New SmartThings Dashboard

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Introduction

 

The SmartThings app just received an update that many users have been clamoring for- make the dashboard more useful! The old dashboard pretty much consisted of Smart Home Monitor. The only people that were really benefiting from that dashboard were the ones that had Smart Home Monitor set up using security cameras, smoke detectors, door/window contact sensors , or leak detectors. Everyone else was kind of left out. The latest version of the dashboard now includes a Favorites section, to go along with Smart Home Monitor. The new section allows quick access to the devices you select.




The New Dashboard



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The new SmartThings app Dashboard.


Not only does the newer dashboard support more functionality, it also sports a background that dramatically changes the look of the app. There are 6 wallpapers to choose from if you don’t like the default. Unfortunately, the background is only applied to the Dashboard page.

Using the New Dashboard



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Tap the star to add your devices or routines. Then tap Done.

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You’ll now have everything you want to control on your Dashboard!

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Tap the Menu button.

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If you want to add more devices to the Dashboard later, tap Manage Favorites.

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You can rearrange the devices to group everything how you want.

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When you get done rearranging, tap the Done button.

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You can also change the background by tapping Choose Wallpaper.

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There are 6 backgrounds to choose from.



Conclusion

 

While the new Dashboard is a start, I would like to see more functionality baked into the SmartThings app. Specifically, I would like to see native support for conditional rules that allow two or more devices to work together to make something happen. Although SmartThings is moving at a snail’s pace to improve their platform, I will give them credit for constantly working to make their product better.

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About Adam Bollmeyer

I'm a home technology enthusiast with a penchant for home automation, networking, and computers. My goal is to help others improve their knowledge of how available technology can be used at home.