It’s nice to be able to control smart home devices from your phone, but you don’t want to fumble with apps to turn on a light. Samsung Galaxy devices make this a breeze, we’ll show you how.

Android 11 introduced a new power menu with access to smart home device controls, but Samsung placed these controls in Quick Settings, which Google adopted in Android 12 . Controls are always just a swipe down from the top of the screen.

Only apps that support the Device Controls feature will be accessible from Quick Settings. For Samsung devices, the main two are Google Home and SmartThings . You will need to have any of these configured to use the controls.

To get started, swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal Quick Settings and tap on the ‘Devices’ button.

Touch the button

If you’ve already been using SmartThings or Google Home, you may already see the device controls. Otherwise, press the three-dot menu icon and select “Manage applications.”

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Open the menu and select

Activate the apps that have the devices you want to control.

Select the applications you want to use.

Now select one of the apps to customize which devices will appear on the device controls.

Select an application.

Select all the devices you want to see, deselect the devices you don’t want to appear.

Choose the devices.

Tap the back arrow in the upper left when done.

Touch the back arrow.

Go back to the “Devices” screen and you will see all the devices you selected. You can drag and drop these tiles to rearrange the order.

Move the tiles.

Just tap on the tile to go to the device page in the associated app, or use the power icon to turn things on and off immediately.

Shine a light.

To switch between smart home apps, tap the down arrow next to the app name above the tiles, then select the other app.

Switch between smart home apps.

That’s all about it! These handy switches are always easily accessible from Quick Settings with a simple swipe down. It’s so much easier than wasting time opening smart home apps .

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