Home Control Assistant Newsletter for Mar 13 2022

Have you read the Important Announcement posted on August 1, 2021? If you haven't you need to.

About a week ago I got this message from Google:

Like many of you I have HCA send email and text messages. I have a Gmail account just for this and there is an HCA technical note on how to configure HCA to use it. And it worked great, but maybe not for much longer.

As an aside, remember those emails last year when I wrote about why HCA was going dark? About how it's not the software itself but what changes around it? Well, here we go.

I investigated this, and it isn’t quite as bad as it first sounded. Look at this:

Seems you can create a special password that your “app” uses. I needed to enable 2-Step Verification but that didn’t seem to break anything. Next, I followed the instructions to create an app password.

I then went to HCA and on the Tools ribbon category, I pressed the Messaging button and configured messaging with the new password.

So far seems to work. Let’s see what happens after May 30th.
If you are using a version of HCA prior to version 17, you may have questions about the wisdom of upgrading to version 17 given the future of HCA. Here is something to consider:

The support policy for older HCA versions has been changed
 as I can no longer devote time to past version users. Support will only be available for HCA 17 users.

If you are on version 16 or earlier and want to continue using the cloud features and want to be assured that if you have a question that it gets answered, it is indeed time to upgrade.

HCA is fully operational for several more years so the update cost, spread out over that time, is very little. Knowing support is available when you need it is worth it.
Upgrade to HCA 17
Anyone who is using Hubitat with HCA – not SmartThings – please drop me a note as I would like to add you to a discussion list for those users. I have some Hubitat ideas that I would like to “kick around” and it would help to have a group of users who have experience with Hubitat. Please just send a note to the regular support address saying you would like to be added to that discussion list.
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