SmartRules lets you easily create rules for SmartThings, so you can finally make your smart home smart! No more struggling to search through the published SmartApps to find something that meets your needs, or worse yet, trying to write the code yourself. With SmartRules, you just specify what should happen, when, and it does the rest.

Want to turn on a light when motion is detected outside, it's after sunset and you're not home? No problem!

Want to unlock the door when you arrive home, but only if there's a leak in your basement? Strange, but you can do it!

Define a trigger, set some conditions, and specify the actions to take. Your devices are all organized and easy to work with.

You can also quickly trigger rules with QuickTap. Add SmartRules to your Today Screen, and to your Apple Watch and quickly trigger a rule with a quick tap! Just add the "QuickTap" trigger to any rule, and it will show up in both of these convenient places.

**Currently supported capabilities (see for details)**
Acceleration sensors, Alarms, Batteries, Beacons, Buttons, Cameras, CO2 sensors, Color controls, Color temperature, CO detectors, Contact sensors, Dimmer switches, Door controllers, Energy meters, Humidity sensors, Illuminance sensors, Locks, Momentary switches, Motion sensors, Music players, pH sensors, Power meters, Presence sensors, Shock sensors, Sleep sensors, Smoke detectors, Speech synthesizers, Switches, Temperature sensors, Thermostats, Tones, Valves, Water sensors

Show SmartThings who's boss with the all new SmartRules app.

Don't hesitate to visit our support page or email for help with any trouble that you run into. We will happily assist with any issues :)

* SmartThings and SmartApps are trademarks of SmartThings, Inc.

Note that SmartRules currently only works with one location. You cannot define rules for multiple locations.

What's New

Version 2.1.5

Squishing some bugs. This version fixes an issue with sunrise/sunset rules and an annoyance with the height of the Today Screen widget.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5

47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Great app that makes Smart Things hub actually useful


We have had two automated homes that use rather sophisticated control systems, but when we bought a small office building and desired automation we decided to try out some newer (and less expensive) hardware along with the Smart Things hub. We were almost ready to throw in the towel and go back to the more expensive systems because of the lack of complex rules in Smart Things (e.g., multiple conditions for triggers) when I found Smart Rules. With just a few minutes I was able to set up rules that should allow us to control our HVAC system based on things like humidity sensors (in thermostats) and outside temperature. Assuming it works as promised (and reviews in the Smart Things community suggest it does) this app takes Smart Things from a simple user interface to a product that’s actually useful. It’s what Smart Things SHOULD have been, but has never been.

May have a place


I think SmartRules is for those who want to give a boost to SmartThings functionally in a simple way and couldn’t care less about $10. If you’re okay with a bit less simplicity or do care about $10, you’re better off using Stringify. I don’t believe SmartRules offers anything Stringify doesn’t offer, and Stringify is free. Not to mention the many things Stringify can do that SmartRules cannot.

I also don’t appreciate the lack of transparency about the cost. Nowhere in the description is anything about a free version mentioned, and the app doesn’t even have “in-app purchases” noted in the App Store.

Two stars for possibly offering something someone can use, but only two stars for the non-transparent high cost for something you can get elsewhere for free. I noticed many of the best reviews for SmartRules are two years old; that’s probably not a coincidence. Kudos to the devs for offering this enhancement to SmartThings, but as sincere feedback, I feel you need to lower the cost and improve the functionality to entice most informed DIYers. My two cents!

Developer Response

Hi Bob. I apologize that the purchase was unclear. The App Store should show the in-app purchase for "Unlimited Rules". There is no intention to trick you. The idea is to let you try it out with one rule, to make sure it works for your needs, then allow you to purchase if you like it. We think the cost is very reasonable for the value you will get.

The main advantage over Stringify is that there is no third party server here. Your rules run directly on the SmartThings infrastructure, just like any other SmartApp. That means there is no additional exposure to failures or security breaches, and there is no possibility of us collecting any data from you, even if we wanted to!

Unreliable - right idea but poorly implemented


I loved the idea of externalizing my Smarthings rules after the no-support approach they provide for a hub upgrade. SmartRules is exactly what I was looking for, so I paid the $9.99 and started writing rules. Less than 30 rules in, I've experienced incredible unreliability. The sync to Smartthings is clearly corrupted, but they blame Samsung when I reported this. Rules disappear or revert to an older version after you sync, losing hours of effort. This happens every time I add a single new condition to a rule or create a new rule. This inability to scale to support more than 10 rules without becoming unworkably unreliable is sending me back to the smart lighting app inside Smartthings. While limited, at least it works.

Developer Response

Hi DJ. Thanks for your comments. We're working on better ways to recover from corruption in the data stored in the SmartThings cloud.


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32.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. Unlimited Rules $9.99
  2. Restore purchase Free


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