How do I create an automation?
Before you start creating automations, ensure you’ve set up your Telstra Smart Home hub and paired your devices with the hub. Once your devices have been paired, you’re ready to go.
When you’re setting up your automations, think about cause and effect. What will kick off the automation – the time of day, a door opening or closing, or motion? And when the automation is complete, what do you want to happen? Maybe you’d like the lights to turn on or off, or perhaps you’d like to receive an SMS or email notification. Thinking about the triggers, actions and notifications you want will help you create useful automations.
And remember, you can always update your automations as you go. Try experimenting with different triggers, actions and notifications until you’ve found the automations that suit your routine.
Getting started with automations
Open the Telstra Smart Home app and tap on the Automations tab from the navigation bar. Tap the + in the upper right hand corner, then tap Create a custom automation to get started.
Choose the event
The event is what will trigger your automation. Your automation can be set to start:
- when a sensor detects something, like a door opening or movement in part of your home
- when the mode changes, such as from home mode to away mode
- at a set time, for example at sunset every day
Choose what you want to happen
Setting the action will determine what will happen as a result of your automation. This could be:
- turn a light on or off
- change the thermostat temperature or mode
- send an email or SMS notification to a contact
- take a picture and send it as an email
- take a 15 second video clip and send it as an email
When creating your automation, you can go to the previous step by selecting the back arrow at the top left of the screen.
If you’d like to send SMS or email alerts, make sure you’ve added the relevant people to My friends and family in Settings.
Review your automation and set constraints
Once you’ve set up an automation, you have the option to customise your automation so it only happens in specific circumstances. Constraints is different to setting up a scheduled automation or an automation triggered by a mode change.
You can customise an automation so that it only happens on certain days of the week, in certain modes, or at certain times.
For example, you might have an automation that turns on the lights when the front door opens, but you only want this to happen when it’s dark. Therefore, ‘front door opens’ is the event or trigger, ‘turn on the lights’ is the action, and ‘from sunset until sunrise’ would be your constraints.
Or, you might want to receive an SMS when your camera detects motion, but only when you aren’t at home. So, you’d constrain this to only happen in Away or Holiday mode.
To set options or constraints for your automation, tap on Everyday, At any time, or Every mode and select the options you’d like.
Once you’re happy with your automation, give it a name and then tap Save. Once you’ve saved it, you can always go back and update it later.
The app will suggest some common automations based on what you have in your Smart Home – for example having a light turn on at a certain time or taking a video clip when the door opens. You can enable these automations if you choose or enable them as they are.
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