Do you know this feeling when you want to turn off the lamp in the hallway, and Siri earnestly lights it in the bedroom? Or you want to close the blinds in the living room and Google decides to close them all? With this guide, we'll tell you how to name your smart devices to make them easier to use.

There are three basic rules for our devices to work smartly with voice assistants:

  1. Group devices by room or purpose,
  2. Name them and precede them to the appropriate groups.

At the moment we also recommend naming devices in English. Why? Because Siri will understand them faster, just like Google Home. As long as the assistants do not fully understand our language, it is simply more convenient. You don't have to repeat the word every now and then in the hope that the assistant will understand it. Because the reality is that sometimes he understands, and sometimes not. And we want him to understand always.

Device grouping

The main task is to divide the devices into groups. Putting everything in one bag will make you messy, and grouping here helps a lot. We have two types of groupings:

  1. Because of the room
  2. Because of the purpose (lighting, alarm etc.)

It is best to combine the two groupings. Then you will achieve the most satisfactory result. Just remember not to name groups identically. If you have two bedrooms let it be "Bedroom 1" and "Bedroom 2" so that you can easily distinguish between them. Also, don't mix group names with devices. Below are examples of wrong naming the device and the room.


Let us assume that we have a living room called "Living Room" in which we have several lamps, one of which is called "Living Room light". So our situation is as follows:

  • Group name: Living
  • Device name: Living Room Light.

We want to turn on that particular lamp and say the phrase "Turn on living room light" and the assistant instead turns on all the lights in the room.

The reverse may also occur. We'll say the phrase “Turn on living room light” while waiting for all the lights to come on and only one light will come on. In this case, we do not give clear information to the assistant what to do and does what suits him first.

Name each device

When you create a group, it's worth to refer to our devices. The basic names are often identical, and when you add another device, simply add the number. We don't necessarily add them per room, so we can have this situation:

  • Lamps 2, 3 and 8 are in the living room
  • Lamp numbers 1 and 7 are in the bedroom
  • Lamp numbers 4 and 5 are in the bathroom
  • Lamp number 6 has long been removed.

When naming devices, there are always three principles to keep in mind:

  1. The name should matter - it's nice to give funny names to the equipment, but when we have 50, you can get lost in it
  2. The name should be unique - it will be hard to find if our devices have the same name.
  3. The device type is correctly assigned - if we have a lamp, we should indicate that it is a light controlling device. Sometimes we can choose in the system what type of device we are dealing with.

With all these rules in mind, we can show you an example of well-named devices for the living room (Living):

  1. Main Light
  2. Strip (LED strip)
  3. Lamp (lamp)
  4. TV

In this way, we can control both groups of lights and individual devices, and the assistant should always get it.


Well-balanced and grouped devices can make life much easier. It will take you a while, but if we count the time you lose on explaining to assistants what it is all about, it's still a big saving.

Share your ways of naming devices with us. Maybe you also have some clever ways? We are happy to know about them!

Source of the article: SmartHome Blog

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