SmartThings Support

Routine Defaults

To help your Routines run more intuitively, there are a couple of default settings in place. We want to make it easy to automate your smart home just the way you want—exactly when you want it!

 

Change the mode to

This option changes the Mode of your Location. Modes act as filters for your smart home. You can change how devices act or behave based on the Mode you are in. By default, the following default Routines will change to their correlating Mode.

  • Good Morning! triggers Home Mode
  • Good Night! triggers Night Mode
  • Goodbye! triggers Away Mode
  • I’m Back! triggers Home Mode

Let’s say your lights are set to turn on with motion, and you have a pet dog or cat. You can set your Goodbye! Routine to run when your mobile presence leaves, changing the Mode to Away. Now your lights won’t turn on when you’re away, even with motion from a pet! This can also keep other Routines and automations with a mode filter from running while you’re away. Your smart home will sit tight until you’re back!

You can edit the mode change at any time in the mobile app. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Tap Automations
  2. Under Routines, tap the gear icon in the corner of a Routine’s tile
  3. Tap Change the mode to
  4. Select the Mode to which the Routine should change
  5. Tap Done
  6. Tap Done again to save your changes

 

Don’t automatically do this if I am in one of these modes

This option allows you to filter your Routines so that they will not automatically perform in the specific modes you set. By default, Good Morning!, Good Night!, and Goodbye! are set so they will not automatically run in Away Mode. This is meant to limit unnecessary automated actions while you're not at home.

For example, your Good Night! Routine is set to turn your thermostat down at 10 PM, but you’re still out with friends. This filter will prevent Good Night! from running when you’re not already home, tucked under the covers.

On the other hand, I’m Back! does not have a default mode filter. Without this filter, I’m Back! can fire as many times as you need! Let’s say your I’m Back! Routine is set to turn on your lights when your or your family’s mobile presence arrives home. Then your spouse comes home an hour later—the lights will still come on for them as well, because there is no Mode filter selected.

You can edit this mode filter limitation at any time in the mobile app. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Tap Automations
  2. Under Routines, tap the gear icon in the corner of a Routine’s tile
  3. Under Additional settings, tap "Automatically perform…"
  4. Under the further Additional settings there, tap Don’t automatically do this if I am in one of these modes
  5. Select the mode(s) in which the Routine should not run
  6. Tap Done
  7. Tap Done again to save your changes

 

Movie Time and TV as a Thing

If you have a compatible Samsung TV, you can use your TV as a Thing and it can be included in Routines and automations, just like other smart devices. With your TV Thing, you will have another default Routine called Movie Time, as well as some additional defaults to your other Routines.

Movie Time will perform the following actions by default:

  • Turn your TV ON
  • Set the picture and sound modes to Movie

Your other Routines will also anticipate what you want to do with your TV by default.

  • Good Morning! will set the picture and sound modes to Standard
  • Good Night! will turn the TV OFF and set the picture and sound modes to Standard
  • Goodbye! will turn the TV OFF and set the picture and sound modes to Standard
  • I’m Back! will turn the TV ON and set the picture and sound modes to Standard

You can edit these actions at any time in the mobile app. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Tap Automations
  2. Under Routines, tap the gear icon in the corner of a Routine’s tile
  3. Tap Turn on/off these lights or switches to configure your TV
  4. Tap Set Samsung TV’s modes to configure the picture and sound mode changes
  5. Tap Done

 

For more information on what you can do with Routines, click here.

 

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