The new Home App is part of the free macOS Mojave upgrade and it adds smart home controls to your Mac. The controls are handy, but if you have a lot of smart home controls on your doors it can get annoying when you are trying to get work done.
We’ll show you how to turn off all Home notifications on macOS Mojave, how to turn off notifications for a specific device and how to control when you see the notifications based on time or if anyone is home.
How to Turn Off Home Notifications on Mac
You can use the global notification settings on your Mac to turn off all Home notifications on your Mac. When you change any of these notification settings, you are only doing it on your Mac. These do not sync to your iPhone or iPad.
- Open Settings.
- Open Notifications.
- Scroll down and click on Home.
- Choose None.
This will turn off all Home notifications on your Mac. You can also choose a different style or choose if you want a sound to play. This is the simplest way to stop all notifications, but you may want to customize these.
How to Customize Home Notifications on Mac
I prefer to customize the Home notifications on Mac so that I only see those that are important to me, and that I only see them when I want to see them. You can change the options to turn off notifications for a specific device, the time you see notifications and if you want notifications when you are home, away or when someone else is home or away.
- Open the Home App on your Mac.
- Right Click or Double Click on a Specific Device.
- Click on Settings…
- Click on Status & Notifications
Here is where you can start customizing your Home app notifications on your Mac to fit your needs and your schedule. This solved many of my issues with Home notifications.
Toggle Allow Notifications off to turn off all notifications for that specific device. If you want more controls, click on Time or People.
In the Time option you can choose to see Notifications at any time, which is the default. You can also choose During the day, At night or set a specific time to allow notifications.
In the People option you can choose when to see notifications based on your location or if anyone is home. This is a lifesaver as you can choose to see notifications;
- When somebody is home
- When I am home
- When nobody is home
- When I am not home
You can pick the best option for your needs. This makes it easy to only get the notifications when you want them. For instance, I want to get a door notification on my mac when I am not home, but if I am sitting in my house during the day, i don’t need that notification. You can customize this by the different devices in your smart home so that you only get the notifications that you want, when you want them.
I turned off door notifications when I am home since it interrupts me getting work done, but I left the garage door notification on at all times because that is opened less often throughout the day.
Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant
The Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant is an awesome new way to use the Google Assistant in your home -- and with a screen.
Essentially the Lenovo Smart Display is a vastly better version of Amazon Echo that looks like it should be in your home and with loads of features that Alexa doesn't deliver.
The Smart Display is a Google Home with a screen, that comes in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes. In addition to standard Google Assistant controls, you can also interact with touch, and you can see your results on the screen. This works great with YouTube and other video results, recipes, directions and other activities.
The Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant built in is $199 for the 8-inch model and $249 for the 10-inch model with Bamboo back. The Smart Display arrives in early Summer 2018.
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