10 Third-Party Apps All SmartThings Owners Should Be Using

MakeUseOf | 5/23/2017 | Dan Price
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Using Samsung SmartThings is one of the easiest ways to turn your house into a smart home. You don’t need to spend lots of money or install fancy infrastructure — just buy a hub and some devices, and you’ll be up and running in no time.

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To get your connected devices working exactly how you want, you need to use SmartApps. SmartApps manage the customizable automations and rules that govern how your devices react to different circumstances.

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SmartApps come in lots of shapes and sizes. You can find official apps released by from Samsung and device manufacturers, third-party community projects, or even create your own. The apps themselves can do everything from controlling your lights to feeding your dogs.

So which are the best third-party apps to use with your SmartThings system? Keep reading to find out.

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Just connect the alarms to your Sonos setup and they’ll play at predetermined times. You can also make the alarms play customized sounds or even your favorite radio station — and you can even make the speakers “talk” to you.

If you want to take things a step further, you can try connecting other devices to the alarm. Perhaps you want the lights in the...
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