How do I use SmartThings with my Rachio?


Extend the boundaries of your smart home to your yard with the Rachio Smart Sprinkler and SmartThings. Automate watering when moisture drops below a certain threshold, add delays based on your daily activity, or simply keep the neighbor's dog off your lawn when motion is detected! In this article, you will find step-by-step on how to set up your Rachio Smart Sprinkler controller with Smartthings, use it and troubleshoot (if necessary).


Video Guide

Want to preview the setup step-by-step? Check out our video below!



Step-by-Step Walkthrough

To set up your Rachio Smart Sprinkler controller with SmartThings, follow the steps below:

  1.  Find Rachio in SmartThings
    Open the SmartThings App on your phone and tap on "Marketplace".

  2. Under "Things", tap "Irrigation".


  3. Select Rachio.


  4. Connect Rachio
    You’ll need to log in with your Rachio account so that SmartThings can control your Rachio.

  5. Tap "Connect Now".


  6. Tap on "Click to enter your Rachio Credentials".


  7. Enter your Rachio credentials and tap "Login.


  8. Allow Access
    Tap "Allow Access" for SmartThings to work with your Rachio controller.


  9. Tap "Done". 


  10. Set up your sprinklers
    Tap "Select your Sprinkler". Select the Rachio controller and zones you would like to add to SmartThings; at this time, only one Rachio controller can be paired to SmartThings at a time.

  11. Select the zone(s) you wish to control, then tap "Done".


  12. Default Zone Runtime
    If desired, tap "Default Zone Runtime" to adjust the runtime SmartThings waters each zone; the default is 10 minutes.


  13. Tap "Done"  to complete the setup.

  14. Confirm Success
    Test watering a zone from your SmartThings app!


Use & Automate

  1. To access your device, tap "Things" within the SmartThings mobile app (Home > Things > select controller).

  2. You can also automate your Rachio with other SmartApps, such as turning on lights when the sprinklers are running. Select Marketplace > SmartApps > Select the SmartApp you wish to connect with your controller and follow the instructions in the app.


  1. Is your controller not responding? Note the Rachio device must be online for the SmartThings integration to work. 2850757613_file-ijzfF0mOfz.png

    If the Rachio is online, but not operating as normal, you may need to remove and reconnect the controller to reset it with your SmartThings setup. Tap My Home > Things > Select Controller > Tap on the gear/cog icon > Edit Device > Remove > Confirm (this cannot be undone).
    Still having trouble? Please contact SmartThings support.

  2. Remove your controller from SmartThings
    Removing the Rachio SmartApp will disconnect all of your Rachio devices: Automations > SmartApps > Rachio > Remove > Confirm (Note: this CANNOT be undone)



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