Okay, so think I’ve finally figured out how to properly use Modes & Hello Home Actions. Please correct me if I’m on the wrong track.
Modes are states that your home is in. It is used as an if statements for SmartApps and such. E.g. if Mode = Away, turn off internal lights and turn on porch light.
Hello Home Actions are used to perform actions during certain conditions AND set the Mode. This took me forever to figure out.
An example is the I’m Away Hello Home Action. This can be used to set the Away mode when all presence sensors are not present.
Actions can also be used with the Hello Home Actions.
BTW, in the Android app 1.6.3, the Mode status can be checked by hitting the “hamburger menu” in the upper left. It should read "Currently, mod is set to ". Modes can be changed, added, or deleted by going to the