How to Create Automations or Shortcuts for a Tapo Device

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Updated 09-14-2023 21:53:19 PM 75850
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What are Tapo Smart Actions?

For Tapo devices, there are two kinds of Smart Actions—Shortcuts and Automation.


Shortcut lets you perform an action with a simple tap. For example, when you are ready for bed, you can turn off your Tapo devices and dim the lights with one action.


Automation allows you to use Tapo smart devices or Time as a trigger to control other Tapo devices or run a shortcut/automation task. For example, you might want to turn the lights on a few minutes before you get home from work every weekday.

You can set up a trigger (When something happens) and an action (Then execute the action) in an automation.

Trigger List

*Triggers may vary by product models and Tapo Care plans. More devices will be supported soon.

Trigger* (When)

Trigger Manually

Shortcuts: With one tap

Trigger Time

At Sunrise


e.g. When it is 7 pm every Monday to Friday

At Sunset


At Specific Time

00:00 ~ 23:59

Trigger Device

Smart Camera

(Vary by models)

Motion Detected

e.g. When your Tapo Cam detects a motion

Person Detected

Baby Crying Detected

Area Intrusion Detected

Line Crossing Detected

Pet Detected

Camera Tampering Detected


Smart Wi-Fi Switch

Single Tap


Smart Hub



Smart Button

Single Tap


Double Tap


Rotate Clockwise


Rotate Anticlockwise


Motion Sensor

Motion Triggered


Contact Sensor





Keep open for more than 1 minute


Temperature and Humidity Sensor

Temperature above/below your set one


Humidity above/below your set one


Water Leak Sensor

Water Leak Detected


Water Leak Solved



Action List

*Actions may vary by product models. More devices will be supported soon.

Action (Then)

Run a Shortcut

You need to create a shortcuts first.

e.g. Then run “Arrive Home” shortcut

Enable/Disable Automation

You need to create an automation first.

e.g. Then run “Turn on light” automation

Control Tapo Devices

Smart Camera

(Vary by models)

Enable Privacy Mode


Disable Privacy Mode


Enable/Disable Privacy Mode


Enable Motion Tracking*


Disable Motion Tracking*


Enable/Disable Motion Tracking*


Rotate to Marked Position*


Turn On Patrol Mode*


Turn Off Patrol Mode*


Turn On/Off Patrol Mode*


Smart Lighting

Turn On


Turn Off


Turn On/Off

e.g. Then turn on if it’s off and vice versa

Set Lighting to custom state (Brightness/Color/Mode/Effect)

e.g. Then turn on to Christmas lighting effect

“On” Duration

e.g. Then turn on to 20% and then turn off after 2 minutes

Increase Brightness


Decrease Brightness


Increase Color Temperature


Decrease Color Temperature


Random Color


Smart Plug/Power Strip/Switch

Turn On


Turn Off


Turn On/Off


“On” Duration

e.g. Then turn on for 2 minutes

Dimmer Switch

Turn On


Turn Off


Turn on to last “On” state


Turn on to custom brightness


“On” Duration

e.g. Then turn on for 2 minutes

Increase brightness


Decrease brightness


Tapo Hub

Become Silent





How to Create Smart Actions

Option 1: Edit based on the template

1. Go to the Smart Actions page and you will see the Routine Actions (Shortcut or Automation).

2. Tap on a featured action. Tap CREATE to change the settings as needed.

Note: Triggers and Actions vary by models.

Option 2: Create your own actions

1. Go to the Smart Actions page and tap + on the top right to add a Shortcut or an Automation.


2. Customize triggers/actions for your smart action.

1) Shortcuts

a. Tap + to add actions. You can also set the delay action as needed.

b. Name your shortcut and choose an icon for it. Tap Done to complete.

c. You can run the shortcut with one tap on My Actions page or on the Home page.

2) Automation

a. Tap + to add triggers (When) and actions (Then).

If there are 2 or more triggers added, any trigger will activate the automation.

3. Name your smart action and set the effective time when the automation will take effect.

4. Your automation will execute when triggered during the effective time.

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