Documentation for learning how to use app

Hi. I just installed my system. In addition to the SmartThings Hub I have 5 Arlo Cameras, an Echo Dot, 2 WeMo’s, and a Sono Play1.

I’m trying to figure out how to set things off based on motion from my camera’s. For example; If the front door camera detects motion, turn on a lamp and play dogs barking on my Sono Speaker.

I played around with the app and it doesn’t really make sense to me. If there any documentation or support for understanding the bigger picture? Modes, etc.?? Everything I’m finding is very specific to what your trying to do and if you don’t understand what Modes are and what they do it’s hard to understand the directions.

Thanks in advance for your help.


The Wiki is a great starting place!


The community-created and maintained wiki is a great resource.

You may also want to check out the support articles at

Here’s an article on Modes specifically:


Thank you. I’ll read everything I can and then get started!! I’m sure you will see me back soon with some specific questions.