This solution shows you how to create, edit, and delete custom automation using Smart Home Hub with SmartThings app. Automations allows devices to be automated based on status changes, time, location, or security settings. Automation allows you to decide when or how a device should be controlled in almost any situation. You may also use the custom SmartApp WebCoRE if a type of automation is not available to you. 

It forms part of a broader guide on managing and using Smart Home Hub which can be found here 


Add a new custom automation

In the Smart Home Hub app, you can build custom automation to automatically trigger multiple actions, including notification alerts. You can set up automation to run at certain times on certain days of the week or to trigger when another device reports a certain condition (such as detecting motion). 

Steps in-app

1. From the Home screen, tap Automation on the lower menu. 

2. Tap the Plus (+) button

3. Tap Plus (+) icon to add a Condition

  • Tap Based on the time of day to select a specific time or period for the Automation to run
    • Tap Specific time to select a single specific time and the days of the week
    • Tap Period of time to select a time window with a specific start date and end date, or the days of the week
    • Tap Sunrise or Sunset to use your Location's geolocation settings to trigger at sunrise or sunset. (Optional: Set a time offset of up to 60 minutes before or after sunrise or sunset)
  • Tap Based on device status and the app will prompt you to choose:
    • A device
    • The device capability to use (e.g., motion, open/close, temperature)
    • The device state to use (e.g., no motion vs. motion, open vs. closed)
  • Tap Based on a member's location to trigger an Automation when your phone arrives or departs from your Location's geolocation. Click here to learn more about configuring your geolocation.
  • Tap Based on this location's mode to trigger the Automation only when the Location's mode is set to Away, Night, or Home
  • Tap Based on security mode to trigger the Automation only when Smart Home Monitor's security state is set to Armed (Away), Armed (Stay), or Disarmed. Click here to learn more about Smart Home Monitor in the Smart Home Hub app
  • If multiple Device status, Location mode, or Security mode conditions are selected:
    • Tap All conditions for all conditions to be met before triggering the automation
    • Tap Any condition to require that only some conditions are met before triggering the automation

4. Tap Next

5. Tap the Plus (+) icon to add an Action

  • Tap Notify members to create a notification for when the Automation runs
  • Select the device(s) to control
    • Select the device action (e.g., on, off, dimmer level)
    • Set an optional action delay by tapping Select how soon to start the action after the conditions are met
  • Select the Scenes(s) to trigger
  • Tap Change this location's mode to change the Location's mode to Away, Night, or Home when triggered

6. Optional: Enter a name for your Automation

7. Tap Save

Example automation

These instructions will walk you through an example of how to turn on a hallway light when there is motion detected using a motion sensor and a switch/light device.

This is merely an example while this tool is powerful to create customized automation.

Steps in-app

  1. From the Home screen, tap Routine on the lower menu. 
  2. Tap the Plus (+) button, then "Add routine"
  3. Tap  the Plus (+) icon below If
  4. Tap  Based on a device status
  5. Select your hallway motion sensor device
  6. Tap  Motion sensor for the device capability
  7. Tap  Motion detected for the device state
  8. Tap  Next
  9. Tap  the Plus (+) icon below Then
  10. Tap  Control a device
  11. Select your hallway lighting device
  12. Tap On for the device action
  13. Optional: Tap Select how long to perform this action to automatically turn the light off after a set period of time
  14. Tap Done
  15. Optional: Enter a name for your Automation
  16. Tap Save

Edit a custom automation

You can always edit your custom automation whenever you like if you need to change, add, or swap out devices you want to trigger and control automation.

You could deactivate or pause an Automation if you don't want to have it run manually. If you deactivate or pause automation, it will not run until you enable it at a later time.

Steps in-app

1. From the Home screen, tap Routine on the lower menu.

2. Select the Automation you'd like to edit by tapping on the automation/scene.

3. This will bring you to your automation which will allow you to edit the triggers (IF) and actions (THEN). 

  • Tap on the Action or Condition to edit it
  • Tap the minus (-) icon to delete an Action or Condition
  • Tap the Plus (+) icon to add an Action or Condition

4. When finished, tap Save

Delete a custom automation

If automation no longer serves the purpose you like anymore, you could simply delete custom automation or multiple at the same time.

Steps in-app

  1. From the Home screen, tap Routine on the lower menu.
  2. Select More Options (More Options icon) and tap Delete 
  3. Touch Negative (-) icon next to the automation on the left to delete them. 

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