Set up and use SmartThings Home Monitor in SmartThings

The Smart Home Monitor feature in SmartThings

If you want to keep an eye on things when you aren't home, it’s about time you got SmartThings Home Monitor. With this feature in the SmartThings app, 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.

Note: Before you can set up SmartThings Home Monitor, you need to add security devices, like sensors, to your SmartThings account. Otherwise, the option may not appear or may be grayed out.

Add security devices

You can add compatible security devices to your SmartThings account by scanning for them or selecting them manually. Once you've done that, you can begin setting up SmartThings Home Monitor.

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

  2. Tap Scan nearby. If your device is detected, tap its name.

  3. If it isn't detected, you can manually add it. Tap Back, tap the By brand tab, and then select the security device's brand. 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 SmartThings Home Monitor

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

  1. Navigate to and open the SmartThings app, and then tap the Life tab. Tap the Home icon, and then navigate to your desired location.

  2. Tap Add (the plus sign) and then select SmartThings Home Monitor from the list.
    Note: SmartThings Home Monitor will not appear in the list if it has already been added to the location. It may also not appear if you haven't already added security devices, such as a motion sensor, to your SmartThings account.

    SmartThings Home Monitor highlighted in the SmartThings app
  3. Read the information about SmartThings Home Monitor, and then tap Next.

  4. From there, tap your desired options (Security, Smoke, or Leaks).

  5. Follow 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.

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

  7. 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 SmartThings 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.

Open the SmartThings app and then tap the Life tab. Tap the Home icon and select your desired location. A shortcut card for SmartThings 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

Alternatively, you can automatically arm or disarm SmartThings Home Monitor by using automations in the SmartThings app.

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