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Custom Automations in the SmartThings app

In the SmartThings app, you can build custom Automations to automatically trigger multiple actions, including notification alerts. You can set up Automations to run at certain times on certain days of the week or to trigger when another device reports a certain condition (such as detecting motion).

 

Add a new Custom Automation

In the SmartThings app:

  1. Tap on the Automations tab
  2. Tap Add
    • For iOS, tap the plus icon
  3. If you have more than one Location, select the desired Location
  4. Tap Custom Automation
  5. Tap the plus icon next to Conditions to set when to use this Automation
    • Tap Based on the time of day to select a specific time or period for the Automation to run
      • Tap Specific time to select a single specific time or Sunset/Sunrise, and the days of the week
      • Tap Period of time to select a time window with a specific start date and end date, or the days of the week
    • Tap Based on a device status and the app will prompt you to choose:
      1. A device
      2. The device capability to use (e.g., motion, open/close, temperature)
      3. The device state to use (e.g., no motion vs. motion, open vs. closed)
    • Tap Based on my location to trigger an Automation when your phone arrives or departs from your Location's geolocation. Click here to learn more about configuring your geolocation
  6. Tap Done once you've selected your Conditions
  7. Tap the plus icon next to Actions to set what you want this Automation to do
    • Tap Notify me to create a notification for when the Automation runs
    • Select the device(s) to control
      1. Select the device action (e.g., on, off, dimmer level)
    • Select the Scenes(s) to trigger
  8. Tap Done
  9. Tap Save to confirm

 

Example Automation

These instructions will walk you through an example of how to turn on a hallway light when there is motion detected.

In the SmartThings app:

  1. Tap on the Automations tab
  2. Tap Add
    • For iOS, tap the plus icon
  3. If you have more than one Location, select the desired Location
  4. Tap Custom Automation
  5. The app will ask: "When do you want to use this Automation?"
  6. Tap the plus icon next to Conditions
  7. Tap Based on a device status
  8. Select your hallway motion sensor device
  9. Tap Motion sensor for the device capability
  10. Tap Motion detected for the device state
  11. Tap Done
  12. Tap Done again to confirm
  13. Tap the plus icon next to Actions
  14. Select your hallway lighting device
  15. Tap On for the device action
  16. Optional: Tap Select how long to perform this action to automatically turn the light off after a set period of time
  17. Tap Done
  18. Tap Done again
  19. Tap Save to confirm

 

Edit a Custom Automation

In the SmartThings app:

  1. Tap on the Automations tab
  2. Tap on the name of the Automation you'd like to edit
  3. Tap Edit next to Actions or Conditions to add, delete, or edit an Action or Condition
    • Tap on the Action or Condition to edit it
    • Tap the red minus icon to delete an Action or Condition
  4. Tap Done
  5. When finished, tap Save to confirm

You can also deactivate or "pause" an Automation by toggling the switch beside it in the list of your Automations to the OFF state. It will not run again until you toggle it ON again.

 

Delete a Custom Automation

In the SmartThings app:

  1. Tap on the Automations tab
  2. Tap the three dots in the top right
  3. Tap Delete
  4. Select the Automation(s) to be deleted
  5. Tap Delete
  6. Tap Delete again to confirm (this cannot be undone)

 

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