone

All On / All Off buttons on phone


Only certain devices are affected by the All on and All off buttons:

Generally speaking, if a device has an on/off switch in its tile on the Home screen, then it will respond when the All on or All off buttons are tapped.

3.3. Shortcuts

A shortcut is a way to group together a number of devices according to certain criteria. For example, you can create shortcuts to show ‘all of my lights’, or ‘the devices that Helen might use most often’.

Shortcuts are stored in the shortcuts list. On larger displays, this is found in the control panel on the right hand side of the screen. On smaller tablets and phones this is found by tapping the Shortcuts button on the right hand side of the footer toolbar.

Shortcuts on phone

Shortcuts on phone


Simply tap on a shortcut to view the devices it groups together.

Your One Hub comes with a small number of predefined shortcuts, to give you instant access to common types of device, e.g. lights or power sockets. Your One Hub also comes with a special shortcut, called All devices. This shortcut gives you instant access to all of your devices in a single screen.

Shortcuts are described in more details in Section 5.2, “Shortcuts”

3.4. Notifications

The notifications area is where your One Hub will keep you informed about important events such as when new devices are discovered or when a software update is available and ready to install.

When a new notification arrives, the Notifications icon will flash briefly, and the number of unread notifications will be displayed. Tap the Notifications icon and a menu will appear listing all unread notifications.

Notifications icon

Notifications icon


Some notifications will just have a message for you to read, while others will inform you of some action you should complete. Tap each notification to either dismiss it or to complete the requested action.

Notification messages

Notification messages


3.5. Filtering the Home Screen

The Home screen can be filtered to quickly find particular devices. Tap the filter button, next to the label ‘Home’ at the top of the screen:

Filter button on Home screen

Filter button on Home screen


Two selection boxes will appear: one for choosing a room, the other for choosing a device category. As you change these selection boxes, the view updates to match the selected filters.

Filter selection on Home screen

Filter selection on Home screen


You can quickly filter the view to show, e.g. the lights in a specific room, the lights in all rooms, all devices in a specific room, etc.

When using the filter, the All on and All off buttons will work on just the devices in the filtered view.

Tap the filter button again to clear the filters and return to the Home screen.

3.6. Customising the Layout of the Home Screen

You can easily change the order of the tiles in the Home screen. These changes are personal settings, so each user can view the Home screen in their preferred order.

To customise the layout of the Home screen on a large display (e.g. desktop or larger tablet):

  1. Tap the Move Tiles button in the right-hand side control panel; the tiles will change to show drag buttons

  2. Drag the tiles to rearrange them.

  3. Tap Done in right-hand side control panel when you are finished.

To customise the layout of the Home screen on a smaller tablet or phone:

  1. Tap the Customise button on the left hand side of the footer toolbar. Choose Move Tiles or Move Tiles from the menu; the tiles will change to show drag buttons

  2. Drag the tiles up/down to rearrange them.

  3. Tap Done in the footer toolbar when you are finished.

Customising the Home screen

Customising the Home screen