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Static text on a tile?

Ryan McGinty 3 weeks ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 hours ago 3

I am wondering what the recommended method to simply add a tile that has information on it is? For instance, I am making an "Emergency Info" with the address, phone numbers for non-911 emergency services in my area etc. I just need to create a tile and essentially give it a caption. I've searched for other topics, but most get more complicated than what am looking to do. Is there a simple method to accomplish this? Thanks in advance for any information! 

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Nexxhome Garage controlller

Mike Geldert 4 weeks ago in Things & Capabilities updated by Ryan McGinty 5 hours ago 7

I received this garage controller for xmas and have set it up according to directions.  It's listed as "works with smartthings", and I've set it up in smartthings and it works great.  (shows current open/close status and will open or close the door by pressing the icon/button).

When I go to authorize this device in Actiontiles, it isn't showing up as a device. 


SmartThings Routines being discontinued

levi 3 days ago in Things & Capabilities updated by David Wright 6 hours ago 1

SmartThings is trying to phase out the Classic app, and has actually made it impossible to add new routines if you have deleted the existing ones in the Classic app. Is ActionTiles going to be adding Scene support? It seems like there is an API ( which is what was noted as the original issue (

Any word on this front?

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Change all Icons of the same Type at once?

Batman 5 months ago in Colors Icons Fonts Themes updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 7 hours ago 3

Is there a way to mass change icons? I want to change the on and off icons for all my switches, but it's getting tedious to do them all manually. Am I missing an easier way? In themes maybe? I'm not seeing it.


Show me your Panels! - Gallery 3 (enhanced Themes)

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 6 months ago in Colors Icons Fonts Themes updated by Megan Sheppard 8 hours ago 119

Continuing from very popular first 2 Galleries of Panels:


Here's a place for Customers to share your 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.

More details (Release Notes) about ActionTiles v6.10.0 (enhanced Theme Builder) are at:

The biggest changes and new Features of this Release are the enhancements made to Theme Builder (and thus, much more powerful customization of Panel Appearance). On a related note, Tiles also have new Animations and Effects options!

I've pasted a snapshot at the end of this Post showing off some of the new Theme Builder.

Be creative - Go Wild!

We have had many Customer requests to allow Panels to be more vibrant, cool, textured, and fabulous. The new options in Theme Builder make this possible. You can use Google to find "wallpaper" library websites - many of which allow hot-linking of the images as a Panel Background Image. Tweak the opacity/transparency value of the Tile Background Color (for each Tile Intention) using the Color Picker, to decide how much of the beautify background to show through. And/or you can strategically use more Blank Tiles as windows to parts of the background, such as the blossoms on a tree branch, or the moons in a fantasy solar system...

Share your Creations, please; as Comments:

Help inspire Customers to dive into the Enhanced Theme Builder. Let us know what wallpaper gallery websites you find attractive. Many of the images on such websites are completely free of restrictions for personal use.

Thousand thanks, everyone. Looking forward to seeing your Panels with just simple bits of flair as well as a few which will surely be incredible works of art. - No pressure! 😉

Please note: Per ActionTiles's Terms of Service, any or all images shared here may be used by ActionTiles for any purpose, including advertising and/or embedding in the app and/or our websites, social media, etc.. You are granting ActionTiles a perpetual royalty free unrestricted license to use the content you share in any way we see fit.

Thanks and ... have fun!

...Terry (& Alex)

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ecosmart light bulbs

Steve Brightman 8 hours ago in Things & Capabilities updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 8 hours ago 1

I purchased some eco smart bulbs from Home Depot and added them to SmartThings. These bulbs can be dimmed and also adjust the color temperature. The first screenshot shows how they appear in SmartThings. However when adding them as a tile in AT I can adjust the dimming but there is no color temperature adjustment - see second picture.


Dynamic Panel Shortcut?

Tom_G_2010 5 days ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles updated by Orange Bucket 8 hours ago 2

Is there anyway to create a panel shortcut tile that can return you to whatever previous panel you came from?

At present I have four Fire Tablets around the house and I am at a point where I have enough smart devices in my home that I have them grouped across several Action Tiles panels:  Bedrooms, Kitchen/Living Room, Basement, Yard, Cameras.On each table I have a home page panel that is unique that tablet location with location specific content.  At the bottom of that panel I have a set of panel shortcuts to navigate to the shared panels mentioned above.

From the Home page panel (Kitchen home page panel shown below) I can navigate to any of the shared panels such as the Downstairs panel show below that.  However, the only way back to the main menu I came from would be to have a main menu button to go to each tablet home page or an addition shared page with panel shortcuts for each.  The panel shortcut tiles needed for the first idea eat up to much screen real-estate.  the second idea works but requires two steps to get back to a main menu.

What I would like to do instead is have the main menu panel shortcut tiles trigger a script that notes what main menu I came from before sending me to the sub panel.  And, when use the Main Menu panel shortcut tile on that sub panel to return the script then sends me back to where I came from.

Any ideas on how to do that?  I'm wondering if I can use a URL shortcut tile instead of panel shortcuts and use those to trigger a script that would manage this...

Any ideas or input would be greatly appreciated.


Tom G.

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Open Android App or App activity via URL formatted Shortcut

Paulo Nóbrega 3 years ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by Nicholas OConnor 11 hours ago 212

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 2 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.


Ring Tile

Most of the Ring topics are years old. I guess I’m late to the party. In the gallery saw someone with a Ring tile.  What are they doing with the tile? Opening to live view? It seems pretty involved to get Ring on the panel. Or is not?  Still learning a bunch of stuff. I have a Ring 2. Thanks. 

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Script to load random photo into a Media Tile

Thyamine 8 months ago in Media Tiles / Images updated 3 days ago 2

For anyone else who is interested, I wanted a way to have photos load directly into a Media Tile, but I wanted it to change or randomize based on my own intervals.  I put together a script that I run every 10 minutes on my local Synology which looks at my photo folder, randomly selects a picture, saves it to a local folder with a set filename, and I can then point the Media Tile at. 

The Media Tile can be pointed at a static URL, and in the background the script does all the heavy lifting.  The tile just needs to know how often to reload which is dependent on how often you run the script to change the photo.



Let me know if you have any comments or questions.

- Thy


Link to panel from Thing

Chuoi Tieu 1 month ago in Shortcut Tiles updated by KamHouse 5 days 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?


GIF Stream Works 50% of the Time

Roger Lee 4 weeks ago in Media Tiles / Video Camera Feeds updated 6 days ago 1

I use iPhone X running iOS 13.2 The GIF still images stream feeds every 4 to 5 seconds from Hikvision NVR off of 6 cameras. It works 50% to 60% of the time. But the Panel often fails to display any image from any cameras. When it works, all cameras’ images would refresh every few seconds, which is what I want. But when it doesn’t work, all I see is “blanks” for all cameras. It’s either “all or none”. The frustrating part is I have tested many different ways, I could not figure out the pattern why 50% of the time would fail. I tried to swipe up and kill the browser. Still no help. But if I wait for 20minutes or an hour, it would show up. Then, It would work for few times or 10 times, and when I go back, the images would NOT show up AGAIN. Then I would try again and again, it would continue to show nothing. I would just give up and wait for 20 minutes or an hour, and it would work again!! Does it have to do with iPhone Safari browser’s caching mechanism? Is this iOS or Safari limitation? Does anyone have similar experience? Is there a way to fix it to make it 100% working and reliable?

Below are 2 screen captures: the 1st is to show the times that don’t load the images. The 2nd is the one that “works”.


Layout / Tile positioning

Tony4x4 6 days ago in Configuration & Settings 0

Hi there,

Even though I have owned AT for a year I am only now trying to get into it and use it. 

I am trying to understand the tile positioning and layout.

My assumption is that it is like a "word-wrap" and that AT will automatically position the tile where it can fit it. So in my screenshot below "5" is placed in the next available position.

Is there any move towards a more "rigid" type of tile placement?

The way I would see this working is that you would create a panel for each device you want to run AT on and drag and drop the tiles into a "fixed" position.

It could also be I am a newbie and don't know what I am talking about. :-)




firehd 7 no notifications

Greyski 1 week ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Amazon Fire updated 1 week ago 1
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Importing / Exporting Media & Shortcuts

Ted Lango 1 week ago in Media Tiles updated by Alex (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 week ago 1

I have several ActionTiles accounts for different locations and design some panels which have not only a large number of connected smarthings devices but have a very large number of shortcuts and media links.   Is it feasible to export these shortcuts and media links so that I could import them with other ActionTiles accounts?   If not, I'm not sure if this is a feature others are interested in; not only would an import/export function be useful in sharing media/shortcuts across accounts, but I wouldn't mind having a backup of what I build if I was ever to migrate it to another account.

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embedding panel into iframe - shortcut issue

Bryan Mack 3 weeks ago in Panels (dashboards) updated 1 week ago 2

I am developing a panel for my rec room. I use a few different actiontiles panels within iframes of a website I host on my own domain. Everything works swimmingly except for shortcuts to apps on the tablet. These shortcuts (in the screenshot, my shortcuts are "Darts", "Sonos", and "Roku", which open their respective apps on the fire 10 tablet) work just fine when I view the panel directly via actiontiles app or URL -- but once I embed the panel to an iFrame, those 3 shortcuts simply do nothing any more. All of the other buttons retain their functionality. Any ideas on how to get the shortcuts working?  I'm using Android Fire 10 tablet and Fully browser.


Creating Multi-Section Panels using iFRAMES

Ike O. 11 months ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Bryan Mack 1 week ago 9

Some people are wondering how I created my iframe Action Tiles panel and I wanted to share a very simple guideline here.

First of all, if you want to use Iframes your pages must be hosted either in a local web server or one of those cheap web hosting sites. Creating a local host is actually a very simple process.

Let me share how my iPad on the wall looks like:

This is a simple webpage with a bunch of Iframes in it.

Each frame reads a panel URL or Jpeg picture from the server. 

If we break it down it would look like this:

And if I took everything out, it would look like this:

You can use any webpage editor to create Iframes. You just give the coordinates, the size and that's it. I even saw online iframe creators while searching for ways to do this. 

Here is an example of how Iframe looks like in an editor:

Pros : 

- Your imagination is your limit:) You can create amazing looking panels.

- You don't have to switch between the panels. you can direct an URL to any Iframe you want.

Cons :

- Tablet browsers are not in love with Iframes. Especially older models. Maybe once a month or so I see my browser just shut down, I have to start the browser again. (though that might be due to camera feeds, not to sure)

- addition to above, Ipads are sooo not friendly to iframes:)) (2015 and earlier)

Please feel free to ask any questions (keep in mind I am not a coder and/or web site designer, just a hobbyist:)))

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Generic Information Tile

Jeff Davis 2 years ago in Things & Capabilities / CoRE and webCoRE updated by El Lobo 2 weeks ago 23

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:



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“Connecting” message appears weekly

Gerry Chiariello 2 weeks ago updated 2 weeks ago 2

I have 4 wall mounted Kindle Fire 8s running ActionTiles with FullyKiosk browser and DAK Board sleep screen.  In the past month, one or two of the panels will show “connecting” while the others are fine. I have had this setup for a year with few issues.  This “connecting” screen issue however is recurring on a weekly basis.  I see there was a prior thread on this that is now closed, but I am curious if there is any solution other than returning to home screen and logging back in.  Any input would be appreciated.