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Feature Outage: MTG Calendar Tile [2018/11/17 0300h PST-]

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 hours ago in Announcements / Outages • updated 2 hours ago 0

A side-effect of last night's regular security maintenance has caused the Calendar Tile function of the MTG Media Tile Generator to fail.

We are researching and will update this post with updates.


Show me your Panels! - Gallery 2

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago in Panels (dashboards) • updated by esalomo 6 hours ago 2

Continuing from very popular first Gallery of Panels:

Here's a place for Customers to share their Panels and related stories. This content may be copied to other sharing services like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc..

NB: Inquiries about the techniques used to create the particular Panels, frames, etc., may be spun off by the Moderator into new Topics or Help Desk tickets to avoid too much threading here.

On Hold: Discussion Open

Tile for Plex

MR landen 11 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles • updated by Danny Hathaway yesterday at 12:15 p.m. 11

Please add a Tile(s) that can control Plex.


We are not planning on interfacing directly to various non-SmartThings platforms (be it Plex, Wink, Vera, Home Assistant, ...) at this time.

If someone develops a conforming "Media Controller" Device Type Handler for Plex for SmartThings, then ActionTiles's Media Control Tile will interface with it.

Answered: Discussion Open

iPad Kiosk app? Wake on front camera motion?

BigSlade 1 week ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Apple • updated by Ike O. yesterday at 12:59 a.m. 4

I tried to search the forum for this answer, but could not find anything.  I was looking to create another smart panel for my house and have an iPad Gen 2 laying around and figured I would try to repurpose this.  Unfortunately I can't seem to find anything like Fully Kiosk that will wake up the screen on motion.  From the show me your tiles post I know there are a lot of people using iPads, so what are you using?  Or is the display just always on?  Thanks in advance.

In Progress

Auto Hide Smart Home Monitor Selection Window

Admiral Nelson 2 days ago in Panels (dashboards) • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 days ago 2

When you select the SHM Tile a popup window appear at the bottom with the selection Away, Home, Disarm.  

Once a selection is made, it would be great to have the window automaticaly disappear. 

As it stand now, the window remain active until you either click the X or anywhere else outside the window. 




The popup window is currently set to automatically close 30 seconds after the last tap.

The upcoming update includes major redesign of the popups, so you concern will certainly be addressed.


Amazon Fire & Fully discussion

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Amazon Fire • updated by esalomo 2 days ago 133

Just posting this link here for now for reference:

I need to use AT for pet sitters to be able to interact with ST when staying at my house. I don't want them to have access to my iPad because all of my Apple devices all linked nor do I want to share the ST app with them, so I bought the 3 pack 8" Fire tablets during Prime deals which will be dedicated to AT/ST. Last night, I was able to install Fully Kiosk Browser and set it up to turn on w motion. The only problem I can't seem to fix is that it still turns on to the lock screen. I am hoping someone can give me some settings to fix this. These tablets are Fire HD 8 (7th Generation) so I am hoping this was not just a feature in previous versions.

Readers are encouraged to browse Fully's website, as it contains a direct link to the APK and descriptions of all the features.

Answered: Discussion Open

Is there a URL for a specific Tile action?

Alex 3 days ago in Panels (dashboards) • updated 2 days ago 4

Hi folks - I use Launcher to automate / launch different apps and thing on my iOS devices, I was wondering if there's a way to "click" a momentary contact switch that lives on one of my panels.

For example, my garage door opener button.  Right now, I'd unlock the phone, click my ActionTiles panel icon (which opens Safari in full screen) and click the button to open the door.

What I'd like to be able to do, is using Launcher, from a Notification Center widget, click the button on the widget that would in turn click the button on the tile.

Ignoring the obvious security implications, I really just wanted to see if it would work, or if there's a better solution.

Thoughts?  Thanks for a killer app and product!

Discuss & Vote

Larger Media Tile Video 6x4 rather than 3x3

Str2der 12 months ago in Media Tiles • updated by Lain B 3 days ago 7

I have a 7" tablet in my hallway. It shows the image of the camera outside the door and I also have some tiles with weather and some switches. Works great.

However - I have made the camera tile 3x2 (as big as possible with ok aspect ratio) and the other tiles 1x1 and made the tiles 200 px. That way - the camera tile is big enough to see from down the hallway, but the 1x1 tiles are way too big.

If I make the tiles 100 px, the 1x1 tiles are perfect in size, but the camera tile is very tiny.

Is it possible to increase the size of the camera tile to, let's say, 6x4?

Thanks in advance!

// Anders

Discuss & Vote

Blank tile colors

Bergstrom, Gunnar 2 years ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles • updated by Orange Bucket 3 days ago 3

Can you please add options to the Blank tiles so the user can set colors to any of the colors used by Action Tiles. This would give the user some flexibility in filling in the black spaces when using the Elements theme.


More Tile Intentions than 4 for use in Custom Themes

Lain B 3 days ago in Colors Icons Fonts Themes • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 days ago 0

Of course separate colors for every tile would give ultimate control to the look of your panel but getting 2 or 3 more Tile Intentions/Styles in a Custom Theme would probably be easier to implement for the time being.

Discuss & Vote

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"

Solution Exists

Some sensors never change status

tlong 5 days ago • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 4 days ago 3

I have several sensors that won't update (motion sensors mainly). I have gone through and deauthorized everything, then reauthorized - and that fixes it for about 5 minutes. And the motion sensors on the Ring and Arlo cameras are hit & miss at best. I'm at a loss on what to do. It worked seamlessly until about 3 months ago or so. 


Please try this (we need to make it a KB/FAQ):

  1. Using SmartThings Classic App: Automation / SmartApps / "ActionTiles V6 (Connect)" - UNINSTALL
  2. then in ActionTiles, My Locations / ➕, even if the Location (hub) is already listed.

SmartThings cloud has been sketchy and loses SmartApp preferences, we think. This resets it.

If still not working, contact for further diagnostics.

Please don't wait 3 months!!! 


... Terry.

Answered: Discussion Open

Open Android App or App activity via URL formatted Shortcut

Paulo Nóbrega 2 years ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 5 days ago 125

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 11 months 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.


Share your favorite Weather Media Tiles?

Den 2 years ago in Media Tiles / Weather & Traffic • updated by Fraser 5 days ago 113

This national weather radar is so far my most useful Media Tile. I configured it for 3x2 tile size. Someday I intend to have a front door camera Media Tile.

  • If the image in a Post has been placed with a full URL link to the original; just right-click and choose "Copy image address."
  • There might be enough clues in the address to find the source website so you can find variations, such as local weather.
  • When posting, if you used the "<>" (HTML edit feature) to surround the URL of the image source with <pre> and </pre>, then the URL will be show in text instead of the image ... or try the "Code" Formatting option (under the paragraph symbol ¶).

Discuss & Vote

Return to Favorite Panel or top of Panel upon timeout

Don Baldaccini 3 weeks ago in Panels (dashboards) • updated by RonV42 1 week ago 5

I just started using AT and it's really fantastic. I am currently running it on a Galaxy phone and I was trying 3x3 size tiles which are great for the clock and a radar feed. When all the tiles don't fit on the display you have to swipe up or down to see them all. It would be great if you could have a setting that lets say after xx seconds of inactivity it swipes itself up or down to fully display the clock and radar feed or whatever you want to see as large as possible. Two 3x3 tiles display perfectly on the Galaxy phone in landscape position.

Answered: Discussion Open

Smart Home Monitor with delay & professional monitoring

Eric Roberts 3 months ago in Security • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 week ago 7

I've been reading posts here and on the Smartthings site and I'm having trouble confirming that I can accomplish this type of setup.  I want to be able to use ActionTiles to arm and disarm SHM with a pin pad and a delayed entry and exit.  I'd also like to sign up with either Scout or the new service Noonlight for professional monitoring.  

I know that these things can all be done separately with ActionTiles pin pad option and the Smart App SHM Delay V2.  I just don't know if they can all be combined together to replicate our current ADT monitored panel.

I'm not looking for step by step, I'm just trying to confirm that it's currently possible and if people are happy with this type of setup. 

  1. I personally agree that Presence Sensors (of nearly any sort) are often less-than-reliable, and would not based alarm system Armed/Disarmed status on them.
  2. ActionTiles's PIN Protected SHM Tile, in concert with the SHM Delay SmartApp from the SmartThings Community, should reliably replicate the entry/exit grace delay behavior. I presume comments on that SmartThings Community Topic will give a good indication as to reliability.
  3. ActionTiles is not currently compatible with SHM in the new SmartThings App. While you can use this App for other features, you can have the SmartThings Classic App still installed and usable for configuring and managing Classic SHM.
  4. You can also use an alternative Alarm SmartApp such as Smart Alarm (in the Classic App "Marketplace"), or perhaps one that has been written as a webCoRE piston, etc.. You can use a PIN Protected Virtual Switch Tile to control such SmartApps.
  5. One thing that traditional alarm panels usually offer is a pre-arming "zone-alert" that indicates a window or door is not currently closed or there is motion detected somewhere in the house. Some let you selectively do a one-time "bypass" of these sensors so you can just get on with your day. You can display your various sensors on your ActionTiles Panel to help; but there is no "bypass" option provided by SmartThings... except on their ADT Security Hub product. Hopefully they extend this functionality to future versions or variation on SHM. I think this was a feature of Smart Alarm.
  6. Your current monitored ADT Panel may or may not have had cellular backup functionality. Both SmartThings and ActionTiles require the internet to function properly. I would recommend that you have some physical way of disabling any sirens you install, just in case. And make sure you understand the False Alarm policies of your monitoring company and local safety services providers. You may need an Alarm Permit for your jurisdiction.

In short; SmartThings + ActionTiles + a reputable monitor is a good solution. Hopefully over time, though, we'll all get better at matching and exceeding the features of traditional dedicated systems, like ADT.

There are actually many benefits (other than just cost savings...) to using SmartThings, etc., that help make up for the current drawbacks. There is a lot of current flexibility. You can even add on SimpliSafe or Ring and unofficially hook them up together, to enhance reliability and give you more options than just Scout, Noonlight, or other integrations.

Solution Exists

Browser time and Clock Tile is off -5 hours

Bryantrichar 2 weeks ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Amazon Fire • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 3

For some reason on my new Fire HD 8 7th edition, in two different browsers the time is +5 hours. Time is right on iPhone and Laptop. Tried Fully and Chrome


Fire HD 8 via Fully

Fire Android

Hi Bryan,

The Clock Tile "uses" the System Time of your Tablet / Phone / PC; but relies on the browser's interface to the operating system (FireOS, in this case) to pass  in the correct current time, accounting for the Time Zone, DST, and so on.

My guess is that there is there is either an incorrect setting in FireOS (check your various date/time Android Settings for the tablet), or an obscure bugin FireOS that is perhaps triggered by a temporary glitch in GPS or Network "location services" (and thus cannot determine the correct Time Zone) or the change from Daylight Saving Time to Real Time.

My own Fire HD8 Tablet (and Fire HD7 Tablet) are showing the correct time (in Pacific Time).

So, please:

  1. Reboot the tablet (completely shut it down and turn it on again). That might be completely sufficient.
  2. Drag down from the top of the screen and press the GEAR to examine all the FireOS Settings. In particular, check the "Date & Time" section. I use "Automatic Time Zone"; but you may want to toggle this off and on, or even set it to off and manually select your Time Zone.

Please let me know what happens - though there may be nothing ActionTiles can do about it if we are accessing the system date according to the Javascript specifications.



Mostly Answered: Topic Closed

Show me your Panels! - Gallery 1

M2 2 years ago in Panels (dashboards) • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 221

Hi Everyone - new here but am pretty excited about this App. To me, it seems to smartly tie the Smart Home together. As a newbie, I am very interested in see everyone's creative panels. I would post up first but I don't think a few light switches, a clock and the weather are too interesting.


Amazing work everything and thank-you so much for sharing! 😄

This Topic has become super long now, so I've Closed it and started a fresh Topic... Please visit and post to:


Arbitrary Target window/frame ID option for Shortcut Tiles

Orange Bucket 2 weeks ago in Shortcut Tiles • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks 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.


Forgotten Password reset link does not work

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 weeks ago in Security • updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 3

The Forgot Password link (sent via email after requesting it on the ActionTiles login page) just takes Customer back to the Login Page, rather than to a page to on which the Customer can set their password.