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Your routines, even smarter

A smart home should be a dynamic home that can adapt to everyone’s needs. SmartThings Scenes gives you the opportunity to create customized scenarios within a routine, to create an intuitive smart home experience based on you!

How it works:

Scenes are the best way to control a group of lights to create the perfect mood for any room in your home. You can group multiple bulbs, switches and outlets in a single Scene. For example, you can dim one bulb, change the color of another, and turn off a switch at the same time with a single command.

With the launch of scenes for SmartThings, you can do more with smart lighting in your home by instantly activating customizable lighting actions for multiple lights at once. A Scene is like a routine – only better. With a Scene you can create “Homework Lighting” within an “After School Routine” that starts at 4pm when the kids come home. Your color tunable smart bulbs can be programmed to be bright white during that time of day in the kitchen, den, and dining room – all at once – for ultimate concentration. At sundown, a Scene can activate warmer lighting for optimal relaxation during a “dinner time” routine. Scenes can be triggered via app or voice, so when life hands you those moments where you need to be hands free (‘dinner time’) you can still set your lighting to your preferences through Scenes.

What if you need lighting even more customized? With Scenes, you are able to create a Bedtime Scene to turn off your bedroom’s ceiling lights, turn your night light on, and set its color temperature to warm white. Not a morning person? Set a Wake Up Scene to change the color of your bedroom bulbs and use a Good Morning Routine to activate the Scene automatically.

Ready to get started? Stop by our Shop to pick up the smart lighting products that will help you set the scene for all your favorite at-home routines.

Your Home: Now Smarter with NVIDIA SHIELD + SmartThings

After announcing SmartThings Link – the key to unlocking your NVIDIA SHIELD TV as a SmartThings Hub – in September, we’re excited to update our community that now, you’ll be able to find it standalone or offered in a bundle with SHIELD TV for $214.98 at Best Buy. You can also purchase the SmartThings Link in our SmartThings Shop.

Only SHIELD and SmartThings Link can control your entertainment and smart home with this range of products and entertainment options, all in one device. You don’t carry an mp3 player, flashlight, flip phone and pager anymore, so why buy a smart speaker, media streamer and separate smart hub? With SHIELD, you get all the functionality of smart home devices that work with SmartThings and your Google Assistant, plus hundreds of thousands of entertainment options – from movies to music and TV shows to games.

How Does SmartThings Work With Shield?


There are hundreds of Works With SmartThings devices and countless possibilities when it comes to setting up your smart home. SmartThings Link adds both ZigBee and Z-Wave support to SHIELD, two low-power wireless protocols optimized for battery operated smart devices that help expand the ecosystem of devices in the SmartThings world. Motion, door, window, and water leak, arrival sensors and more are all very important battery-operated devices that depend on these low power protocols.

With the Google Assistant now available on SHIELD, you can also control all these devices with your voice. And with your Google Assistant’s natural voice recognition, it’s easier than ever before. Once you’ve setup your SmartThings Link and configured the devices, all it takes is an “Ok Google” followed by “turn off the lights,” “set the thermostat to 72 degrees,” or “turn on the <insert what you’ve named your smart device here>.”

SmartThings also works with Amazon Alexa, so if you have an Amazon Echo or Dot, your Works With SmartThings devices can also be controlled by Amazon’s voice assistant.

 

We can’t wait for you to experience entertainment in a smarter way.

For more information, visit our helpful FAQs here.

A smarter way to protect your home

At Samsung SmartThings, we strive to offer our users the most choices when it comes to their home devices, whether it’s partnering with new products and partners – or finding new ways to control, automate and monitor your home.

So continuing this commitment, we’re excited to announce our newest partnership with ADT – and the launch of a new professionally monitored, self-installed security and life safety solution powered by the SmartThings platform – all backed by ADT professional monitoring with no long-term contract necessary.

Consisting of a Home Security Starter Kit and Home Safety Expansion Pack, the new solution from Samsung and ADT gives anyone the ability to grow their connected home ecosystem as their needs evolve. The products will be available for pre-sale on www.bestbuy.com and www.Samsung.com today, and available in Best Buy stores on October 29.

What’s Inside

With the intelligence and connectivity of Samsung and the unmatched professional monitoring of ADT, the Samsung SmartThings ADT home security system is a customizable, DIY security solution that connects with hundreds of compatible SmartThings devices to allow for one central control point.

The basis for the new DIY system is the Home Security Starter Kit, which includes the Security Hub, two Door and Window Detectors, and one Motion Detector. The system size can be expanded with additional detectors and alarms as needed, including fire, carbon monoxide and water leak detection with the addition of the Home Safety Expansion Pack.

The ADT Security Hub touchscreen panel, used to arm and disarm your home, also has a built in SmartThings Hub. This allows users to add and control their favorite smart home devices, like lights, cameras, doorbells, door locks, thermostats, sensors, voice assistants, and more within the SmartThings App as they expand their smart home. From the Android- and iOS-compatible SmartThings mobile app, consumers can easily manage these devices and sensors, set up routines, and receive alerts based on their preferences, as well as check on the security of their home.

What’s Next

Innovating with purpose is at the core of how we develop our products and choose our partners, and finding new ways to make your home smarter, easier is our goal.

As we continue to find new ways to make controlling your home effortless, we’re excited to roll out more service offerings like these – that bring together the best devices in the world, all in one app – without cluttering your home with extra products and complicated contracts.

In Q1 2018, customers will be able to add a unique video solution to their Samsung SmartThings ADT home security system. The new solution will combine custom camera hardware, cloud video storage and exclusive on-demand safety options, all seamlessly managed in the SmartThings mobile app.

Connect, protect, and enjoy a smarter peace of mind.

“Alexa, lock my front door.”

Amazon and SmartThings have added a little more smartness to your home! We’re excited to announce a new feature for Alexa that works with SmartThings; now Alexa can tell you the status of your smart lock and can lock the door for you! (Alexa won’t unlock the door for security reasons.)

Not only can you monitor your smart lock from anywhere with SmartThings, you can ask Alexa to help without picking up your phone. Find out how to add the Smart Home skill to SmartThings here.

There are plenty of compatible “Works with SmartThings” locks to use with voice control including models from including Yale, Kwikset and Schlage, so don’t worry about locking the front door when you have your hands full. And making sure you’ve secured the door is as easy as asking Alexa, no need to find your phone or get up to check. Use Amazon Echo and SmartThings to lock up your home, save a little time, and rest a little easier knowing peace of mind is just a phrase away.

Wherever you are, in your kitchen, in bed, or in your captain’s chair giving orders to your futuristic voice-controlled home, locking your door is as easy as saying “Alexa, lock my front door.”

Home Control with Google Pixel and Android Wear devices

Samsung SmartThings and Google have teamed up to bring you Home Control with Google Pixel and Android Wear devices! SmartThings is the only complete smart home platform to work with Home Control. Now you can control many of your SmartThings devices with the Google Assistant. Just speak a command to your Pixel phone or Wear device to interact with SmartThings, from dimming the lights in your living room to turning on the porch light.

While voice control using Google Home is fun, the power comes when you’re on the go. Control your home from your wrist or mobile phone wherever you happen to be in the world. Check that things are safe and secure, adjust your lights, change the temperature, or any number of other convenient controls.

Imagine you just received a message that a family member is heading home early, you can just say “Ok Google, set the thermostat to 70.” and make sure they come home to a warm house. If you want to make sure they don’t have to fumble for the lights when they come in just say “Hey Google, turn on all the lights in the living room.”

Ran out the door last minute and not sure if you turned off that one last light? Just ask Google to turn off the lights and enjoy the rest of your day without worrying about it. Perhaps you’re all settled in for the night and you realize the lights downstairs are still on, Google and SmartThings can take care of that, no need to get up!

It’s never been easier to control your smart home than with Google Home Control and SmartThings. It’s in the palm of your hand (or on your wrist!) no matter where you are, and with dozens of SmartThings supported devices you have a wide range of flexibility to grow your smart house.

Turning the light on is simple: just say “Hey Google!”

Spooky Smart Halloween Automations

Are you planning on using your SmartHome to spook trick or treaters? Perhaps you want your outdoor lights to remain dark, or for some automated spooks to only jump out on Halloween night. We’ve got you covered! Pause your regular automations and enjoy the night of fright to its fullest with these SmartThings Halloween tips.

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A Haunted Entry:

Give your front door some scare power using SmartThings! Use a SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors and set up a haunted doorway for trick or treaters to enjoy.

Attach the Multipurpose sensor to your door and your favorite haunted house effects can start automatically when you open it. Use a SmartThings Outlet and set up a speaker to turn on and play spooky sound effects – we suggest a bloodcurdling scream – when the door opens for unsuspecting visitors.

Take it one step further and use an Aeon Labs MultiSensor and an outdoor light – we love the Osram LIGHTIFY Gardenspot Lights – to light up your yard with any color when trick-or-treaters approach.

What you Need:

Know when visitors come knocking:

We know that holidays can be hectic, even All Hallows Eve, so make sure you don’t miss any of the fun with the help of SmartThings. Add a SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor to your front door and set our “Door Knocker SmartApp” to send you a text notification when little ones come knocking. Now you can tend your bubbling cauldron and not miss a chance to bewitch even one trick or treater.

The SmartThings Olympic Challenge

With the Olympics set to kick off today in Rio, we can’t help but feel inspired to push ourselves to our limits and dream big. While most of us might not be able to run, swim, and tumble our way to glory, we do have the power to rethink what is possible with SmartThings. Read More