Connect Family Hub and non Family Hub fridges to SmartThings

Galaxy S20 connecting to the fridge using SmartThings app

The SmartThings app can connect to just about any smart device - including Samsung smart fridges! Whether you have a Family Hub fridge or a smart fridge, connecting it to the SmartThings app has numerous benefits, such as letting you view the inside of the fridge, receiving notifications about your fridge's status, or getting updates to your fridge. Not only that, the SmartThings app can remotely control some of your fridge's functions. If your Family Hub fridge isn't acting as it should, you can perform a factory reset on it as well.

Connect to a non-Family Hub smart fridge

When you connect your smart fridge to the SmartThings app on your phone or tablet, you’ll be able to control your fridge’s functions from anywhere. You can check the temperature and view the fridge’s interior if you think you’re running low on fruits or vegetables.

  1. Navigate to and open the SmartThings app on your phone or tablet.

  2. If this is the first time you are using the app, tap Start. Then, tap Allow all the time when prompted. This will enable the app to scan for your refrigerator.

  3. Next, tap the Device tab, and then tap Add (the plus icon). Tap Add device, then tap By device type, and then tap Refrigerator. Tap Samsung.

    By device type tab selected in the SmartThings app
  4. Tap Refrigerator, and then tap Start to begin adding your fridge to the app.

    Refrigerator highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  5. You’ll need to select a location and room for your refrigerator. When you’re finished, tap Next.

  6. Then, open your fridge's door and press the Door Alarm button. This will unlock the temperature control panel.

  7. Press the Fridge button until “AP” appears on the temperature control panel's display. After a few moments, your refrigerator will appear in the SmartThings app.

  8. Once it does, you can select your Wi-Fi network and enter your information if it's a secured network. Then, tap CONNECT. We recommend connecting the fridge to the same network as the phone or tablet.

    CONNECT highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  9. Your refrigerator will be added to the SmartThings app. Add a name for your fridge, and then tap Done. The fridge will now appear in the SmartThings app where you can remotely control some of its features and functions, like changing the temperature.

  10. Note: If you have trouble adding the fridge to SmartThings, see our guide.

Connect to a Family Hub fridge

You can connect your Family Hub fridge to the SmartThings app as well. You’ll need to begin the connection process on your phone or tablet and then continue on the Family Hub panel.

  1. Navigate to and open the SmartThings app on your phone or tablet.

  2. If you’ve never used the app before, tap Start, and then select Allow all the time. This will enable the app to scan for your refrigerator.

  3. Next, tap the Device tab, and then tap Add (the plus icon). Tap Add device, then tap By device type, and then tap Refrigerator. Tap Samsung.

    By device type tab selected in the SmartThings app
  4. Tap Family Hub, and then tap Start to begin the process. Choose a location and room for the Family Hub to be registered to, and then tap Next.

  5. On the Family Hub panel, tap Apps, and then open Settings. Tap Connections, tap Easy Connection, and then tap Connect.

    Easy Connection highlighted on a Samsung Family Hub
  6. Wait as the phone or tablet searches for the fridge. If the Family Hub is already registered to an account, you may be prompted to reset it - follow the on-screen instructions on the phone or tablet to do so.

  7. Next, tap OK on the Family Hub panel, and then enter the PIN displayed on your fridge into the phone or tablet.

  8. On the phone or tablet, choose your desired Wi-Fi network for the Family Hub, preferably the same one the phone or tablet is using. If it is a secured network, make sure the password is correct, and then tap CONNECT.

    CONNECT highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  9. Wait for the registration to finish, add a name for the fridge if desired, and then tap Done. The Family Hub will now appear in the SmartThings app where you can remotely control some of its features and functions, like viewing the inside of the fridge.

Note: If you have trouble adding the fridge to SmartThings, see our guide.

Use SmartThings on your Family Hub fridge

When your Family Hub fridge is connected to the SmartThings app, you can use the SmartThings widget to monitor the smart devices around your home. The widget is available right on the Family Hub’s screen so everyone in the house can see it. If you have a smart camera, you can also use the Family Hub’s camera widget to keep a close eye on the video feed.

SmartThings Video widget displaying an office on the Samsung Family Hub smart fridge

Factory reset your Family Hub fridge

Your Family Hub fridge can be factory reset if you need to fix any issues with it. Keep in mind that you will need to reconnect it to the SmartThings app after the reset.

  1. On your Family Hub, navigate to and select Settings.

  2. Tap About Family Hub, and then tap Factory Data Reset.

  3. Tap Reset to confirm.

Reset highlighted on a Family Hub smart fridge

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