09 November 2020
Samsung has announced SmartThings Find, a new service that helps you locate your misplaced Galaxy devices, including phones, tablets, smartwatches, or earbuds. The new service has been added to the SmartThings app via a new software update.
The SmartThings Find service uses ultra-wideband (UWB) tech and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to help you quickly find and locate your misplaced devices.
Samsung has also released a video that shows how to set up the new SmartThings Find in the SmatThings app. First, you need to update the app and after the update, the new SmartThings Find feature will show up on the home screen of the app. Tap on the feature to sign up for the SmartThings Find. After registration, you will see all your added devices listed inside the new service.
When you lose a device, you can simply open SmartThings Find on your smartphone or tablet and select the device you want to locate. Your smartphone will then show you the exact location of the device in the integrated map. Once you’re close to your device, you can choose to either have your device “ring” or “locate” it using the AR-based Search Nearby function.
Interestingly, SmartThings Find can also locate offline devices. Once a device goes offline for 30 minutes, it will produce a BLE signal that can be received by other Galaxy devices.
Samsung also announced that around 6 million users across Korea, the UK, and the US have already used the SmartThings Find feature by signing for the beta. And, now the feature is coming to everyone as a global launch on devices running Android 8 or later and Galaxy Watch devices running Tizen 5.5 or later.
Samsung also confirmed that from early next year, it will further expand these capabilities to tracking tags, which will help users locate other belongings as well and not just the Galaxy devices.
SmartThings app | Android | Play Store, Free