The Switchbot Curtain Setup: We show you how to set it up and automate it with your voice using Google Assistant.

Working through installations of Smart Devices are supposed to be intuitive. Pretty much plug-n-play. What comes to your mind when you think of installing a robotic curtain? Switchbot made it really easy to setup. I think they put a lot of thought into how this device would provide value to you. I’m going to show you how to set up your Switchbot Curtain and connect it to Google Home. You will be able to open and close your curtains with your voice!

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Switchbot Curtain Setup

Things to have before setting up the Switchbot Curtain

Some things that you will need prior to setup:

  • Ladder, or step ladder
  • 2.4 GHz WiFi connection
  • Switchbot App loaded on your mobile device. Sign up for a Switchbot account if you have not done so.
  • Google Home App loaded on your mobile device. Sign up for an account.
  • Switchbot Hub Plus or Switchbot Hub Mini:
    • You’ll need either one to connect your Switchbot Curtains.
  • Curtain rod diameter between 15mm to 40mm.
  • Check the curtain rod transition: If the transition for the curtain rod is too large, then you’ll need something to gradually fill the gap. I used Clear hockey tape or Closet Rod Covers
  • If you have too many curtain rings or grommets for your curtains, you can order more plastic clips (4 provided in box) and a rubber strip to help keep your curtains evenly spaced. They are sold separately from Switchbot.

What’s in the Switchbot Curtain Box

Once you have these things ready and lined up, you can begin by opening your Switchbot Curtain Box and making sure you have your Switchbot Curtain Device, with a USB charging cord, and 4 plastic multi-purpose mounting clips. You can watch the Switchbot Unbox here: https://youtu.be/ECMjZ4JCHEY

Switchbot Curtain Installation

  1. Connect Switchbot Curtain
    • Open Switchbot App: Sign-in with your credentials. Ensure your Switchbot Hub Plus or Switchbot Hub Mini is installed and connected and that you’re connected to your WiFI.
    • Add Switchbot Curtain: So once you downloaded the Switchbot app go to add a device. You can press the ‘+’ on the top right of the home page, or go into the menu and select ‘add a device’. Then select the curtain device if it does not show up automatically.
    • Pair Device: Next that you’re going to need to do is to pair the device. To pair the device, you’re going to have to press the button on the back of the Switchbot Curtain device and hold it down for at least two seconds. You should see a LED light blinking. You can now press the next button to pair the device.
    • Name your device: If you have a pair, consider naming the device something like “Family Room Curtain(s)” and “Family Room Curtain 2. Creating a naming convention will explain where the device is located and will help Google Home associate your Switchbot Curtain device and its location.
  2. Switchbot Curtain Pairing.
    • Next, you’ll have to tell Switchbot what type of Curtain style you have. You will have a choice between U-Rail and Rod.
    • Select Rod: In our case, we have the Switchbot Curtain Rod.
    • Select Opening Mode: You will have to select what type of ‘Open Mode’ you have;
      • Open From Left,
      • Open From Right,
      • Open From Middle – Since I have a pair of Switchbot Curtains, I’m going to select Open from Middle. Then the Switchbot App will request to pair the second Switchbot Curtain. Press the button on the back of the second device and click next to pair the 2nd device.
  3. Install Switchbot Curtain on Curtain Rod.
    • Prepare Switchbot Curtain device for Curtain Rod: Get both hands on your Switchbot Device or place it on the table with the Switchbot symbol away from you. Place your thumbs below the hook arms, open the hook arm switches and push up. The hook arm switches should move up into their respective slots.
    • Press the button on the top lid to slide the top lid up or off the hook arms to ensure you can fit it around the curtain rod. Please be aware of the space between the wall and the curtain rod, and how much space you have to reach behind the curtain.
    • Next, you’re going to need to get up on your ladder to reach the curtain rod and you’re going to fit the Switchbot Curtain in between the first and the second curtain ring or grommet. The Switchbot Curtain should be behind the curtain so you can’t see it from the front of the curtain. Please make sure you have a proper balance on the ladder. You might need two hands to fit the Switchbot Curtain on your curtain rod.
    • Press the top lid button and fit the top lid onto the hook arms and press down to compress the Switchbot Curtain vice around the curtain rod. The hook arm switches should detach from their respective slots. Replace the hook arm switches back into their resting slots.
  4. Calibration of Switchbot Curtain
    • The next step is to calibrate your curtain to adapt to the track of your curtain track: The Switchbot App will now guide you to position your curtain to the closed position. Depending on the open mode you selected above (Open from Left, Right, or Middle) you’ll have to press the left, right, or pause button on your Switchbot App to correctly position your Switchbot curtain from the closed position to the open position. You will do this a number of times and press ‘Next’.
    • Final Calibration Test: Switchbot will then request that you open and close the pair of Switchbot Curtains at the same time, or give you the option to recalibrate. If you have one curtain, then you’ll just be asked to test the open and close (with the option to recalibrate). You’re Switchbot Curtain is now setup! Congratulations!
  5. Connect to Google Home
    • You should now see the Switchbot Curtain added to your list of Switchbot devices. Click the gearwheel associated with your Switchbot Curtain or pair. This will take you to your Switchbot Curtains Settings.
    • Cloud Service: You will see an option in the settings to turn on your ‘Cloud Settings’. Switch the tab from ‘off’ to ‘on.’ Then select the Cloud Service tab again from left to right. It should now be highlighted blue.
    • Select Google Assistant, and press ‘Connect
    • You will be taken to the Google Home App. If this is your first time adding a smart device or a Switchbot device to Google Home, you will need to add it ‘manually’ by pressing the ‘+’ symbol at the top left of the Google Home Screen. Press the ‘+’ symbol
    • Set up device: Select ‘Set up device’, then select ‘Works with Google’
    • You should see the ‘Home Control’ page. You may see your other Google Home connected services here. However, if this is your first time, then you will need to press the ‘search’ (magnifying glass) on the top right and type “Switchbot” or “Switchbot Smart” to find the Switchbot App service. Select Switchbot Smart.
    • Login to Switchbot Smart with your Switchbot App login credentials. Once this is complete, you will have connected your Switchbot Curtain into Google Home.
    • Return to the Google Home page. Ask Google Assistant to “Sync Devices”. Wait a few minutes. If you’ve already connected Switchbot to the Google Home service, you should see the device at the bottom of the Google Home App page as “Linked to You” but without a “Home”
    • Select the Switchbot Curtain device settings, and rename (Select Name) it to the room of your choice. (i.e. “Family Room Curtain). Then go to “Home” select your Home (you will need to enter in all the location information if this your first time), then select the Room that the device is located in.

You’re all done. You should now be able to say “Hey Google, Open the [Family] Room Curtains” and your Switchbot Curtains will open them up!

Switchbot Curtains Setup Tutorial

I hope that you have enjoyed learning how to automatically open your curtains using Google Assistant. The Switchbot Curtains are quite easy to setup and well engineered to handle most curtain rods. I hope that you are able to enjoy them as much as I am.

Switchbot Curtain: https://www.switch-bot.com/products/switchbot-curtain?sca_ref=542829.JaTXpqR98S (Switchbot Affiliate)

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Switchbot Curtain: https://www.switch-bot.com/products/switchbot-curtain?sca_ref=542829.JaTXpqR98S (Switchbot Affiliate)

https://geni.us/SwitchbotCurtain (Amazon Affiliate)