One of the best things about smart homes is the voice control of all your things. When your hands are full of food, you will be happy to say “turn on the kitchen lights”; when you get home. Therefore, you should not ignore Amazon’s warning. SmartThings just released a brand new Alexa skill, so you’ll need to reconnect by September 21st. This follows a similar move for Google Assistant users.
The news comes directly from Amazon in a useful Alexa email. SmartThings created a whole new Alexa skill, and the old one disappears. If you do not connect the new skill on September 21, your voice commands through Alexa will stop working with all your SmartThings connected devices.
You also have to recreate your routines, which is bad.
Here is the email from Amazon:
We write because SmartThings has created a new skill. To continue using Alexa to control your devices linked to SmartThings, you must log in to the new skill by September 21, 2020. If you do not, Alexa will not be able to access all devices connected to SmartThings.
You can log in by following these steps:
Activate the new SmartThings skill using one of the three options below:
a. SmartThings app: ‘+’ icon (top right)> Voice Assistant> Amazon Alexa> Allow
b. The Alexa app: More (bottom right)> Skills & Games> Search Bar (top right)> Search for “SmartThings”> Select SmartThings Skill> Enable to use
c. Browser: Visit SmartThing’s skill page and select “Enable”
After activating the new SmartThings skill, you must place Alexa in Discovery mode to link the skill with your device. There are two ways to do this:
Alexa app: Devices (bottom right)> ‘+’ icon (top right)> Add device> Scroll down and select Other> Discover devices
b. Voice: Use your Echo device and say “Alexa, discover my devices”
Note! If you have previously set up routines with the older SmartThings skill, you may need to recreate these routines after activating the new skill.
If you have any questions, please contact Amazon Customer Service.
The process of reconnecting is at least not that involved, unless you have many routines. September 21 is not far away, so do not delay.