Modes are an essential part of the true home automation experience. With modes, you can set your devices to behave differently during each mode. For example you probably don't want your bathroom lights coming on at full blast in the middle of the night like you might during other times of the day.
In order to start using modes in your automations, you need to first create them in the Location section. Your Hubitat Elevation™ comes with four default modes, but you can change them in the Location section as well.
- Go to the Location section of your Hubitat Web Interface.
- Scroll down the page to the Modes section. On the left you will see all of the current available modes. If you would like to change the name of any of these modes, simply edit the name and click update below it.
- To add a new mode, enter the name of the mode in the Add New Mode box on the right and click create.
It's important to note that modes do nothing on their own. There are no built-in mode "settings"; modes will not change on their own. To set your modes, use Mode Manager (or Rule Machine). There you can set modes to automatically change based on time of day, day of the week, presence and more. You can also program modes to change at the press of a button.
Once your modes are set you can use them to change the behavior of your devices, creating rules that have devices behaving one way while in the Day mode, and in a completely different way during Away mode. You might also choose to simply disable certain devices while a specific mode is active.