Since you found our App, there is a good chance you know that HomeKit setups can become complicated. You get a new accessory, create a new scene here and add a few automations there. Suddenly you have 30+ automations, and every time you’re looking for one, it takes you some time scrolling to find it.

We’ve seen this in many setups. They start fairly small, and at some point, they snowball.

With Controller 5.0, we’ve introduced Smart Folders to help you keep track of all the parts in your setup.

A Smart Folder is a set of filters with a name. You choose the content of Smart Folders by defining fitting filters. In the future, you can access that content very quickly by selecting the Smart Folder.

It sounds more complicated than it is. So let’s take a look at some examples:

Scenes

When you have many scenes, it becomes harder to look for one of them. You can make this more comfortable by grouping them in Smart Folders. An obvious way to do this is to group them by their name.

Automations

Automations are arguably the most complex part of HomeKit. In many cases, you need multiple automations to achieve the behavior you want. You might have many automations for a single remote or numerous slightly different automations for each day of the week. A Smart Folder can group automations that belong together.

Accessories

Smart Folders help you to find specific accessories faster. By filtering for particular characteristics, you can also create a view that composes data. You can build an overview to show your batteries’ states or the current temperature in all your rooms.

Logs

Logs let you keep track of everything that happens in your home. If you are especially interested in certain parts of your setup, it’s a great idea to create Smart Folders for them. With this, you can verify that an automation is working as planned, or you could find out how often a motion sensor is triggered.