Samsung Device Controls.

It’s nice to be able to control smart home gadgets from your phone, but you don’t want to be fumbling around with apps to turn on a light. Samsung Galaxy devices make this super easy, we’ll show you how.

Android 11 introduced a new power menu with access to smart home device controls, but Samsung put these controls in the Quick Settings instead—which Google adopted in Android 12. The controls are always just a swipe down from the top of the screen away.

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Only apps that support the Device Controls feature will be accessible from Quick Settings. For Samsung devices, the main two are Google Home and SmartThings. You’ll need to have either one of these set up to use the controls.

To get started, swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Quick Settings and tap the “Devices” button.

Tap the "Devices" button.

If you’ve already been using SmartThings or Google Home, you may already see the device controls. If not, tap the three-dot menu icon and select “Manage Apps.”

Open the menu and select "Manage Apps."

Toggle on the apps that have the devices you want to control.

Select the apps to use.

Now select one of the apps to customize which devices will appear in the device controls.

Select an app.

Select all the devices you want to see, unselect the devices you don’t want to appear.

Choose the devices.

Tap the back arrow in the top-left when you’re done.

Tap the back arrow.

Go back to the “Devices” screen and you’ll see all the devices you selected. You can drag and drop these tiles to rearrange the order.

Move tiles around.

Just tap the tile to be brought to the device page in the associated app, or use the power icon to immediately turn things on and off.

Turn on a light.

To switch between smart home apps, tap the down arrow next to the app name above the tiles, then select the other app.

Switch smart home apps.

That’s all there is to it! These handy switches are always easily accessible from the Quick Settings with just a swipe down. It’s so much easier than messing around with opening smart home apps.

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