SmartThings - Set up and use Amazon Alexa

Last Update date : Oct 07. 2020
SmartThings - Set up and use Amazon Alexa

The SmartThings app works with Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap smart speakers. Alexa can be used to control light bulbs, on/off switches, dimmer switches, thermostats, locks, and Routines configured with SmartThings. Alexa can also check the status of motion and contact sensors.

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Get started using Amazon Alexa with SmartThings
1 Download the SmartThings mobile app for Android or iOS, and then create an account.
2 Download the Amazon Alexa mobile app for Android or iOS, and then set up your Amazon Alexa device.

For security reasons, Alexa will only support Routines with lighting, switch, and thermostat devices.

Connect Amazon Alexa to SmartThings
1 Navigate to Smart Home Skills. In the Alexa app, tap the Devices tab (the home icon in the bottom right), and then scroll to and tap YOUR SMART HOME SKILLS. Next, tap ENABLE SMART HOME SKILLS.
2 Enable the SmartThings skill. Tap the Search icon in the top right. Next, search for and select SmartThings, and then tap ENABLE TO USE.
3 Log in and authorize SmartThings. Log in using your Samsung or SmartThings account. Next, choose your SmartThings Location in the "From:" menu, and then tap Authorize. Once authorized, the following message will appear: “Alexa has been successfully linked with SmartThings.” Tap "X" to close the window and begin the device discovery process.

You can limit which devices Alexa can access later in the SmartThings app. Also, for security reasons, Alexa will only support Routines with lighting, switch, and thermostat devices.

Discover devices with Amazon Alexa app
1 Automatically discover devices. After closing the success message in the previous steps, the Alexa app will automatically direct you to discover devices. Tap Discover Devices, and then wait for device discovery process to be complete. Discover Devices will also discover your Scenes and Routines.

If the Alexa app does not start discovering devices, you will need to manually add the devices. In the Amazon Alexa app, tap the Devices tab (the house icon in the bottom right). Next, tap the Add icon in the top right, and then tap Add Device. Select Hub, and then select SmartThings. Finally, tap DISCOVER DEVICES and wait for device discovery process to complete.

2 Discover and manage your devices. A progress bar will appear in the Amazon Alexa app while Alexa looks for SmartThings devices, Scenes, and Routines you've given it access to. This can take up to 45 seconds. When the discovery process is finished, any available devices will appear under Devices. Meanwhile, Scenes and Routines will appear under Scenes in the Devices tab of the Amazon Alexa app. Once everything is registered, you can use the Alexa app to automate devices, Scenes, and Routines. Simply tap the name or icon of your desired option. Scenes and Routines will be displayed under the Scenes section of the Devices tab in the Amazon Alexa app.

For security reasons, Alexa will only support Routines with lighting, switch, and thermostat devices.

Add and edit devices Alexa can access
1 Navigate to Connected services. In the SmartThings app, tap the Menu icon (the three horizontal lines) on the Home screen. Then, tap the Settings icon (in the top right), and then tap Connected services.
2 Customize devices Alexa can access. Tap Amazon Alexa, and then tap the switch next to Allow Alexa to access all devices, Scenes, and Routines. Next, select and deselect devices you want Alexa to access. When you're done, tap Next.

You cannot select individual SmartThings ADT, Routines and/or Scenes. You can only choose all or no SmartThings ADT, Routines, and Scenes.

3 Refresh the accessible devices. When a device's access is removed, Alexa will automatically refresh the list of accessible devices within two hours. However, prompting the discovery will refresh the list immediately. To do this, say, “Alexa, discover devices.” Wait for Alexa to confirm that the discovery is complete (up to 45 seconds), and then tap Done.

For security reasons, Alexa will only support Routines with lighting, switch, and thermostat devices.

Disconnect SmartThings from Amazon Alexa

  • Disconnect in the SmartThings app:

From the Home screen, tap the Menu icon (the three horizontal lines). Then, tap the Settings icon to the top right and tap Connected services. Next, tap Amazon Alexa, and then scroll to tap Uninstall. Finally, tap the More options icon, select Delete, and then tap Delete to confirm your decision.

  • Disconnect in the Amazon Alexa app:

From the Home screen, tap the Devices tab (the home icon in the bottom right), and then scroll to and tap YOUR SMART HOME SKILLS. Next, tap SmartThings, tap DISABLE SKILL, and then tap DISABLE.

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