How do you add a motion sensor to SmartThings?

Answered by Frank Schwing

To add a motion sensor to SmartThings, follow these steps:

1. Open the SmartThings app on your smartphone or tablet.

2. Tap on the “+” icon, usually located at the top-right corner of the screen, to add a new device.

3. From the list of device types, select “Motion Sensor.”

4. Now, it’s time to put your SmartThings motion sensor into pairing mode. To do this, locate the small reset button on the back of the sensor. It is usually a tiny hole labeled “RESET” or “PAIRING.” You will need a paperclip or a similar tool to press and hold the button.

5. Insert the paperclip into the reset button and press and hold it for about 5 seconds. You should see the LED indicator on the front of the motion sensor start to flash red and green.

6. Release the reset button after the LED indicator starts flashing. The motion sensor is now in pairing mode and ready to be connected to SmartThings.

7. Wait for a few seconds, and you should see a new device named “Samjin motion” or something similar appear in the SmartThings app. This is your motion sensor.

8. Tap on the “Samjin motion” device to select it.

9. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process. This usually involves giving the motion sensor a name, choosing a location for it, and confirming the pairing.

10. Once the pairing is complete, you can now use your SmartThings motion sensor to automate and control your smart home devices. For example, you can set up a automation that turns on the lights when motion is detected in a specific room.

– Make sure your motion sensor is within range of your SmartThings hub or a compatible device acting as a hub.
– If the motion sensor does not appear in the SmartThings app, try resetting it again and make sure you are following the pairing process correctly.
– If you’re having trouble with pairing, check the SmartThings support website or reach out to their customer support for further assistance.

Adding a motion sensor to your SmartThings setup can enhance your smart home experience by adding a new level of automation and control. For example, you can receive notifications or trigger certain actions based on motion detection, helping to improve home security or energy efficiency.

I remember adding a motion sensor to my own SmartThings setup. It was quite easy and straightforward. The motion sensor I used had a small reset button on the back, which I pressed and held with a paperclip. The LED indicator started flashing red and green, indicating it was in pairing mode. Within seconds, the motion sensor appeared in the SmartThings app, and I was able to complete the pairing process. It was exciting to see the motion sensor in action, triggering various automations around my home.