SmartThings + Amazon Echo

We’re excited to announce that SmartThings is now compatible with Amazon Echo!

For those not familiar, Amazon Echo is an Internet-connected speaker that responds to commands and questions that you ask it. (Think of it as your tall, dark, and handsome personal assistant.)

By starting sentences with “Alexa,” you can play music, hear the news, get the forecast, and now… control your SmartThings-compatible lights, switches, and anything plugged in to the SmartThings Power Outlet.

To get a sense of what’s now possible, here’s a quick demonstration showing SmartThings and Echo controlling a Cree bulb, an Osram Lightify bulb, a SmartPower Outlet, and a Sonos player…

To get started connecting Amazon Echo with your SmartThings system, check out our guide for step-by-step instructions.

The Amazon Echo integration will work with both the current SmartThings Hub and the next-generation Hub. You can pre-order the brand-new SmartThings Hub here.

Pre-order the Samsung SmartThings Hub.

 

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  • Benson

    Amazon, put this back on sale to $99 please?

    • Rl Dreams

      You might see that as one of A-Z’s Black Friday or lightning deals. We were “fortunate” enough to have multiple A-Z accounts so got 3 Echo’s during the initial invitation only roll-out.

  • Pete

    Step by step instructions page “not authorized” to view? I can’t open it.

  • heat_fan1

    Video requires a password.

    • Benson

      Alexa – unlock this video

  • Mark S Groves

    Launch the ‘Alexa’ app on your smartphone.
    Select ‘Settings’
    Select ‘Connected Home’
    Select ‘SmartThings’
    Follow prompts to add devices.

    So far it is working and is very cool!

  • Adam

    No Alexa “Good Morning” or “Good Night” or “Goodbye” functionality? Bummer.

    • alttext

      We want it all too. I think Amazon will open it up more in the future.

    • Mark S Groves

      If Alexa can control virtual switches you should be able to create a SmartApp that selects a specific mode when the virtual switch is activated.

      • Adam

        Thanks Mark. That does work great! I made a virtual switch and called it “Good Night” then installed the “Switch Activates Home Phrase” and Elexa will shut down my home with the phrase “Alexa, turn on Good Night.” Thanks again for the tip. I was unaware of installing virtual switches.

        • Mark S Groves

          You are welcome Adam. Your question lead me to develop a virtual Voice Switch device type to turn ON/OFF my Samsung TV. I monitor the virtual switch via IFTTT and use it to trigger a Harmony Hub activity. I am working on a direct route via IP, but it accomplishes the task in the interim.

  • Ramon Padilla

    Can’t this to work, I linked my account but Alexa can’t discover devices, I get an error “There was an error discovering your devices”. If I ask Alexa to discover she replies back that will search and that it takes up to 20 seconds then responds that command is not supported.

  • advancethink

    This is awesome!!!

  • Byzantine_Catholic

    I see Sonos is a connected device via Alexa — Has anyone tried it yet ?

    I am goofing off at work and cant wait to get home to see what it can do

  • eid

    Really nice. Smartthings need more strong partners with this to be useful and relevant!

  • Ricardo Lastra

    How many things I need to buy to be able to turn on and off the TV and stereo etc? The HUB and also Harmony? it will be like 400 bucks for just be able to turn those.

    • erocm123

      Home automation is not for poor people. At least not yet.

      • Rl Dreams

        I would not consider us even close to “rich”. Piecemealing it together one device/kit at a time over the couple years though I can pretty much do anything I want. Biggest expense has been finding a hub that actually works as advertised.
        I looked at ST to begin with ( but the cost scared me away) Then I fell victim to the free Wink hub scam. I didn’t learn my lesson, so I grabbed 2 of the Wink Links when they were giving those away . Then backed the Securifi Almond + , great CS compared to Wink, but still far from delivering everything promised.
        So here I am back at ST with a V2 on pre-order . At this point I have $2000 invested in sensors and am still looking for a hub that can actually control everything reliably.

    • Rl Dreams

      You can get non touch screen Harmony Home with Hub on Fleabay for <$100, Touchscreen for ~$200.

  • Adam

    Does anyone know why you can not access your z-wave door locks with Echo? Are they just not supported yet? Thanks.

    • Mark S Groves

      Echo hopefully will never support unlocking door locks or turning off security systems. You can use a virtual switch to accomplish this, but be advised Alexa responds to anyone and has a fairly long range. Anyone can give Alexa commands including a burglar outside your door.

      • Rl Dreams

        Agree that it is a BIG security issue, but couldn’t you do it with a virtual switch ? Of course you could somewhat lessen the security issue ( not eliminate it) if you give the switch a unique name. ” Alexa turn on the phase cannons ”

        I did something similar as a call for help. Made an IFTTT recipe for Alexa . Ask her for the score of the Broncos game and she calls and texts my wife and daughter with message that I need help.

        • Judah_BenHur

          That’s such an awesome idea!

  • This is awesome, but the best part of that video was the decision to use “Trap Queen” for the Sonos demo.

  • eliot_smartthings

    A+

  • Danny Hanes

    This works so well. My only wish is for “Alex, set the mode to Away”. The kids are having a blast telling Alex to turn on and off the lights.

  • Could you say: “Alexa, play “Playlist ABC” in living room” (sonos zone) ?

  • Brandon

    If you pair your Echo with the Wink hub you can control all the smart home gadgets that the hub can control. There are some good setup instructions at http://www.winkeasy.com/voice-activation/ only took me about five minutes. The Echo as a standalone is coming along, but for now I use it with my hub.

    • Rl Dreams

      That’s only if Wink hub actually worked with any amount of reliability.

  • Greg Phillips

    Can I get the Amazon Echo to tell me the status of sensors – like the door and window sensor?

  • Stop The Insanity

    HAL 9000?

  • henricook

    FYI this is a lie unless you live in the US. Smartthings aren’t committed to providing any UK functionality, why their API depends on your location so much at all is a good question, very disappointing.

  • Eric Kaufman

    Will this work with the version 1 hub?

    • Rl Dreams

      Yes, it is C2C integration, so it works with either V1 or V2 ST hubs

  • Scott Bourquin

    So with the new Samsung R-1 Integration, can you sync the Echo with R-1 to play music in multiple rooms at the same time? The R-1’s have an app but it won’t sync with Echo.