Set up the SmartThings app on your Galaxy phone

The SmartThings app on Galaxy S22 Ultra

With the SmartThings app, you can monitor and control your smart devices or appliances right from your phone. Whether you forgot to turn off the TV or want the lights to automatically turn on first thing in the morning, SmartThings has you covered. Set up SmartThings and start enjoying all the perks of a connected home.

Set up the SmartThings app

If you haven't installed SmartThings yet, download it from the Play Store first.

You will need to use your Samsung account to access SmartThings. If you don’t currently have an account, you can create one.

  1. When you're ready, navigate to and open SmartThings on your phone.

  2. If it's your first time using it, review the information, tap Continue, and then tap Continue again.

  3. Next, allow the different permissions.

  4. Now that SmartThings is set up, you can start adding devices. To learn about SmartThings' other features, see the other sections.

Continue option screen during the SmartThings app setup

Familiarize yourself with SmartThings

With SmartThings, you can control your smart devices, set up automations, and much more.

To learn how to use the app's different features, open SmartThings, and then tap the Menu tab (the three horizontal lines). Tap How to use, and then select your desired tutorial. Soon, you'll know how to do everything in SmartThings.

SmartThings' How to use screen with a list of features explained

Navigate SmartThings

SmartThings has various features to help organize devices and improve your overall experience. We know that all of these terms can be a little overwhelming at first, so here’s a breakdown of what they all mean:

  • Device: This is where you can view, control, edit, or delete any devices you’ve added to SmartThings.

  • Rooms: Lets you organize your devices into individual rooms so you can better manage the layout of your smart home.

  • Scenes: Lets you send different commands to multiple devices simultaneously.

  • Routines: Create routines where your devices will automatically activate at a specified time.

  • Favorites: Keep your commonly used devices, automations, SmartApps, services, and so on all in one place for easy access.

  • Lighting groups: Add multiple lightbulbs or lights to a group so they can all turn on at the same time.

  • Life: Access and use different services that will help make your life a little easier, such as SmartThings Find or SmartThings Monitor.

  • SmartApps: Use preconfigured routines for a wide range of purposes. For example, you can set up a routine where you'll get alerts when severe weather is in your area.

  • Members: Lets you add other people who can view or control your connected devices.

  • History: View activity and events that recently occurred, such as when an automation is triggered.

  • Notifications: View and adjust notifications for SmartThings and your connected devices.

  • Android Auto: Control SmartThings from your car. You can choose up to 6 items to control.

  • Companion apps: Connect to other compatible apps, such as Calendar, and use them in conjunction with SmartThings.

  • Voice assistant: Choose a voice assistant, such as Bixby, to control your devices.

  • Labs: Try out experimental features, such as Galaxy Upscale, Gentle wake-up, Offline Diagnosis, and more!

  • Mall: View and purchase Samsung accessories that are compatible with SmartThings!

Customize a Home screen

You can reorganize your location’s Home screens, so it’s easier to control and keep track of your smart devices and rooms. For example, maybe you aren’t really using devices in a certain room but don’t want to delete them. In that case, you can just temporarily hide the room from the Home screen.

Check out our guide on SmartThings Home screens to learn how to do this and more.

SmartThings Home screen with a list of device cards

Adjust settings in the app

Besides just your devices’ settings, the SmartThings app also has general settings that you can adjust to customize your experience. For instance, you can make Bluetooth turn on automatically whenever you open the app, so your devices will connect instantly. You can also customize your linked services, such as Google, or make your phone undetectable for privacy reasons.

Check out our guide on SmartThings settings to start changing things to suit your preferences.

A list of options in SmartThings settings
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