If you have multiple SmartHome accessories that you want to control at the same time, you can instantly make changes to multiple things in your home using Routines in the SmartThings app with just the touch of a button.

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SmartThings is Samsung’s SmartHome product line that allows you to connect not only SmartThings-branded devices, but also third-party devices to your installation, allowing you to control them all from the SmartThings app. However, the real magic happens when you use the Routines feature in the app, which allows you to manage multiple smarthome devices at the same time.

The procedures are similar to Scenes in other apps like HomeKit and Philips Hue — you press one button and the devices you specify will change their settings. This way I can create a mode where I go to bed and turn off all the lights, close all the doors, turn off the thermostat and activate my security sensors. Obviously, the more SmartHome products you have configured, the better your routines can be and the more options you have to create routines.

The first thing you need to do is open the SmartThings app on your phone and click on the Routines tab at the bottom of the screen.


You will see some standard procedures that are already listed even though they are not configured or anything. In order to show you how to set up a subroutine from scratch, we will create a completely new subroutine that is not listed.


To do this, click on the «+» icon in the upper right corner of the screen.


On the next screen, tap inside the white box where it says «What do you want to do?». Enter a name for the subroutine and then click «Next» in the upper right corner.


Now you can start setting up your program and tell each of your smart home accessories what they need to do when this procedure is activated. Since this procedure is for when you leave for work, click «Turn off these lights or switches.»


If you have smart lights and switches connected to SmartThings, you can choose which lights you want to turn off. Since we won’t be at home, we can go ahead and check all of them on the right. Click «Done» in the top right corner.


Then click «Install Smart Home Monitor on».


Select «Arm (Away)» and then click «Done» in the top right corner of the screen (this is assuming you have various sensors around your house to arm in the first place).


Then, if you have a smart lock on your front door or any other door, you can select «Lock these doors» and choose which doors you want to lock when the procedure is activated.


Next, if you have any valves (for sprinkler systems), garage doors, and thermostats connected to your SmartThings setup, you can also add those to your mode.


With the smart thermostat, you can set the temperature to set when the procedure is activated.


At the bottom, you can set the subroutine to run automatically by clicking «Automatically run [имя подпрограммы]».


You can set this based on whether anyone leaves the house (or when everyone leaves the house) or set it to a specific time each day, especially if you leave for work at the same time. Remember, you don’t need to run it automatically, so you can skip this if you want.

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When everything is set up the way you want, click Done in the top right corner of the screen.


Your new routine will appear in the list and you can simply click on it to activate it at any time.


To delete a subroutine, click on the small gear icon in the upper right corner of the subroutine button.


Scroll all the way down and click Remove.


The biggest complaint about SmartHome products is that everyone has their own app to manage things, but when you add all or most of your SmartHome equipment to SmartThings, you can manage it all from one app and even automate everything with a single click.

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