NOTE: On May 6th, 2020 Wink announced that they will be introducing a paid subscription that will be required in order to use their services. More information can be found here.
Wink connects with hundreds of smart home products, and makes them work together using a simple app.
Even if you don’t own a Wink hub, or any other smart home products, there’s still plenty you can do with just the Wink app and Canary.
Scheduling Mode Changes
Using the scheduler in the Wink app, you can set Canary to change modes on a schedule that suits your needs.
Here’s a quick explainer that shows you how to set up scheduled modes with the Wink app:
Bear in mind that scheduled mode changes override auto-arming, so make sure to check your scheduled settings when you’re on vacation, or if your schedule changes.
IFTTT and Wink Shortcuts
By using Wink Shortcuts, you can tie Canary’s Mode changes to hundreds of channels on IFTTT, like Weather, Gmail and Amazon Alexa. First things first, make sure you have an IFTTT and Wink account set up. Then, you’ll need to create some shortcuts in the Wink app.
Just go to “Shortcuts”, tap “New Shortcut” and set your desired mode change. In this example, we’ve set up Wink shortcuts to Arm, Disarm, and set Canary to Privacy Mode, to use with different recipes. Once you have your Canary shortcuts in place, using IFTTT recipes with Canary is simple.
Alexa, Trigger Arm Canary
Ask Alexa to change Canary’s modes!
This recipe comes in handy if you manually change Canary’s modes, or if you want to quickly change modes while you’re home.
Here are the 3 recipes for changing Canary’s mode with Echo:
Note: These links will take you outside the Canary Help Center.
“Alexa, trigger Disarm Canary”
“Alexa, trigger Canary Privacy mode”
Important: Just make sure you link the recipe to the corresponding shortcut in your Wink account.
If you have a Wink hub and smart lights (like Philips Hue or LIFX), you can tie Canary’s mode changes to your lights turning on or off.
To do this, create a Robot in Wink that turns particular lights on or off when Canary changes modes. You could have the lights turn on to welcome you home when Canary disarms, or set one specific light to turn on and the others off whenever Canary arms.