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White Series Fan Switch • Setup Instructions • Apple Home

Setup and Pairing instructions for the Inovelli White Series Fan Switch (VTM35-SN) on your Thread enabled Apple device

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Written by Eric Hines
Updated over a week ago

DISCLAIMER: You may notice there are a lot of over-used keywords or phrases as well as English that seems a little off. This is because these articles are used to feed our AI Robot (Ira) and she needs the data to be structured in a certain way.

REMINDER: This switch is only to be used to control AC Motor exhaust and ceiling fans. Do not use the switches on any sort of lighting load or DC Motor.

IMPORTANT: Before installing your fan switch, please ensure the fan motor is set to high speed. If you notice that after you install your fan switch the speeds are not as fast as they were prior to installing your switch, it's likely that the motor was not on high (please adjust if you find this is the case).

In addition, if you have your switch controlling two fans, then the low and medium speeds will be half of what they were before.

Finally, if you are using this without a neutral wire, then you will only have low and medium speeds available.

This is the digital setup instructions for the White Series Smart Fan Switch on the Apple Home platform.


Navigating the Instructions

Please click on any of the sections in the Table of Contents to get started. We recommend working your way down as it follows an intentional flow that is user friendly and hub/gateway specific. As always, any questions, please see the Additional Resources links section or submit a ticket, we’re happy to help.


Quick Setup Instructions

Follow these if you have already installed the fan switch before and are just looking for some quick pairing instructions. If this is your first time installing the fan switch, please skip this section and work your way through the various sections below starting with the Prerequisites.

This section assumes the following:

  1. You have a compatible Apple Device

  2. You’ve wired the switch and it works manually

Let’s begin:

  1. Open up your Apple Home App and click "+" at the top right

  2. In the drop-down, select, "Add Accessory"

  3. Where it says, "Add Accessory", scan the QR Code located at the bottom left of the switch

  4. There will be a pop-up that says, "Accessory" -- click on, "Add to Home" and Apple will start to add the device (you may get a pop-up that says, "Uncertified Accessory" -- please click, "Add Anyway")

  5. Apple will continue to add your Inovelli device and your LED Bar will start to pulse blue as shown in Video #1 (if it’s not, please exit out of the setup process, factory reset your switch (see Video #2) and start again) -- if successful, the LED Bar will flash green three (3) times

  6. Add your device to the location of your choosing and click, "Continue"

  7. Feel free to name your device and click, "Continue"

  8. Your switch should be added to your home -- click, "Done"

Video #1 & Video #2

Video #1: Switch Pulsing Blue after QR Code is scanned

Video #2: Factory resetting your switch
NOTE: Video sped up

If your LED bar refuses to pulse blue, then please hold down on the top of the paddle as well as the config/favorites button for approximately 20 seconds until the LED Bar turns Red and then let go as shown in, "Video #2" in the drop down above. The LED Bar will blink red three times to confirm as shown in the video below.

IMPORTANT: The Apple Home app has no way of changing the switch from an Ceiling Fan Switch to an Exhaust Fan Switch so you will have to do it manually at the switch.


Apple Home Limitations

Apple Home is a fantastic product that offers a ton of features along with voice control and is backed by an amazing company.

With that said, there are some limitations with the hub that you should be made aware of.

  1. There is no way to access some of the advanced features on your switch from the Apple Home app (ie: parameters, animated notifications, etc) and you will only be able to change select parameters locally at the switch

  2. You will have to manually change the switch from a Ceiling Fan Switch to an Exhaust Fan Switch and vice versa

  3. You will still be able to control the LED Bar when the switch is in Exhaust Fan mode (other platforms, the LED Bar only shows on/off like it should)


Installation Instructions

Before setting up your switch within the Apple Home app, you will have to manually install your switch in the wall and have it powered up. In order to do that, you (or your licensed electrician) will need to follow our Wiring Instructions which can be found below:


Pairing Instructions

Please follow the instructions below to include/pair your White Series Fan Switch

  1. Open up your Apple Home App and click "+" at the top right

  2. In the drop-down, select, "Add Accessory"

  3. Where it says, "Add Accessory", scan the QR Code located at the bottom left of the switch

  4. After you've scanned the QR Code, the switch LED Bar should start pulsing blue as shown in Video #1. If it isn't, then please factory reset your switch as shown in Video #2. If the switch successfully pairs to Apple Home, the switch LED Bar will flash green three (3) times.


    Video #1: Switch Already Pulsing Blue

    Video #2: Factory resetting your switch
    Hold down on the top of the paddle and the config/favorites button for 20 seconds until the LED Bar turns red and let go (video below is sped up)

  5. There will be a pop-up that says, "Accessory" -- click on, "Add to Home" and Apple will start to add the device (you may get a pop-up that says, "Uncertified Accessory" -- please click, "Add Anyway")


  6. Add your device to the location of your choosing and click, "Continue"

  7. Feel free to name your device and click, "Continue"

  8. Your switch should be added to your home -- click, "Done"

Once your switch is successfully paired, check to make sure you have basic functionality of your switch by turning it on and changing speeds (if you are going to be using it on an exhaust fan, please move to the, "Switch Configuration" section below).

NOTE: By default the switch is setup as a Ceiling Fan switch so it will cycle through the speeds . Please do not turn on the switch if you are using it on an exhaust fan as you could ruin the fan's motor. If you'd like to change your switch to work with an exhaust fan, then please move to the Switch Configuration section below.


Switch Configuration

In this section, we will help you change your switch mode (ie: On/Off or Dimmer) and type (Single-Pole or 3-Way Aux). As noted above, because the Apple Home app is limited in what it can do, we will have to change these settings manually at the switch itself.

If you are trying to setup your switch in Smart Fan Mode, please still select the Switch Mode and Type from the below instructions, and then follow the directions to setup Smart Bulb Mode

Switch Mode - Exhaust Fan

By default, your White Series Fan Switch is set to be a Ceiling Fan switch and will cycle through the speeds. If this is how you intend to use the switch, you can skip this step.

To put your White Series Fan Switch in Exhaust Fan Mode, hold down on the top part of the paddle (on) while simultaneously tapping the configuration button three (3) times (do not let go of the paddle when finished tapping the config button). Wait for the LED Bar to flash solid red (and then let go of the paddle) indicating the switch has changed to an Exhaust Fan switch.

Video Demonstration

Switch Mode - Ceiling Fan

By default, your White Series Fan Switch is set to be a Ceiling Fan switch and will cycle through the speeds. Again, you can skip this step if you've taken this switch out of the box as it's set to Ceiling Fan by default. However, if for some reason you switch only turns on/off, here's how to change it to a Ceiling Fan switch.

To put your White Series Fan Switch in Ceiling Fan Mode, hold down on the bottom part of the paddle (off) while simultaneously tapping the configuration button three (3) times (do not let go of the paddle when finished tapping the config button). Wait for the LED Bar to flash solid orange (and then let go of the paddle) indicating the switch has changed to a Ceiling Fan switch.

Video Demonstration

Switch Type - Single-Pole

By default, your White Series Fan Switch is set to be installed in a Single-Pole setup (ie: one switch controls one load). If this is how you intend to use the switch, you can skip this step. We're just going to show you how to change it to a multi-way (2+ switches controlling a load) with an aux switch for reference.

Switch Type - Multi-Way (Aux)

By default, your White Series Fan Switch is set to be installed in a Single-Pole setup (ie: one switch controls one load). If you'd like to change your switch to work in a multi-way setup with an auxiliary switch, then please follow the directions below.

To have your White Series Fan Switch work with an Auxiliary (Add-On) switch in a multi-way (3-Way) setting, hold down on the top part of the paddle (on) while simultaneously tapping the configuration button five (5) times (do not let go of the paddle when finished tapping the config button). Wait for the LED Bar to flash solid white (and then let go of the paddle) indicating the switch has enabled 3-Way + Aux Switch Mode.

Video Demonstration


Advanced Feature Setup

This switch is packed with features and most of them come directly from this community. They've been debated back and forth, added to wishlists, and talked about over the course of 4+ years.

While the advanced features are built into the light switch firmware, they unfortunately are not recognized by the Apple Home platform at this time. The only advanced feature Apple Home supports is, "Smart Bulb Mode" which is discussed more below.

Scene Control

Scene control, in this context, refers to activating a scene from your light switch via a tap sequence (ie: double-tap, triple-tap, favorites button, etc). This is not to be confused with setting up scenes in your Hubitat app, which is different.

To learn how to setup multi-tap scene control, please visit the following article: Setting Up Multi-Tap Scene Control • Apple Home

Color Notifications

Color Notifications can be setup to notify you of certain events. Some common examples are:

  • Switch LED Bar turns orange if the garage door is left open past 10pm

  • Switch LED Bar turns red if the alarm system is armed

  • Switch LED Bar turns green at 10am to remind you to take your medicine

To learn how to setup color notifications, please visit the following article: Setting Up Color Notifications • Apple Home

Smart Fan Mode

Smart Fan Mode is a special mode that allows you to use your Inovelli smart switch to control smart bulbs. Rather than cutting power to your smart fans, Smart Fan Mode tells the switch to send a digital signal to your fan or your hub to turn on/off or change speeds.

For directions on how to control smart fan(s) from your White Series Fan Switch, please follow the directions in the, "Controlling Smart Fan(s) from Smart Switch(es) • Apple Home" article.

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