Voice Activated Arduino (Bluetooth + Android)

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Control your Arduino with voice commands using an Android smartphone! Before we make a voice activated home automation system, we must first learn the basic principles of the experiment. This guide will let you command the Arduino using your Android smartphone and a HC-05 Bluetooth module.

The designer of the app did not include a sample code. I looked for alternatives in Google's PlayStore but none was as good as the app that I've found. Luckily, I was able to figure it out although it took me a while to program it. Sorry IOS users, this app isn't available in Apple's app store :/

How Does It Work?
Have you ever encountered Android's speech recognition? Yes android has one and you can use it to control your Arduino, via Bluetooth. The App works by pressing the mic button, then the it will wait for you to say a command. The app will then display the word's that you've stated and will send data strings for the Arduino to process.

Home Automation System (on July 4, 2014):
A month from now/ I'll be releasing a highly sophisticated home automation + security system. It's my biggest project ever! Our current agenda is to program a better smartphone app that work's like Siri (talks back) and sends strings (data types) to the Arduino via bluetooth. If you want to take a sneak peek of the project and it's concept, kindly skip to the last step. The prototype that I'm working on now is composed of a network of wireless switch boxes that connects to a main control panel via WiFi/ Bluetooth.

Here's A Quick Video Demo:

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Step 1: Parts & Materials

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If your having trouble in finding them, I'm sure RadioShack has all of them. If you want to buy online try searching on Amazon or DealExtreme.

Thing that you'll need:
- 5 LED Indicators (the color of your choice)
- Arduino UNO (a clone works fine)
- HC-05 Serial Bluetooth Module
- Solderless Breadboard
- Jumper Cables

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ChristineM125 minutes ago

Can I do this with the HC 06? If i try to connect the HC 06 as you have connected the HC 05 it does not work.....I cannot see the connections clearly around the Bluetooth transmitter in photographs so it is hard to get it to work

imatxain6 days ago

Could the same be done with a wifi module? I would like to have this except that I would like to be able to execute the orders from another room or floor (I have a good router). Bluetooth can't be used from another floor. If the answer is yes, would I be able to follow this guide with that difference?

pls tell fast.....

can i use roboduino ATmega 328

can i use roboduino ATmega 328

can i use roboduino ATmega 328

vak5212 days ago

Hi! This is a great instructable! I have a problem though. For some reason my android device isn't sending the strings properly. I am using your code, but with the commands changed to things like "*red light on". When I open the serial monitor and type in my command (ex. *red light on#) and send it, it does what it is supposed to do. There is just some issue with my arduino receiving the strings from my android. By the way, I am using the JY-MCU bluetooth module.

Thanks for this awesome instructable and I'm looking forward to your home automation project :D

Zerjio29 days ago

I´m using an Arduino Nano and a HC-05, I have problems with the data transmission. The Bluetooth is connected RX-->TX(Arduino), TX-->RX(Arduino), 5V-->5V(Arduino) and GND-->GND(Arduino). I tested the program only with the PIN13 but don't work. Any possible solution?

//Coded By: Angelo Casimiro (4/27/14)

//Voice Activated Arduino (Bluetooth + Android)

//Feel free to modify it but remember to give credit

String voice;

int led1 = 13; //Connect LED 1 To Pin #2

//led2 = 3, //Connect LED 2 To Pin #3

//led3 = 4, //Connect LED 3 To Pin #4

//led4 = 5, //Connect LED 4 To Pin #5

//led5 = 6; //Connect LED 5 To Pin #6

//--------------------------Call A Function-------------------------------//

void allon(){

digitalWrite(led1, HIGH);

// digitalWrite(led2, HIGH);

// digitalWrite(led3, HIGH);

// digitalWrite(led4, HIGH);

// digitalWrite(led5, HIGH);


void alloff(){

digitalWrite(led1, LOW);

// digitalWrite(led2, LOW);

// digitalWrite(led3, LOW);

// digitalWrite(led4, LOW);

// digitalWrite(led5, LOW);



void setup() {


pinMode(led1, OUTPUT);

// pinMode(led2, OUTPUT);

// pinMode(led3, OUTPUT);

// pinMode(led4, OUTPUT);

// pinMode(led5, OUTPUT);



void loop() {

while (Serial.available()){ //Check if there is an available byte to read

delay(10); //Delay added to make thing stable

char c =; //Conduct a serial read

if (c == '#') {break;} //Exit the loop when the # is detected after the word

voice += c; //Shorthand for voice = voice + c


if (voice.length() > 0) {



//----------Control Multiple Pins/ LEDs----------//

if(voice == "*all on") {allon();} //Turn Off All Pins (Call Function)

else if(voice == "*all off"){alloff();} //Turn On All Pins (Call Function)

//----------Turn On One-By-One----------//

else if(voice == "*TV on") {digitalWrite(led1, HIGH);}

// else if(voice == "*fan on") {digitalWrite(led2, HIGH);}

// else if(voice == "*computer on") {digitalWrite(led3, HIGH);}

// else if(voice == "*bedroom lights on") {digitalWrite(led4, HIGH);}

// else if(voice == "*bathroom lights on") {digitalWrite(led5, HIGH);}

//----------Turn Off One-By-One----------//

else if(voice == "*TV off") {digitalWrite(led1, LOW);}

// else if(voice == "*fan off") {digitalWrite(led2, LOW);}

// else if(voice == "*computer off") {digitalWrite(led3, LOW);}

// else if(voice == "*bedroom lights off") {digitalWrite(led4, LOW);}

// else if(voice == "*bathroom lights off") {digitalWrite(led5, LOW);}


voice="";}} //Reset the variable after initiating

michaudtime2 months ago

This works great!! and it was a quick code change to remove the asterisk all I did was nest the char addition to be:

else if(c != '*') {voice +=c;} not sure if it's the most elegant way to do it but it works for me :-)


For mobile phone, click the audio button code where before there android?

I would appreciate if you send me.

Project'll do it. I gave Banners electronic products. However, links will be like?

I would appreciate information.



vgangwar1 made it!1 month ago

Made it!
addition of delay command at appropriate places in the code made it work as expeted!

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ASCAS (author)  vgangwar11 month ago

Nice! :D

nichloe1 month ago

Hi there!

For the HC-05 Serial Bluetooth Module can we use this one?...


ASCAS (author)  nichloe1 month ago

That should work! slr.

nichloe nichloe1 month ago

Never mind! I tried it and it worked! :)

nichloe made it!1 month ago

This was such a great project! I haven't done any electronics projects since last year. It was really intimidated going back into them because it was really difficult for me the first time around.

Thank you so much for this welcoming project. :)


Hi Angelo, Can i use "Wireless 4 Pin Bluetooth RF Tansciever Module RS232" in place of HC-05 bluetooth module. The link of the product is this

bluetooth module front.jpgbluetooth module back.jpg
ASCAS (author)  BhaveshTechz1 month ago

Yes, that should work.

jkabigting1 month ago

Can i use arduino nano? With your code?

ASCAS (author)  jkabigting1 month ago

Yes, as long as you use the same pin#.

hola a todos

Descargue el codigo y lo cargue en el arduino, monte el circuito en la proto y estoy usando un rn42 , no me funciona ..... alguien me puede ayudar?????

mira porfavor a los cables rx con tx y a revers tx con rx(no rx-rx y tx-tx)me paso a mi y no me functiono....

El tx y el rx estan conectados correctamente y no funciona aun no se que es lo que esta pasando

puedes poner una foto aqui con las coneciones puestas???

Hola explica un poco mas haver si te puedo ayudar como lo conectastes? el bluetooth se conecta tu celular? as cambiado el Baud rate del bluetooth? que arduino usas?en fin un poco mas de info para ver donde esta el problema el código y el App funcionan muy bien.

Aun no, estoy iniciando con el modulo bletooth y no conozco mucho de eso, tienes watsapp? O un correo electronico mail?

Estoy usando un Arduino Uno R3 y un Bluetooth Modem - BlueSMiRF Silver RN42, si hay conexion entre el celular y el modem, programe el arduino con el codigo pero no funciona.

una pregunta as probado el arduino y el modulo de bluetooth con algun otro programa como el de encender un led via android app??

cartiman1 month ago

I will try to apply it to plc.

Thanks for you sharing. I like it.

ryks1 month ago

thank you .working well .

Hi Angelo, Can i use "Wireless 4 Pin Bluetooth RF Tansciever Module RS232" in place of HC-05 bluetooth module. The link of the product is this

bluetooth module back.jpgbluetooth module front.jpg
eddieBeg1 month ago

hye, can I ask for the android source code please...I really appreciate it if you can send it by email to

ASCAS (author)  eddieBeg1 month ago

you mean the Arduino source code?

eddieBeg ASCAS1 month ago
no the source code of the android apps.....I want to know how the process of data delivered...
ASCAS (author)  eddieBeg1 month ago

I'm not the developer of the app.

guruvaraja2 months ago

Very nice working at first attempt with your supplied code . I want to change the code for home automation , thanking you for guiding in this subject , expecting your next project for my inspiration .

sarju72 months ago


Will this work without plugging into pc for serial monitor

ASCAS (author)  sarju72 months ago

Yes! There's no need to plug in the serial monitor. The wire that you see from the video was only used for powering the Arduino.

sarju7 ASCAS2 months ago

Thanks for the quick reply. Thanks so much for this code. I have modified it for my own project which is a room automation system. Thanks alot qnd keep posting instructables. Im only 14 and I am learning to code little by little and I never thought I could code but when I saw your arduino projects and saw you were 15 it inspired me. I wanted to be able to code as well as you and post my own instructables. So now I am going to post an instructable of my automated room well once I get a room but hopefully it turns out nice. And this all happened because of you thank you.

vexedphoenix made it!2 months ago

Wow this is a great project. It is very simple, but very useful. Thank you for sharing this.

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