ADT: Disarm on a Schedule?


(JB) #1

Does anyone know if there is a way to put a schedule on the ADT alarm so that it disarms at 6am and turns on at 11pm?


New app or classic app?

(JB) #3

New. Can I have both if it only works innClassic?

(Mavrrick) #4

You would need to use ADT Tools 2 smart app or webcore to do it. I believe both can work in either app. But currently depend on the groovy platform right now

(Ron Talley) #5

Yes, you can have both installed.

(JB) #6

Is there any easy fixes? Not sure how to add apps to the system and I know there is many out there who have made their own but I’m very beginner compared to all of you! It’s sad to say this was standard in Iris and now I’m paying for ADT and haven’t used it yet. I have to set an alarm clock to wake up before my daughter does so I can shut off the alarm. Sounds strange for a smart house to have to do that!

Anyone willing to help explain it a little more to me I’d be so appreciative! The group has been wonderful so far but I’m very homesick to my easy to manage Iris…:cry:


If you are primarily looking for something to replace the security features of Iris, at this point I would look at Abode. It does cost more, but I think it meets the expectations most home automation people have for a DIY security system in 2019. You can arm and disarm based on a time schedule or GeoPresence as well as manually through the app or from the keypad or keyfob.

I can think of three or four hacky Rube Goldberg type ways to put a SmartThings ADT System on a time schedule, but they either require adding several different devices ( basically automating pushing the button on an ADT key fob remote, or fooling the Echo skill) or relying on the classic app which they have already told us will eventually be going away. But all of those are going to depend on the Internet being available. And if you’re starting from scratch, I just don’t think any of those is worth the effort. :disappointed_relieved:

Different security companies have different philosophies in this regard.

One philosophy says that you should require manual arming/disarming via key fob, panel, or the app, so that the homeowner is never confused about whether the system is armed or not. The systems will usually let you automate a reminder message, but that’s it.

The other philosophy says it should be up to each homeowner to decide what they want to automate and how.

So Abode lets you arm/disarm by Geopresence or a time schedule and Ring, ADT (and now smartthings) does not.

It’s not that one philosophy is better than another, it’s just that they are different and you need to decide for yourself which one is best for your own home. Choice is good. :sunglasses:

(Of course, every system has pluses and minuses. Abode limits you to a total of 160 devices and a total of 100 rules, a choice they made for stability. Obviously SmartThings is much more generous in both areas. So different systems will work for different people.)