I’m pretty sure in the current version this isn’t possible but can you hide devices like these virtual devices so that they do not show under the Things section in the app. My family uses the app in different ways and some use the Things while others use the Rooms and I’m not going to waste the frustration trying to get everyone to use the same approach nor should I.
Basically since my sunset/sunrise on the hub is completely and utterly broken I can use these virtual devices with my echo to trigger my away or home or bedtime routines however unfortunately that means about 5 or 6 virtual devices being displayed that I wouldn’t want anyone to accidentally click as that’s a disaster waiting to happen and will happen! haha
I already attempted to give them a label that pretty much indicates don’t click or whatever but that’s still not good enough but I’m guessing I’m stuck with it unless there is a way to hide devices on the app.
Plus, if you put a shortcut on each phone, it will load up more quickly than the app loads and then gets over to the appropriate tab.
You can then uninstall the app on those devices and secure it all back up.
(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy)
Interesting problem, and I do agree SmartTiles is probably one workable solution.
There is another option you. Your “Virtual Switches” could be assigned a custom Device Type which has no “on/off” user interface (main tile or subtiles). You’d still all see the virtual device tiles, but it would be neutered.
You have to use a smart app to do it. There are two provided in the official smartthings mobile app marketplace section that work very well. (Note that routines used to be called “hello home phrases” or “hello home actions.” They’re all the same thing.)
There is a much fancier version of the same smartapp by the same author called “Alexa helper” (because it was first used by people who had the Amazon echo). It lets you set up six switches at once instead of just one, with all kinds of filters and rules for them. However, it has not been officially published to the marketplace yet, so here is its link in the community-created wiki:
I have Smartthings hub and I have Alexa. My end game is to be able to ask Alexa to run a routine “Good Night” and it run the routine that I have set up in the smartthings app. I attempted to create a momentary switch in smartthings, I have the Alexa Helper installed, but Alexa is not discovering the switch and the “switch” inside smartthings isn’t doing anything either.
There is so much documentation out there that I am entirely confused. Is there a simple step by step on this? I am overwhelmed. I THINK i set up a switch, I THINK I set up Echo helper. Later I read somethign about need to cut/paste code for a “helper”… I dunno. There are apparently new versions of this or that — so I don’t know which instructions are the right ones. I really am just frustrated.
I just want to be able to have Echo run the “Good Night!” Routine by voice command.
If the Alexa helper thread seems too complicated to you ( that’s a smart app that has definitely become more and more complicated over time, and I understand it can get confusing), try this simpler one. It is literally a step-by-step FAQ for what you were asking. I have updated it today, so if you looked at it earlier, look at it again and I think it will help.