Add and manage devices in SmartThings

SmartThings Devices placed on a floor in a circle

With the ever-growing number of smart devices in your home, you need a way to keep up with them all. What if we told you there’s an app for controlling your smart devices on your phone? That's right, the SmartThings app can add and manage all your smart devices in one place.

Note: If you are adding Z-Wave devices that have been connected previously, make sure they have been removed or excluded before adding them to the new hub.

Add devices to SmartThings

When you are ready to take control of all your smart devices, just use the following guidelines. But first, you should double check if your devices are compatible.

On your Galaxy phone

Navigate to and open the SmartThings app on your phone. Tap Menu (the three horizontal lines), and tap the Location drop-down menu to choose your desired location for the device. Tap Add (the plus sign), and then tap Device.

If the device uses Bluetooth, tap Scan nearby and if your device appears, select its name.

Add device menu in SmartThings app

If your device isn't detected, you can add it manually. If it's a Samsung product, tap By device type to select the type of device, such as a hub, TV, etc. If not, tap By brand (SmartThings, ADT, and so on). You can also search for your device in the search bar. From there, read the on-screen instructions to connect your device to SmartThings.

On your iPhone

Your devices can be added using your iPhone as well. But first, you should double check if your devices are compatible.

Navigate to and open the SmartThings app, and then tap Menu (the three horizontal lines). Tap the Location drop-down menu to choose your location, tap Add (the plus sign), and then tap Device. You can search for it or tap Scan if the device uses Bluetooth. You can also add it manually by tapping either By device type or By brand, and then choosing the device from the list.

A list of devices with Add device displayed at the top on the SmartThings app

Control devices in SmartThings

Note: The available controls may vary depending on the device.

So, you've added a whole bunch of devices - now what? You can easily monitor and control them right from the app. You can also use your phone as a TV remote through SmartThings.

On your Galaxy phone

Navigate to and open the SmartThingsapp. Tap Menu (the three horizontal lines), and then tap All devices. Here you can view, monitor, and control all your registered devices. Select your desired device and use the available settings to perform your desired actions. Sometimes you may be prompted to tap Download so you can download the device's controller.

A list of devices with All devices displayed at the top on the SmartThings app

You can also view and control your registered devices on your location's Dashboard. If a device is on your Dashboard, just tap the device's name to use it.

On your iPhone

You can control your devices on your iPhone too, such as turning on a smart bulb or pausing a smart cam.

Navigate to and open the SmartThings app, and then tap Menu (the three horizontal lines). Tap All devices. Select your desired device and use the available settings to control the device.

A list of devices with All devices displayed at the top on the SmartThings app

Use the Device panel

Note: The Device panel is not available on all phones.

With the Device panel on your Galaxy phone, you can view and access your SmartThings devices and scenes without navigating to the SmartThings app. It's a great shortcut if you want to save some time.

On your phone, swipe down from the top of the screen, and then tap Devices underneath the Quick settings panel. Your scenes and SmartThings devices will be displayed. If it's your first time using the panel, you will be asked to choose the devices and scenes you'd like to appear.

A list of devices under Devices and the SmartThings icon
  • To access the device's panel in SmartThings, tap the device's icon.

  • To activate a scene, tap the scene's icon.

  • To open the SmartThings app, tap the SmartThings icon in the upper right corner.

Edit a device's details

Note: You cannot edit the details for Bluetooth devices.

If needed, you can change the name or location of a connected device. For example, maybe you have multiple smart bulbs added and want give them different names so you can tell them apart. Or, maybe you moved a device to a new room in your house and want to change it in the app as well.

On your Galaxy phone

To edit a device's details, open the SmartThings app, tap Menu (the three horizontal lines), and then tap All devices. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Edit. Choose the device you want to edit.

You can adjust the following:

  • Device name: Edit the name of the device.

  • Location: Change the device's location.

Device edit options in the SmartThings app
  • Room: Choose which room the device is in.

  • Add to Home screen: Create a shortcut for the device on the phone's Home screen.

When you are finished editing the device, tap Save.

On your iPhone

You can edit the same details using your iPhone as well.

Navigate to and open the SmartThings app, tap Menu (the three horizontal lines), and then tap All devices. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Edit. Finally, select a device to edit.

Information about the device with Edit device displayed at the top on the Smartthings app

Remove devices from SmartThings

If you just got a new TV and want to remove the old one from SmartThings, it's easy to do so.

On your Galaxy phone

Navigate to and open the SmartThings app. Tap Menu (the three horizontal lines), and then tap All devices. Next, tap More options (the three vertical dots) in the top right, and then tap Delete. Finally, tap the red Delete icon next to the device you want to remove, and then tap Delete to confirm.

A list of SmartThings devices with red lines next to them

 
 

On your iPhone

If you aren't using a device anymore, you can remove it from your iPhone as well.

Navigate to and open the SmartThings app, then tap Menu (the three horizontal lines), and then tap All devices. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Delete. Tap the red Delete icon next to the device you need to remove, and then tap Delete to confirm.

A list of selected devices with Delete displayed at the top on the SmartThings app

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