SmartThings Beginner’s Guide (2020)

The SmartThings platform is currently in transition to a new hub (V3), new app (“SmartThings (Samsung connect)“) new Alexa skill, and a new cloud platform ( The old one used the groovy programming language, the new one doesn’t).

This means that a lot of the information you will find in both this forum and the official knowledge base may be a little confusing.

The Mobile Apps ( yes, there are two right now)

FAQ: how to tell which version of the SmartThings mobile app that you have

If you have one of the new model hubs, you will have to use the new app to set it up, but after that, you can use both the new app and the “classic“ app if you want to. At the time of this writing, the classic app has a number of features which have not yet been implemented in the new app, which is why a lot of people use both. We have been told that the classic app will go away eventually, but no specific timeframe has been given yet. See the following link for a list of all the differences.

SPECIFIC differences between "SmartThings Classic" (the V2 app) and “SmartThings (Samsung Connect)” (the V3 app)

Official SmartThings Tutorials for New Customers

If you just want to learn more about using smartthings, there’s a decent get started section in the official knowledge base:


The SmartThings/ADT Hub Model

If you’re looking for information on the SmartThings ADT hub model, there is also an official FAQ, but people seem to still have questions after they read that:

You can find community discussion threads on the ADT model features on the following list:

And you might want to initially look at the following FAQ, which explains the differences between the ADT model hub and the other models:

Samsung Smart Appliances, Vacuums, and TVs

If you’re looking for help with Samsung brand appliances, vacuums, or televisions, including how they work with the “SmartThings (Samsung Connect)” app, see the official support forum, which includes assistance from Samsung staff:

At the time of this writing you had to go to the landing page, and then click on the “get help“ link in the upper left. That would then take you to the page where you could select the forum for appliances or for televisions.

Inspiration and Ideas

If you’re looking for inspiration or project reports from other customers, you can find those by looking in the community – created wiki on the quick browse lists, looking down near the bottom of that page for the “project reports” section, and then choosing the first list, called “get started.” That has discussion topics on everything from “the 10 best things to do with smartthings” to “ what device should I buy next?“

And if you’re just feeling overwhelmed with the whole smart home idea, before you jump into researching individual devices you might find the following topic helpful. It’s the questions I ask someone who asked me to recommend “the best“ home automation solution. It’s very detailed, so Don’t get bogged down in it, but just skimming it should give you some ideas and if you have any further questions about why I’m bringing up those particular points, you can ask in that thread. :sunglasses:

Top Level Priorities Checklist: what to consider before you start selecting smart home devices (2019)

Former Iris Customers

If you were previously an Iris customer, you can find threads from other fellow Iris refugees on the following list:

Former Wink Customers

similarly, if you were previously a Wink customer, you can find threads from other fellow Wink exiles on the following list:


If you’re interested in using smartthings as a development platform, see the developer section of the forum

And the developers website at Samsung:


Very nice!


Just the information I was looking for.



@JDRoberts…This is a very helpful guide and compilation of information. Thank you for putting this together.