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Routines

brendanwheatley 10 months ago • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 week ago 6

I'm new to smart things and now action tiles. I'm having trouble understanding routines. I have selected a routine to create a tile, but I can't make it do anything. I've looked over this forum and can't find anything that talks about what they are in depth. I thought they might allow me to automate things. It looks like there is an area when building tiles to select from different ones, but it is empty. Any help would be huge. Thanks

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First question, Brendan:


Please note that ActionTiles just executes routines that you define in the SmartThings Classic App.


  • Are you using the SmartThings Classic App, or the new SmartThings (Samsung Connect) App?
  • "Routines" don't really exist in the new App; so please be sure to use SmartThings Classic.


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  • Where are you getting stuck in the SmartThings Classic App Routine creation and execution?


Thanks,

...Terry.

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Scenes are a "redesign" of Routines.

I've been working with SmartThings for over 6 years - since their Kickstarter release. Routines barely existed at first, and then the SmartThings Community wondered why the SmartThings App didn't have basic lighting Scenes (which are very common in home automation products for decades) ... but were told that Routines were more powerful than just "Scenes".

Fast forward a few years and Samsung finally replaced Routines with Scenes - well... Routines still exist until the SmartThings Classic App is gone.

We are testing "Scene activation Tiles" for ActionTiles right now, actually - and once the quirks are worked out, are looking forward to releasing this powerful feature.

...Terry.

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Hi Melody,

ActionTiles Routine Tiles can only activate Routine created in the SmartThings (Classic) App.

We will soon be adding functionality for "Scene Tiles" which can activate SmartThings Scenes (which can be created in the SmartThings Classic App, or new SmartThings App.

ActionTiles cannot trigger Routines or Scenes on other devices. But search the SmartThings Community for possible ways to trigger Google Home and Alexa routines.  https://community.SmartThings.com 

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Waiting for Customer

First question, Brendan:


Please note that ActionTiles just executes routines that you define in the SmartThings Classic App.


  • Are you using the SmartThings Classic App, or the new SmartThings (Samsung Connect) App?
  • "Routines" don't really exist in the new App; so please be sure to use SmartThings Classic.


Next...


  • Where are you getting stuck in the SmartThings Classic App Routine creation and execution?


Thanks,

...Terry.

Thanks! That sorted it. Why did they even come up with a new app?

I had the same question.  This sort of makes sense.

In the new SmartThings App, you can define "Scenes"  What is the difference between scenes and routines?

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Scenes are a "redesign" of Routines.

I've been working with SmartThings for over 6 years - since their Kickstarter release. Routines barely existed at first, and then the SmartThings Community wondered why the SmartThings App didn't have basic lighting Scenes (which are very common in home automation products for decades) ... but were told that Routines were more powerful than just "Scenes".

Fast forward a few years and Samsung finally replaced Routines with Scenes - well... Routines still exist until the SmartThings Classic App is gone.

We are testing "Scene activation Tiles" for ActionTiles right now, actually - and once the quirks are worked out, are looking forward to releasing this powerful feature.

...Terry.

Hi i want to make a tile that triggers a google home routine (which turns on my lights through smartthings and plays a google play music playlist). Or, can i use a tile to just trigger the smarrthings lights and google playlist without using google home/assistant?

Either would be fine

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Hi Melody,

ActionTiles Routine Tiles can only activate Routine created in the SmartThings (Classic) App.

We will soon be adding functionality for "Scene Tiles" which can activate SmartThings Scenes (which can be created in the SmartThings Classic App, or new SmartThings App.

ActionTiles cannot trigger Routines or Scenes on other devices. But search the SmartThings Community for possible ways to trigger Google Home and Alexa routines.  https://community.SmartThings.com