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Open Android App or App activity via URL formatted Shortcut

Paulo Nóbrega 7 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Wingnut1000 1 year ago 252

hi there....

Is there a way to open android apps, ou executy an app activity?

I use chromecast audio for multiroom, i can't seem to find a way to open the Google Play Music within smartthings...
In my dashboard and just wanted at least to open the app, and then the music app can handle where to play the music...

Does anyone found any shortcut to open Play Music? I've tried as shortcut the app name, the activity to open app but nothing works... In the dashboard when i click that shortcut it takes me to configuration of the tiles. LOL

Does it make sense?

JB Bentz 6 years ago

The latest Fully Kiosk Browser release has helped a bunch with opening Android apps from actiontiles. You can now select apps for the whitelist.  You can also figure out the app intent URL very easily, by turning on the new single app mode and selecting the app you want.  It will then load the intent URL which you can copy and paste it into a shortcut tile.  So far I have gotten it to work with Spotify and Hangouts.  Works like a charm.


Launch Ring to Live View

Isaac Bergman 7 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Ilya Khait 2 years ago 13

I decompiled Ring's android apk and found this this activity (launched in landscape) which appears relevant to pulling up the app to get a live view:

<activity android:name="com.ringapp.ui.activities.LiveViewLoadingActivity" android:screenOrientation="landscape" android:theme="@android:style/Theme.NoTitleBar.Fullscreen"/>

How does one craft the url schema to call this activity? e.g.

Android Fire

Tip to find URLs to open iOS Apps from a shortcut tile - Iconical app

John Williamson 3 years ago in Shortcut Tiles 0

I'm new to Action Tiles and  I've been testing it on an old iPad (works with my Hikvision cameras which use admin:password in the url whereas Android, Fire, Fully won't)

I thought I'd share a tip for other iOS users with regard to app URL shortcuts.  I searched high and low on the internet for an easy way to retrieve these url's the way you can using Fully on Android but could find nothing of use.  Then I came across a suggestion to use the app Iconical.  It's used to make customised icons for your iOS apps but in doing so it reveals the url shortcuts needed.  You leave it scanning your installed apps, which takes some time as it compares them with around 130,000 in their database.  You can then click the test button next to the suggestion to see whether it works/goes to the correct app (some are found as random unknown apps but click them anyway to check which app they're associated with). If it works and opens the app you want you can then just read off and note down the url for use in your shortcut tile.  Perfect and well worth 2.99.


iFrame shortcut generates blank page

bigpal 4 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated 4 years ago 3

I've customized the weatherwidgetio and I'm hosting it on my own website, that way only I can change it and it will work indefinitely (no one to blame but me). It works fine on its own as a shortcut link, but when I use it in an iframe shortcut, the HTML gets screwed up. You can see it builds the iframe and points to the source, then dumps what should be the frame HTML under #document, but it's dumping a blank page and I can't figure out why. I removed beginning brackets so you can see it here.

Anyone run into this?

iframe type="text/html" frameborder="0" layout-fill="" class="layout-fill" src="http://mywebsite/Weather.html">/iframe>




Shortcut tile to open the Lync whole-house audio control app

Levahj 4 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Systematix 4 years ago 1

Installing a  Lync whole house A/V system along with Smartthings in a new home.  Using ActionTiles GUI's on iPads in three main rooms - Master Bdrm, Kitchen & Family room.   Needed an ActionTile shortcut tile to open the Lync app in iOS but there was nothing anywhere in the internet on how to do it.   When I tried the Lync:// URL it opened the Skype app!   Microsoft Lync was the name of their videoconferencing before they purchased Skype.  And they never bothered to change the name of the link. 

Called Lync customer service to see if there was another URL and he discussed with the app developer and called back in 15 minutes. Fantastic customer service!  He shared the both the iOS link and Android links and I wanted to pass on to whomever might need this as well:

IOS URL: lyncCustomUrlScheme:\\

Android URL:


Panel Shortcut Color Based on Another Device

Spudz 4 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated 4 years ago 1

Is there a way to have a panel shortcut change colors based on another devices status?  I was thinking about laying out a panel with shortcuts that are laid out similar to a plan view of my house.  Each shortcut would be linked to panels that would have my devices grouped per room.  I would like to have the plan view give me an indication that there is an active device in that room as well.  Does anyone have any advice on how this can be achieved?


Link to panel from Thing

Chuoi Tieu 4 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by KamHouse 4 years ago 1

Dear all,

I'm a new ActionTiles user and I like it very much. I have a situation that needs your help. I have about 10 door open/close sensors and I don't want to have all of them in the home screen. Instead, I created a simulated open/close sensor and created an automation to monitor status of all physical sensors. For example, when one of the physical sensors opens, the simulated state will be set to open and when all of the physical sensors close, the simulated state will be set to closed.

I place all physical sensors in a separate panel and the simulated in the home panel. How can I link the simulated tile to the panel with physical sensors, so when I see the open state of the simulated sensor, I can click on it and it takes me to the panel with physical sensors?

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Intent URL for Spotify on Denon Heos on Fire Tablet

Supergolfstick 6 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 5 years ago 2

Can anyone help with finding/creating the Intent URL to integrate Spotify and Denon Heos Drive for action tiles.  I have tried from other posts intent URL's that are out there and they seem to only be IOS based and not proper string for android or more specifically the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017).  Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Z-Wave Somfy Blinds

anap40 6 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Bruce Young 5 years ago 11

When I authorize my somfy Z-wave shades it only shows up as a battery tile, it doesn't let me open or close the blinds like it does straight from the smart things app


Fully Browser - Opening Shortcut and Message "Popups and new tabs disabled"

Justyn 5 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 5 years ago 2

Hello, I am sure there is a post related to this already, so if anyone could link me to it I would greatly appreciate it.  I recently setup Actiontiles and the Fully Browser and am getting the message "Popups and new tabs disabled."  Is there a way to open the shortcut in the current page or a setting to change, or do I need to purchase the PLUS version of Fully?  Thanks again for any assistance.  


Launch app from Harmony activity?

Andyboy16 5 years ago in Shortcut Tiles 0

I have a Harmony activity called "Listen to Music", this turns on my stereo and changes the input to Bluetooth.  I'd like to press the "Listen to Music" tile and have this run the Harmony activity but also have it open the Amazon music app on my Fire tablet at the same time.  Is possible?


Arbitrary Target window/frame ID option for Shortcut Tiles

Orange Bucket 6 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 6 years ago 0

The Shortcut Tile settings currently allow a choice between 'Open shortcut in a new window', 'Open shortcut in the same window' and 'Open shortcut in a dialog within the Panel'. The first two are essentially HTML targets '_blank' and '_self'. However what I'd find more useful than either is to be able to type in my own choice of target id. Here are my usage examples:

When using a web application the 'new window' option fires up a separate fully featured browser window so being able to use the 'same window' has some appeal on occasions. However I display panels side by side in a frameset so I would need to break out of the frames. If I could choose my own id I would be able to have '_top' and achieve this. A variation would be to be able to reuse one of the other frames already on screen as the target.

I also use multiple shortcuts to link to things like arrival times at different bus stops. In this case a separate browser running can be quite useful. However what I don't need is a separate new window or tab every time. I would like to be able reuse the same tab or window. If I could choose my own id I could have e.g. 'buses' and then the same window would be used every time.

So my request is to add an option to the Tile Settings for the Shortcut Tile to allow an arbitrary target id to be typed in.


Spotify, Fully Kiosk and AT

Neil Kaye 7 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Daniel Grønbek 6 years ago 4

Hi seems like i've hit a dead end:

Ideally I would like to have URL tiles point to a playlist in spotify and start playing.

The perfect setup for me is to us Fully browser which unfortunately does not support Spotify. Chrome does but then there are issues with waking and full browser mode.

Has anyone had any luck using Tasker to launch apps in Fully kiosk?

For my problem i guess the sequence would be; when specific tile is tapped in FK it launches the spotify app. I can then navigate the spotify app and when I push the back button in the tablet  tasker pushes me back to FK



Allow choice of "same tab" or "new tab" (default) for Shortcuts

Adam 7 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 6 years ago 8 1 duplicate

I find that Shortcut tiles are opening in new tabs (safari Mac & iPad)

This is frustrating, because if you're running Actiontiles in a fullscreen window on an iPad, it actually opens Safari on a new app, so you can't even just swipe back, or tab back.

Could this be an option on the Link Settings?


Shortcut Tiles break when given custom label on a Panel

RobH 7 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 7 years ago 4

I have noticed that when the "Tile Label" field is filled out for a Shortcut Tile, the tile links to instead of the intended URL.  I was able to reproduce this with several of my Shortcuts, all of which work fine when the "Tile Label" field is cleared in the tile settings.

Is anyone else able to reproduce this?  I have only tried on Windows.


Launching Apps via a Javascript Tile (& other Javascript modules?)

faze 7 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Alan 7 years ago 10

I was unable to find a way to get an external app to launch via a shortcut in ActionTiles via Fully Kiosk Browser. Despite what the Fully documentation says the URL and intent methods don't work...

However the javascript method does, therefore I have knocked together a quick bit of JS (mostly sourced from Stack Overflow!) which I have dumped in a plain old HTML page (to make hosting easier). No documentation yet but its very basic so not really required file is here

As a side it would be really handy to be able to use JS in ActionTiles! This is just one use, back navigation would be another etc..

Android Fire

Thank-you for your creative and innovative research, Faze! -- Especially for sharing it with the ActionTiles Community...

This is worth exploration and discussion.

We can't allow "arbitrary" JS to be added to ActionTiles as it would introduce a range of risks. We may, however, be able to come up with a way for "plug-ins" to be officially submitted, reviewed, and made available.

For basic functionality like "back navigation", though, it is a lot easier for us, and both simple and beneficial to the maximum number of Customers, to just offer Special Tiles for the most obvious and popular requests.


iOS calendar shortcut goes to 2001

tradeorbuy 7 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 7 years ago 3

I've created a shortcut to iOS calendar, but when I click on it it goes to the year 2001? Any ideas?

The url is