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Welcome Lutron to SmartThings!

We’re bringing you an exciting addition to the long list of devices that already work with SmartThings: let’s welcome Lutron to SmartThings!

Lutron Caséta switches, dimmers, and innovative remote controlled shades now integrate seamlessly into your SmartThings home, your smart home can be more versatile than ever.

Google Home or Amazon Alexa can control Caséta lights through SmartThings, SmartThings sensors can trigger your shades or lights to respond to you automatically, and much more; the possibilities are almost endless!

Want to start using this integration? Using Lutron with SmartThings requires the SmartThings hub and the Lutron Caséta Bridge.To add your Lutron devices, use the SmartThings app and choose Marketplace and then sign into your Lutron account.

We’re committed to giving you the most flexible, compatible and smartest smart home, Lutron support in SmartThings allows you to go even further now.

 

Smarten up your Valentine’s Day

 

Scrambling to come up with an idea for Valentine’s Day? Make this one extra special with the help of SmartThings! Even if you aren’t home to greet them, SmartThings can welcome your honey home on Valentine’s day with a series of romantic surprises!

First, make sure there is a SmartThings Arrival Sensor or Mobile Presence device added to notify SmartThings when your loved one arrives. Alternatively, use a SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor so SmartThings will know when they open the door. Then, create a Routine that will greet them with lights, music, and more!

For step-by-step instructions, see: How to create and edit Routines.

Take your mood lighting to the next level and use Philips Hue bulbs with SmartThings to turn on the romantic lights as soon as your sweetheart enters a room or walks up the stairs. Use Smart Lights to turn on your romantic Hue lights, choose a color, or set the dim level to really set the mood!

Now that lighting is handled, why not warm up dinner too? Use a Smartpower Outlet with a crock pot to heat your food as soon as your better half arrives! Add one more Smartpower Outlet and you can also turn on a prepared essential oil diffuser for a delightful, relaxing aroma.

For help creating new Smart Lights automations see our Smart Lights Support Page or chat with our helpful Support team.

Let’s not stop there, what about music? Use Mood Music and a SmartThings-connected speaker to play a love song playlist to serenade your loved one with the sweet sound of music.

See our support page on how to control Sonos Speakers for steps on how to automate your connected speaker.

 

#GetToKnowYourCustomersDay Sweepstakes Rules

Official Rules: 2017 SmartThings Giveaway

THIS PROMOTION IS A SWEEPSTAKES. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. THE PROMOTION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, AND ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

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Product Changes for 2017

At SmartThings we’ve always prided ourselves on being open and honest with our community–and sometimes that hurts. To be as transparent as possible, we’d rather tell you the good (and the bad) when we can. With that said, we have several unpleasant announcements:

Migration Tool
In 2014, we announced the SmartThings v2 Hub as the next generation Hub to replace our initial Kickstarter product. At that time, we were hard at work on a “migration tool” to help users who wanted to transition from the original Hub to the newer model. Unfortunately, after several false starts, we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not feasible to reliably transfer settings and devices from the first version Hub to the newer model. With that, we are no longer planning to deliver a Hub v1 to Hub v2 migration tool.

We regret that we can’t deliver on our initial promise, but in order to release a migration tool we needed it to deliver a great experience. We found it would be extremely difficult to automatically exclude and shift devices to the new Hub, and we’re unable to meet the expectations we set. Our goal is to always deliver the best mix of features and customer experience, and we regret that we’re letting some of our most loyal customers down.

Windows Phone App
We also regret to announce that version 1.7.0 of the SmartThings app for Windows Phone will be the last major release for the Windows Phone OS. We are no longer able to provide the desired level of updates and support for this platform and have made the tough decision to discontinue Windows phone development.

Version 1.7.0 now offers support for Windows 10 features. Barring unforeseen issues, this version will continue to function (with Windows Phone 10 Anniversary update). On April 1, 2017 version 1.7.0 will be removed from the Windows app store, and it will no longer be possible to download it and install it onto a new device. We will continue to offer technical support through June 2017 for existing users.

SmartApp Curation
Finally, over the next few months, we will be removing SmartApps from the Marketplace that are no longer updated or supported by their developers. We will notify, where possible, the SmartApp developer beforehand, and help existing SmartApp users find alternatives.

SmartThings did not make any of these decisions lightly, and we understand that we are disappointing some of our users. However, these changes allow us to continue to focus on other products and services to help the whole of our community.

 

Schlage giveaway Rules

Official Rules: 2016 SmartThings Giveaway

THIS PROMOTION IS A SWEEPSTAKES. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. THE PROMOTION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, AND ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

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ecobee3 Giveaway Rules

Official Rules: 2016 SmartThings Giveaway

THIS PROMOTION IS A SWEEPSTAKES. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. THE PROMOTION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, AND ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

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Google Home Giveaway Rules

Official Rules: 2016 SmartThings Giveaway

THIS PROMOTION IS A SWEEPSTAKES. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. THE PROMOTION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, AND ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

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Arlo Giveaway Rules

Official Rules: 2016 SmartThings Giveaway

THIS PROMOTION IS A SWEEPSTAKES. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. THE PROMOTION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, AND ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

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Arlo on the SmartThings platform

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In case you missed it, SmartThings is happy that Netgear’s Arlo Wire-Free camera is now on the SmartThings platform. Arlo is the only wire-free, indoor/outdoor, motion sensor camera on our platform.

Add Arlo Wire-Free cameras to your SmartThings Smart Home Monitor to provide full visibility inside and outside your home, trigger video clips when something unexpected happens (like your teen coming home after curfew); or view live video from your Arlo cameras in the SmartThings app.

With SmartThings and Arlo, trigger lights to turn on and run a “Welcome Home” (or any other) routine when motion is detected by the Arlo camera.

The versatility of Arlo with the power of SmartThings is a leap forward for the smart home.