If you wondered why we’ve been a bit quiet, it’s because we’ve been working very hard to get this awesome update ready for you!
Thank you so much to our beta testers who provided some excellent feedback and asked sensible questions – we couldn’t have done it without you!
FREE Multi-Device Sync
You can now keep all the devices that are running HomeRoutines in sync with our shiny new sync service.
This shares and syncs all your lists and the completion of tasks between the devices, so whether you’ve got your iPhone or iPod touch in your pocket, or you’re working with the family on your Saturday chores on the iPad, they will all say the same thing.
How to join up
To register for this free service, just scroll down the home screen and tap My.HomeRoutines.
Do this on your main device, if you have more than one; you want the syncing data to be based on your “best” version of HomeRoutines, where you’ve got it set up just so.
You will need to register, then confirm your email address.
How does the Syncing Work?
Once you’ve created an account, and confirmed your email address, you will be able to sign in to that account with any other devices you wish to sync with.
HomeRoutines will sync only when it is the foreground app (ie, the one you are looking at right now, not when the phone is locked or sleeping, or you’re using another app. While it is the foreground app, it will sync every minute, and also when you leave the app. Syncing sends a very small amount of data, detailing any changes to your lists or your completed tasks.
Although the data is copied and synced to the web server, it is still on your device, so if you’re out and about you don’t need internet or wifi access to view your lists. (I’ve suffered through trying to get slow internet access in a supermarket to view my online shopping list enough times that I’m not inflicting that on you!)
But Wait There’s More! My.HomeRoutines.Com
Since we were getting all the data going to the web in order to make syncing work, we thought “What the heck” and decided to make it editable online as well. This is a special FREE service that is only available to users of the HomeRoutines app.
When you register for My.HomeRoutines on your device, you can use the same user name and password at http://my.homeroutines.com. Online, you can edit your routines, to do lists and zone tasks.
You can also back up and restore your HomeRoutines data on the site.
The web version does not yet have all of the features of the app, so you can’t yet:
- Change routine or zone schedules.
- Edit your daily messages (although they are displayed).
- View your accomplishments.
- Use the timer
- Also, scheduled routine and zone reset only happens when you run the app.
So, yeah. We’re really proud of this update, and hope you enjoy it!
As always, if you have any problems or questions, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org