How to create Smart Action (automation or a shortcut) of my Tapo device (smart bulb, smart plug, smart camera)

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Updated 08-25-2022 11:01:16 AM 18664
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What are Tapo Smart Actions?

For Tapo devices, there are two kinds of Smart Actions—Shortcuts and Automation.

Shortcuts

Shortcut lets you perform an action with a simple tap. For example, when you are ready for bed, you can turn off your Tapo devices and dim the lights with one action.

Automation

Automation allows you to use Tapo smart devices or Time as a trigger to control other Tapo devices or run a shortcut/automation task. For example, you might want to turn the lights on a few minutes before you get home from work every weekday.

You can set up a trigger (When something happens) and an action (Then execute the action) in an automation.

Trigger List

Trigger (When)

Trigger Manually

Shortcuts: With one tap

Trigger Time

At Sunrise

Offset(±5h59min)

e.g. When it is 7 pm every Monday to Friday

At Sunset

Offset(±5h59min)

At Specific Time

00:00 ~ 23:59

Trigger Device

Tapo Camera

(Vary by models)

Motion Detected

e.g. When your Tapo Cam detects a motion

Person Detected

Baby Crying Detected

Area Intrusion Detected

Line Crossing Detected

Pet Detected

Camera Tampering Detected

...

*Triggers may vary by product models and Tapo Care plans. More devices will be supported soon.

Action List

Action (Then)

Run a Shortcut

You need to create a shortcuts first.

e.g. Then run “Arrive Home” shortcut

Enable/Disable Automation

You need to create an automation first.

e.g. Then run “Turn on light” automation

Control Tapo Devices

Tapo Camera

Enable Privacy Mode

Disable Privacy Mode

Tapo Lighting

Turn On

Turn Off

Turn On/Off

e.g. Then turn on if it’s off and vice versa

Set Lighting (Brightness/Color/Mode/Effect)

e.g. Then turn on to Christmas lighting effect

“On” Duration

e.g. Then turn on to 20% and then turn off after 2 minutes

Brightness +

Brightness -

Color Temperature +

Color Temperature +

Random Color

Tapo Plug/Power Strip

Turn On

Turn Off

Turn On/Off

“On” Duration

e.g. Then turn on for 2 minutes

*Triggers may vary by product models. More devices will be supported soon.

How to Create Smart Actions

Option 1: Edit based on the template

1. Go to the Smart Actions page and you will see the Routine Actions (Shortcut or Automation).

2. Tap on a featured action. Tap EDIT to select devices and change the settings as needed. Tap APPLY to save changes.

Note: Tapo cameras only support Enable/Disable Privacy Mode.

Option 2: Create your own actions

1. Go to the Smart Actions page and tap + on the top right to add a Shortcut or an Automation.

2. Customize triggers/actions for your smart action.

1) Shortcuts

a. Tap + to add actions.

b. Name your shortcut and choose an icon for it. Tap Done to complete.

c. You can run the shortcut with one tap on My Actions page or on the Home page.

2) Automation

a. Tap + to add triggers (When) and actions (Then).

NOTE: Any trigger will activate the automation.

3. Name your smart action and set the effective time when the automation will take effect.

4. Your automation will execute when triggered during the effective time.

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