Automation with Time based on sunset/sunrise not working

I’m having issues with automations set based on sunset/sunrise. I’ve set it up using the precondition Time so it only runs between sunset and sunrise (night time), this way the light only turns on during the night and when motion is noticed (device trigger).
They were working until a few days ago. I also noticed that the sunset/sunrise time is not in the IDE anymore, not sure if it was before this though…

Has anyone else noticed this?

Look in Locations and click on the name of your location…

Unfortunately it’s not there… I assume that’s why my sunrise/sunset automation isn’t working.

i have the same issue. Sunset/sunrise and time related automations doesn’t work anymore. I happened about 11hrs ago.

I’m in Brisbane! I wonder if it’s only related to Australian locations.

Please email support from link here about automations, I just did.

Thanks, I did this and this is the response I got:

Dear SmartThings Customer,

Thank you for reaching out to Samsung SmartThings support.

I see that you are experiencing issues with the sunrise/sunset based automation in your account. I would apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Upon looking at your account, the timezone is reporting as Australia/Sydney and Samsung account registered under Australia region. I would like to inform that we are from SmartThings US support and we have limited access to Australia region accounts.

However, please note that the new SmartThings app no longer needs “Hello home routines” to fix the issue with time-based automation. Kindly reach out to Australia support team at or report a problem in the new using the steps below:

Open the SmartThings app, tap menu
Contact us
Report a problem
This will submit a support request to SmartThings Support in Australia region.

Have a great day!

Best regards,
SmartThings Support

I got this response:-
Hi Andrew,

Thank you for your SmartThings query.

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Same issue here since yesterday. Time based automations are not working. If I remove the time criteria, then automation works fine. In my case automations utilize Sunset/Sunrise, etc… I tried rebooting the hub, but no help. In the IDE, I do see Weather Sunrise/Sunset and Time Zone set correctly.

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Same here. Romania.

Same here, Belgium!

It’s working again for me. It’s now between sunrise & sunset in Australia and my routine started working for my test.
I’ve set it back to turn the light on between sunset & sunrise and motion is detected, will advise later tonight if it’s working.

I’m still not seeing the sunset or sunrise time in the IDE

Even before the COVID SmartThings Australian support doesn’t exist, they never got back to me on any of the support questions…

I can’t see sunrise and sunset in my location…

Me either, but I’m not sure it was showing before anyway.
My routine is now working during sunset to sunrise as expected.

Mine is working now again. However I’m still going to leave it at time based control just in case it stops working again.

Stopped working again since the afternoon of 10th August. I wonder if this is just me this time or entire Australia…

That’s odd. I’m based in Sydney and they’re still working today.

Back on working again over night!

Must be a location related issue I reckon. SmartThings stopped receiving sunset and sunrise data periodically in different locations and causing all the drama-_-