Information about our upcoming Alexa skill changes | Yonomi

Information about our upcoming Alexa skill changes

We have some exciting news about upcoming improvements to our Alexa smart home skill, and wanted to let you know about several items that may require your attention in the coming weeks.

Our Smart Home Skill is Getting Smarter

As one of the first smart home skills on Alexa, Yonomi has been making it possible to control your smart home devices and add additional functionality to Alexa's existing smart home prowess for nearly two years.

Over that time, Alexa itself has continued to get smarter and incorporate new smart home features. These smart home features are great for users, and also allow smart home services like Yonomi to provide a better experience than was possible before.

To take advantage of Alexa's latest smart home features, we're excited to tell you that in the next month we'll releasing a completely updated Yonomi Alexa skill. As part of this update, there are a few changes that may require your attention.

Here's what's new: 

    • Your Yonomi Routines will now appear under "Scenes" in the Smart Home section of your Alexa app, rather than under "Devices", for a more intuitive experience.

    • You will now be able to add entire Yonomi Routines to your Alexa Routines! Combine the best of Alexa's voice skills with the best of Yonomi into a single voice command.

In addition to these changes, the new update will also remove some of the previous functionality—most notably the ability to directly control devices will no longer be supported by the Yonomi Alexa skill.  Only commands that relate directly to a Yonomi Routine will be understood and completed by our Alexa skill.

When we first started launched our skill, Alexa did not have a wide breadth of smart home integrations. We saw a serious need for a third-party integration that could turn common devices on and off. Now that the list of smart home devices with native Alexa integrations is exploding, this functionality has become largely redundant. 

You will of course still be able to create Routines with your favorite Yonomi-compatible devices and activate and deactivate those using Alexa.

When Will These Changes Take Place?

We will be transitioning from the previous Alexa integration to the new skill on Thursday, March 29th.

What devices are affected by direct device control being lost?

  • Sonos ("Turn On", "Turn Off" to Play & Pause direclty)
  • Logitech Harmony ("Turn Off" to Power Off hub directly)
  • Belkin WeMo LED Bulbs
  • Belkin WeMo Coffeemaker
  • Quirky Aros
  • Nest Thermostat

What do I need to do?

To ensure the best experience possible, we recommend setting up new Routines between that turn on/off any devices that you have frequently used with the Yonomi smart home skill directly (e.g. "Turn Off my Sonos", "Turn Off my Harmony Hub"). Every other part of your experience should remain the same.

We know this transition may require a bit of learning curve—especially for those of you who have been using Alexa and Yonomi for direct device control for a while, but we feel confident this will be a better experience for all users.
—The Yonomi Team


This article was last updated March 2, 2:30pm CST