It is now possible to control your ceiling fan from your smart phone. If you have a smart phone, like an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or other, you too can control the ceiling fan from your phone. You can even control multiple fans. These days there are so many different apps available and ways to control different media, and forms of electronics from your phone.
This new evolution of being able to interact digitally with the world around us is popularly being called, “the Internet of Things” or IOT. This is changing the way that we interact and use electronics in our day to day lives.
The way this works is, the Harbor Breeze remote app will connect to your fan via Bluetooth. “But my fan does not have Bluetooth!” you may cry. Well, don’t worry. Ceiling fans aren’t built with Bluetooth in mind. So in order to make this work, you’ll need the Home Depot Bluetooth Remote.
If you have this remote, the phone app can pair with the remote in order to control the fan’s settings.
It will be possible to turn the fan power on, change the speeds, change the dim, etc. All of the same functions you can do with the Bluetooth remote, you will be able to do with the phone app as well.
In recent years, there now is a phone app for just about everything! This is another one of those examples.
There are also many universal remotes that you can use for the same purpose. It may also make sense to just use the remote, since you need one of those with Bluetooth anyways to make this idea work!
The nice thing about using the app is that it eliminates the need for hardware. Losing a remote is a common issue, and buying new replacement remotes all the time can become an expensive venture. Once the Harbor Breeze remote app is synced up with your ceiling fan, it becomes as simple as if you were just using your phone to talk to your friend.
It is also possible to connect these functions with a home automation system as well.
Requirements for Wi-Fi Ceiling Fan Remote Control or Remote Control App
If you are purchasing a kit with a receiver that needs to be installed into your fan – like a smart home Wi-Fi ceiling fan remote control receiver kit – then you will need to have Wi-Fi in your home. This means you need to have a broadcast point that is broadcasting a wireless “SSID” in your home. So if you have a Wi-Fi router that will work. In many cases, your Internet Service Provider will provide you with a home gateway that broadcasts the signal. Long story short, if you already have Wi-Fi in your home then purchasing a smart Wi-Fi home ceiling fan kit will not be a problem. However if you don’t have Wi-Fi in your home, then it becomes an issue where you need to have that too.
With all of that being said, you need Wi-Fi in your home if you’re converting your fan using a smart Wi-Fi home kit for your ceiling fan. If you’re not doing that, and just want to download an app to control your fan, you have the option of downloading one that uses InfraRed. You can download the app over cellular data too if you really don’t have Wi-Fi at home, however most homes that have Internet today also have Wi-Fi, so likely shouldn’t be a problem unless you’re in a remote area where you can’t get Internet installed in your home.
Remote Control Apps on Google Play Store
Are you looking for an app to control your ceiling fan, that will work on your Android or iPhone? If so, we can assist with that. Typically, your fan’s manufacturer may have an app that is specific to the manufacturer – or they’ve gone with a more common solution that is generic to other fan brands, too. For example, some Minka Aire ceiling fans come pre-programmed with Bond interfaces – so you can connect them with the Bond system. When you’re buying a new ceiling fan, take a look to see if the fan is compatible with a ceiling fan remote control app. If the fan manufacturer already has a suggested app to use, that will be the most compatible and effective app in terms of what works with your fan.
With that being said, it’s also possible to adapt older fans to work with a remote control app, too. This generally involves replacing the receiver, with one that will be able to broadcast and communicate on a Wi-Fi network – so either 2.4 ghz or 5 ghz. It’s more common to find a receiver that will communicate on the 2.4 Ghz frequency, as 5 ghz is a newer frequency. 5 Ghz also does not have the longer range of 2.4 Ghz communication.