Charles November 28, 2019

How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings

Amazon has an Alexa skill called SmartThings, that authorizes Alexa to access the devices connected to your SmartThings account. This allows you to take the devices from your SmartThings hub and add them to the Alexa app.

This means you'll be able to create routines and automations for your smart devices, that can be activated with Alexa voice commands. You'll also be able to control them manually in the devices tab of the Alexa app.

This tutorial will show you step by step how to link these accounts so you can have Alexa control your SmartThings devices. The red rectangles on the images will show you where to tap and the yellow ones will show you important text to look for.

  1. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 1

    Step 1: Download the Alexa App

    Download the Alexa app from the app store.

  2. Step 2: Create a Samsung Account

    You'll need the Samsung account that's used to log in to your SmartThings account. If you don't have one, follow my tutorial on how to create a Samsung account.

  3. Step 3: Set Up a Location In SmartThings

    You'll also need to have a location set up in SmartThings. Check out my tutorial on how to add one to SmartThings if you need one.

  4. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 4

    Step 4: Open the Menu

    Open the Alexa app and tap on the icon with the three bars stacked on top of each over. It's located at the top left-hand corner of the screen.

  5. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 5

    Step 5: Select Skills & Games

    When the menu appears, tap on "Skills & Games"

  6. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 6

    Step 6: Open the Search Bar

    Touch the magnifying glass icon to reveal the search bar text field.

  7. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 7

    Step 7: Search for the SmartThings Alexa Skill

    Search for "smartthings" in the text field and tap on the Alexa skill called "SmartThings".

  8. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 8

    Step 8: Enable the SmartThings Alexa Skill

    Tap on "ENABLE TO USE"

  9. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 9

    Step 9: Link Your Samsung Account to Your Alexa Account

    We need to link our Samsung account to our Alexa account so tap on "SIGN IN WITH SAMSUNG ACCOUNT".

  10. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 10

    Step 10: Sign in to Your Samsung Account

    Enter in the email and password of the Samsung account that is linked to your SmartThings hub and tap "SIGN IN".

  11. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 11

    Step 11: Select the SmartThings Location Dropdown

    Select the drop down menu that says "Select one...".

  12. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 12

    Step 12: Select Your Devices From the Dropdown

    A menu will appear showing you all of your locations and the number of devices associated with them. When you have decided on which location you want to use, tap on it.

  13. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 13

    Step 13: Authorize Alexa to Access Your Samsung SmartThings Devices

    Tap on "Authorize" to allow Amazon Alexa to access the smart devices associated with the location you selected.

  14. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 14

    Step 14: Exit From The SmartThings Skill

    Now that SmartThings has been successfully linked, click on the x at the top left hand corner.

  15. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 15

    Step 15: Import Your SmartThings Devices Into Alexa

    To import your smart devices from the SmartThings hub tap on "DISCOVER DEVICES".

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    Step 16: Wait 45 Seconds for Alexa to Discover Your Devices

    Alexa will begin discovering your smart devices and will take about 45 seconds before it is complete.

  17. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 17

    Step 17: Choose Your SmartThings Devices

    If you have any devices connected to your SmartThings location, you will see a message with the number of devices Alexa found. Tap on "CHOOSE DEVICE".

  18. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 18

    Step 18: Set up Your Smart Devices

    You'll see a list of connected devices that were found so select on one of them and tap "SET UP DEVICE".

  19. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 19

    Step 19: Assign Your SmartThings Devices to a Group

    If you want to assign the device to a group, select the group name and tap "ADD TO GROUP". If you don't want to assign it to a group tap on "SKIP".

  20. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 20

    Step 20: Add Your Devices to Group and Tap Continue

    If you added the device to a group, a message will appear telling you what group it was added to. Tap on "CONTINUE".

  21. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 21

    Step 21: Continue Setting up the Rest of Your Smart Devices by Repeating the Process

    You'll see another message saying your device is set up and ready to use. Tap on "CONTINUE" and you'll be taken back to the list of devices from step 18. Repeat this process until you add the rest of your devices.

  22. How to Connect Alexa to SmartThings Step 22

    Step 22: Complete Setting up Your Devices

    When you set up the last device in your list, you'll see a message saying "All your devices are set up". That's it, now all of your SmartThings devices can be controlled by Alexa via voice control, through automations, or manually.

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My name's Charles and I love how technology is making life easier and more convenient. I created this website to share everything I've learned about smart devices and show off cool ways to automate your life. If you're looking for in-depth information, tutorials, reviews and ways to make your life smarter, not harder, then you've come to the right place.

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