Managing Place & Locations

Did you know that you can create Routines that will be set off when you arrive and depart from specific locations such as your home, office, gym, etc? In this article we will walk you through how to create Places in SimpleCommands, and how to fully take advantage of them!


Adding Places in SimpleCommands:

1. Press the gear menu in the top left corner of the app and select "Manage Places".

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2. Give you place a name such as "Home", "Work", "Apartment", etc. Then type in the address you want to pair with the Place. Press "Done."

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And that's all you need to do to add a Place to your SimpleCommands account! But what is the user of Places? Read on and see for yourself!


Why use Places?

Places allow you to create triggers for Routines based on your current location. This means that you can set off any number of actions in your home (or wherever) based solely on your comings and goings. You can automatically have some lights turn on and open your garage door when you arrive home, or turn the heat down when your home. The possibilities of limitless! Play around with it and see what you can do.


Adding a Location Trigger to a Routine

1. Go to the Routines menu and press the "+" in the top right corner to create a new Routine.

2. Give your Routine a name and add the Actions you want.

3. Add a Location Trigger. Select a Place and whether you want to Routine to run when you arrive at or depart from said Place.

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4. Press "Done" and that's it! It's that simple to create a Routine with a location-based trigger. Enjoy having your smart home work with your daily routine without you lifting a finger!



For any additional questions please visit our Knowledge Base, or contact us here. We'll get back to you as quickly as we can! To get started, go to the App Store or Google Play store and download SimpleCommands!

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  • How do you control the access to location services on the iPhone? When I set it up, the only options were to allow one time or when using the app. I don’t see SimpleCommands listed on the app list to set it.

  • Hi J,
    There are two ways to adjust the location services settings for SimpleCommands. Since SC isn't appearing on your list you can go to Settings --> Search --> enter 'SimpleCommands' --> Location ---> 'Always'.

    The second option is to go to Settings --> Privacy --> Location Services --> SimpleCommands --> 'Always'.

    I hope this helps!

  • Perfect. Thanks John!

  • Is there a way to change the location radius? I often drive on a road by my house and sometimes it triggers my routine. I would love to shrink the radius if possible

  • I had the location routine working to trigger when I departed and arrived at home. It worked for a few days and then stopped. The app is set to Always on my iPhone.

    If I open SC and drive away from my house, it shows the depart event (same for arrive), but my garage door doesn’t close/open. Any ideas?


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