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Apple Homekit Overview

Your home at your command

With the Apple Home app, you can easily and securely control your HomeKit accessories from all your Apple devices. Turn off the lights, see who’s at the front door, adjust your living room temperature, turn up the music, and so much more. And with the new HomeKit Secure Video capability and HomeKit‑enabled routers, it’s all even more secure. The Home app makes all your connected devices work harder — and smarter — for you. One app for all your home accessories. No matter which compatible accessories you choose, the Home app makes it easy to set up and control all of them, all from one place. Over 100 brands worldwide are committed to providing accessories that are compatible with the HomeKit framework, and the number available is growing every day. Each of these accessories is reviewed and approved by Apple to help ensure your security when you use it. Look for this symbol in stores and online. Get your house in order. Room by room. The Home app groups accessories by room, so you can easily control devices in any part of your house with a tap or a click. You can even tell Siri things like “Turn off my bedroom lights” or “Start heating the upstairs.” You can press an icon to perform more complex tasks like dimming the lights or adjusting the thermostat. And you can add your Airplay 2–enabled TV1 to the Home app and control it like any other accessory — turn it on and off, change the volume, and switch inputs. Keep an eye on your home. And keep other eyes out. Footage from home security cameras contains your most personal and sensitive data. With HomeKit Secure Video, activity detected by supported cameras is privately analyzed by your home hub using on‑device intelligence to determine if people, pets, or cars are present. When important activity is detected, you and anyone you share your Home app with will receive a rich notification that lets you view the clip right from the Lock Screen. Recorded video is available to view for ten days from the Home app. It’s securely stored for free in supported iCloud accounts and doesn’t count against your storage limit.2 Leading camera manufacturers like Eufy, Logitech, and Netatmo have announced support for HomeKit Secure Video. HomeKit routers make your home as secure as it is smart. Smart home accessories that connect to the internet can be vulnerable to attack. That’s why HomeKit‑enabled routers are available as a foundational layer of security for your smart home. HomeKit routers can firewall off each of your accessories so even if one were to be compromised, it wouldn’t be able to access your other devices or personal information. You can use the Home app to control which services your HomeKit accessories can communicate with in your network and on the internet. Leading manufacturers like Eero, Linksys, and Charter Spectrum have announced support for HomeKit‑enabled routers. Set several things in motion with a tap. Or your voice. Home allows you to set scenes, which enable multiple accessories to work in combination — all with a single command. So you can create a scene named “Leaving Home” that turns off the lights, locks your doors, and lowers the thermostat. Or a scene called “Movie Night” that turns on your AirPlay 2–enabled TV, lowers the shades, and dims the lights. Good Morning Greet the day with a custom scene that warms up your house, opens the blinds, and fires up the coffee maker. Arrive Home Prep your home for your arrival with a scene that opens the garage, unlocks your door, and turns on the lights. Good Night When you’re ready to turn in, a custom scene can turn off the lights, lower the thermostat, and secure the doors. Siri makes your voice the on/off switch. Siri knows which HomeKit‑enabled accessories you have in your home as well as their status.3 So you can ask Siri to turn an appliance on or off, dim your lights, change the song, set one of your scenes, or play movies and music on your AirPlay 2–enabled TV from your iPhone or iPad. With Apple TV or HomePod, you don’t even have to be home — for example, you can ask Siri to set the “I’m Home” scene while you’re driving. When you arrive, your house will be bright and warm, waiting for you to settle in. Hey Siri, turn off the lights downstairs Control your HomeKit accessories. Hey Siri, set my bedtime scene Use multiple HomeKit accessories to create a scene. Hey Siri, play Killing Eve in the living room Control your AirPlay 2–enabled TVs with HomeKit. Hey Siri, make it warmer Control your HomeKit accessories. Hey Siri, play some jazz in the kitchen Control your AirPlay 2–enabled speakers. Control your house from just about anywhere. Using the Home app, you can access all of your home’s smart accessories remotely through Apple TV, HomePod, or iPad.4 You can do things like shut your garage door, view live camera video of the doorway, or even ask Siri to lower the thermostat — anything you normally do while using the Home app at home. Put your home on autopilot. Apple TV, HomePod, and iPad also enable your home to carry out certain tasks automatically. For example, you can trigger an accessory or scene based on the time of day, your location, sensor detection, and more. Set it up once and you’re done. Location Set your lights to turn on as soon as you pull up to the house. Time Have your home turn up the heat at 6:00 a.m., before you get out of bed. Action Use a motion sensor in the doorway to turn your kitchen lights on when you walk in. Occupancy Trigger a scene based on who’s home, like automatically turning the lights off as you leave if nobody else is there.    
  1. Samsung smart TVs do not support HomeKit and cannot be added to the Home app.
  2. Requires a 200GB or 2TB iCloud storage plan and a home hub such as Apple TV, HomePod, or iPad.
  3. Siri is available on iPhone 4s or later, iPad Pro, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad Air or later, iPad mini or later, and iPod touch (5th generation or later) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.
  4. For iPad to act as a home hub, it must remain in your home, powered, and connected to your home Wi-Fi network.
  5. HomeKit Secure video requires a HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad running as a home hub.
Source: https://www.apple.com/ios/home/