Can anybody tell me the easiest way to have the mode change I the house when I say something to Alexa?
Create a momentary virtual switch (call it something like Night Mode)
Use this virtual switch in a routine to change the mode
Ask alexa to turn on ‘night mode’ when you want that mode
See the FAQ ( this is a clickable link)
Echo and Google home only recognize some device classes, specifically lights, switches, thermostats , and maybe locks.
The official SmartThings/Alexa integration can run routines, but only routines that are limited to the device classes above.
IFTTT has the same issue. The SmartThings service/channel can turn a single device on or off, but it doesn’t show routines or modes or smart home monitor status.
So how can you use your voice assistant or IFTTT to change your mode, unlock a lock, or change smart home monitor armed status if the voice assistant/IFTTT won’t work with those kinds of devices?
Fortunately, it’s easy.
All you need to do is create a virtual switch and then have that virtual switch coming on turn on whatever routine you want.
The echo/GH/IFTTT won’t even …
Perfect! I thought I had to setup AskAlexa and went through the whole process but found that once I had it all setup my prime membership was on my regular account and not the one setup through amazon developer account. So I think I will just do this with the virtual switch. AskAlexa looks fantastic but really overkill for me.