While not all devices can be controlled from your devices, the SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher allows you to do so. Adding Matter support allows you to control them via HomeKit.
Smart home ecosystems are not compatible with many home appliances, especially HomeKit. However, there are easy ways to turn basic appliances into smart devices, such as using a smart plug or a button pusher. The Switch Button Pusher became infamous for being a simple solution for people who were too lazy to press a button. But if you think about it, the device can help you make the devices in your home smart without complicated settings. Whether it's operating a light switch or turning on the coffee pot, the SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher can make any device with a button smart at a decent price. Even though it can't do it alone.
When you initially look at online images of the device, the SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher may look compact. Although small, it is still very bulky and sticks out quite a bit.
Measuring 1.67 x 1.44 x 0.94 inches and weighing 1.38 ounces, the Switch Button Pusher is small and light enough to hang on the wall or on top of your device. Although it sticks out 43mm, it can still fit a simple light switch if you don't stare at it for too long. There's an arm on top that pops out when you command it to turn on a device and retracts when it's done working.
Inside the arm is an insert that allows you to attach the included sticker. This sticker allows the switch button pusher to pull back on whatever it is attached to (such as a switch toggle switch) to turn it off. At first it was difficult to get the loop in the hook, but after a few tries we finally got it in. If something happens to the first one, there is a second sticker in the box. The sticker and the push button switch are attached to your device via the adhesive strips applied to it. The Switch Button Pusher contains an included lithium-metal battery, which lasts up to 600 days. Replacing the battery once its lifespan has expired is simple; just take the back off, take it out and insert the new battery.
There is also a reset button in the device. As you've probably guessed, this allows you to restart the Switch Button Pusher if it's unresponsive or if you want to reset it to factory settings.
Unlike other HomeKit devices, where you can choose which app you want to set up the device, the SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher instructs you to use the native app. This is because the machine uses a bridge within the app to connect to the Home app. A Bridge allows you to communicate with accessories that cannot communicate directly with HomeKit.
If you have an iPhone 6 or higher, and you have an extra NFC tag lying around, you can program it to control a specific action on the Smart Switch Button Pusher. You can set a device to turn on, turn off, or switch between the two actions individually.
With the introduction of Matter, several devices became compatible with HomeKit. The catch, however, was that they may need an additional accessory to enable compatibility, and the SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher is one of those dependent devices.
Once you've added the device, you can group it, customize it, and add it to automations, just as you would with other HomeKit-enabled devices. However, since there is a bridge between the Home app and the native app, it may take a while for the commands to complete.
The SwitchBot Smart Switch Button Pusher is a great way to make almost any basic device smart. Still, it needs the help of another SwitchBot product to do this.
Pros: Compact design, turns devices on and off, long lifespan, strong adhesive attachment
Cons: Requires the SwitchBot Hub 2 to be compatible with Matter, bulky, loud during use
Rating: 4 out of 5
Where to Buy: The SwitchBot Smart Switch
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