Adding your first automation
When you make a smart device automatically do something, it’s called an automation. The SmartThings app makes creating automations fun and easy.
First, a little background:
There are 2 different types of automations you can create:
Routines let you trigger actions at a certain time (like sunset or 8:30 a.m.) or when something else happens (like a door opening or you arriving home). You’ll notice a few common Routines already in your app, which you can explore and customize to meet your needs.
SmartApps are free automation builders developed by Samsung and the SmartThings community. Many SmartApps give you greater control of specific Things (like voice control capabilities, etc.) and make it easier to create advanced automations.
Let’s start by adding a Routine:
Go to Automation and tap Add a Routine.
Name your Routine. Keep it simple and descriptive, for example, “Turn On Porch Light”. (You can always rename it later.) Tap Next.
Select what you want to happen. This screen will show options for whatever Things and SmartApps you’ve added to your system. As you add more Things and SmartApps, more options will appear.
If you want the action to happen automatically, tap Automatically perform “Turn On Porch Light” and then select your trigger. If you want it to happen manually, leave this blank.
When you’re done making selections, tap Done.
Your Routine should now appear in Automation. You can manually trigger the Routine by tapping it, and you can edit it by tapping the gear icon. Nice work!
To truly take advantage of the power of SmartThings, experiment with your new Routine’s Additional Settings on its configuration screen. From there you can completely customize when your Routine is triggered based on people arriving or departing, the time of day, or a different device’s status.