Top connected devices that control your home while you’re away

If you are planning to be away from home this summer, or any time of year, it is a good idea to have a plan to keep your home safe. While some people use security systems, I like to simplify the whole process by just staying connected to my home while I’m away. If I don’t have to worry about what is happening at home, I can usually relax a little more and have a little more fun while on vacation — which is what it’s all about!

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Wireless devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 that I have, or the iPhone 6 that my husband has, paired with U.S. Cellular’s high quality network with national coverage, can simplify our lives by keeping us connected to our home when we are away, around the corner or exploring the country.

Why connect to your home?

  • According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 45 percent of smartphone users have used connected home devices in the past month, and 29 percent use this technology daily.
  • According to a U.S. Department of Justice study, crime rates increase more than 10 percent in the summer months.
    • June, July and August are prime months as thieves watch for signs that home owners are away on vacation!
  • Staying connected provides home owners peace of mind that their homes and belongings are safe when away either on vacation or just at work for the day.
    • A growing number of apps and accessories can help home owners stay connected to their homes directly from their mobile devices. For example:
      • The GPS feature on smartphones can track users on their drive home and automatically turn on lighting and appliances. Users can also be alerted if someone gets home and disarms a security system.
      • Smart thermostats allow users to remotely manage home temperature to save money and stay comfortable in changeable weather conditions. And  Wi-Fi-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide alarms alert you to emergencies even if you’re not home to hear the alarm.

Technology to keep you connected to home

Nest is a family of Wi-Fi-enabled devices and apps lets customers maintain comfortable and efficient temperatures, and monitor safety of your home wherever they are.  Smart devices enable you to manage air temperature so you come home to a warm house. You’ll be alerted if the carbon monoxide level builds up so you can take steps to keep your loved ones safe.


Manything for iOS lets you remotely record and monitor motion in your home. Program your HVAC system to keep you comfortable when you’re home, and save you money when you’re away.

Salient Eye for Android devices is similar to Manything, and turns your phone into a home security device. You can track motion, record video and opt in to alerts that let you know what is happening at home.


While you are worried about your home, don’t forget about your free parent child-agreement!
Free to print and customize how you want.
Have the kids sign it to keep them accountable!

parent child agreement


I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade and have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.


Jesica H

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24 thoughts on “Top connected devices that control your home while you’re away

  • July 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm
    Technology is so amazing. I can't believe we can keep tabs on our houses from our phones. I remember when cell phones looked like bricks! Reply
  • July 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm
    I've heard so many things about Nest and it sounds really amazing! I control my alarm system through my phone when I'm not home and it really gives me peace of mind...especially when I'm coming home alone! Technology really does make life so much easier! Reply
  • July 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm
    Those are some great ways to keep your peace of mind when you are away! I love that you can control your thermostat...keep it cool right before you get home! Reply
  • July 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm
    I think it's so amazing that we can lock our doors and keep watch over our homes with a smartphone. Technology has come a long way since I was a kid. Reply
  • July 9, 2015 at 1:42 pm
    Wow its pretty cool what can be accomplished with technology anymore! I am planning to get something to monitor my home when we move and we are out with our phones! Reply
  • July 9, 2015 at 7:16 pm
    It's so cool that you can still access your home while you're away. I'm liking the new security things you can do with these apps. Reply
  • July 9, 2015 at 8:15 pm
    Back in the day I would have never thought that we'd be able to keep an eye on our homes while we were away. Technology sure has come a long way. Love it! Reply
  • July 9, 2015 at 9:22 pm
    It's nice that you can convert it to a security device. This can really give you more comfort when it comes to safety at home. Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 1:18 am
    How nice that you can still access the security of your home, even when you are away for a vacation. Technology is just amazing. Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 9:19 am
    My son can do all kinds of security things from his phone. I like it. I think it's convenient and nice! Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 11:44 am
    It’s really neat to see how much technology can make our lives easier and more convenient! It will be neat to see how many advances there are in the future with this sort of thing! Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm
    I've heard a lot about Nest. It sounds really neat! I like the idea of being about to control my house even when I'm away, although I'm not away all that often! Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm
    This is nice! We are leaving this weekend for a short getaway so I will check this out. Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm
    Ooooo we travel a lot so some of these apps would just be perfect! Would love to be able to control my home from wherever I am in the world ;-) Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm
    It is amazing being connected to my home. I get alerts when someone opens my doors. The kids each have a different code so i know who it is. I would love to have a camera and be able to see the house. Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 6:15 pm
    These would be great apps to use while we travel. I always worry about what's happening at home and if things are ok. This may ease my mind a bit. Reply
  • July 10, 2015 at 10:43 pm
    I love how technology has evolved these days, I have 4 kids and I have never left them alone at home before. The teenage years are creeping up on me though I feel as though I need everything possible to keep my eyes on them and keep them safe. This looks so helpful! Reply
  • July 11, 2015 at 7:38 am
    I don't use a smartphone, but I think that it would be so helpful to have something that would be my eyes and ears when I am away from the home. I'd love to have video surveillance capabilities at my fingertips. Reply
  • July 12, 2015 at 7:37 am
    Oh this is cool - my brother do this stuff as well - for security purposes.. :) I just didn't know how he does it. Reply
  • July 12, 2015 at 2:32 pm
    How awesome is it that we can control things from our cell phones while we are away from our homes. I think this is just amazing!! Reply
  • July 13, 2015 at 1:18 am
    Oh yeah, we stay connected AND we still use the old fashion way. We have neighbors, family and friends take turns staying over. But the technology sure does help! Reply
  • July 13, 2015 at 10:04 pm
    I love technology. Things have been advancing so ffast sometimes its hard for me to keep up lol Reply
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