Is there an equivalent to the “Notify me when” SmartApp that will notify me when my hub’s mode changes?
I can (and have) added a notify clause to the two routines that automatically change the mode based on presence, but I’m looking for something that would detect a mode change by some other mechanism (in the SmartThings app, via ActionTiles, etc.).
This would accomplish two things:
Not requiring me to remember to add that notification to any new routines I happen to create in future (only those that change the mode obviously), and
Notification in case of a random button pushing by a cat, a burglar, or a family member (including me )
Then you just use having that switch come on be the trigger for notify when.
If you haven’t used a virtual switch before, that’s easy. Here’s the FAQ for that:
If you want to have the switch turn itself off each time so it will be available to use again, you can use power allowance with it so it comes on for a minute and then turns off each time.
Or you can have it come on and stay on and then use some other method to turn it off later.
It just comes down to exactly what you want to have happen. But the key is use a virtual switch. Once you have created the virtual switch, it shows up in your list of switches just like any physical switch would do. So you can use it with a routine, a smart app, Web, or, just toggle it in the SmartThings mobile app, etc.