The Hubitat Notifications App is a simple way to enable hub events from devices, Lock Code Manager, and Mode changes to send audio, SMS notifications or text notifications via an app such as Pushover. Multiple users may be notified, and it is possible to have simultaneous text and text to speech audio notifications. Notifications may also be restricted to certain times, days of the week and Modes.
Installing the Notifications parent app
- From the Hubitat Web Interface select Apps
- Choose the Notifications app from the list of Hubitat Elevation™ Built-In Apps
Creating and configuring Notifier child apps
- Press the Create New Notifier button to start configuration of a Notifier child application
- Name your Notifier child app
- Select the type of device you want to monitor for notifications
- Choose the specific devices to monitor for your Notifier
- Select which events you want to monitor for your notifications
- Choose for how long the event must be true before a notification is sent. For example, if a door is unlocked, should the notification be sent immediately or should it be delayed by a specified number of minutes? NOTE: If the event you are monitoring becomes false before the specified time has elapsed, such as the lock being once again locked before the 2 minute wait time has been reached as in the example below, then no notification will be sent until the event state is true for the number of minutes you define.
- Specify how frequently you would like to be notified about an event. Toggle the switch for Only once per day, to limit notifications to one per a single 24 hour period, or you can limit the notifications to once within a specified number of minutes for events that may fluctuate frequently, such the temperature rise or fall.
Configure notification types
- Choose the type of notification you want. You may send audio, SMS text notifications or notifications via an app such as Pushover. Multiple users may be notified, and it is possible to have simultaneous text, and text to speech audio notifications.
- For text notifications, choose a device such as Pushover. It is not mandatory that you select a notification device, and you may simply send message by SMS if you wish, but services such as Pushover are recommended if you need to send more then 10 text notifications per day, which is the limit for the Hubitat Elevation™ built-in SMS text messaging capability.
- You may enter custom messages to include in your text notification.
- You may also add %device%, %value%, %text%, %time%, and %date% to include these variables in the message. For example, if you simple added %device% %value to the Custom message to send field for the front door lock used in the previous example, you would see Front Door Lock Unlocked in the text notification.
- If you want to have more than one text message, separate them with a semicolon ; and if you would prefer they are delivered in a random order, toggle the Random message? switch.
- If you want to use the Hubitat Elevation™ built-in SMS text messaging capability, enter your phone numbers in the format +1<10 digits>. For Example, if your phone number is 719-567-6743, then you would enter +17195676743
- Audio notifications may be delivered via a supported speech device such as Google Home, or on a supported music device such as Sonos. Audio notification setup is similar to text notifications. You may also add %device%, %value%, %text%, %time%, and %date% to include these variables in the audio notification. For example, if you simple added %device% %value to the Message to speak field for the front door lock used in the previous example, you would hear Front Door Lock Unlocked in your audio notification. NOTE: When using this method with text to speech devices, it is recommended to add a comma between multiple variables for a more natural sounding intonation.
- For Music devices, it is also possible to set the volume level for messages
- Notifications may be restricted to certain times, days of the week and Modes.
- You may set a switch to disable notifications. For example, you may not wish to receive notifications about your front door being unlocked while you are in your home, therefore you could turn on a switch to prevent this from occurring. In the example below, this could be accomplished by creating a Rule Machine rule to enable a switch when a presence devices is active, and disable the switch when presence is no longer detected.