Pause Movie When You Get A Phone Call (Free)

Sounds mundane, but imagine if your tv would pause every time you would get a call while watching a movie. It is surprisingly easy to implement.

This routine is part of the Automation Bank, a community-driven list of over 50 practical automation ideas for your smart home. Read more about Automation Bank or search ideas by room, by device or by use case. Also, have a look at best home automation ideas as voted by our users.

How Does It Work?

  • Trigger: This one requires integration of your phone with the smart home. It is generally easier to do using with Android Phone. You can use a number of applications like Tasker or Zanzito (using MQTT). It basically should record an event that a call received
  • Condition: works only if you are at home and the movie is on
  • Action: Pause the movie. Easiest to implement with Chromecast or connected TV

What Do You Need?

This automation does not really require any additional hardware if you already have Chromcast or connected TV.

How To Set It Up?

Section below will have step by step instructions how to set this automation routine in the most popular smart hubs like SmartThings, Home Assistant, HomeSeer and Hubitat

Please leave comments below if you have any questions, or interested in the instruction for a specific system. This will help us to better focus our effort.

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James Hansen
James Hansen
2 years ago

OK, great idea. I have Home assistant, a samsung smart TV and a samsung phone. What else do you need?

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