I was not impressed with the instructions. There were none... except a little print out on the inside flap telling you to install the iPhone app. The iPhone app will walk you through setting up the device for the first time. Other then that, I have just been messing around to figure out what works. The biggest issue is running the Recipes while you are gone. They turn it off and on... which would mean it would stay running while I am gone. The only way to stop that is to turn off the Recipe (by logging in online and turning it off through your computers browser) or to turn off the power on the device. The first will work if you remember to do it before you leave. The 2nd will work, but then you can't turn the device on from the phone on your way home since the power is turned off at the device. I am still trying to figure out what the best option is for situations like that.