Use Routines in SmartThings

Last Update date : Jan 21. 2022

It's the alarm clock of the future: the lights go on, the curtains go up, and the coffee is ready. It might sound like science fiction, but with SmartThings it can be what morning is like in your house every day. With the SmartThings app you can make devices perform certain actions whenever predetermined conditions are met. For example, the TV can turn on at 6 p.m. every evening for when you arrive home from work. Or you can make the lights turn on when a motion sensor detects movement. Follow this guide to learn how to set up Routines in the SmartThings app to make your life easier.

Note: Available features for each device will vary depending on the manufacturer's policy. Devices that do not support the Routine feature will not appear on the list of controlled devices.

Set up a Routine

Want the TV to turn on as soon as you walk in the door after a long day? You can make your devices do all kinds of things when you use the Routine feature.

Step 1. On your phone, navigate to and open the SmartThings app. Tap the Home icon and select the location with the device you want to use in the Routine.

Step 2. Tap Add (the plus sign), and then tap Routine.

smart things set up

Step 3. Tap + under "If" to set your desired conditions for the routine, such as the time it will trigger. Another example would be adding a device, like a motion sensor; you can make the routine trigger when the sensor detects motion. After tapping +, follow the on-screen instructions for your chosen condition.

Note: If desired, you can add an additional condition by tapping + under "If" again.

Step 4. Tap + under "Then" to add an action to the routine. For example, you can choose a smart light bulb and then make it turn on at a designated time or when a motion sensor detects movement. If needed, you can assign an offline device to an routine. If the device says (Offline) next to it, you can still select it and then choose your desired action.

Note: If desired, you can add an additional action by tapping + under "Then" again.

Step 5. Read the on-screen instructions to finish the setup, and then tap Save.

Step 6. Assign a name to the routine, and then tap OK. When the conditions are met, the device will automatically perform that action!

Note: If you set an Routine to only run once, it will disappear after it has been triggered.

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