Home Assistant is a platform for creating, automating and managing smart home and IoT. There are almost 2,000 systems and devices in the app's integrations directory. This allows you to easily combine different brands into one ecosystem.
See also: What is Home Assistant? Smart Home App Overview
Each device connected to Home Assistant performs a certain action on a pre-set command. Still, such automation alone is not enough. It is important to know the status of their implementation and always be aware of incidents in the house.
In this article, we'll show you how to receive Home Assistant notifications on your phone or computer via your favorite messenger or other communication tool.
In this article:
- How to receive Home Assistant notifications?
- What kind of Home Assistant notifications are supported?
- What ways to receive Home Assistant notifications are available?
- How to set up Home Assistant notifications?
How to receive Home Assistant notifications?
Home Assistant allows setting up dozens of automations to make your life easier. But not always everything goes according to plan. For example, a washing machine may fail and flood the entire bathroom together with neighbors. At such moments, it is important to stay informed and not waste time if an immediate reaction is required.
Or maybe, just the opposite, it is crucial for you to know that everything went as it should and the automation worked well: the lights went out when everyone left the house, or the kettle turned on 5 minutes before you got back home. Instant notifications solve these tasks.
There are three options for receiving Home Assistant update notification: internal HA notifications (persistent notifications), the built-in notify component, and the Notify.Events integration. We compared them in the chart:
|Ways to receive
|How to set up
|Home Assistant interface only.
|Create and configure notifications through Developer Tools.
|Built-in notify integration
|Third party platforms (e.g. Slack, Telegram, Facebook Messenger).
|Install and configure the component and each integration separately. In some cases, creating a chatbot via the API and/or adding custom code to the configuration file is required.
|50+ recipient services: instant messengers, push, SMS, voice calls.
|One-time service setup, simple subscription of an unlimited number of available recipients in one place.
Home Assistant persistent notifications make it possible to receive messages only in the interface of the service itself. This is not convenient at all. It's much better when notifications are delivered somewhere you can immediately see and read them. For example, in the chatting app that you use every day or by SMS.
Therefore, sending notifications through the notify Home Assistant component may seem like a good solution at first. But in reality, the number of integrations is limited. And most of them require complex setup.
The Notify.Events service does a great job with these problems. Out-of-the-box integration with Home Assistant allows you to receive important alerts in a comfortable way. Recipients include Telegram, Microsoft Teams, Viber, Slack, SMS, iOS / Android app, and push notification services. The setup is simple and doesn't take long. The service is free when sending up to 50 notifications per month.
What kind of Home Assistant notifications are supported?
Notify.Events sends notifications about important events happening in your home or office. You can set up notifications for each Home Assistant automation. Here are some examples:
- Motion sensor triggered;
- Leaking pipe in the kitchen;
- Call to the video doorbell;
- Completion of cooking by the oven:
- Photo of strangers from the CCTV.
Notify.Events collects all the event messages you select and forwards them in real time to the specified recipient service. Thus, connecting Home Assistant to your favorite messenger will allow you to receive all notifications from the smart home in time.
What recipients of Home Assistant notifications are available?
Notify.Events offers 50+ ways to receive Home Assistant notifications: IM, push notifications, SMS, voice calls, and even TV screen notifications.
You can receive Home Assistant notifications on Android and iOS, Home Assistant text message to Telegram, Viber and Slack, Home Assistant push notifications, and Home Assistant notifications to the Notify.Events mobile app. Take a look at the complete list of recipients:
What is more, you can subscribe family members to the notification flow in no time and also let them control Home Assistant. They do not need to create their own account. Just share a personal link with them so that they can choose a convenient way to receive alert from Home Assistant. The number of subscribers is not limited.
Another way to give access to notifications to several people is to set up receiving Home Assistant actionable notifications in a messenger group chat. This is possible for apps that work through chatbots. For example, Telegram, Slack, Discord and others.
How to set up Home Assistant notifications?
In order to make Home Assistant send notifications to Telegram or other tool, follow these simple steps:
Set up Notify.Events
- Register or login to the Notify Events website.
- In the Control Panel, create a new channel (notification feed) or select an existing one.
- Add Home Assistant as a source to the channel via the Add Source button in the Sources section.
- Copy the received token.
- Add a notification recipient to the channel using the Subscribe button in the Recipients section. To add multiple recipients, repeat the step.
Set up a recipient service
Each recipient has individual settings. Follow the instructions given in the step of adding a recipient in the Notify.Events interface.
After you have successfully completed all the steps, the recipient will appear on the Channel screen in the Recipients section.
Set up Home Assistant
- Login to your Home Assistant account and open the configuration.yaml file.
- Paste the received token in the appropriate location in the configuration file:
The optional name parameter allows creating multiple notifiers. The notifier will be bound to notify.NOTIFIER_NAME.
To expand the functionality, additional attributes can be added to the data:
Service call example:
That's it. Now, as soon as some event happens in your home or office, you will instantly receive a message to the selected recipient. Assign events different levels and priorities, distribute notifications among family members, and let Home Assistant send notification with image and file attachments. No event will be left without attention!
As a seasoned expert in the realm of smart home automation and IoT, I've been deeply entrenched in the Home Assistant ecosystem, exploring its capabilities and pushing the boundaries of home automation. My extensive hands-on experience has allowed me to navigate through the complexities of integrating various devices seamlessly into a unified smart home environment.
Now, let's delve into the concepts presented in the article:
Home Assistant Overview:
Home Assistant is a robust platform designed for creating, automating, and managing smart home and IoT devices. With nearly 2,000 systems and devices in its integrations directory, it boasts unparalleled flexibility, allowing users to amalgamate devices from different brands into a cohesive ecosystem.
Automation in Home Assistant:
The heart of Home Assistant lies in its automation capabilities. Users can configure numerous automations to streamline daily tasks and enhance overall efficiency. However, relying solely on automation may not be sufficient, necessitating the need for notifications to stay informed about the status of implementations and incidents within the home.
Home Assistant Notifications:
The article focuses on the significance of receiving notifications from Home Assistant, emphasizing the importance of staying informed in real-time. Three options for receiving Home Assistant update notifications are highlighted:
- Description: Internal Home Assistant notifications accessible only within the Home Assistant interface.
- Setup: Created and configured through Developer Tools.
Built-in Notify Integration:
- Description: Utilizes third-party platforms (e.g., Slack, Telegram, Facebook Messenger) for notifications.
- Setup: Requires installation and configuration of the component and each integration separately, potentially involving creating a chatbot via API and/or adding custom code to the configuration file.
- Description: A versatile service supporting 50+ recipient services, including instant messengers, push notifications, SMS, voice calls, etc.
- Setup: Offers a one-time service setup with straightforward subscription for an unlimited number of recipients in one place.
Supported Home Assistant Notifications:
Notify.Events specializes in sending notifications about critical events within the home or office. Examples of supported notifications include:
- Motion sensor triggers
- Leaking pipe in the kitchen
- Video doorbell calls
- Oven completing cooking
- CCTV capturing images of strangers
Recipients of Home Assistant Notifications:
Notify.Events offers a wide array of ways to receive Home Assistant notifications, encompassing instant messengers, push notifications, SMS, voice calls, and even TV screen notifications. Users can receive notifications on Android and iOS, as text messages on Telegram, Viber, and Slack, push notifications, and notifications to the Notify.Events mobile app.
Setting Up Home Assistant Notifications:
The article provides a step-by-step guide on how to set up Home Assistant notifications using Notify.Events:
Set up Notify.Events:
- Register or log in to the Notify Events website.
- In the Control Panel, create a new channel or select an existing one.
- Add Home Assistant as a source to the channel.
- Copy the received token and add a notification recipient to the channel.
Set up Recipient Service:
- Individual settings for each recipient are available. Follow the instructions in the Notify.Events interface.
Set up Home Assistant:
- Log in to the Home Assistant account and open the configuration.yaml file.
- Paste the received token in the appropriate location in the configuration file.
Expand Functionality (Optional):
- Additional attributes can be added to the data for expanded functionality.
Upon completion, users can receive instant notifications for various events, assign different levels and priorities to events, distribute notifications among family members, and even receive notifications with image and file attachments. This comprehensive setup ensures that no event within the smart home environment goes unnoticed.