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New year, new smart rules and resolutions

January 01, 2022

It’s a new year, so it’s time for a fresh outlook with smart rules and resolutions. We’re here to help you kick things off in 2022 with added peace of mind and convenience. From pairing your compatible smart home devices with your Blue by ADT home security system to setting customized rules and push notifications, these tips will help you start your year off as connected and protected as you can be.

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Pair your security system with smart home devices

Do you want to set up your smart lights to turn on when motion is detected or adjust the thermostat when you come in the door? If you haven’t been using your compatible smart home devices with your security system to help make your life more convenient, the new year is a great time to start.

Your Blue by ADT system can do more than just security. IFTTT (If This Then That) integration lets you pair compatible smart home devices in your home with your Blue security system.

To pair your devices, visit the If This Then That site and log in to an existing account, or create a new one:

  1. Create an account using your email, Google or Facebook account.
  2. Search for the service called “Blue by ADT.”
  3. Enter your Blue credentials to connect your account.

Using the Blue by ADT service lets you create applets that help control other devices or your security system. Choose either a pre-existing Blue by ADT applet or create your own.

Pairing services through applets lets you create a wide variety of rules. Some examples of rules that you can create are:

  • Turn on your lights when your security devices detect motion.
  • Turn down your thermostat when your system is armed in away mode.
  • Have your smart vacuum start cleaning when you leave the house.

Head over to our Support Center to find out how to pair compatible devices with your security system, or read further to learn about creating rules with integrated smart home devices.

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Set your own rules

The Blue by ADT Security Rules Engine helps you automate your security and compatible smart home devices. You can use it to set rules to schedule your smart lights to turn on or off, lock your doors, adjust your thermostat and close the garage door.

For example, you can create a custom rule to arm your security system by the day of the week when you leave for work. If you add a push notification, you can get an alert when your rule runs. You can customize your rules in a few ways by adding triggers, conditions and actions.

Add triggers
Triggers are important for creating your rule. You can set a trigger by the time of day, sunrise or sunset. Also, you can set a trigger from a device action or system armed state.

Add conditions
Set conditions so your rule only happens during a time range, daytime, night, days of the week or when your system is armed, disarmed or alarming.

Add actions
Actions are the most important part of your rule. They are what you want your rule to do. You also can have more than one action. For example, you can have actions set to arm your system away and send you a notification when your system is armed.

Tip: Create a rule name to describe what your rule is for. Rule name "Arm at work time" would arm your security system away every Monday through Friday at 7 AM. The trigger would be set to 7 AM, a condition would be added for weekdays and an action would be added to arm your system.

Visit the Support Center to learn more about creating rules with your smart home devices.

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Recognize MLK Day

This month, the country honors the birthday and legacy of the minister and national civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 17th. MLK Jr. was a nonviolent activist for causes like voting rights, desegregation and labor. He delivered the famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial and later earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his life’s work serving others. You can honor him by taking time to give back to your own community. Consider helping a neighbor on your block, signing up for a volunteer event or getting involved in an organization that is close to your heart.