Review of CozyLife HomeKit Smart Plug

Cupertino, January 26, 2024

HomeKit smart plugs are generally the first step new users take on their smart home journey. Almost everyone has a lamp, coffee maker, or other home appliance that they want to "HomeKitify" (yes, I just created a new word), and a smart plug is the easiest, fastest, and least expensive way to do that. I've had the CozyLife HomeKit plug in my box of items to test for a while, but honestly, it's so small that it was hidden under another box. HomeKit Weekly is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything related to Apple's smart home framework.

Installation Process The CozyLife HomeKit plug is incredibly small, and this matters for smart plugs because many of them are so large that they overlap with the other socket (in a dual socket), making it unusable. You can simply have a standard plug in one socket and the CosyLife socket in the other. CozyLife includes the HomeKit code on the box and the side of the device, but don't start onboarding HomeKit just yet. I made that mistake without reading the manual. You'll first want to download the CozyLife iPhone app. You'll want to connect the device once you've created an account (I used Sign in With Apple). The built-in scanner should find it automatically, but if it doesn't, press and hold the button on the side of the device for 10 seconds to put it into pairing mode. You'll then start the process of onboarding the device in the app, and then you'll be asked to add it to HomeKit by scanning the code.

HomeKit used for Cozylife You can use smart plugs to automate your life with HomeKit in a number of ways. The first is simply turning it on and off manually. Suppose you connect this device to a lamp. You can tell Homekit that this plug is a light and turn it on/off via the Home app, Siri via a HomePod or via your Apple Watch. You can say things like, "Hey Siri, turn off my bedroom light," assuming the device is named Bedroom Light.

Rounding out the CozyLife smart plug Overall, the CozyLife HomeKit smart plug is a solid device. My only complaint is that it only works on 2.4 GHz. I'd like to see a 5GHz option for a permanently powered device, but that's probably how CozyLife keeps it near $10 per plug when looking at a 4-pack. Otherwise, all the boxes are checked. Buy a 4-pack from Amazon to start your HomeKit journey. FTC: We use monetized auto-affiliate links. More.

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