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How do I use my phone as a presence sensor?

How to add your phone or tablet as a mobile presence device during initial setup

The mobile presence feature gives SmartThings the ability to know when you come and go using the same location services that your smartphone or cellular-connected tablet uses every day.

When you first sign in to the SmartThings or SmartThings Classic app, we will ask for your permission to use these innate location services. If you say yes, your phone or tablet will be automatically recognized as a mobile presence device after you set up your Location.

NOTE: You cannot set up a tablet without cellular service as a mobile presence device.

  • SmartThings app
  • SmartThings Classic app

How to use a phone or a tablet as a presence sensor

You can enable this feature at any time by following these steps in the SmartThings app:

  1. Tap on the Dashboard tab
  2. Tap the three dots in the top right
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Toggle ON the switch for Use location information
  5. If prompted, give SmartThings access to use your phone's location services
  6. Tap the back button to exit

 

How to disable presence detection

In the SmartThings app:

  1. Tap on the Dashboard tab
  2. Tap the three dots in the top right
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Toggle OFF the switch for Use location information
  5. Tap the back button to exit

 

How to configure mobile presence alerts

Use Custom Automations to configure an alarm that will notify you when a mobile presence device comes and goes.

How to add a phone or tablet as a device

You can enable this feature at any time by following these steps in the SmartThings Classic app:

  1. Tap Marketplace
  2. Under Things, tap Sensors
  3. Tap Presence Sensors
  4. Tap Mobile Phone
  5. Tap Connect Now
  6. Give your device a name and select an image
  7. Tap Done

 

How to view, edit, or remove a mobile device

In the SmartThings Classic app:

  1. Tap My Home
  2. Tap Things or Family
  3. Select the device
  4. Tap the gear icon

 

How to configure mobile presence alerts

Use Smart Home Monitor to configure a Custom alarm that will notify you when a mobile presence device comes and goes.

You can also explore SmartApps for mobile presence configurations.

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