Stringify Quick Start Guide for Android.
Stringify lets you connect and control all of your favorite Things. With Stringify you can build Flows (Things connected together) to create great experiences.
Stringify supports hundreds of physical and digital Things. Physical Things like lights, thermostats, door locks, sensors, and more. Digital Things like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, weather, news, and more.
Once you build Flows with Stringify they run in the cloud. You don't have to be home for your Flows to run.
If you build a Flow you love, you can even share it with others. You can also import Flows from others as well as Stringify, where we’ve built hundreds of Flows to inspire you. (Flows can be found in our Marketplace covered a little later in this guide).
This quick start guide will assume you’ve downloaded Stringify, set-up an account, and are now ready to get started. If you get stuck along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com - there are also support links in the app itself.
Before we add Things or build Flows, let’s take a minute to get acquainted with the application itself. The first thing you’ll see when you log in is the Dashboard. The Dashboard is essentially the home screen. It’s where you navigate to the other features within the app.
A quick tour of the Dashboard.
Tap here to access your profile, where you can update your account information, change your password, and access support.
Tap here to change your profile picture.
Tap here to see notifications, such as information from Flows.
Here you can create shortcuts to your favorite physical Things. This is useful if you have to access a thing often, such as a light you turn on or off a lot.
To add a shortcut, simply tap on the Floating Action Bar (the round plus button in the lower right) and select "Add a new shortcut" from the pop-up menu. (Note: the thing will have to be added to your library first, before you can create a shortcut to it - see "Adding a thing" below).
Tap here to access your Things library. This is where you'll find the Things you've added to Stringify. (We've added a few to get you started).
Tap here to access your Flow library. This is where you'll find Flows you've created or imported.
Tap here to access our Marketplace. This is where you'll find Flows you can import as well as physical and digital Things you can add.
Adding a thing
One of the first things you might want to do, is to add the Things you own to Stringify. Adding them allows you to control them via Stringify and use them in Flows.
To add a Thing, simply tap on the Floating Action Bar (the round plus button in the lower right), and select Add a new thing.
You’ll be taken to our Marketplace where you can find your Thing. There are two tabs at the top off this screen - one for Flows, and one for Things.
Tap on Things to go the Things Marketplace.
Once you’ve found your Thing, simply tap on it to display the Thing detail.
Then click on Connect (or Connect Another if you already have one) to add it to your Thing library.
Once the Thing is added, you’ll find it in your Thing library. You can now tap on it to directly control the thing from within Stringify, or use it in Flows (covered below).
Note on authentication.
Some Things require authentication. Things like SmartThings, Philips Hue, LIFX, Facebook, Twitter, etc. If the thing you are adding requires authentication, you’ll be prompted to enter your credentials so we can connect to the Thing on your behalf. Don’t worry, we never see or store your Things credentials and you can remove it at any time.
Flows are experiences built from two or more Things.
There are two ways to get a Flow.
Import a Flow
This is perhaps the easiest way to get a Flow as most of the work has already been done for you. All you need to do is to import it and make it your own by customizing a few details.
To import a Flow, simply tap on the Floating Action Bar and select Import a flow.
This will take you to the Marketplace.
From here you will see Flow collections (groupings of related Flows). Tap on a Flow collection to view the Flows in that collection.
When you have found the Flow you like, simply tap on it to view the Flow details.
If you like the Flow, click on Get Flow and the flow will be imported.
Once imported you'll be walked through a few steps to customize the flow, f necessary.
Follow the steps, then tap Enable Flow.
The Flow is now running and you’ll see it in your library.
Building a flow
If you prefer to build your own Flow, tap on the Floating Action Bar and select Create a new flow.
This will take you to the Studio canvas where you can drag and drop your Things and connect them together to build Flows.
Note: You can build very powerful Flows with the Studio, but for the purposes of the quick start guide, we’ll walk you through a simple Flow to illustrate some of the basic concepts.
In this example, we’ll build a Flow that turns on your front door outside light at sunset. (Once you’ve built this one, it will be trivial to build another that turns off the light at sunrise). In our example, we’ll needs two Things to build this flow – Date & Time, and LIFX (a WiFi color-changing LED bulb).
Recall that Flows are built from Things. To build a Flow you need to add one or more Things to the canvas.
To add Things to the canvas, Tap on the round + button at the bottom of the screen.
This will bring up your Things library. (Your library will of course look different than this one, depending on the Things it contains).
Find the Things you wish to use in your flow, mark them for inclusion by tapping on them. Each selected thing will show a green checkbox on it.
For our Flow example, find Date & Time and LIFX, tap on them (note the green checkbox), then once they are both selected, tap Done in the upper right.
You’ll be returned to the canvas where you will see the selected Things in the staging area.
Drag Date & Time from the staging area to a blank spot on the canvas.
Do the same for LIFX, but place it to the right of Date & Time
Drag from Date & Time to LIFX to connect them to each other.
Notice that while the Things you added are now connected to each other, they are not yet configured. (Note the gear icon on each Thing).
Tap on Date & Time to select the trigger you wish to use to start this Flow – in this case Sunset.
Specify the trigger parameters for sunset.
Tap on LIFX to select the action you wish to be performed when the trigger is satisfied – in this case Turn on the light.
And specify that you want the light to turn on, then tap save.
Give this Flow a useful name so you’ll remember what it does. (Tap on Name your flow).
Tap on Enable flow to start the flow running.
Congratulations, you’ve just created your first Flow!
Of course, there is much more you can do – you could add multiple lights, set more conditions such as “only if I’m home”, set a timer, and then turn the light off, etc. See some of the Flows we’ve created for in our Marketplace for further inspiration.
Thanks for being part of the Stringify community, and Happy Connecting!