Hit a hitch while using SimpleCommands ("SC")? Read on and hopefully this article will help you out of your little snafu.
In order to use SC you will need both an iPhone and one of the available Listeners (Apple Smart Watch, Slack, and SMS). The phone version of the app allows you to link your SimpleCommands account to your watch, add Connections, and create new Groups/Favorites. The watch version of the app allows you to actually execute commands to your Items, i.e. turn on your smart lights, pause Spotify, request an Uber, etc. Through SimpleCommands your phone functions as the organizer to all of your digital stuff, while your watch acts as your digital assistant that carries out all of your requests.
This separation of functionalities begs the question, why not let you do both the organizational and actionable functionalities on both the watch and the phone? The simple answer: simplicity. We are called SimpleCommands after all. Your watch is always on your wrist and has a very easy to navigate interface, which makes it perfect for executing commands whenever and wherever you want. At the same time your phone's larger screen allows for SC to display more information without it being overwhelming. Each device is perfectly suited for its assigned function, making its use quick and simple.
Here's a step-by-step walkthrough of how to execute a command with SimpleCommands:
- Log on to the app by following the in-app instructions and entering the provided access code.
- (Note: you must have at least one active Connection for the remaining steps to work). Press the 'Connections' button and a list of your active Connections will appear.
- Select which Connection with which you want to interact, then select which of that Connection's Items with which you wish to interact.
- Choose the command you wish to execute. Some commands require a bit more information (e.g. which color to change your lights or how long to delay your sprinklers). We call these little bits of required info arguments. If the command you selected requires an argument, you will be prompted for it at this point.
- After you selected your command/argument, voila! You are done. SimpleCommands will do whatever it is you asked and will response with a success or (hopefully not) failure response.