The Wink user interface isn’t particularly security-focused like other SmartHome platforms are, but that’s changed with a new feature added to the Wink app called Lookout. Here’s how to do it.
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Sure, you can use your Wink setup as a security system and set up alerts whenever a door is opened, but it’s not really designed for security. That’s why Lookout is finally here — it makes managing your home much easier in terms of security.
To get started, open the Wink app and tap the menu button in the top left corner of the screen.
Then click «Lookout». You may have to scroll down to get to it, depending on how many devices you have set up in the app.
Click «Next» in the lower right corner.
Wink will tell you a little about Lookout and what it does. Click «Next» again to continue.
Click on «Start».
The app will then look at all of your devices connected to your Wink Hub and display the ones that work with Lookout. Select each one you want to enable and then click Next.
The installation part is complete! Click Go to Lookout Now to continue.
The control screen for Lookout is pretty simple. Alerts will be enabled by default, but you can click on the big round bell button to turn them off at any time (and click on it again to turn them back on).
You can click the settings gear icon in the top right corner to view the activity of all your sensors and devices, and manage which devices are included in Lookout.
Now when a sensor detects movement or a door opens, you get an instant alert on your phone.
From there, you can click on the alert to open the Wink app. Then click «Take Action» at the bottom.
At this point, you can either call a friend to check on your home while you are away, or you can call 911 and ask the police to do so, depending on the severity of the situation.
And this is largely true. Wink Lookout is easy to set up and even easier to use. Of course, this works best when you have multiple sensors in your home, as well as sirens that can go off when an intrusion is detected, but it still works great even if you have multiple sensors here and there — better than nothing!