Stringify is an incredibly powerful automation tool that connects your favorite web apps and smart home gadgets. In this guide, we’ll take a look at one of its more advanced features, which is called Mode. This «thing» allows you to run multiple threads at the same time, based on whether you’re at home or away, and whether you’re awake or asleep.
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The mode is one of the built-in things in Stringify. This allows you to set one of four states for your home: Home, Away, Wake, and Sleep. You can then use these states to activate threads. For example, you can turn on the lights in your living room, set your nest to «Home», and start playing music when your state is set to «Home». The mode comes with three triggers and actions:
- WHEN the trigger is “Mode changes to…”: this trigger is activated whenever you change your mode to something else. So if your mode changes from Away to Home, you can tell Stringify to turn on the living room lights.
- ONLY IF Trigger is «My Mode…»: this trigger allows you to restrict the stream to a specific mode. For example, you can set your Nest Cam to send you an email whenever it detects motion, but only if your mode is set to sleep.
- Action — «Change my mode to…»: it can change your mode in response to the trigger. For example, change your mode to «Home» when the GPS location is at your home.
These three triggers and actions combine to create a powerful system that can be used to create more complex flows as well as make it easy to add new ones to existing settings.
First, connect Stringify to «Mode»
Before you add it to your streams, you need to add a Stringify Mode Thing to your collection (at least «Thing» is actually a technical term). To do this, open the Stringify app on your phone and tap the plus icon. Then click «Add New Item».
Scroll down the list and find «Mode», then click on it.
Click the big green «Connect» button to add it to your item collection.
Now that you’re selecting items from your collection, you can add a mode. So, it’s time to start using it.
Change your mode with the flow
Using the mode consists of two parts. You will need one thread to change your mode and another thread (or threads) to fire when the modes change. For our guide, we’ll create a stream that changes your mode to home when you get home. To get started, click the plus icon on the main page of the Stringify app and click Create New Stream.
At the top of the screen, click «Name your stream» and give it a name. For the sake of clarity, we’ll call this «Set to Home» and later on we’ll connect other threads to do certain things, like turn on the lights or adjust the temperature.
Click the plus icon at the bottom of the screen to add your items.
Scroll down and select Location and Mode from the list. Click «Add» at the top of the screen when you’re done.
Drag the Location and Mode icons onto the grid. Place Location on the left and Mode on the right. When you’re done, click the gear icon peeking out from behind the location icon.
In the list of actions, click «I am entering the area …». On the next screen, enter your address and select a radius around it. As soon as you enter this circle, the Flow will activate. When you’re done verifying your address, click Save.