Smart Life integration (July 2020)

Something interesting I noticed whilst implementing Max_Meleffes advice was that if I added the device from my iPad then the devices appear online but when I tried from my Android phone it came across as offline. Maybe more of a coincidence thing. Anyway I’m using Smart Life tap to run automations controlled by Virtual Switches in Smartthings and it works better (i.e. faster but not ZigBee fast or even Tuya app fast) than my previous Alexa man in the middle technique.

Sadly out of all my Tuya devices only one came through natively into Smartthings - Jinvoo smart plug.

The following didn’t come through natively and don’t show Smartthings support in Smart Life:

Kogan GU10 RGBW bulbs
Arlec Grid Connect bulbs
Arlec Grid Connect smart plugs
Arlec Grid Connect panel wall heater
Jinvoo LED strip RGBW wifi controller
Lenovo RGBW bulb
Lenovo smart plug

I have a theory but can’t be bothered testing at the moment. If I delete a device from Smart Life and pair it again from scratch I have a hunch it might get displayed natively in Smartthings. Might try at some point but will probably just invest in more ZigBee stuff like the IKEA bulbs as they’re cheap and readily available and minimal lag.

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You can try to add those devices to SmartThings as Tuya, not as Smart Life integration. There are reportings that some devices appears through one, but not through other integration.

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Unfortunately no difference for me

This is how I solved the offline problem. I only have scenes showing from tuya, FYI. They are triggered through various pistons in webcore to turn on. I made a separate webcore piston with all of my tuya scenes that says if any of them turn on, wait 2 seconds and then turn all of them off. That way they’re always off unless triggered. Haven’t had the offline problem since. I tried doing a global variable to turn them off but that didn’t work so I had to list the lights.

FYI, My Alexa triggers the scenes as well, but that doesn’t affect any switching. It is done through the smart life skil

Then I come along and say webCoRE will probably cease at the end of this year or whenever groovy is shut down. I am such a downer :slight_smile:

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That’s when I switch to HA

You can control the SmartLife scene with native ST automations. You do not need WebCore.
You only need to wake the SL scenes up once and they will continue to work even if they show offline.
You can wake up the SL scenes using the ST web portal or WebCore.

Agreed. Automations will work, I just happen to use webcore.

One interesting Ive noticed is that if I click the icon of the “device” that shows offline in ST, it won’t work. However, if I click the home icon and then all devices, in that list I can power on the scene and it reconnects. just wanted to share.

Hey! I’m new here but wanted to ask if anyone has been able to figure this out. When I turn on my SMARTLIFE Wifi Dimmer manually it of course will show ON in both SMARTLIFE and Google Home – How can I get Smarthings to recognize this has happened as well? I’m using the simple TAPtoRUN automations to get the switches to work but any advice would be helpful. Thanks!

I tried everything except this and it didn’t work

When i tried this solution i got below error

((# Access Denied

We’re sorry, but you are not authorized to perform the requested operation))

I searched for a solution for it and tried many things including other browsers and incognito mode nothing worked

Anyone can help me?


Here is the long version.

Pair each device with the SmartLife or Tuya apps.

In the SmartLife or Tuya apps create separate ON and OFF “tap-to-run” automations (scenes) for each device you want to use in SmartThings.

In SmartThings run the Tuya integration under add a device by brand. Do NOT use the SmartLife integration. (The difference between the SmartLife and Tuya integrations is that the Tuya integration doesn’t end with an error message. And when you look on linked services the imported scenes are listed under Tuya, unlike SmartLife which is blank.

When you go back to the devices tab in SmartThings you will find ON and OFF switches for each device possibly under No Room Assigned.

They will say they are off line. You can wake them up by turning them on and off in the ST web portal, You only need to do this once for each imported switch.

Create a virtual switch in SmartThings using create a device in the IDE or using SmartThings Labs on the Menu tab in the mobile app. ST Labs is only available in the Android version of the ST app.

Using SmartThings automations create 2 automations. One will say toggle the “ON” scene when the virtual switch is turned “ON”. The second will say toggle the "OFF” scene when the virtual switch is turned “OFF”.

I have been using for a year with no issues.

FYI: If you open each device in the SmartLife/Tuya app and hit the edit icon (pencil) it will list the “3rd party controls” that are available for that device.

I have a number of SmartLife devices. Most list Alexa and Google controls. Only 1 lists Smartthings and only 1 lists IFTTT.

Any SmartLife/Tuya automations or scenes you create get integrated with SmartThings. Lol


Great post! :sunglasses:

Just one small note:

As of this writing, The virtual switch creator from SmartThings Labs is not yet available on iOS. :disappointed_relieved:

AWESOME! These instructions are perfect. I would just add, to wake them up in ST web portal, find the device, and toggle switch to ON. Then check your phone and they will be live.

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Odd issue I am seeing… TAP TO Run scenes that were previously running on Alexa have now been replaced with smartthings scenes of the same name. Is there any way to prevent smartthings from overriding the smartlife scenes in Alexa? Of note they are not duplicates scenes but rather appear to have overiden.

Open the smartthings scenes you don’t want in Alexa and disable them

Unfortunately doing that does not result in the smart life scene returning within Alexa. Disabling just leaves me with a disabled smartthings scene and no smartlife Scene. If I delete the device from smartthings that does result in the smartlife Scene returning to Alexa, but it is eventually replaced and overiden again when smartthings adds the smart life device back, which it does periodically on its own.

Any other ideas? Thanks.

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Have tried unlinking and relinking the SmartLife skill in Alexa?

Yes, the problem replicates itself again unfortunately.

I am out of good ideas.

If you are stuck using the ST version of these scenes, you may need to “wake then up” once so that they work. You can do that by going to the web application and toggling each scene several times to wake them up. You should only need to do this once.

Thanks yes they were awoken. What I am seeing now is that the smartthings scenes from smartlife have states (on/off) which is problematic because the original smart life scenes are stateless. Because of the state, alexa triggers only work if the state is set back to off again after the previous use. Simple enough to fix with a routine, except that turning the scene off again after use results in a second trigger of said scene. Basically it seems like no one thought this through or tested it. Frustrating