Triggers and Actions

Smappee provides a number of interesting Triggers and associated Actions to control your Comfort Plugs.

You can define as many triggers as you want and add them to your Comfort Plugs. Today Smappee provides Actions to:

  • Turn ON
  • Turn OFF
  • Turn ON for a duration of 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 1 hour
  • Turn OFF for a duration of 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 1 hour


  • A Duration Action is actually two actions; one immediately when the trigger condition is met, and the other at the end of the duration period.
  • After a Duration Off Action the plug is left in the on state

Kind of Triggers




Appliance triggers and events:


  • Garage Door open (detecting the motor of the door, so no need to add a door contact) >> Trigger the Comfort Plug that turns On the lights in the Garage. 
  • Nespresso machine event >> Comfort Plug switches my Radio in the Kitchen for an hour


In the example below I turn On the Comfort Plug "Radio Kitchen" when I make an Espresso coffee.  I defined a Trigger, named it:  "Nespresso > Turn on things..".  


When the appliance "Nespresso" turns ON, this trigger will execute the Action as defined in the above example: "Turn ON" and apply the "Turn ON" action to the Plugs listed under "Applied To".


The list shows the Timestamp: "Today 10:08".



Consumption and Production triggers:

  • Consumption (in W) rises above a user defined threshold, then change my Hue Light to Red
  • Consumption (in W) under a user defined threshold, then change my Hue Light back to Green
  • Solar or Wind production rises above .. >> charge my Tesla 
  • Solar or Wind production under ..  >> stop charging my Tesla 


General Activity and Inactivity triggers:

  • Smappee has a built-in "Activity" detector.  When the total consumption in the home (Consumption = Always On value)  combined with a low number of Appliance events is detected, Smappee triggers the "Inactivity" event.  This trigger can be used to turn Off all Comfort Plugs.
  • General Activity.  the inverse of inactivity. When consumption rises again, further away from the lowest level, being the "Always On" value, and the number of Appliance events rises (lights turned on, garage door opened ..) then Smappee triggers the "General Activity" event

note: these triggers are still in Beta version, but offered to the users in order to help us fine tune them, with user feedback.


Sunset and sunrise triggers:

  • Sunset events with an offset in minutes before or minutes after.  Very useful to turn On lights automatically or to power (enable) those lights to be used.
  • Sunrise events with an offset in minutes before and minutes after the sunrise.  Useful to turn lights Off when no longer needed and save energy.

note: you will have to allow Smappee to use your home's location.  Sunrise and sunset are calculated, based on your location on earth. In the main menu, navigate to "Smappee", then "Set Location".  Do this when you are at home; Smappee's location.




When you leave a location or reach another location.  You can turn off your Stanby Power using the Comfort Plugs when you leave home.  Turn on the Lights when you get close to home.  Change the Range with the Slider at the bottom of the map.




Create Schedules to control the Plugs.


Vacation Mode (Holiday Mode)

Vacation mode is a mode that can be activated via the Comfort Plug menu. This is a special schedule for Plugs. You can set your plugs like this so they are only enabled when you are in "holiday mode." So a plug with the schedule "vacation" will only be switched on or off in holiday mode.
You must first enable "vacation mode" in the app. This can be found under the 'plugs' menu, the switch symbol on the home screen right.
You should also set a trigger with a special scheme, namely 'holiday'. If the holiday mode is then activated, only that plug with that specific trigger will work. 


How to test those events?

Add a Comfort Plug and activate the Events this plug.  The Plug will be controlled by those triggers.  The list of events, shows the On and Off commands and the timestamps in the list, next to the Comfort Plug.  In the example below I turn ON the Comfort Plug "Radio Kitchen" when I make an Espresso coffee.  The list shows the Timestamp: "Today 10:08".




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    where can i get these beta version for ios. I find some trigger in the Android App. Sunrise and sunset but no other of these triggers.

    thanks for your help

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    Juan Fco Pérez

    Hi, in this latest update of the app no ​​longer works the GPS location. programming plugs comfort related location does not work. Any particular reason for it to fail?

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    Response by Smappee Support:
    Hi Juan,,
    iOS8 broke the location system in the App. The new version with the fix is currently in review by Apple and will be released in a few days.

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    Juan Fco Pérez

    and a new issue is on the notifications, it seems they are not working properly. does not get any notice, but in the choice of messages if they appear. thanks for everything!

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    Dennis Rieck


    the AVM Fritz! DECT200 plug offers a broader variety of triggers. Especially around sunset, it would make sense to have a trigger "power on on sunset for 1/2/3/4/5/6 hours.

    And in addition to that, please add on the simple power on trigger more than 5/15/30 minutes /1hour. It would be helpful to have something like power on for 1/2/3/4/5, etc hours.

    Looking forward to this minor software modification!
    Thanks in advance,

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    robby smets


    Is there a way to group several appliances. If one appliance is started then turn on turn on plug and and turn off plug when all appliances are off?

    Example more then 1 tv en coax amplifier.

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    Bart Cerneels

    I've installed a plug for Christmas lights using sunrise and sunset triggers but these are not working.I tried to set the smappee location using the android app on 2 different device (4.4.4 & 5.0) without error message, but the location is not displayed like in the screenshot either. Looks like the location API is not used correctly?
    Please add a warning when the location is not set when configuring triggers that need it.

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    Bart Cerneels

    On iOS 8.1.1 the location is displayed correctly, so perhaps it was set after all. Then the sunrise/set triggers are not working?

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    Juan Fco Pérez

    In my house, the sunset/sunrise/set triggers are not working. the location is set and displayed at the app, but the plugs configured for sunrise and sunset not work.

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    Bart Cerneels

    I can verify that the sunrise/set triggers have been working the last few days. Don't know how this was fixed.
    It might have been a temporary problem with the smappee service, I doubt anything I did on my end had any influence because as far as I can tell the location was set correctly, just not displayed on Android.

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    Our helpdesk installed on your Smappee the release-candidate for the Smappee Firmware update v994. This resolved the problem.
    The v994 will be rolled-out to all Smappees starting 1/12/2014

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    How does the "inactivity" trigger work? Does it use a certain treshold? Does it calculate a mean low power usage? Does it take devices in to account that turn on on their own (eg fridge, freezer, heater,...)?

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