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Using Contact and Motion Sensors to Trigger Alexa Routines (DTH in post 97) (Official Amazon Feature)


Assuming that you are in the US or the UK, If you read the thread above from the top you will see that a number of other people had the same problem. All you have to do is disable the smartthings skill, sign out of the Alexa app, sign back into the Alexa app, reenable the SmartThings skill, and everything should work. Again, see the discussion above.

I appreciate @Bamarayne’s enthusiasm for his new project, but it’s not needed for the issue that you describe as long as you are in one of the regions where Amazon has enabled this feature . :sunglasses:

If you are in a different country, then I don’t know whether @bamarayne
project will work or not, but you can take discussion of it to that thread and I’m sure he will be glad to go into details. That’s getting off topic for this FAQ.

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #207

I just want to clarify that @Tonesto7 is the developer of this great product. I am simply his assistant.

I thought it was applicable because with it, you do not need the Amazon service. It is very limited in it’s capabilities. With this app you can use any trigger available in ST.


Mentioning it and providing the link to the thread about it is fine. But it’s way more complicated than the official feature and it requires setting up a heroku account and it requires being willing to look at long lists of technical options.

This FAQ is about the official feature. It does a lot less, but it’s easier to set up and use. For many people, that will be enough. :sunglasses:

(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart) #209

Actually, the install process is almost fully automated. Registering for the Heroku account is simple and done during the process. 5 to 10 minutes even for a completely non-technical person.

(Anthony S.) #210

Not even 3 minutes if you use the Community Installer to deploy the SmartApp and Device


Still offtopic for this FAQ. Please take any follow on comments to the thread about your project. Thanks! :sunglasses:

(Anthony Genovese) #212

I had already disabled and reenabled Smartthings and it wasn’t working, but doing it for a second time worked for whatever reason. Thanks.

(Anthony Genovese) #214

I’d suggest keep trying, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason

(Denis) #215

Looking for a simple, cute button to use as a Doorbell button and trigger Alexa to say: Someone’s at the door.

SmartThings does have a button, a little big, but I could live with that. Would that work?


The short answer is any Device that works with smartthings can trigger a voice announcement on echo now, but at the present time you have to do it by the method described above in this FAQ: create a virtual contact sensor that is also a switch, have your physical device turn that contact sensor on through a smartthings automation, have that contact sensor activating trigger the echo routine. :sunglasses:

For a longer answer with more discussion of specific devices, please start your own thread under projects and people will be happy to brainstorm with you.

(Denis) #217

Very kind of you to answer so quickly… Thank you.

I shall read the method in the FAQ and see where it goes.

Not big on video doorbell, a simple Alexa announcement would be perfect. Since I have 3 Dots and 1 Spot, my wife - who’s hard of hearing - will appreciate it.

(Todd M) #218

How did you do this? I cannot get Alexa Routines to recognize my virtual switch. The switch is recognized by the Alexa app but is not listed when I try to use the virtual switch in a Routine.

(Jimmy) #219

switches can’t be used as triggers for an Alexa Routine