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SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor (previous generations)

Note: This article is for previous generations of the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor. If you have the newest version, you can find steps for your device here. If you're unsure about which version of the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor you own, click here.

The SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor truly does it all: This small Zigbee device acts as an open/closed, vibration, orientation, and temperature sensor all in one. As the most versatile device in the SmartThings family, the Multipurpose Sensor can send you an immediate alert if a door, window, or drawer opens unexpectedly, notify you if dangerous off-limits areas of your home have been accessed, and offer up-to-the-moment temperature readings.

With its built-in accelerometer, the Multipurpose Sensor can also monitor vibration. You can set it to trigger certain actions as well, like telling the thermostat to adjust when the temperature changes in the room.

 

  • SmartThings app
  • SmartThings Classic app

How to connect the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor in the SmartThings app

Note: In order to use the SmartThings app to control the SmartThings Motion Sensor, a SmartThings Hub or compatible device that Works as a SmartThings Hub is required.

In the SmartThings mobile app:

  1. From the Dashboard, tap Add device
  2. Tap Add Device Manually
  3. Select Multipurpose sensor
  4. Tap SmartThings
  5. If you have more than one SmartThings Hub connected, select the Hub you would like to add the device to, then tap Done
  6. While the Hub searches, move the Multipurpose Sensor within 15 feet of the Hub and pull the battery tab on the sensor
  7. When the device is discovered, it will be listed at the top of the screen
  8. Tap Rename to rename the device. When finished, tap Done
  9. Tap the back button to return to the Dashboard

 

How to reset the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor

If the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor didn't connect to the Hub when you removed the pull-tab, reset and connect the device manually.

First, move the Multipurpose Sensor within 15 feet of the Hub. Then, reset the sensor:

  • If the product sticker on the back says “Samsung SmartThings”:
    1. Hold down the Connect button on the Multipurpose Sensor for 5 seconds
    2. Release the button when the LED light starts blinking red
    3. Once the sensor has been reset, the LED will begin to double blink blue, indicating that the sensor is attempting to connect
  • If the product sticker on the back does not say “Samsung SmartThings":
    • If the device has one cell battery (CR2450):
      1. Remove the battery using a flat tool
      2. Hold down the Connect button while reinserting the battery
      3. Release the button when the LED is lit
      4. Once the sensor has been reset, the LED will blink blue, indicating that the sensor is attempting to connect
    • If the device has two AAAA batteries:
      1. Hold down the small white button at the bottom of the circuit board until the LED goes out (about 6 seconds)

Then, back in the SmartThings app:

  1. From the Dashboard, tap Add device
  2. Tap Add Device Manually
  3. Select Multipurpose sensor
  4. Tap SmartThings
  5. The Hub should automatically discover your device within a couple of minutes
  6. Once the app shows a device has been found, tap Rename to rename the device, then tap Done to confirm
  7. Tap the back button to exit

 

How to remove the Multipurpose Sensor from the SmartThings app

If the Multipurpose Sensor is not performing as expected, you may need to reset the device and/or remove and reconnect the device with the SmartThings Hub.

To remove the device via the SmartThings app:

  1. From the Dashboard, tap on the Devices tab
  2. Tap the three dots in the top right
  3. Tap Edit
  4. Tap the red minus icon (-) next to the name of the device
  5. Confirm removal (this cannot be undone)

 

For more information about compatibility, detailed product information, and technical specifications, visit our Works With SmartThings page here.

Find warranty information here.

 

How to connect the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor in the SmartThings Classic app

Follow the instructions below or consult the Multipurpose Sensor’s Quick-Start Guide at the bottom of this article.

In the SmartThings Classic mobile app:

  1. Tap My Home
  2. Under Things, tap Add a Thing at the bottom of your Things list
  3. The app will say Looking for devices…
  4. While the Hub searches, move the Multipurpose Sensor within 15 feet of the Hub and pull the battery tab on the sensor
  5. When the device is discovered, it will be listed at the top of the screen
  6. Tap the device to rename it and tap Done
  7. When finished, tap Save
  8. Tap Ok to confirm

 

How to reset the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor

If the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor didn't connect to the Hub when you removed the pull-tab, reset and connect the device manually.

If you're unsure about which version of the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor you own, click here.

First, move the Multipurpose Sensor within 15 feet of the Hub. Then, in the SmartThings Classic app:

  1. Tap My Home
  2. Under Things, tap Add a Thing at the bottom of your Things list
  3. The app will say Looking for devices…

Next, reset the sensor:

  • If the product sticker on the back says “Samsung SmartThings”:
    1. Hold down the Connect button on the Multipurpose Sensor for 5 seconds
    2. Release the button when the LED light starts blinking red
    3. Once the sensor has been reset, the LED will begin to double blink blue, indicating that the sensor is attempting to connect
  • If the product sticker on the back does not say “Samsung SmartThings":
    • If the device has one cell battery (CR2450):
      1. Remove the battery using a flat tool
      2. Hold down the Connect button while reinserting the battery
      3. Release the button when the LED is lit
      4. Once the sensor has been reset, the LED will blink blue, indicating that the sensor is attempting to connect
    • If the device has two AAAA batteries:
      1. Hold down the small white button at the bottom of the circuit board until the LED goes out (about 6 seconds)

Then, back in the SmartThings Classic app:

  1. The Hub should automatically discover your device within a couple of minutes.
  2. Once the app shows a device has been found, follow the in-app steps to name and save the device

 

How to remove the Multipurpose Sensor from the SmartThings Hub

If the Multipurpose Sensor is not performing as expected, you may need to reset the device and/or remove and reconnect the device with the SmartThings Hub.

To remove the device via the SmartThings Classic app:

  1. Tap My Home
  2. Tap Things
  3. Select the Multipurpose Sensor
  4. Tap the gear icon
  5. Tap Remove
  6. Confirm removal (this cannot be undone)

 

For more information about compatibility, detailed product information, and technical specifications, visit our Works With SmartThings page here.

Find warranty information here.

 

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