How To Reset Your Smart Home When Someone Moves Out

How To Reset Your Smart Home When Someone Moves Out

How To Reset Your Smart Home When Someone Moves Out

There are a lot of reasons why someone might need to move out of their home and leave their smart devices behind. Either they’re moving in with a significant other, or into an assisted living facility, or just plain old selling the house. Whatever the reason is, it can be inconvenient for them to have to come back and reset all the settings on their thermostat, lighting system, security system – you name it. Thankfully there’s a way around this problem!

This blog post will teach you how to reset your smart home when someone moves out so that everything goes back to factory defaults when they get there next time!

Reset your Wi-Fi router to factory settings 

One of the first things you’ll want to do is reset your Wi-Fi router. This will help ensure that all wireless devices get disconnected, and if you have a guest network available it should also be disabled so nobody can create an account without talking to someone in the home.

So how then would somebody reconnect their smart TVs or other devices?

This is where we get to the next best thing: using a Wi-Fi range extender. With one of these, you’ll be able to set up your old router and configure it for use as an extended device that’s placed somewhere in the home—but keep in mind this isn’t going to work if they’re all the way in the basement.

It’s also important to note that if you’re going with this route, and they start using a wireless device outside of where your extender is located, it will take longer for them to reconnect to Wi-Fi than usual since their signal has to travel farther. So make sure that whoever moves out is going to be using a wireless device in the general vicinity of your extender.

Factory reset the rest of your devices

Start resetting your devices one by one. Plug everything back in one at a time, starting with any device that has a screen (TVs, computers) and working your way through the rest. As you plug each device back in, it will come online and ask for a password to get connected again. You’ll have to provide this new password every time so that when they move out, they don’t need to know the old one anymore.

Cancel Any Subscriptions

This is a good time to cancel any other paid subscriptions that they are responsible for. For example, if you have an Amazon Prime account and your roommate moved in with their own Amazon account, it’s time to cancel your Prime and open a new one.

If you have Netflix or Hulu Plus accounts, be sure to change the passwords on those too if they were set up as shared devices with your roommate. This is also an ideal opportunity for any of them who had been slacking off in paying subscription fees to finally do so.

If they were paying your bills, then cancel their access with the billing provider. If it was you who had been managing this and now they are gone, just make sure that any automatic payments have been turned off, or else your account will get charged for something at the end of every month.

Delete Any Devices You Couldn’t Reset

This is usually the part where you have to be a bit careful. If it was your roommate who had been installing all of these devices, and they were using their own account for any of them, then there’s nothing more that you can do about those except ask permission before deleting anything from their Amazon account. If they still had access to your app, then you can just delete those devices as well.

If the person who left had been using their own account for any of these things and it’s still active, then they could come back at some point and have full access again. So if there are any services or subscriptions on those accounts that shouldn’t be renewed without their consent, you’ll want to change the passwords or shut down those accounts.

Delete Old Profiles

If the person who left had been using their own account for any of these things and it’s still active, then they could come back at some point and have full access again. So if there are any services or subscriptions on those accounts that shouldn’t be renewed without their consent, you’ll want to change the passwords or shut down those accounts.

Change the door codes to secure the doors, and change the wifi password if you still need to use it. If they want to continue using any of these accounts after moving out, make sure they know what their new information is for each one (email address, phone number, etc)

You’ll want to do this so they don’t show up on any lists and someone can come back later and access them without having a password. So go through and reset your thermostat, lights, cameras, alarm system, and TVs.

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