Set up and use Smart Home Monitor in SmartThings

Smart Home Monitor screen in SmartThings

If you're always worried about someone breaking into your house, it’s about time you get Smart Home Monitor. With this feature in SmartThings, you can monitor and control your home directly from your phone. If an alarm or detector goes off, you’ll know in an instant because you'll receive an alert. Set up and use Smart Home Monitor so there's no need to worry.

Add security devices

Before you can set up Smart Home Monitor, you need to add security devices, like sensors, to your SmartThings account.

  1. Navigate to and open the SmartThings app, and then tap Add (the plus sign).

  2. Tap Device, and then tap Scan nearby. If your device is detected, tap it to connect.

  3. If it isn't detected, you can manually add it. Tap Back, then tap By brand, and then select the security device's brand, such as ADT. Select your type of device from the list.

  4. When your device is discovered, follow the on-screen prompts to connect it.

Add device screen with By brand tab selected

Set up the Smart Home Monitor

Once all your security devices are connected, you can set up Smart Home Monitor and guard your home.

  1. Navigate to and open the SmartThings app, and then tap Menu (the three horizontal lines).

  2. Tap the Location drop-down menu to find where you'd like to add SmartThings Home Monitor, and then tap Add (the plus sign).

  3. Tap SmartApp, and then select SmartThings Home Monitor from the list. Then, tap your desired option (Security, Smoke, or Leaks). SmartThings Home Monitor will not appear in the list of SmartApps if it has already been added to the location.

    Add screen with SmartApp highlighted in the SmartThings app
  4. Tap Next, and from there, read the on-screen instructions. You can add different sensors to detect intrusions, smoke, and other disturbances. You can also add lights or sirens to alert you of any danger.

  5. If desired, you can also create automations (such as a siren going off) for the other available security options.

  6. When you're finished, tap Done. SmartThings Home Monitor will appear in the location you added, where you can access it at any time.

To edit SmartThings Home Monitor’s settings, tap the shortcut card in its designated location, and then tap the Settings icon.

Arm Smart Home Monitor to set up alerts

With SmartThings Home Monitor, you’ll always get alerts when you need them. But sometimes, different situations call for different things. No worries, you can change when SmartThings Home Monitor is armed or disarmed so it doesn't go off at the wrong time.

On the SmartThings Home Screen, a shortcut card for Smart Home Monitor will be displayed. Tap your desired arming option. Here is what you can choose from:

  • Armed (away): Use when you’re away and your home is unoccupied.

  • Armed (stay): Use when you’re home but still want protection, like when everyone is asleep.

  • Disarm: Use when you don’t want any alarms or alerts going off.

Smart Home Monitor with Armed (away) highlighted

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