When devices in the smart home have to be replaced, the current process requires that we delete the old tile, and create a new tile.
The preferred solution would be to be able to re-assign a tile to another device.
There are two scenarios that I can see this being used:
For the existing tile scenario, the user should be able to select an existing tile, select the tile options, and “reassign device” menu option. This will then present the typical item search. The new tile should then copy all compatible settings to the new tile. In the most basic form, this will perform a delete and add, and making all the same customization settings to the new tile. the typical use case would be to replace a switch with another switch, but a switch could be replaced by a color bulb, or a dashboard tile.
When a device has been deleted from the HA hub, the device’s tile is converted to a place holder. In edit mode, the user should be able to re-assign the device the same as in the prior scenario, restoring all the visuals of the tile from before being replaced with a placeholder.