Use Automations in SmartThings

Use Automations to activate smart devices

It's the alarm clock of the future: the lights go on, the curtains go up, and the coffee is ready automatically. Well, with SmartThings, this is no longer science fiction. In this app, you can make devices perform certain actions whenever predetermined conditions are met. For example, the lights can turn on at 6 a.m. every morning. Keep reading to learn how to set up automations in the SmartThings app, so you can enjoy the good life.

Available features for each device will vary depending on the manufacturer’s policy, and devices that do not support the automation feature will not appear on the list of controlled devices.

Set Up Recommended or Custom Automations

Don't you wish the TV would automatically turn on when you come home from a long day of work? You can make your devices do all kinds of things when you use automations.

On your phone, navigate to and open SmartThings. Navigate to the Location that has the device you want to use in the automation. Then, touch Add (the plus sign), and touch Add automation.

To create a preset automation, touch one of the recommended automations, like Smart Home Monitor, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

To create your own automation, touch + Custom automation. Touch + under "If" to set your desired conditions for the automation, such as the time it will trigger. When that's done, touch NEXT. Touch + under "Then" to add an action to the automation, such as lights turning on. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the setup, and then touch Save. When the conditions are met, the device will automatically perform that action!

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

Custom automation in SmartThings

Add a Scene

Going back and forth between devices can be a chore. However, by adding a Scene in SmartThings, you can operate multiple devices at once. How about a night mode where the lights turn off with the touch of a button? You can make this a reality when you learn more about adding a Scene or managing Scenes.

Add a scene in SmartThings

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