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Air Quality Sensor Capability CAQI (or AQI or µg/m³)

Michael Evan 3 days ago in Things & Capabilities • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 days ago 7

EDIT by Moderator:


    "name": "Air Quality Sensor",
    "status": "live",
    "attributes": {
        "airQuality": {
            "schema": {
                "type": "object",
                "additionalProperties": false,
                "properties": {
                    "value": {
                        "type": "integer",
                        "minimum": 0,
                        "maximum": 100
                    "unit": {
                        "type": "string",
                        "enum": [
                        "default": "CAQI"


how do I control multiple lights with one tile

Hossdcop 4 weeks ago in Things & Capabilities • updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 weeks ago 1

new to this whole thing.  I have several Hue lights in one room that I want to control with one tile?  I am sure it is is an easy fix I just cant find it.


Estimated Time Of Arrival

Orange Bucket 1 month ago in Things & Capabilities / Non-SmartThings APIs • updated 1 month ago 1

I'd like to request that the "Estimated Time Of Arrival" capability be supported.

The capability has a single 'eta' attribute which is an ISO 8601 date so any implementation might like to allow a date format string to be specified.

The ETA has a wide variety of potential uses. There could ETAs for people. There could be ETAs of buses at stops, trains at stations, and planes at airports. There could be broader interpretations such as next appointments or medication times. 

Basically it can be used for anything that needs a date and time and it is an 'official' capability.

Fix Planned

Turn off Unlock confirmation

BartLanz 2 years ago in Things & Capabilities • updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 5

When I press the tile to unlock my door it prompts with "Would you like to unlock "lock name"? Is there a way to turn this function off? I would like the door to simply unlock.


Hi Bart,

I'm sorry, but that's currently not a configurable option. We have that hard-coded for a couple of Tile types (Garage Door too, I think).

We'll consider making it an option if more folks request it.


Valve Tile needs PIN security protection

Dan Crandall 10 months ago in Things & Capabilities • updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 7

I find that the Tile Security option is not available for my Main Water Valve Tile. This device is a listed as Type: Z-Wave Water Valve. For obvious reason, I would like to not have this valve closed by accidental activation.

On Hold: Discussion Open

Generic Information Tile

Jeff Davis 11 months ago in Things & Capabilities / CoRE and webCoRE • updated by Joey 1 month ago 16

I would like to see a generic information tile that I could programmatically update with something like WebCoRE.  The title of the tile should also be user-defined.

Example 1: Post the name and time of the last motion sensor triggered within a tile entitled "Recent Activity."

Example 2: Post the name and time of the last person who left the premises within a tile entitled "Last to Leave."

Example 3: Post the time when motion is first encountered in the morning within a tile entitled "Rise and Shine."

... so why not set a text string variable for a simulated device? Then Action Tiles could just display it like any other device tile, maybe?

Probably something we've also answered several times, though I can't find an exact Topic match to point to...

ActionTiles is designed to conform to the SmartThings Capability paradigm. It abstracts the set of Commands and Attributes of any Device into a specific Capability or Capabilities with a standard documented definition.

Because we can trust this definition, we can trust that the Tile Types we define based on each Capability will function as expected.

SmartThings currently also allows a Device Type Handler developer to add arbitrary ad-hoc / custom Commands and/or Attributes, but there are absolutely no standards for this. One developer might call an Attribute "fullness" and another call it "volume". Without the Capability standards, ActionTiles would have to have an Artificial Intelligence engine; or major enhancements to the Builder to allow ad-hoc / custom Tile Types to be defined in concert with such arbitrary custom Commands and Attributes.

But we also invite DTH developers to make use of Capabilities that are documented, but don't have any common use case examples. Maybe Capability "Notification" could be something we could latch onto. But why bother if nobody uses it?

Yes... This isn't totally out of the question; but there's a lot of evolution going on at SmartThings right now (a whole new API!!!); and that's just one of many reasons to defer in-depth work on this.

Please do browse the various related Topics, though ... these and more:




Show Current Light color in the Color Picker

Jeff Terrace 2 months ago in Things & Capabilities • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 3

It doesn't look like the *current* color of an RGB light shows up anywhere on the dashboard. Even if you pick a color from the color selector, the next time you open it up, the color isn't selected. Am I missing something?


There's a bug such that only DTHs which also set the deprecated Attribute "color" in "#rrggbb" format will trigger the Tile to display the Color Bulb in the footer.

The updated Capability spec only requires Hue and Saturation to be set by a DTH, so we need to fix our code sometime for this.

We'll note this and leave this Topic open for related discussion.

Thanks for finding this little quirk!


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Scale or change units value of Power Meter

Orange Bucket 3 months ago in Things & Capabilities • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 months ago 1

My Power Meter tiles currently displays power usage in watts, optionally with decimals. That's fine and dandy but for display purposes I'd find it useful to be able to apply a multiplier to the value supplied by SmartThings so I can use my own units. Those units might be kilowatts, ergs per second, horsepower, BTU per hour or (much) more likely my own user defined units which may differ for each device. With or without a multiplier it would be useful to be able to override the footer text for the tile.

There is also an ulterior motive, as using two of the less expensive available smart plugs in the UK (Hive Active Plug and Salus SP600) with the Zigbee Switch Power DTH to avoid using a custom DTH results in a reported power usage that is a factor of ten too low for whatever reason. So my choice of user defined units would 'correct' that. Again if I can't scale the value being able to have e.g. 'Power / 10' as the footer text would be a useful visual aid for me.

I guess parts of this may have the potential to fall foul of 'Works With SmartThings' in some way, but it is worth asking.


Anyone control Robovac hoover with ActionTiles?

Has anyone know or have done  on action tiles that controls there if hoover. Just something I through the of last night as mine is set on a timer. But if I need it to come out for a reason I have to use the remote to get it out or ask Alexa. But would be good if I could just press a tile to start it. 

I’m quite new to scene of tiles and all.  I have  added what I have as smart devices to it. But a couple I can’t at the moment which I no can’t as yet but I’ve not seen or heard anything bout a hoover. 

Anyone got any ideas?!!


Battery in footer for Thermostat Tile?

Alex Hart 2 years ago in Things & Capabilities • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 months ago 2

I am looking to see if the battery percentage is on the thermostat. I see it for temp, humidity and battery tiles, but not the thermostat tiles. Is it planned for the single and dual thermostat tiles in v6?


Main Tiles for Things which are typically not powered by Batteries (e.g., Outlets, Switches, and Thermostats, ...) curently do not have the battery option available for their footers.

Thermostats are a good example, I guess, of Things that some Customer power via Battery (due to lack of a C-Wire from their heating/cooling system). We will try to add Battery as an option someday.

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Run webCoRE pistons from ActionTiles

Essavant 1 year ago in Things & Capabilities / CoRE and webCoRE • updated by Kevin1 4 months ago 21

Is there planned support for WebCore? I'd like to remove all my SmartThings Automations Routines and replace with WebCore automations - and I would, except I would lose the ability to use them as Routine Tile(s) in ActionTiles Panels.


That makes more sense... ☺️ It didn't occur to me that webCoRE Pistons are used as form of "super Routine".

Not currently in our immediate plans...

  • webCoRE users are a relatively small bunch of customers (though growing...).
  • There's a pretty easy (?) available workaround for power-users: Create Virtual Momentary Buttons or some other triggers for your Piston.

But we'll leave this Topic open to collect  Votes  and discussion. Don't forget to Vote on your own Topic... Thanks!!!

Answered: Discussion Open

Skybell image or alerts in ActionTiles?

I have a SkyBell HD on the front door. Is it possible to get the  Picture or Alert when the door bell rings into AT ? 


Waiting for Customer

Controlling TV Box & Media Players, Opening Apps?

R Gadson 4 months ago in Things & Capabilities / Non-"Works With SmartThings" devices • updated by Gilbert 4 months ago 2

Has anyone figured out to control a TV or cable box via using AT?  I am just learning but love AT so far.  Still struggling with adding music as well as I keep receiving an error that AT can't open the other app!


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API Calls to external services

Luis Arano (AuthEx) 7 months ago in Things & Capabilities / Non-SmartThings APIs • updated by luikiedook 4 months ago 4

So I mounted a monitor on one of the walls near my kitchen to use Action Tiles.

How cool would it be if we could write our own API calls with expected return values?

For instance, I know we can call out to "Media" and return maps, gifs, video, etc. How about calling out a a weather service (think using our own API keys, we could retrieve weather information for whatever timeframe we specify.

I was home alone watching a movie, I walked over to my kitchen and I knew I had put in a Pizzahut order, but it was taking so long. My first reaction was to look at that monitor, not sure why, but I know that if I had a tile where I could enter a webhook, I would totally use it for this and a bunch of other things...

Any thoughts?


Control Abode home security?

Hello! I am looking for a way to use my actiontiles to control my Abode home security system. I have 3 wall mounted tabllets by all entrances into the home. I dont want to add the Abode keypad as it is not very attractive. I know there is no direct support but is there a workaround someone can help me with?

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Answered: Discussion Open

ActionTiles for TP Link (& others?)

skk85 6 months ago in Things & Capabilities / Non-SmartThings APIs • updated by Tammie Tharp 4 months ago 2


Are there ways to add Non smarthings like TP link smart plug, Yeelight etc to the tiles.?

On Hold: Discussion Open

FortrezZ Flow Meter Interface

Mike Wren 4 months ago in Things & Capabilities / Non-"Works With SmartThings" devices • updated by Kevin1 4 months ago 2

We just installed a FortrezZ Flow Meter Interface (FMI) on our main water line. This device measures water consumption (tallies number of gallons) and flow rate (gallons per minute).  The device handler also stores a resettable tally of usage and high flow rates.

If we could show a tally of number of gallons, flow rate (gpm), or even a resettable tally to display on a spare tablet in our kids bathroom - it could be a very useful tool to help show the impact of leaving the water running while brushing teeth, length of time in the shower, water usage of bath vs. shower.


Below is the hardware description in SmartThings API, please let me know if there's any additional data I can provide to help integration of this product with ActionTiles! 

Deferred: Voting Open

Support for Hubitat?

I have a license for ActionTiles that I only just did a minimalistic setup of to POC wall mounted tablets as an interface to my smart home. I am writing to officially ask if ActionTiles can be enhanced to support Hubitat.

I would love it if This system could be migrated over to support it, and will happily buy another device license for that system.



Hubitat has created their own specialized web-app which mimics a lot of the functionality of ActionTiles. We're happy to see that product continuing to evolve and attract interest.

Realistically, we have plenty of consumer facing and non-consumer facing SmartThings related development to focus on before we can even consider diversion of resources to a niche platform. SmartThings is our birthplace and it is the platform of all our supportive customers' homes. The Votes on this Topic indicate that the future is open to many possibilities and the door remains open to anything ... eventually.

Answered: Discussion Open

Changing units of Voltage Measurement Tile

Hi All,

I have a voltage sensor in ST actually measuring Water Tank levels and so was wanting to be able to have a % symbol rather than the 'V' units on the tile. I do have % showing in ST but I presume AT doesn't pull the unit from ST.

So is there a way for me to change the measurement unit symbol for the Voltage Sensor tile?



Homey (by Athom) flows?

Hello all

I've been working some bit with ActionTiles and Homey in my home to select on the best fit solution. Don't know how popular I will get with this, but my opinion is Homey serves the best automation flows from a easy GUI interface and better connectivity options, but AT gives a far better remote/dashboard presentation. So the questions is... would it be possible to be creative and get the best of both...

What I like to achieve is having commands like a virtual device or virtual simulation in AT to trigger flows in Homey. Is this doable and if yes, can someone explain this please? 

Thanks a lot!