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SmartThings Motion Sensor (previous generations)

Note: This article is for previous generations of the SmartThings Motion 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 Motion Sensor you own, click here.

The SmartThings Motion Sensor is a Zigbee device that lets you know when movement is detected in your home, and it can trigger different actions in response to that movement. Tell lights to turn on and off as you come and go, or set your personal theme music to play when you enter a room. You can also protect your home by triggering lights, sirens, and other electronics to turn on if there's unexpected motion. The SmartThings Motion Sensor detects motion up to 15 feet away with a 120-degree field of view.

The sensor can also detect temperature and trigger smart thermostats, window AC units, and portable heaters to automatically adjust. Place the Motion Sensor on a table or shelf, or use the included adhesive and magnetic mounting bracket to place it on a wall. You can also attach the Motion Sensor to metal walls and appliances using the magnetic back cover.

 

 

  • SmartThings app
  • SmartThings Classic app

How to connect the SmartThings Motion 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 Motion 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 Motion Sensor

If the SmartThings Motion 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 Motion Sensor you own, click here.

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

  • If the sticker on the back says “Samsung SmartThings”:
    1. Hold down the Connect button on the Motion Sensor for 5 seconds
    2. Release the button when the LED light starts blinking red

Note: If the sensor has already been reset, the LED will not blink red after holding down the Connect button for 5 seconds.

  • If the sticker on the back does not say “Samsung SmartThings”:
    1. Remove the battery
    2. Using a pen or similar tool, hold down the Connect button while reinserting the battery
    3. Release the button when the LED is lit

Next, in the SmartThings app:

  1. From the Dashboard, tap Add device
  2. Tap Add Device Manually
  3. Select Motion 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 Motion Sensor from the SmartThings Hub

If the Motion 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 Motion Sensor in the SmartThings Classic app

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 Motion 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 Motion Sensor

If the SmartThings Motion 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 Motion Sensor you own, click here.

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

  • If the sticker on the back says “Samsung SmartThings”:
    1. Hold down the Connect button on the Motion Sensor for 5 seconds
    2. Release the button when the LED light starts blinking red

Note: If the sensor has already been reset, the LED will not blink red after holding down the Connect button for 5 seconds.

  • If the sticker on the back does not say “Samsung SmartThings”:
    1. Remove the battery
    2. Using a pen or similar tool, hold down the Connect button while reinserting the battery
    3. Release the button when the LED is lit

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

 

How to remove the Motion Sensor from the SmartThings Hub

If the Motion 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 Motion 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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