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Use SmartThings to control your Samsung Washer

A washer and a dryer in a laundry room

It's the age of connected devices and washing machines have joined the club. Samsung offers many SmartThings compatible models, including the FlexWash models. After adding your washer to your account in SmartThings, you're ready to get the most out of it. Let us tell you what it can do so you can take it for a spin!

Add your washer to SmartThings

Adding any kind of device to SmartThings is easy and there are multiple ways to do it. Here's one way:

  1. Download, install, and open the SmartThings app (available for Android or iOS).

  2. From the SmartThings App's Home screen, touch the Plus (+) icon and select Add device.

  3. Select the brand and type of device (in this case Samsung and Washer), and then follow the on-screen instructions.

SmartThings App to control your washer

That should do it. But if you do encounter any kind of trouble with this process, see our guide for Cannot connect to SmartThings.

Note: Want to confirm which models work with SmartThings? For the most up to date list, download and open the SmartThings app, open the menu, and select Supported Devices. Some models may even include a link to take you straight to where they can be bought.

Get notifications from your washer with SmartThings

By default, SmartThings notifications are on so you'll get notifications automatically once your washer is connected. If you prefer, you can turn them off by navigating to Menu > Settings > Notifications on your mobile device.

Go ahead and hang out on the porch and enjoy the fine weather. You're no longer forced to linger near your washer, listening for the signal anymore. Your mobile device, Samsung Smart TV, or Family Hub fridge can alert you when the wash cycle is done, if the Smart Control status changes, or if any errors occur. Freedom at last!

A notification showing the washer cycle is completed

Control your washer with SmartThings

  1. Put your laundry in the washer, add your detergent, close the door, and press Smart Control.

  2. Open the SmartThings app and select your washer. Then, touch the currently selected cycle.

  3. Select the cycle you want to run and then touch OK. Then scroll down to select additional options such as temperature or spin speed, and then touch Start.

  4. By default, Smart Control will turn off when the door is opened or the cycle completes. You can't stop it from turning off when the door opens, but you can opt to keep Smart Control on after a cycle finishes. To do so, scroll down and select the Smart Control option, and then enable the Stay Connect setting. This is useful if you want to run a second cycle after the first.

A representation of the Cycle List shown for a washer in SmartThings.

Bixby enabled models offer cycles in SmartThings that aren't available on the washer's control panel. When one of these is selected, the panel in real life will indicate the Downloaded cycle is running. Don't always have your phone with you? That's okay. You can pick any of the downloadable cycles to be set as the default for future use when you select the Downloaded cycle on the panel.

Note: If you have a FlexWash washer, both washers can be monitored and controlled independently, but you still have to close the door and turn on Smart Control for each washer.

Choose the right cycle with SmartThings

Screenshot of the Laundry Recipe feature

So many cycles! So many options! How do you know which one to use? Well, SmartThings has got you covered with its Laundry Recipe feature. You'll be a laundry expert in no time!

  1. Open SmartThings, select your Washer, and then touch LAUNDRY RECIPE to open the feature.

  2. Select the types of laundry you are washing, and then touch NEXT. As you select the types, tips may appear to help you get more out of your washer.

  3. Select the color and soil level, and then touch GET RECIPE. A list of suggested cycles and temperature settings appears.

  4. Load your washer, including detergent and additives, close the door, and then touch Smart Control.

  5. On your mobile device, scroll up or down to select a recommended cycle, and then touch START. Your cycle begins.

Schedule your laundry with SmartThings

We all know that you shouldn't leave laundry sitting in the washer after the cycle's over (it can grow mold or mildew and start to stink), which means you'll need to be there to move it to the dryer as soon as possible. But you've got a busy day ahead and you're going to be out and about. Enter the Laundry Planner. You can specify when you want the cycle to finish, and it will list the recommended cycles that fit within that timeframe. Then just hit START and forget about it. One less worry!

Screenshot of the Laundry Planner feature

Have no idea when you'll be home? Are your plans subject to change? No problem! As long as you close the door and hit Smart Control before you leave, (and don't forget to put in the detergent and everything), you can wait to use Laundry Planner until you have a better idea of when you'll be home. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you'll still be able to have those clothes ready right as you're walking in the door. Nice!

  1. Load your washer, including detergent and additives, close the door, and then touch Smart Control.

  2. Open SmartThings, select your Washer, and then touch LAUNDRY PLANNER to open the feature.

  3. Swipe the selection knob along the outer edge of the circle to select the preferred End Time. Cycles available to fit the requested timeframe will be listed.

  4. Scroll up or down to select an available cycle, and then touch START. The washer will do weight sensing immediately, and then wait to start the cycle until the correct time.

Monitor your washer with SmartThings

Want to check on the wash cycle while it's in progress?

Open the SmartThings app and select your washer. The current status of the washer displays. You'll see what type of cycle is running, any icons that are lit, and when it's expected to complete, just as if you were standing right in front of your washer. You can even watch an animation of it spinning! Can't... stop.... watching...

An example screenshot of a washer cycle in progress as displayed in SmartThings

Automatically stock more detergent pods with SmartThings and Amazon Dash Replenish

In partnership with Amazon, your washer can automatically order more detergent pods for you when you start to run low! Read all about it on our guide for setting up this feature.

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