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Getting Started with Automations

Automations allow you to create powerful routines, incorporating Devices and Connected Services that are on the SmartThings Platform. The different types of Automations you can create are outlined below.


Rules allow you to define one or more actions that will occur when certain conditions are met.

Rules use the Rules API to automate control of Devices and Connected Services. They are comprised of two basic parts:

  • Conditions are the IF statements of a Rule - these are the events that trigger Rules.
  • Actions are the THEN statements of a Rule - these define what activity is taken on a Device(s) or Connected Service(s) when the associated Condition is triggered.

Rules can be made available to a single user (such as yourself) or to multiple users.


Scenes use the Scenes API to simultaneously set a group of Devices to a particular state. Scenes differ from Rules in that Scenes do not have triggers; a Scene is activated by tapping the Scene from within a SmartThings Client.

Complex Automations#

If you want to build complex Automations that run on your own platform, we recommend building a Connected Service.