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Getting to know the Wemo Rules

One of the major selling points of the Wemo® line of products is the ability to control them anywhere you are in the world.

With the different Wemo Rules, you can easily set the day and time your Wemo device should turn ON or OFF.  Below is the list of these Rules.

NOTE:  Sections and parts mentioned might not match with the ones on your app.  Check if you have the latest Wemo App installed.  To check the iOS version of the app, click
here.  For the Android™ version, click hereIn the examples below, an Android device was used (unless specified otherwise).
 
1.  CONTROL A DEVICE
Schedule
Auto-off Timer
Long Press
Motion Detector
Nest's Home & Away
 
2.  AUTOMATE
Away Mode

3.  GET NOTIFIED
Motion Alerts
Usage Alerts
 

What kind of Rules can I make?

1.  CONTROL A DEVICE
 
Schedule

Available on: 
  • Wemo Switch Smart Plug, F7C027
  • Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029
  • Wemo Smart Light Switch, F7C030
  • Wemo® Smart LED Bulb, F7C033
  • Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer, F7C059
  • Wemo Mini Smart Plug, F7C063
This is the most basic Rule that you can make.  This Rule lets you control your Wemo device to turn ON and OFF at a time you set.
 
User-added image
 
Section
Description
Other options/
sections/notes
TURN ON/OFF
Tap a device, then select the function your device will do.
Choose On until time, On, or Off
WHEN
Specify the scheduled times for the Rule by tapping under this section.
START, ON or OFF – Toggle the button to specify a time or schedule at Sunrise or Sunset.
 
  • User-added image - set the time/s your Rule will trigger
  • User-added image - set Sunrise and/or Sunset as your trigger times
DAYS – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.
RULE NAME
Customize the name of your Rule.  This is especially helpful when you have multiple Rules.
 
To learn how to create a Schedule Rule on the Wemo App, click here

Auto-off Timer

Available on:  
  • Wemo Switch Smart Plug, F7C027
  • Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029
  • Wemo Smart Light Switch, F7C030
  • ​Wemo Maker™, F7C043
  • Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer, F7C059
  • Wemo Mini Smart Plug, F7C063
The Auto-off Timer Rule allows your Wemo device to turn OFF some time (which you can set) after you turned it ON.  A great use for this is to make sure your Wemo Light Switch turns OFF automatically a few minutes after you leave your house, making it one less thing to worry about.
 
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Section
Description
Other options/
sections/notes
AUTOMATICALLY TURN OFFSelect the device you want this Rule to trigger on. 
AFTER IT'S ON FOR
Select the duration for timer.  You may also tap on Set to specify a time you prefer.
 
WHEN
You may choose to leave the Rule to be triggered any time or tap under this section to set a time slot for the Rule to trigger on.
START, ON or OFF – Toggle the button to specify a time or schedule at Sunrise or Sunset.
 
  • User-added image - set the time/s your Rule will trigger
  • User-added image - set Sunrise and/or Sunset as your trigger times
DAYS – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.
RULE NAME
Customize the name of your Rule.  This is especially helpful when you have multiple Rules.
 
To learn how to create an Auto-off Timer Rule for Wemo, click here.
 
Long Press

Available on:
  • Wemo Smart Light Switch, F7C030
  • Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer, F7C059
Requires:  Other Wemo devices to trigger the Rule on.

The Long Press Rule allows your Wemo Light Switch to control another Wemo or set of Wemo devices just by pressing the power button on your Light Switch for 2 seconds.  To let you know that you activated this Rule, the indicator light of your Wemo Light Switch will blink rapidly three times.
 
A long press Rule is different from other Rules.  Like other Wemo Rules a Long Press Rule can control multiple Wemo devices at the same time.  However, a Wemo device can belong to only one Long Press Rule at a time.  This Rule is active all day.

 
User-added image
 
Section
Description
Other options/
sections/notes
LONG PRESS
Select the device you want to trigger the Long Press Rule.
 
DOES THIS
Select the function you want the Rule to do.
Toggle – On the first long press, turns OFF all Wemo devices added to the Rule.  The following long press turns ON the devices if they are OFF, and vice versa.

Turn On – Turn ON all Wemo devices added.

Turn Off – Turn OFF all Wemo devices added.

Away Mode – This will make added Wemo devices turn ON and OFF randomly to make it look like you're home.
FOR THESE
Choose the devices you want the Long Press Rule to trigger on.
 
To learn how to create a Long Press Rule for your Wemo, click here

Motion Detector

Available on:  
  • Wemo Switch Smart Plug, F7C027
  • Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029
  • Wemo Smart Light Switch, F7C030
  • ​Wemo Maker™, F7C043
  • Wemo® Smart LED Bulb, F7C033
  • Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer, F7C059
  • Wemo Mini Smart Plug, F7C063
Requires:  Wemo® Motion, F7C028 or Wemo NetCam

The Motion Detector Rule is designed to use your Wemo Motion or Wemo NetCam to turn ON or OFF a Wemo device of your choice during a period of your choice.
 
User-added image
 
Section
Description
Other options/
sections/notes
TURN ON/OFF
Select the device you want to trigger the Rule.  Each Wemo device can perform a different action when this Rule is triggered.
 
on, then… – Turn a Wemo ON when motion is sensed, then OFF after a time duration of your choice when motion is no longer sensed. 

off – Turn a Wemo OFF if motion is sensed.
IFThis is your Wemo device that detects the motion to trigger the Rule. 
WHEN
Specify the scheduled times for the Rule by tapping under this section.
ALL DAY - Allows sensing throughout the day

ON or OFF – Toggle the button to specify a time or schedule at Sunrise or Sunset.

 
  • User-added image - set the time/s your Rule will trigger
  • User-added image - set Sunrise and/or Sunset as your trigger times
DAYS – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.
RULE NAME
Customize the name of your Rule.  This is especially helpful when you have multiple Rules.
 
To learn how to create a Motion Detector Rule on the Wemo App, click here.

Nest's Home & Away

Available on:  
  • Wemo Switch Smart Plug, F7C027
  • Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029
  • Wemo Smart Light Switch, F7C030
  • ​Wemo Maker™, F7C043
  • Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer, F7C059
  • Wemo Mini Smart Plug, F7C063

Pair your Nest® Thermostat account with your Wemo network to begin using your Nest to control your Wemo devices.  Once paired your Nest can be used to turn ON or OFF your Wemo devices just by changing its mode to Home or Away.
 
Requires:  Nest Thermostat
 
NOTE:  The examples in this section are from an iOS device.
 
Section
Description
Other options/
sections/notes
IFChoose from list of the thermostats in your Nest account to trigger the Rule. 
TURN ON/OFF
Select the Wemo devices that you want to control when the Rule is triggered.  You can specify whether to turn it ON or OFF.
 
When
Specify the scheduled times for the Rule by tapping under this section.
All Day - Allows sensing throughout the day.

ON or STOP SENSING – Toggle the button to specify a time or schedule at Sunrise or Sunset.

 
  • User-added image - set the time/s your Rule will trigger
  • User-added image - set Sunrise and/or Sunset as your trigger times
DAYS – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.
RULE NAME
Customize the name of your Rule.  This is especially helpful when you have multiple Rules.
 
To learn how to control your Wemo devices with your Nest Thermostat using rules, click here.​

2.  AUTOMATE
 
Away Mode
 
Away Mode turns devices ON and OFF to give the appearance that someone is home.  The Wemo devices you include in this Rule will turn ON and OFF at different times throughout the duration of the Rule.
 
Some highlights about this Rule:

 
  • Wemo devices that are controlled by this Rule will turn ON and OFF at random during the duration of this Rule.
  • Once turned ON, a Wemo will stay ON for at least 30 minutes.
  • When turned OFF, a Wemo will stay OFF for a minimum of 1 minute.
  • The Wemo devices do not turn ON immediately when this Rule starts.  Some may stay OFF for a length of time after the Rule begins.
 
User-added image
 
Section
Description
Other options/
sections/notes
TURN ON/OFF
Select the Wemo devices that you want to control when the Rule is triggered.  You can specify whether to turn it ON or OFF.
 
WHEN
Specify the scheduled times for the Rule by tapping under this section.
ON or OFF – Toggle the button to specify a time or schedule at Sunrise or Sunset.
 
  • User-added image - set the time/s your Rule will trigger
  • User-added image - set Sunrise and/or Sunset as your trigger times
DAYS – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.
RULE NAME
Customize the name of your Rule.  This is especially helpful when you have multiple Rules.
 
To learn how to create an Away Mode Rule, click here.  

QUICK TIP:  If your Wemo App doesn't work with the Away Mode Rule or creating a separate Away Mode Rule for each Wemo device doesn't work, you can resolve these by creating just one Away Mode Rule for multiple Wemo devices.

3.  GET NOTIFIED
 
Motion Alerts

Requires:  Wemo Motion or Wemo NetCam

Motion Alert Rules are designed to send a notification to you when motion is sensed.  You can choose the times of day, what to say and how often you want to get the notifications.

 
User-added image
 
Section
Description
Other options/
sections/notes
IF
Select the Wemo devices that you want trigger the Rule.
 
WHEN
Specify the scheduled times for the Rule by tapping under this section.
Sensing all day - Allows sensing throughout the day.

ON or OFF – Toggle the button to specify a time or schedule at Sunrise or Sunset.

 
  • User-added image - set the time/s your Rule will trigger
  • User-added image - set Sunrise and/or Sunset as your trigger times
DAYS – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.
NOTIFY ME
Choose how you will be notified.

Message – Customize the notification message.

How Often
– Select how often you want to be notified.
 
RULE NAME
Customize the name of your Rule.  This is especially helpful when you have multiple Rules.
 
 
Usage Alerts

Requires:  Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029
 
A Usage Alerts Rule is specific to the Wemo Insight Smart Plug only.  Besides telling you how much power the Wemo Insight is supplying to the device plugged into it, you can also have it let you know when it is turned ON or OFF or left on for a long time.

NOTE:  The examples in this section are from an iOS device.
 
User-added image
 
Section
Description
Other options/
sections/notes
IFChoose your Wemo Insight, then select the triggering action for the Rule.power on - detects when the device has powered ON

power off - detects when the device has powered OFF

power is on for… - Wemo Insight detects how long the device has been ON for the time duration you have specified
When
Specify the scheduled times for the Rule by tapping under this section.
All Day - Allows sensing throughout the day.

START SENSING or STOP SENSING – Toggle the button to specify a time or schedule at Sunrise or Sunset.

 
  • User-added image - set the time/s your Rule will trigger
  • User-added image - set Sunrise and/or Sunset as your trigger times
DAYS – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.
NOTIFY ME
Choose how you will be notified.

Message – Customize the notification message.

How Often
– Select how often you want to be notified.
 
To learn how to set up Usage Alerts Rule on the Wemo Insight, click here.
 


How do Rules work with my Wemo devices?
 
Using your Wemo App, you can create Rules for any of your Wemo devices.  These Rules are stored on your Wemo device and a copy is kept in your Wemo App for your reference.  Anytime you bring a new Wemo device or install a new Wemo App on your network, the Rules will be copied over to that new Wemo device or Wemo App.

 

Your Wemo knows the Rules
All Rules are ran by the Wemo device itself not the Wemo App.  This allows your Wemo device to follow Rules without the Wemo App being ON, or even if your internet connection goes down.
 

One Rule to control them all
A single Rule can be created that controls multiple Wemo devices at the same time.  This means you can have a Rule to turn ON all of your Wemo Light Switches at a certain time you will set.
 

Multiple Rules on a single device
Each Wemo device can have multiple Rules set to control it.  An example would be one Rule to turn your lights ON in the morning and OFF when you leave for work, and another Rule to turn them ON again at sunset before you get home.
 

A Rule for every day of the week
Rules can also be set to run on different days of the week allowing you to have them run as often as you like.  

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