With a simple voice command to Alexa, you can activate Routines to instantly trigger lighting actions throughout your smart home!
Currently, Alexa will only support Routines containing lighting devices. This means your existing Routines 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?
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 (Good Morning!, Good Night!, Goodbye!, and I’m Back!) in the SmartThings mobile app. With a Routine, 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 mobile app, or when you give the command to Alexa.
Read more about Routines here.
How do I create the best voice experience for Routines?
For the best voice experience, create a new Routine to use with Alexa. Here are some examples of lighting-only Routines:
- Bedtime - Turn off your 2 bedroom lights
- Party Time - Turn off your boring recessed lights and turn on your fun, color LED lightstrips.
How do I set up SmartThings Routines 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:
- Tap Automations
- Tap the SmartApps tab
- Tap Amazon Alexa
- For Routines, toggle the switch to the ON state
- Tap Next
- For Alexa to recognize the Routines, say “Alexa, discover new devices”
- Tap Done
If you haven’t connected Amazon Alexa with SmartThings yet, you can find the steps here!
You can set up your Routines 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 with Amazon Alexa?
Once you’ve connected your voice supported Routine 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 with the power of your voice.
Can I use my existing Routines with Alexa?
As long as your Routines do not contain an unsupported device, they can be used with Alexa. However, any Routine 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 was not activated.
What devices are unsupported by Alexa?
Unsupported devices include thermostats, garage door openers, security systems (such as Smart Home Monitor), security devices (such as sirens), cameras, and smart cooking appliances.
Door locks can be locked by Alexa, but cannot be unlocked for security purposes.
What happens if I add an unsupported device to a Routine that previously worked with Alexa?
If you add an unsupported device to a Routine 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 with Alexa and performed a device discovery, you can find a list of which Routines cannot be used by Alexa in the SmartThings mobile app, here:
- Tap Automations
- Tap the SmartApps tab
- Tap Amazon Alexa (UK)
If you have a Routine listed here, it cannot be used with Alexa. This is because it contains an unsupported device, specifically: thermostats, garage door openers, security systems (such as Smart Home Monitor), security devices (such as sirens), cameras, or smart cooking appliances. To use a Routine from this list, you must remove the unsupported device. As soon as you do, you can start using the Routine again.