SmartThings Support

Amazon Alexa + SmartThings Routines and Scenes

With a simple voice command to Alexa, you can activate Routines and Scenes to instantly trigger lighting actions throughout your smart home!

Currently, Alexa will only support Routines and Scenes containing lighting devices. This means your existing Routines and Scenes may not work if they have an unsupported device. Unsupported devices include: thermostats, garage door openers, security systems, security devices (such as sirens), cameras, and smart cooking appliances.

What is a SmartThings Routine or Scene?

How do I create the best voice experience for Routines and Scenes?

How do I set up my new Routine or Scene to work with Amazon Alexa?

How do I run my new Routine or Scene with Amazon Alexa?

Can I use my existing Routines or Scenes with Alexa?

What devices are unsupported by Alexa?

What happens if I add an unsupported device to a Routine or Scene that previously worked with Alexa?

Where can I find a list of my Routines or Scenes that cannot be used with Alexa?

Helpful Links

 

What is a SmartThings Routine or Scene?

Scenes allow you to control a group of devices with a single command. You can create a Scene in the SmartThings app, and use a Custom Automation to automatically trigger it.

A Routine is a set of actions that you can execute together. You can create a new Routine or customize one of the default Routines in the SmartThings Classic app (Good Morning!, Good Night!, Goodbye!, and I’m Back!).

With a Routine and a Scene, you can define when it runs and under what conditions, what devices it controls, and whether it notifies you when something happens. SmartThings will remember all the actions you’ve personalized and perform them automatically, via the SmartThings app, the SmartThings Classic app, or when you give the command to Alexa.

Read more about Scenes in the SmartThings app here, and Routines in the SmartThings Classic app here.

 

How do I create the best voice experience for Routines and Scenes?

For the best voice experience, create a new Routine or Scene to use with Alexa. Here are some examples of lighting only Routines:

  • Bedtime - Turn off your 2 bedroom lights and dim the hall light
  • Party Time - Turn off your boring recessed lights and turn on your fun, color LED lightstrips.

 

How do I set up SmartThings Routines and Scenes to work with Amazon Alexa?

If you already have the Amazon Alexa connected with SmartThings and previously enabled blanket permissions, then you’re nearly ready to use this functionality! Just say "Alexa, Discover devices."

If you are an existing user and do not have blanket permissions enabled, follow these steps:

  • SmartThings app
  • SmartThings Classic app

In the SmartThings app:

  1. From the Dashboard, tap the three dots in the top right
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap Connected services
  4. Tap Amazon Alexa
  5. For Routines, toggle the switch to the ON state
  6. Tap Next
  7. For Alexa to recognize the Routines, say “Alexa, discover new devices”
  8. Tap Done

In the SmartThings Classic app:

  1. Tap Automations
  2. Tap the SmartApps tab
  3. Tap Amazon Alexa
  4. For Routines, toggle the switch to the ON state
  5. Tap Next
  6. For Alexa to recognize the Routines, say “Alexa, discover new devices”
  7. Tap Done

If you haven’t connected Amazon Alexa with SmartThings yet, you can find the steps here!

You can set up your Routines and Scenes to your preferences at any time in the mobile app. Again, you can use the default Routines (Good Morning!, Good Night!, Goodbye!, and I’m Back!), or you can also create your own.

 

How do I run my new Routines or Scenes with Amazon Alexa?

Once you’ve connected your voice supported Routine or Scene with Alexa, if you created any of the sample Routines above, simply say:

  • For Bedtime, “Alexa, turn on Bedtime.”
  • For Party Time, “Alexa, turn on Party time."

Alexa will respond with “Okay,” and run your new Routine or Scene with the power of your voice.

 

 

Can I use my existing Routines or Scenes with Alexa?

As long as your Routines or Scenes do not contain an unsupported device, they can be used with Alexa. However, any Routine or Scene with an unsupported device in it will not run. If you try to run it, Alexa will tell you that command will not work and you will receive a push notification (if enabled) stating that your Routine or Scene was not activated.

 

What devices are unsupported by Alexa?

Unsupported devices include door locks, garage door openers, security systems (such as Smart Home Monitor), security devices (such as sirens), cameras, and smart cooking appliances.

 

What happens if I add an unsupported device to a Routine or Scene that previously worked with Alexa?

If you add an unsupported device to a Routine or Scene that previously ran using Alexa, the Routine will no longer work. If you try to run it, Alexa will tell you that command will not work and you will receive a push notification (if enabled) stating that your Routine was not activated.

 

Where can I find a list of my Routines that cannot be used with Alexa?

After you have set up Routines or Scenes with Alexa and performed a device discovery, you can find a list of which Routines cannot be used by Alexa in the SmartThings app here:

  • SmartThings app
  • SmartThings Classic app
  1. From the Dashboard, tap the three dots in the top right
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap Connected services
  4. Tap Amazon Alexa
  1. Tap Automations
  2. Tap the SmartApps tab
  3. Tap Amazon Alexa

If you have a Routine or Scene listed here, it cannot be used with Alexa. This is because it contains an unsupported device, specifically: door locks, garage door openers, security systems (such as Smart Home Monitor), security devices (such as sirens), cameras, or smart cooking appliances. To use a Routine or Scene from this list, you must remove the unsupported device. As soon as you do, you can start using the Routine again.

 

Helpful Links

Amazon Alexa + SmartThings FAQ.

How to connect Amazon Alexa with SmartThings.