Phone Presence + Tasker + SharpTools = No More Doors Unlocking At Random



ST Phone Presence has been stable for the past few months for me; this may or may not have something to do with me switching phones when the new S6 came out. There have been times when I wake up in the morning and I’m scratching my head because the door is unlocked and could have sworn that I locked it before going to bed, and then I found out that my phone presence has been coming and going without me!

I used Tasker and SharpTools by @joshua_lyon to get around this, it’s not fully automated but it prevents doors and garages from opening without me knowing.

Instead of the usual unlocking the door automatically on presence arrival, I created a scene that prompts me if I actually want to unlock the door. This is what my crude prompt looks like :slight_smile:

Activities Between Time Frames
Anyone aware of an interactive notification system for ST?
Prompts before automating?
Tasker plugin/integration for Android App
(Joshua Lyon ( Dashboard)) #2

Thanks for sharing, Rey! This is a great example of ingenuity and a very cool use case for SharpTools!


It’s been a few months and this still works for me but after playing with Autovoice for a bit, I will be trying out voice prompt next. My goal is to set the phone to “listen” for the my open sesame phrase (to be determined) for a short period of time and then resume normal operation after the time expires or the command is confirmed.

(Brian) #4

Can you show the scene setup, I’m not quite grasping what you have setup there.


If you have an Android phone, you can use a combination of two paid apps, Tasker and SharpTools ( an app specifically designed to integrate Tasker features with SmartThings).



If you have an android phone, definitely worth looking into. :sunglasses:

@joshua_lyon is the developer for SharpTools.


Here’s the Task.



Clicking Yes, calls this Door Unlock task. Selecting No, just destroys the scene.