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Customize Your Homelife System

It’s easy to teach your home new tricks by customizing your Homelife system:

Your House, Your Rules

Homelife Automations allow you to automatically control all the connected devices in your home, making your home safer, more efficient and easier to manage. There are two types of automations.

  • RULES: Automations that activate automatically at a specific time of day, when device status changes or when your alarm system status changes.
  • SCENES: Automations that control multiple smart devices in your home all at once and are manually activated by the user.

You can set up real-time notifications for your automations to stay connected with what's happening at home while you're away. Notifications can be sent via text message. Notifications, pictures and video clips can be sent via email. Be sure to set up Contacts for anyone who should receive Homelife notifications.

Homelife mobile app showing a good morning scene and rules like turning on lights at sunset

Favorite Automations

Here are some examples of automations shared by our employees and customers that can help make your home work for you.*


  • Icon of a sun breaking through clouds

Good Morning: Disarm your security system from Arm Night mode, turn on your lights and adjust your thermostat.

  • Icon of a man walking away from a house

Leaving: Set your security system to Arm Away mode, turn off your lights and adjust your thermostat.

  • Icon of a man in a house

Returning Home: Disarm your security system from Arm Away mode, turn on your lights, unlock your front door and adjust your thermostat.

  • Moon and Stars Icon

Good Night: Arm your security system in Arm Night mode, lock the doors, turn off lights and adjust the thermostat.


  • Icon: Lamp
  • Icon: Lock

Illuminate your homecoming by turning on a light when you unlock your door.

  • Icon: Lamp
  • Icon: Lock
  • Icon: smoke

Stay aware during an emergency by automatically turning on all your connected lights if your alarm sounds.

  • Icon: Video
  • Icon: Motion sensor
  • Icon: Child sensor

Make exiting your home easier in case it is filled with smoke turning on lights and unlocking doors if the smoke/heat detector is activated.

  • Icon: Lamp
  • Icon: Armed

See the kids arrive home safely from school via an emailed video clip when the front door opens during certain times of the day.

  • Icon: Text
  • Icon: Power Outage

Stay aware of home power loss while you are away by Receive a text message if the power goes out.

See more examples ›


Away from home? Don’t worry about checking in. Homelife has you covered. With Cox Homelife, you can set Alerts so that you get notified any time certain features of your Homelife Security system change.

Need backup? You can also send Alerts to your Homelife contacts for certain system changes and active automations.

Here are a few of our favorite examples:

  • Receive a text message any time your Homelife Security system is armed or disarmed.
  • Receive a text message when your doors open, or your life safety devices such as your Smoke/Heat Detector or Glass Break Sensor are activated.
  • Get an email with a picture or video clip when your camera detects motion.
  • Send your Homelife Automation contacts a text when your Rules are activated.

See Cox Homelife service details. See important information in the Residential Customer Service Agreement for full coverage details. See Annual Notice information for related information and your privacy rights as a Cox customer. See also the Annual Customer Notices. For all Cox Communication policies regarding our services and business practices visit www.cox.com/aboutus/policies.html.

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