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Keep an eye on and control what's going on at home—no matter where you are—by linking Cortana with your Nest, Wink, Insteon, SmartThings, or Philips Hue account.

Adjust your lights, outlets, switches, and thermostats with just a few simple voice commands using Cortana on your PC, speaker, or phone.

Follow the instructions below to connect your account and control your smart home devices.

Connect your smart home accounts to Cortana


  1. Open Cortana.

  2. Select Notebook , then Connected Home.

  3. Switch on the toggle under Enable Connected Home, then sign in with the Microsoft account you use with Cortana.

  4. Choose your service, and enter your account information.

Open Cortana's Notebook


To connect your smart home account to Cortana, open Cortana on your PC  and follow the instructions above.

Control your smart home devices

To do this:

Just say this:

Turn lights on or off

"Turn on all the lights."
"Turn on the kitchen lights."

Set the brightness of a light

"Set the lights to 70%."

Dim or brighten lights

"Dim the lights."
"Brighten the lights by 50%."

Control a group of lights

"Turn on the kitchen lights."
"Set the kitchen lights to 30%."

Set the temperature

"Set the temperature to 72 degrees."
"Set the living room thermostat to 68."

Turn the thermostat up or down

"Make it warmer in here."
"Make it cooler in here."

Tip: To create a group of lights that you can control together, give the lights similar names. For example, "Kitchen light 1" and "Kitchen light 2."

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