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Amazon Alexa + SmartThings Custom Automations and Scenes

With a simple voice command to Alexa, you can activate Custom Automations and Scenes in the SmartThings app to instantly trigger lighting and thermostat actions throughout your smart home!

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

 

What is a SmartThings Custom Automation or Scene?

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

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

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

Can I use my existing Custom Automation or Scene with Alexa?

What devices are unsupported by Alexa?

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

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

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

With a Custom Automation 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 Custom Automation in the SmartThings Classic app here.

 

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

For the best voice experience, create a new Custom Automation or Scene to use with Alexa. Here are some examples of lighting and thermostat only Custom Automation or Scenes:

  • Bedtime - Turn off your 2 bedroom lights and turns down the thermostat to 65 degrees
  • Party Time - Turn off your boring recessed lights and turn on your fun, color LED lightstrips.

 

How do I set up SmartThings Custom Automation 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 Home screen, touch Menu (Menu icon), and select Settings
  2. Tap Connected services
  3. Tap Amazon Alexa
  4. For Custom Automations, toggle the switch to the ON state
  5. Tap Next
  6. For Alexa to recognize the Custom Automation, say “Alexa, discover new devices”
  7. Tap Done

In the SmartThings Classic app:

  1. Tap Automations
  2. Tap the SmartApps tab
  3. Tap Amazon Alexa
  4. For Custom Automations, toggle the switch to the ON state
  5. Tap Next
  6. For Alexa to recognize the Custom Automation, 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 Custom Automations and Scenes to your preferences at any time in the mobile app. Again, you can use the default Custom Automations (Good Morning!, Good Night!, Goodbye!, and I’m Back!), or you can also create your own.

 

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

Once you’ve connected your voice supported Custom Automations or Scene with Alexa, if you created any of the sample Custom Automation 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 Custom Automation or Scene with the power of your voice.

 

 

Can I use my existing Custom Automation or Scenes with Alexa?

As long as your Custom Automation or Scenes do not contain an unsupported device, they can be used with Alexa. However, any Custom Automation 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 Custom Automation or Scene was not activated.

 

What devices are unsupported by Alexa?

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

 

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

If you add an unsupported device to a Custom Automation or Scene that previously ran using Alexa, the Custom Automation 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 Custom Automation was not activated.

 

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

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

  • SmartThings app
  • SmartThings Classic app
  1. From the Home screen, touch Menu (Menu icon), and select Settings
  2. Tap Connected services
  3. Tap Amazon Alexa
  1. Tap Automations
  2. Tap the SmartApps tab
  3. Tap Amazon Alexa

If you have a Custom Automation 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 SmartThings Home Monitor), security devices (such as sirens), cameras, or smart cooking appliances. To use a Custom Automation or Scene from this list, you must remove the unsupported device. As soon as you do, you can start using the Custom Automation again.

 

Helpful Links

Amazon Alexa + SmartThings FAQ.

How to connect Amazon Alexa with SmartThings.

 

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