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📱 Home Assistant Companion for Android Beta Deploy


If you are looking for documentation around the companion applications check out the Home Assistant Companion Documentation. This will provide you instructions on using the applications.

Setup App Development Environment

  1. Download and install Android Studio

  2. Download / clone this repository to a folder on your computer

  3. Create a Firebase project at Firebase Console

  4. Create four Android apps, with following package names

  1. Now download the google-services.json file and put it in the project's /app, /automotive and /wear folders. This file contains the configuration of the whole project (all four applications). (You can also use the mock services file instead of generating your own. The file should contain client IDs for all packages listed above for debugging to work properly. If you do not generate your own file FCM push notification will never work, only websocket notifications will)
  2. Start Android Studio, open your source code folder and check if the Gradle build will be successful using Build/Make Module "App". You might have to install the right Android SDK via Tools/SDK Manager first.
  3. Run gradlew assembleDebug to build all debug versions, this might take a while.
  4. If the build is successful, you can run the app by doing the following: click Run -> Run 'app'.
  5. Connect your phone or create a new virtual device following on screen instruction
  6. 🎉

If you get stuck while setting up your own environment, you can ask questions in the #devs_mobile_apps channel on Discord.

Push Notifications

If you want to work on push notifications or use a development build with push notifications, please go the server side code HERE and deploy it to your firebase project. Once you have your androidV1 URL to the deployed service, set it in to your ${GRADLE_USER_HOME}/ file, e.g.:


You can also define the rate limit function URL, e.g.:


App Flavors

The Android app has both a full flavor that uses Google Play Services to offer features like location tracking and notifications. There is also a minimal flavor that does not require Google Play Services and can be found in the releases section. The minimal flavor does not have location tracking or notifications.

Building for publishing

To build the app for publishing, you will need to sign the app. To do this, do the following:

  1. Create keystore containing keypair for debug application signing. In Android Studio: Menu/Build/Generate signed APK, then use a button to create new keystore. Remember the passwords and key alias. Default, the keystore must be named release_keystore.keystore and should be placed in the home-assistant-Android/app and home-assistant-Android/wear folder.
  2. Set environmental variables used in app/build.gradle.kts:
  • KEYSTORE_PATH (if your keystore is located differently than stated above)
  1. Run gradlew build
  2. The signed APK is located in your build folder

Testing Dev Releases

We are using Github Actions to perform continuous integration both by unit testing, deploying dev releases to Play Store Beta and final releases to the Play Store when we release. To help test out a specific feature/fixes users can find the APK on the Actions page for each pull request, this debug APK can be installed side-by-side the production or beta builds.


We are using ktlint as our linter. You can run a check locally on your machine with:

./gradlew ktlintCheck

This commands runs on our CI to check if your PR passes all tests. So we strongly recommend running it before committing.

To run a check with an auto-format:

./gradlew ktlintFormat


The project currently uses lokalise to translate the application. If you are interested in helping translate go to the link and click start translating!

Generating a release to production

  • Go to the latest Pre-release and edit it
  • Uncheck the Pre-release box, check the Latest release box, and click Update release
    • This should cause the Play Publish Production Workflow to execute and should handle the rest for Google Play
    • Some platforms, such as the Amazon App Store, need to be updated manually
    • F-Droid uses the version_code.txt file of the latest release to detect a new production release and build it themselves, this may take some time