Here&039s how to connect Nanoleaf lights to Google Assistant, Alexa or Homekit
So you just got some of nanoleaf’s stylish new smart light panels to decorate a room in your house and want to connect them with your smart home setup? no problem, here’s a rundown on how to do it.
The Toronto-based company launched two new “shape”-based lighting options, the new Shape Triangles and Mini Triangles. but whether you’re using them, the shape hexagons (which are interoperable with the other shape options), or the older canvases or light panels, the integration process with your smart home should be the same.
First, you will need to download the nanoleaf app and follow the steps to set up and connect your lights to the app. without that step, the rest won’t work. Once that’s done, you can integrate Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or HomeKit to control the lights with the smart speaker of your choice. There are a few other services that you can integrate the Nanoleaf lights with, but in this article we are going to focus on the three main lines of smart speakers. You can see a full list of supported integrations on the nanoleaf website.
In my experience, the best way to set up a nanoleaf light with the google assistant is through the google home app, which you should have if you use smart home devices with assistant technology.
either on ios or android, open the home app and tap the “+” button on the top left corner. then tap configure > do you have something already configured? > search for / select nanosheet from the list. then follow the steps to sign in and connect your nanoleaf and google accounts.
once this is done, google home will ask you to add the lights it found connected to your nanoleaf account to a room in your home. From there you should be able to control the nanoleaf lights with both the google assistant on speakers and smartphones as well as the home app.
You can learn more about nanoleaf and google assistant integration here.
the alexa setup process is also relatively simple. Go to the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone. tap the “plus” button at the bottom left > skills > browse and select nanosheets > ‘enable to use’.
when you press the enable to use button, the alexa app will guide you through the process of signing in with your nanoleaf account and connecting the services. alexa should automatically detect any connected nanoleaf device. if not, you can find them by asking alexa to “discover my devices” or by going to the “devices” tab.
you can learn more about nanoleaf and alexa integration here.
homekit may actually be the easiest of the three to set up. When you log in to the NanoLeaf app on an iOS device, it will ask you if you want to enable HomeKit Sync. if you tap yes here, that’s all you need to do.
For those who logged into nanoleaf and didn’t enable homekit sync, or simply don’t remember it, you can recheck your sync status. to do so, tap more > your account at the top > cloud sync > sync with homekit. if that option is enabled, you’re good to go.
once you’re done, just head over to the home app on your ios device and you should see the lights there.
You can learn more about nanoleaf and homekit integration here.