I've got a Yale Assure Lock SL with Z-Wave that I'd like to control with my new Google Home. I understand that the "unlock" command might be disabled for security reasons, but I'd at least like to be able to lock and check the locked/unlocked state with my voice.

I can control the lock with my SmartThings app on my Android phone just fine, and the other devices controlled by my SmartThings Hub show up correctly in Google Home so I know the two devices are talking, but in Google Home when I click on the plus to add a device, the lock doesn't show up. It does say that some locks require setting up in Google Nest, which I downloaded and installed, but I can't find anywhere in there to add a device.

I've read online that one solution is to create a "virtual switch" but the Google Home app on my Android phone doesn't appear to have that option.

How can I get Google Home to "see" my deadbolt?


I followed this question to this page, which definitely seems like it's answering my question. Back in January of 2018, OldSchool4664 Lance posted these instructions:

  • Create a routine to unlock the door
  • On https://graph.api.smartthings.com under “My Devices” click “New Device” and create a “Momentary button tile” called “Unlock the front door button”
  • Edit your routine to be triggered by the tile
  • At this point you can unlock the door by saying “Ok Google, turn on unlock the front door button”
  • Go to https://ifttt.com/my_applets and create a new applet. For “if this” link to the Google Assistant service and select “Say a simple phrase”. I recommend you use a code phrase, for example “open sesame”, so someone can’t unlock your door by yelling from outside
  • For “then that” select the SmartThings service and have it activate the “Unlock the front door button” tile

But it's not working for me.

Everything I can find talks about using the SmartThings Classic app (apparently Samsung didn't include all the functionality in their newer app) but when I download & install that, and follow the instructions here, the promised "Add a Routine" is nowhere to be seen. And in the newer SmartThings app, there's absolutely nothing I can find about routines. There are automations which seem similar, but I can't get them to work.

  • It looks like you may need to get an APK for an older version of the app.
    – anonymous2
    Nov 14, 2020 at 19:35
  • In the Google Home app I can see 'Yale Access', 'Yale Smart Living' and 'Yale View'. Which of these 3 are you selecting when adding the device to Google Home? Nov 16, 2020 at 21:48
  • None of those ... from the Home app, I click on the "plus" in the top-left corner, and select Set up device. I then have to choose between "Set up new devices in your home" or "have something already set up". Under "have something already setup" I see the 3 options you list, but clicking on any of them takes me to a "log into Yale" screen, and I don't have a Yale account. Nov 16, 2020 at 23:22


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