It is important to remember that your Hubitat Elevation hub is a computer and should be treated as such. This means you must shut your hub down safely using Shutdown from the Settings page, keep it updated with the latest platform updates (not just for new features but also for security), and download backups on occasion.
Because of our belief in local processing and maintaining your personal privacy, Hubitat Elevation does not automatically push updates onto your hub. It is strongly recommended you regularly update your hub with the latest software so you will always have the latest features and security protection.
TIP: If a red circle with a number over the system message icon appears in the upper right of any page in the hub interface, an unread system message is available to read. In some cases, this can be a platform update:
In this case, you can skip the step of manually checking in Settings. Instead, select the message icon, then select the Available to download link. (Or select dismiss to ignore the notification for this available update.)
NOTE: It is not mandatory that you update your hub, though it is recommended for new features and fixes. The choice—if and when—is yours alone. If you choose to update, you can view the release notes in the update window or at a later time by visiting the Release Notes documentation.
Occasionally you may want to move your hub or power it down. It is important to shut it down properly to keep it running smoothly when you power it back up. Here’s how:
If your hub is not performing as expected, a reboot may help. To reboot properly:
It is a good idea to back up your hub regularly. See the Backup and Restore documentation for more information on backup and restore options.