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For light bulbs, you may be able to dim them, or change their color; a sensor may be able to relay temperature, humidity, or air quality. Plugging the Elgato Eve into the wall outlet allows appliances to be switched on and off via iPhone, iPad, or an Apple Watch app. How to Setup HomeKit Accessories: First, what you will need to do is name your devices, rooms, and zones. We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation.

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The Best Apple HomeKit Siri-Enabled Devices And Accessories

Learn how to use Siri to control your home. Scenes let you control multiple accessories at the same time. For example, you can create a scene called "Arrive home" that turns on all of the lights and unlocks the front door—all with a single tap. Tap the scene to turn it on or off, or just ask Siri. You can add or remove accessories from a scene at anytime. Just touch and hold a scene, then tap Details. Want a scene to automatically run at a certain time, location, when a sensor detects something, or when an accessory turns on or off?

For example, if you have a door sensor you can get a notification when a door opens while you're home. Want to get notifications for your HomeKit accessories while you're not home? Set up a home hub to remotely access your HomeKit accessories.

To invite others to control your accessories, you and the people you invite need to be signed into iCloud and have iOS Moving to a new home and want to set up and control your new home with your accessories? You can remove your home and manually reset your accessories. Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products.

Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. Risks are inherent in the use of the Internet. Contact the vendor for additional information. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch With the Home app, you can securely control the products you use in your home—all from your iOS device.

To set up accessories and automation, allow Home to use your location. Set up HomeKit accessories To get your smart home started, add lights, locks, thermostats, and other HomeKit-enabled accessories. Before you set up your accessory: Make sure that it's powered on and nearby. To add an accessory: Open the Home app and tap Add Accessory or tap. When your accessory appears, tap it.

If asked to Add Accessory to Network, tap Allow. With the camera on your iOS device, scan the eight-digit HomeKit code, or QR code on the accessory or accessory documentation. Add information about your accessory. Tap Next, then tap Done. Edit details about your accessory Edit details about your accessories, like their names and where they're located. To edit details for an accessory: Tap the Home tab. Touch and hold an accessory. Tap Details, then add the following: Name your accessory to help you identify it in Home and to control it with Siri.

Select the type of accessory it is, like a switch or light. Turn on to see what accessories are turned on at the top of the Home tab and receive notifications for certain HomeKit accessories. Group with other Accessories: Group accessories together so you can treat them like one accessory.

Organize accessories by room and zone You can create different rooms in the Home app to help you keep track of where your accessories are located. Add a room and assign accessories to it To add a room: Tap the Rooms tab. Give your room a name, like Living Room. To assign accessories to a room: In the Home tab or Rooms tab, touch and hold an accessory. Tap Details, then tap Room. Select a room for the accessory, then tap Done.

Organize rooms into a zone Group rooms together in to a zone to easily control different areas of your house with Siri. Tap a room, like Living Room. Tap an existing zone or add a new zone by tapping Create New, then give your zone a name. To add more rooms to a zone, just follow the steps above for each room. Turn accessories on or off: In the Home tab or Rooms tab, tap an accessory to turn it on or off. These two features work together: HomeKit encrypts and stores your device codes in iCloud Keychain; two-factor authentication keeps that data secure.

You can configure the app for multiple HomeKit locations, and switch between them, if you frequent more than one HomeKit locale. Depending on the accessory, you may need to first power cycle the accessory to put it in pairing mode.

The pairing process is simple, fast, and consistent, and usually takes less than a minute to finish—sometimes around only 10 seconds. In most cases, I download the app and decide if I can delete it once an accessory is set up and functioning. You can fiddle with your HomeKit settings as often as you like with no harm, so poking around is fine, and a good way to learn how it works.

For light bulbs, you may be able to dim them, or change their color; a sensor may be able to relay temperature, humidity, or air quality. Many devices offer only a subset of their full capabilities via voice control, with access to the rest requiring interaction via a companion app or some third-party apps.

The Home app displays a status rundown of important updates—an unlocked door, or a failure to reach a device—along with a grid of your Favorite devices. Selecting the Rooms item at the bottom of the screen lets you swipe between devices, room by room. In the Automation screen, you just tap the initial trigger: Depending on your initial input, you can then select among configured HomeKit devices and thus perform actions that are specific to a device—that is, HomeKit presents only those options that both make sense and are possible, which is much more useful than hunting for devices or possible triggers.

So an automation to have a screeching smoke detector trigger a set of Hue lights to turn bright red, if the alarm sounds after 9 pm, will be possible only if you have all the required accessories installed.

The approach makes a lot of sense, and as noted earlier, I created a battery of automations in a minute or so each, and all of them function well. HomeKit is now a fairly powerful platform that supports not only many smart-home devices but simple automation between them.

Alexa is a compelling platform: Though it largely functions as a controller of smart devices, and not a hub, per se, it has attracted so much enthusiasm that now it has too many compatible accessories to count. Its biggest drawback compared with Alexa is that Siri is currently less convenient for smart-home voice control. HomePod has the potential to even the odds a bit for HomeKit, though at a price premium: Since launching in , HomeKit has been distinguished by a focus on security that has appealed to savvy consumers.

However, Apple recently announced new certification standards that will eliminate the need for a proprietary Apple hardware chip, making it far easier and cheaper for companies to develop new devices and—just as important— enable existing devices to join the fold via a simple software update.

As a result, though there are currently more than HomeKit-compatible accessories in nearly every major smart-device category, we expect that number to grow fairly quickly. If the smart home in general has an Achilles heel, it is Bluetooth wireless, which is used by many battery-powered smart-home devices.

Bluetooth can sometimes cause delays or hesitation, and the layout or size of some homes may require you to add multiple Apple TVs to act as repeaters for your devices to be consistently in range.

What is Apple HomeKit?

Apple Footer. Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products. Apple’s HomePod speaker functions as a hub with Siri built in. Previously, an Apple TV was needed to control devices remotely and interactions took place through an iPhone or iPad. Many HomeKit devices are also compatible with Amazon speakers and Google Home devices, so you can use voice control with a variety of speakers. HomeKit accessories and devices are sold with a 'Works with Apple HomeKit' badge. Some older devices that rely on Apple's old hardware-based HomeKit capability also use 'HomeKit edition' as an identifier, while newer products are getting software updates and, .