Getting to Know: The SmartSense Presence

It’s important to get to know your SmartThings because, y’know, they’re going to be living with you. We recently sat down with the SmartSense Presence to hear what it had to say about how it can make your home smarter, safer, and better in its own words.

Tell us about yourself

presence-blog“I’m the smallest of the SmartThings and the only device that makes noise. My job is to indicate whether the person, pet, or thing that I’m attached to is close to the SmartThings Hub or far from it. I can attach to a keychain or dog collar. I can also fit inside a purse, backpack, glove compartment, or pocket. I’m the only one of the SmartThings devices that regularly leaves the house, which is nice, because I like traveling.”

What makes you smart?

“I can send you push or text notifications when a person, pet, or thing (like a car) arrives and leaves your home–specifically, within a distance of about 50 and 100 feet, depending on your home’s construction. Put me in your kid’s backpack and I’ll tell you when he or she gets home from school. Keep me into your wife’s purse or glove compartment and I’ll let you know when she’s rolling up in the driveway. Or keep me around Barkley’s collar and I’ll alert you if he leaves the backyard unexpectedly.”

How do you work with the other SmartThings?

“I can tell them to perform actions when people and things come and go. If you have a Kwikset or Schlage door lock, I can tell it to automatically unlock when you arrive and lock behind you when you go. If you keep me attached to your keys, tucked in your purse or briefcase, or nestled in your car’s glove compartment, I can let your SmartSense Power Outlet know that it should automatically turn a light when you come home and turn it off when you leave. And if you happen to have misplaced your set of keys or any other item that I’m inside or attached to, you can press a button in the SmartThings app and I’ll beep so you can find me.”


Adding a new SmartSense Presence tag to your SmartThings Hub can be done in two simple steps:

    1. On the “My SmartThings” screen, scroll to the bottom of your device list, and hit the “(+)” icon.
    2. Remove the battery blocker from your SmartThings Presence.

Here are a few ways you can personalize the name and appearance of your SmartSense Presence:

And here is how you can change the battery of your SmartSense Presence sensor:

For a complete look at SmartThings devices, answers to pairing questions, and general tutorials, be sure to check out our Knowledge Base

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  2. This technology is really cool. I like the idea of using it to automatically lock or unlock the front door. The dog use could be cool (and my dog’s name actually is Barkley!) The only issue I have is the following: Let’s say I buy one of the compatible locks and a presence sensor. I currently have a keypad lock (not wifi-enabled), and as a result, I don’t carry a set of keys period when I’m not driving ( which is often because I live in DC and use public transportation, bike, or walk most of the time). So, my point is that I would have to remember to always have the sensor in my pocket whenever I leave the house. The whole reason I love my keypad lock is that I don’t have to keep track of keys or remember to take them with me. So, the idea that I would have to always remember this sensor and keep track of it when I remove stuff from my pockets after getting home irks me a bit. I wonder if you guys have considered designing an app for phones that can interact with the hub so the phone can act as a presence sensor essentially. Or maybe if there could be a presence sensor thin enough to stick in my wallet so I know I always have it with me? Either way I’m definitely considering hopping on board the smartthings train! Thanks.

    • Great news, if you have an iPhone or Android device you can already use the SmartThings mobile app as a presence sensor. That’s what I do precisely because I don’t want to carry keys or anything I don’t have to.

      • I left home this evening around 6pm and returned around 9pm with my wife. I track whether my phone arrives or leaves. For some reason, the hub did not detect my phone coming or going. It picked up my wife’s activity but not mine. I opened a support ticket but has anyone else experienced that? I’m using a newer Android device and have wifi turned on. My wifes’ phone is an iPhone 4s. Both our phones have the SmartThings app.


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