Is Wink’s New Subscription Program Worth It?

Wink recently announced a new subscription service that means big changes for current customers. But is it worth it?

Wink launched a subscription service in late July that will change the way current users connect and control their smart home hub and devices. The new program launched at the end of July to give Wink users more smart home features at a monthly fee. 

For $4.99 per month, Wink users will be able to control their smart devices using voice, mobile app and integrations. Current Wink users may ask, “What’s the difference?” The short, honest answer: Users will have to pay a small monthly fee to keep the same automation features they’re used to.

How to Sign Up for Wink’s Subscription Service

How to Sign Up for Wink’s Subscription Service

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If you already have a Wink Hub and account, you can sign up using the same email address that the Hub is registered under. 

Paid subscribers will still be able to use their existing integrations, devices and connected smart devices. If you choose not to sign up for Wink’s subscription service right now, but still want to use your Wink Hub, you’ll notice some big changes. Users will have free limited access to select devices and features, but Wink shared that users who choose not to subscribe won’t have access to the following services: 

  • API and cloud control including voice, app control and third-party integrations 
  • Groups, robots, shortcuts, and activity 
  • Advanced Wink Hub settings, including changing icons and editing device names 
  • See or add saved locations 
  • Update Wink Hub and Relay firmware
  • The ability to add, share or unshare devices
Final Verdict: Is Wink’s Subscription Service Worth It?

Final Verdict: Is Wink’s Subscription Service Worth It?

If you’re trying to decide whether or not to get started with Wink or enroll in their subscription service as a current customer, there’s a lot to weigh. Most smart home providers, including Nest and Samsung, offer no-contract smart home subscription services. So it’s only fitting that Wink is getting on board. However, most hub service providers aren’t charging for basic hub and smart home features the way Wink is. The Wink subscription is only worth it for current Wink customers that would like to keep their current setup. If you’re new to home automation, chances are you can get these same features and more for less elsewhere. 

Wink is best known for seamlessly connecting to popular brands including Amazon, August, Ecobee, and Google. The Hub connects smart lights, smart plugs, entryway sensors, and more. If you’re interested in Wink’s devices and services, their starter kits start at $129 upfront and additional products can be added to fit your needs.