June 2020 updates

June has been a big month for SEQUEmatic, with the biggest change being the introduction of Tuya Smart Life integration. With the announcement in May that Tuya would no longer support IFTTT, direct integration was introduced in SEQUEmatic to bridge the gap and many people have now started using this new feature.

Initially it looked like this would only support simple on/off commands, but it’s now possible to control just about any Tuya device, and run all sorts of commands including opening and closing blind shutters, changing the colour and brightness of lights and opening and closing garage doors.

Given the positive response, I’m now exploring other direct integrations to introduce into SEQUEmatic. If you have any preferences, please let me know.

In addition to this, there have been a number of smaller enhancements as well, including:

  • Improvements to the user settings page allowing you to set your location via a map
  • UI enhancements to a number of steps and additional informative text to explain how to set up steps
  • Ability to view input data from custom webhook triggers via the sequence log
  • Forced HTTPS for webhook calls, and email reminders if HTTPS is not used

I’m also collecting feedback via a survey to help improve SEQUEmatic. You should have received an email with a survey link, and if you have already responded then thank you very much! If you haven’t, I’d appreciate if you can spare a few minutes to provide your feedback to help improve the site.

As always, if you have any feedback please comment below, post in the Q&A forum or contact me here. And if you’d like to see an article about something in particular, just let me know.

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Issue with Tuya Smart Life integration – RESOLVED

EDIT: This issue is now resolved. You may need to unlink and link your Tuya account via the linked services page in order to restore you Tuya devices in your SEQUEmatic account.

If you continue to experience issues please let me know.

An issue has recently arisen with the link to some Tuya Smart Life accounts breaking. This means that Tuya devices may not trigger as expected and some sequences may not appear correctly when viewing the steps.

In some cases, unlinking and linking your account can resolve the issue, but not always.

I’m currently working with the Tuya support team to find a resolution and will post an update here once it’s resolved.

If this happens to your account, please don’t delete or modify your SEQUEmatic sequences. The steps may not appear correctly now with device names and statuses missing (see the screenshot below), but should be restored once the Tuya integration issue is resolved so it would be best to leave the sequence as it is for the moment.


Thanks for your patience while I work through this.

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How to connect IFTTT to Tuya Smart Life

With the recent shutdown of the Tuya Smart Life service on IFTTT, many people are left wondering how to integrate their Tuya Smart Life devices with other smart devices around the home.

SEQUEmatic now supports direct integration with Tuya Smart Life. Combined with the IFTTT webhook service, SEQUEmatic can bridge that gap! Read on to learn how.

Link your Tuya account

First, you need to link your SEQUEmatic account to Tuya. Navigate to your settings page and click the Linked Services button.


Next, click Link account next to the description of the Tuya Smart Life service.


You will be redirected to the secure Tuya Smart Life login page, where you should login with your Tuya credentials.


Tuya will explain what it means to link your account, then you will need to click Confirm authorization to complete linking.


Once linking is complete, you will be redirected back to the Linked services page. You’ll notice the link which previous read Link account now reads Unlink account, confirming your account was successfully linked.

If you ever wish to disconnect your Tuya account from SEQUEmatic, you should return to this page and click the Unlink account link.


Create your sequence

If all you want to do is hook a service from IFTTT into your Tuya Smart Life device, then the SEQUEmatic sequence is very simple. However, if you’re new to SEQUEmatic I’d encourage you to explore the other step types and see what else you can achieve. Sequences can be very powerful and you might be able to create an even better home automation than you had before!

Anyway, the sequence you need will look like this. You can also view this here in the shared sequence library.


Let’s go through this step by step. First you should select the IFTTT webhook trigger. Enter anything for the event name, as long as it’s meaningful to you. Leave all the parameter fields blank. Here’s what I used in the sample sequence:


Then, you just need one other step which is the Tuya Smart Life step. I’ve chosen a single device, but you could also use a device group or scene. Select the action you want to perform or the property to modify as well as the new value, and that’s it! Here’s the step I created in the sample sequence.


While you’re here, if you want multiple Tuya Smart Life devices to be triggered, you can add any number of Tuya Smart Life steps to the sequence.

The IFTTT applet

Next head to IFTTT and create a new applet. The trigger, or if this component, should be the other smart device which should cause your Tuya Smart Life device to be triggered. In this example I’m using an eWeLink plug. Set up the trigger as you need, and then click next to create your action.

The action, or then that component, will use the webhooks service. There’s only one action available in this service, the make a web request action.


The only field you need to set in this action is the URL field. Head back to the SEQUEmatic sequence, and copy the URL provide in the trigger. Once copied, paste it into IFTTT.


Click through to save the applet, and your finished product should look something like this.


Now, when the other device (in this example the eWeLink plug called water feature) fires, it will make a webhook call to SEQUEmatic and trigger the sequence. The SEQUEmatic sequence will then control your Tuya Smart Life device!

If you have any questions getting set up, head over to the Q&A forums, post in the comments below or contact me here.

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Tuya Smart Life integration

As many people are aware, the integration between Tuya Smart Life and IFTTT has now ceased. This has left a lot of people unable to run the handy automations they previously had set up between the Tuya Smart Life devices and other smart devices supported by IFTTT.

Following user feedback, I’m please to announce that SEQUEmatic now supports direct integration with Tuya Smart Life!

EDIT: It is now possible to control any property of any Tuya smart device direct from SEQUEmatic. Not all Tuya Smart Life devices are created equally, so if you run into any problems either post in the Q&A Forums or send me an email.

So how do you set up your sequences with Tuya Smart Life? Read on for the step-by-step process.

Connecting your SEQUEmatic account to Tuya

First, you need to link your SEQUEmatic account to Tuya. Navigate to your settings page and click the Linked Services button.


Next, click Link account next to the description of the Tuya Smart Life service.


You will be redirected to the secure Tuya Smart Life login page, where you should login with your Tuya credentials.


Tuya will explain what it means to link your account, then you will need to click Confirm authorization to complete linking.


Once linking is complete, you will be redirected back to the Linked services page. You’ll notice the link which previous read Link account now reads Unlink account, confirming your account was successfully linked.

If you ever wish to disconnect your Tuya account from SEQUEmatic, you should return to this page and click the Unlink account link.


Using Tuya Smart Life in sequences

Once your account is linked, using Tuya Smart Life in sequences is simple.

Either create a new sequence, or edit an existing sequence and click the Add step button. From the Step type dropdown select Tuya Smart Life. The form will update, displaying available devices by default.


Select the device name, the action to perform or property to modify, and the new value to set.

In addition to devices, you can also control device groups. Simply change the Type to Device Group and a list of available groups will display. Finally, you can also trigger Scenes which have been set up within your Tuya Smart Life home. Using scenes you can create some very complex and powerful automations to trigger from your sequences.

You can learn more about the Tuya Smart Life integration here in the docs. And if you need help getting set up, head to the Q&A Forum, post your questions in the comments below or contact me here.

If you do start using the Tuya Smart Life integration, I’d love to hear how you’re putting it to use in the comments below!

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May 2020 updates

I’m pleased to let you know of a number of enhancements which were made to SEQUEmatic this month. These include:

  • Improved performance on the sequences page, reducing the page load time from several seconds to under one second
  • New features on the sequence log page allowing you to view all sequence log entries, as well as filter and sort
  • Updates to the toggle variable webhook to also recognise yes/no and on/off
  • Enhancements to the custom webhook trigger allowing you to access variables at any level of the JSON structure
  • Improved UI on the edit sequence page, collapsing the action buttons under a mini menu

More to come!

And there are further enhancements planned throughout the month of June including additional log details for custom webhook triggers and a number of UI enhancements to make it even easier to create and edit your sequences.

As always, if you have any feedback please comment below, post in the Q&A forum or contact me here.

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