The SmartThings home monitoring kit comes with a small set of sensors and an outlet switch, but if you need more than what’s included in the starter kit, you can easily add more sensors and devices to your SmartThings setup.

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The starter kit alone can actually be a complete install for some smaller apartments as two open/close sensors can be installed on the front door and patio door and the motion sensor can probably cover most of the apartment if you have an open floor plan. However, if you have more space with more exterior doors and more rooms in general, you may need more SmartThings sensors.

Various SmartThings products available


If you want to expand your SmartThings settings, here are the official sensors and devices that Samsung has to offer.

Multipurpose sensor

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The SmartThings multi-function sensor is basically an open/close sensor for doors and windows, but its name comes from the fact that it can also act as a temperature sensor and sense vibration, orientation, and angle.

Motion Sensor

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The SmartThings motion sensor is a small device that can be placed anywhere you want to monitor movement, such as a closed room in your home or next to an entrance if you want to know if someone has come and gone if you’re not at I have an open/close sensor.

The nice thing about the motion sensor is that it can stand on its own without the need for a wall mount, so you can easily move it from room to room whenever you want.

Arrival sensor

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While you can use your own phone as an arrival sensor, the SmartThings arrival sensor itself does not allow you to keep your phone GPS enabled to save battery life. It’s basically a small dongle that you can attach to your keys and it will send you notifications whenever it enters or leaves the range of the SmartThings hub.

Water leakage sensor

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Perhaps the most underrated sensor SmartThings has to offer is the Water Leak Sensor, which is sure to be a sensor you’ll use all the time but will save you headaches in the long run when it’s used once.

Place it on the floor next to the dishwasher, washing machine or in the bathroom and you will be notified in case of a leak.


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SmartThings Outlet is the only SmartThings device that isn’t battery powered, allowing you to connect everything to it and control it remotely. It can essentially turn your dumb appliances into smart appliances in an instant. You can also use it to automate lamps and turn them on automatically when you open a door or enter a room using other SmartThings sensors.


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While SmartCam is not technically an official product in the SmartThings line, it is Samsung’s own device and is fully compatible with SmartThings. You can connect it to your current setup and do things like automatically start recording when motion is detected.

And, remember, you can add third party devices such as Philips Hue lamps or Belkin WeMo devices.

How to add more SmartThings devices

Luckily, it’s really easy to add new sensors to an already configured SmartThings setup. Here’s how to do it.

Start by opening the SmartThings app on your phone and tap the My Home tab at the bottom of the screen.


Then click on the «+» icon in the upper right corner of the screen.


Select «Add Item» when the pop-up appears at the bottom.


If you are adding a third party sensor or device (i.e. not branded by SmartThings), please follow our guide to adding third party devices to SmartThings. Otherwise, click Connect Now if you are adding a sensor or SmartThings device.


The SmartThings app will start looking for sensors and devices to add.


The next thing you’ll want to do is prepare your new sensors or devices for pairing and set them up. Remove the rear panel from the sensor and remove the mounting template and battery compartment from the side. Once you do this, the sensor will automatically start pairing with the hub. If it’s a smart plug, you just press the little button on the front to start pairing (it will need to be plugged in).


When pairing, the app will confirm that it has detected the device. Click next.


On the next screen, you can give the sensor a custom name and add it to the room.


Rooms are convenient when multiple sensors and devices are installed in the same room, making it easy to monitor and set up automation for specific rooms.


Click «Finish» and then «Next» to complete the configuration process for this sensor. Then install the sensor using the screws or supplied 3M adhesive pads.


At this point you are all set! Your additional sensors and devices are ready to go and start monitoring your home. You can use Smart Home Monitor for SmartThing at any time to check your settings.

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