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Virtual Switches to trigger other integrations (IFTTT etc)?

cgmckeever 3 months ago in Panels (dashboards) / Special Tiles • updated 3 months ago 2

Is there any way to create a custom 'virtual' button/switch that can be tied to a different action? My example is primarily for use with IFTTT. If ActionTiles had a button action (pressed) or switch (on/off) I could add arm/disarm of ARLO and other smart integrations. 

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There are a few ways this can be done, but the most common at this time is to use one or more SmartThings "Virtual Switch"...

For some technical background and lively discussion, see this Topic in the SmartThings Community Forum:  https://community.smartthings.com/t/faq-creating-a-virtual-device/11282?u=tgauchat



Our own KB/FAQ gives an example (but also outlined below):  Grouping lights, controlling multiple switches with one Tile

Use the SmartThings (Classic) App / Marketplace / +More / Virtual Device Creator SmartApp.

Once you have created Virtual Switches (that SmartApp also can create Virtual Dimmers), test them in the SmartThings App and use them as triggers IFTTT Recipes.

Use the ActionTiles / My Locations / (+) to add the Virtual Switches you created to the Authorized Things selected list, and then you can add them as Tiles to any Panel.

Stumbled on this late last night as well ... It works perfectly, its sort of a pain to get going, but learning about this graph api was awesome!