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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 to add a Condition
    • 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 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 Sunrise or Sunset to use your Location's geolocation settings to trigger at sunrise or sunset. (Optional: Set a time offset of up to 60 minutes before or after sunrise or sunset)
    • 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 (or a member's) 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.
    • Tap Based on this location's mode to trigger the Automation only when the Location's mode is set to Away, Night, or Home.
    • Tap Change security mode to trigger the Automation only when Smart Home Monitor's security state is set to Armed (Away), Armed (Stay), or DisarmedClick here to learn more about Smart Home Monitor in the SmartThings app.
  6. Tap Next once you've selected your Conditions
  7. Tap Add next to Then 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)
      2. Set an optional action delay by tapping Select how soon to start the action after the conditions are met
    • Select the Scenes(s) to trigger.
    • Tap Change this location's mode to change the Location's mode to Away, Night, or Home when triggered.
  8. Tap Save to confirm
  9. Enter a name for your Automation, then tap OK

 

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. Tap Based on a device status
  6. Select your hallway motion sensor device
  7. Tap Motion sensor for the device capability
  8. Tap Motion detected for the device state
  9. Tap Next
  10. Tap Add next to Then
  11. Tap Control a device
  12. Select your hallway lighting device
  13. Tap On for the device action
  14. Optional: Tap Select how long to perform this action to automatically turn the light off after a set period of time
  15. Tap Next
  16. Tap Save to confirm
  17. Enter a name for your Automation, then tap OK

 

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 
    • Tap on the Action or Condition to edit it
    • Tap the red minus icon to delete an Action or Condition
  4. 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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