If you want a quick and easy way to monitor your home while you’re away, here’s how to set up the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit.

What Is SmartThings?

SmartThings is a smarthome product line from Samsung that aims to be a user-friendly way for homeowners and renters alike to keep tabs on their domain while they’re away from home. The main Home Monitoring Kit includes the necessary hub, two multipurpose sensors (open/close sensors for doors and windows), one motion sensor, and one smart outlet. It’s not much to outfit your entire house, but for a small apartment, the kit itself can work rather well. Thankfully, SmartThings has all sorts of sensors and devices that you can buy separately to completely deck out your house or apartment, including cameras and even water leak sensors. You can also connect other third-party devices to SmartThings, like Philips Hue, Kwikset smart locks, and more (Samsung has a full compatibility list available). That way, they can work together with your various sensors for a seamless smarthome experience. So, if you want to turn your Philips Hue lights on whenever the front door opens, SmartThings makes this possible. Setting up the SmartThings kit is really easy with the help of the SmartThings app, so if you don’t already have the app downloaded, go ahead and grab it from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. When you open up the app, tap on “Sign Up” to create an account. You’ll then enter your name, email address, and a password. Tap Next in the bottom-right corner to continue. Select the country you live in and hit “Next”. On the next screen, you’ll enter in the code that came with your SmartThings kit. It’s a big six-digit code printed on a piece of paper inside of the box. Tap “Next” on the next page. You’ll now connect your SmartThings hub to your home network. Start by taking off the bottom cover and inserting the four AA batteries. These are backup batteries in case your power goes out. Put the cover back on when this is done. Next, plug in the ethernet cable to the hub, and the other end into an open port on your router. After that, connect the power adapter and plug it into an available wall receptacle. Wait for the hub to boot up and you’ll soon see three small LED lights appear on the front. Hit “Next” in the app when you see these lights. On the next screen, give your home a custom name if you want, and upload an optional photo. Down below, you can also set up geofencing, but none of these things are required. Hit “Next” in the top-right corner to continue. The next screen will say that your hub is now connected. Hit “Next”. You’ll now begin connecting your various sensors to the hub and begin arming and monitoring your residence. Tap on “OK, got it.” down at the bottom to get started. Take off the back plate from the sensor and remove the mounting template and the battery tab on the side. Once you do this, the sensor will automatically start pairing to the hub. With the smart outlet included in the kit, you’ll simply press the small button on the front to begin pairing it. When it pairs, it will confirm it in the app. Hit “Next”. On the next screen, you can give the sensor a custom name and add it to a room. Rooms are helpful for when you have multiple devices in one room, making it easier to monitor and set up automation for specific rooms. Hit “Done” and then “Next” to complete the setup process for that sensor. If it’s an open/close sensor, go ahead and mount it on a door or window using screws or the included 3M sticky pads. After you’re done with the sensor, you can move onto learning about the Smart Home Monitor feature in the SmartThings app. Tap “Next”. There’s a video that you can watch that explains what Smart Home Monitor is. Essentially, it’s your one-stop shop to see if everything in your house is okay and that all your sensors are in the correct state. If not (like if Smart Home Monitor says that the back door is open), you’ll receive an alert letting you know of this. After you watch the video, the setup process is done and you’ll now see the Dashboard in the SmartThings app. If it shows just a blank white screen, you can tap on the settings gear icon in the upper-right corner to configure Smart Home Monitor again to hopefully make it show up this time, but if it’s still not appearing, give it a little bit of time. This appears to be a bug with the app currently. To configure Smart Home Monitor, start by tapping on the settings gear icon in the upper-right corner. Tap on “Security”. By default, all of your sensors will be armed to monitor your house, but you can turn off the toggle switch and select specific sensors. Hit “Next” when you’re done. On the next screen, choose what kind of notifications you want to receive. You’ll need third-party devices to alert with sirens or lights, or you can just get text and audio notifications. Hit “Done” when you choose a notification method. Tap on “Done” again to finalize the configuration. From the main screen, you can add more SmartThings devices to your setup. To do this, start by tapping on the “My Home” tab at the bottom. Next, tap on the “+” icon in the top-right corner of the screen. When the pop-up at the bottom appears, select “Add a Thing”. At the top, tap on “Connect Now”. As with the first sensor that you set up, take off the back plate, remove the mounting template, and remove the battery tab to begin pairing it to your SmartThings hub. When it finds the sensor, you can hit “Done” and go through the same process as before with your first sensor, like naming it and putting it into a specific room. After you’ve set up all of your sensors and devices, you can begin to monitor and arm your house at any time. From the main screen, you can quickly change your home’s status, so when your house is “armed”, you’ll receive notifications when anything happens. When it’s disarmed, you won’t receive any notifications. Tapping on “Right Now” will also show you the state of each sensor and device, letting you quickly look to see if a door has been left open or if someone is occupying a room. You’ll notice in the screenshot below that there are two states of “Arm” available. There’s “Arm (Away)” and “Arm (Stay)”. The former is when you’re not home at all, and the latter is when you’re home, but are sleeping or you just want the security in place for your own piece of mind. When you configure Smart Home Monitor, you can choose which sensors and devices alert you when something happens with each armed state. So I could setup certain sensors to be armed in “Arm (Away)” and other sensors to be armed during “Arm (Stay)”. For example, “Arm (Away)” may have all sensors enabled, but “Arm (Stay)” might only have door sensors enabled, so you aren’t setting off motion detectors when walking around your house. 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Modified on: Thu, 16 Sep, 2021 at 5:19 PM This solution shows you how setup and use ‘SmartThings Home Monitor’ in Smart Home Hub with SmartThings Connect app. SmartThings Home Monitor is used to easily setup a security system that allows you to arm/disarm your home and notify you in case of a break-in, water leak, or potential fire or smoke. It forms part of a broader guide on managing and using Smart Home Hub which can be found here.

Setup SmartThings Home Monitor

SmartThings Home Monitor in the SmartThings app harnesses your smart devices for custom home security and monitoring, giving you peace of mind and keeping your home safe and sound. Steps in-app 1. From the Home screen, tap Life located on the bottom menu. 2. Tap «Add service» 3. Scroll to the bottom of the list, then select SmartThings Home Monitor 4. You’ll be prompted to set the specific rules for the 3 alarm states:

  • Arm (Away): The home is unoccupied and you want monitoring by all sensors.
  • Arm (Stay): The home is occupied and you want monitoring by select sensors.
  • Disarm: You want to disarm all monitoring and alarms.

These alarm states can be activated at the top of the Home screen to choose which of these 3 states you want to activate. a.1. Security Security alerts will use devices such as motion or door and window sensors to trigger the alarm. Steps

  1. From the Home screen, tap SmartThings Home Monitor
  2. Tap the three dots icon in the top right
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Select Security
  5. Configure Armed/Away Intrusion Sensors
  6. Tap Next
  7. Configure Armed/Stay Intrusion Sensors
  8. Tap Next
  9. Configure the following alarms and notifications:
    • Push Notifications
    • Audio Notifications
    • Turn on Lights
    • Turn on Siren
  10. Tap Next
  11. Configure the following security mode reminders:
    • Reminders to arm the system when all members leave
    • Reminders to disarm the system when any member arrives
  12. Select members for reminders:
    • Tap Members
    • Select which members
    • Tap Done
  13. Tap Next
  14. Tap Done
  15. Tap Allow to confirm

a.2. Smoke Smoke alerts will use devices such as smoke sensors to trigger the alarm. Steps

  1. From the Home screen, tap SmartThings Home Monitor
  2. Tap the three dots icon in the top right
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Select Smoke
  5. Configure Monitored devices
  6. Configure the following alarms and notifications:
    • Text & Push Notifications
    • Audio Notifications
    • Alert with Sirens
    • Alert with Lights
  7. Tap Next
  8. Tap Done
  9. Tap Allow to confirm

a.3. Leaks Leak alerts will use devices such as water/leak sensors to trigger the alarm. Steps

  1. From the Home screen, tap SmartThings Home Monitor
  2. Tap the three dots icon in the top right
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Select Leaks
  5. Configure Monitored devices
  6. Configure the following alarms and notifications:
    • Text & Push Notifications
    • Audio Notifications
    • Alert with Sirens
    • Alert with Lights
  7. Configure Actions (e.g., close valves and turn off switches)
  8. Tap Next
  9. Tap Done
  10. Tap Allow to confirm

View an incident

Any alarm triggers that happen with SmartThings Home Monitor will save incidents and display time-stamped events depending on your configuration of this SmartApp. This will give you a good idea on what is happening and where in your home the incident happened. Steps

  1. From the Home screen, tap SmartThings Home Monitor located at the top.
  2. Tap the icons to view the incidents
    1. Shield icon: Security
    2. Fire icon: Smoke
    3. Teardrop icon: Water/Leak

Dismiss an incident

Building from the section ‘viewing an incident’, you can opt to dismiss the incident that happened if you felt that the incident was accidentally triggered. Steps

  1. From the Home screen, tap SmartThings Home Monitor located at the top.
  2. Tap the icons to view the specific incidence
    • Shield icon: Security
    • Fire icon: Smoke
    • Teardrop icon: Water/Leak
  3. Tap Dismiss next to alert.
  4. Tap Yes to confirm and dismiss the incident.

Incident history

Apart from directly viewing the incident, Smart Home Hub stores all incident into a history repository so that you can look back at that information. This will show you which device(s) detected activity, when the incident occurred, and when the incident was dismissed. Steps

  1. From the Home screen, Tap SmartThings Home Monitor located at the top.
  2. Tap the History icon

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The Smart Home Monitor feature in SmartThings If you want to keep an eye on things when you aren’t home, it’s about time you got SmartThings Home Monitor. With this feature in the SmartThings app, you can monitor and control your home directly from your phone. If an alarm or detector goes off, you’ll know in an instant because you’ll receive an alert. Note: Before you can set up SmartThings Home Monitor, you need to add security devices, like sensors, to your SmartThings account. Otherwise, the option may not appear or may be grayed out. You can add compatible security devices to your SmartThings account by scanning for them or selecting them manually. Once you’ve done that, you can begin setting up SmartThings Home Monitor.

  1. Navigate to and open the SmartThings app, and then tap the Devices tab. Tap Add (the plus sign), and then tap Add device.
  2. Tap Scan nearby. If your device is detected, tap its name.
  3. If it isn’t detected, you can manually add it. Tap Back, tap the By brand tab, and then select the security device’s brand. Select your type of device from the list.
  4. When your device is discovered, follow the on-screen prompts to connect it.

Add device screen with By brand tab selected Once all your security devices are connected, you can set up SmartThings Home Monitor and guard your home.

  1. Navigate to and open the SmartThings app, and then tap the Life tab. Tap the Home icon, and then navigate to your desired location.
  2. Tap Add (the plus sign) and then select SmartThings Home Monitor from the list.
    Note: SmartThings Home Monitor will not appear in the list if it has already been added to the location. It may also not appear if you haven’t already added security devices, such as a motion sensor, to your SmartThings account.SmartThings Home Monitor highlighted in the SmartThings app
  3. Read the information about SmartThings Home Monitor, and then tap Next.
  4. From there, tap your desired options (Security, Smoke, or Leaks).
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions. You can add different sensors to detect intrusions, smoke, and other disturbances. You can also add lights or sirens to alert you of any danger.
  6. If desired, you can create automations (such as a siren going off) for the other available security options.
  7. When you’re finished, tap Done. SmartThings Home Monitor will appear in the location you added, where you can access it at any time.

To edit SmartThings Home Monitor’s settings, tap the shortcut card in its designated location, and then tap the Settings icon. With SmartThings Home Monitor, you’ll always get alerts when you need them. But sometimes, different situations call for different things. No worries, you can change when SmartThings Home Monitor is armed or disarmed so it doesn’t go off at the wrong time. Open the SmartThings app and then tap the Life tab. Tap the Home icon and select your desired location. A shortcut card for SmartThings Home Monitor will be displayed. Tap your desired arming option. Here is what you can choose from:

  • Armed (away): Use when you’re away and your home is unoccupied.
  • Armed (stay): Use when you’re home but still want protection, like when everyone is asleep.
  • Disarm: Use when you don’t want any alarms or alerts going off.

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