Questions tagged [homekit]

HomeKit is Apple's framework for home automation

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
0 answers
51 views

How do I avoid accidentally turning on the wrong scenes in HomeKit?

We have various HomeKit accessories set up in different rooms around the house. Specifically, we have HomeKit lights (Nanoleaf) in our kid's room, which are set to a very specific (obviously, very ...
  • 716
3 votes
1 answer
187 views

How can Siri be instructed to set smart light color temperature automatically?

Apple’s “Home” system is capable of setting compatible smart lights, including Philips Hue and others, to a mode which adjusts the color temperature automatically based on brightness and time of day. ...
  • 563
0 votes
1 answer
74 views

How do I get Siri to recognise devices that work in Home.app

I have various Homekit devices that all work with the Home app and until the last week they worked with Siri voice commands. Now Siri can't find them with voice commands, this chnage probably ...
  • 27.9k
0 votes
0 answers
109 views

Shortcuts for Homekit accessories in Control center not working

I am having issues with the shortcuts for Homekit accessories in Control center, the accessories show as "Not responding". It does however show status changes from the 'unresponsive' ...
  • 101
1 vote
0 answers
80 views

Why is Home using so much battery life?

I don’t use Home to control my lights. I use the Hue app. Why is it using so much power in the background? I’m on iOS 15.1.1 on an iPhone 12 mini.
  • 694
2 votes
3 answers
430 views

Is there a way to stop the HomePod timer alarm remotely?

I have many HomePod mini (at least one in every room/corridor). And after I went upstair to my bedroom I noticed the downstair HomePod mini (assuming in the living room) got triggered by it’s timer or ...
0 votes
0 answers
546 views

Grayed out settings in Home app for HomePod

Not sure if this is ios 15 thing. A lot of setting for my Homepod inside the Home app are grayed out, including 'Personal requests'. I can't change them. What's causing that? How do I change them?
  • 121
0 votes
0 answers
164 views

Can I add device to HomeKit without iPhone with macOS only?

Is it possible to add new homekit device with access to only apple laptop? All tutorials I found mentioned about using iOS. I searched "Home" app in macOS but I can only add and edit rooms ...
1 vote
0 answers
42 views

What Home notifications are "critical" and "time sensitive"?

Since updating to iOS 15 and Watch 15 I've gotten notifications from Home on my Watch in the middle of the night while in Sleep Focus. I don't want to be woken every time a part of HomeKit goes off ...
  • 10.9k
0 votes
1 answer
397 views

Why is my HomePod mini chosen over my Apple TV 4K as a Home Hub?

I have an AppleTV 4K (2nd) and a pair of HomePod minis, but one of my HomePod minis is always chosen as my HomeKit Home Hub. Is there a way to prioritize the AppleTV as a Home Hub instead? Why is one ...
  • 10.9k
0 votes
2 answers
484 views

Can I trigger a HomeKit scene when my laptop's camera is turned on or off?

Like a lot of people nowadays, I'm set up in a home office and I'm often on video calls on my MacBook Pro. My partner sometimes wants to come into my office, but doesn't want to interrupt a video ...
  • 274
0 votes
0 answers
20 views

Handling HomeKit Security through a WiFi router upgrade

I'm replacing my HK enabled WiFi router with a new one and I understand that as long as the network name and password are the same, I don't need to remove and read any of my HK devices, however I'm ...
  • 10.9k
0 votes
0 answers
65 views

Why is my LG TV not listed under under HomeKit security accessories?

My understanding of one of the benefits of adding a device to HomeKit (and part of the definition of a HomeKit compatible device) was that I could secure it using HomeKit by controlling what ...
  • 10.9k
1 vote
0 answers
447 views

Create an Apple Automation to notify power cuts when at home

I have some electrical noise at home, and would like to use test equipment to verify its absence during power outages. I’d like to be notified when my power at home goes out, but I cannot find an easy ...
0 votes
1 answer
511 views

Is there a way to move home controls in control center?

I enabled home controls in control center. I have 6 favorites that display in control center. However, I use them less frequently than the custom control center items that appear below them (just off ...
  • 1,137
1 vote
0 answers
425 views

HomeKit using a generic "Family" iCloud account with invites for family members?

I'm looking to setup HomeKit using an Apple TV as the hub. As I've been reading about setting this up, I've noticed it requires the same iCloud login across devices. Right now, our Apple TV has two ...
  • 193
0 votes
1 answer
1k views

How can I get Siri to set my Nanoleaf light back to adaptive lighting?

I have a Nanoleaf lightbulb that I can control via Siri using my HomePod mini. The Nanoleaf supports Homekit Adaptive Lighting, which I've configured as you see in this iMore article. So far so good....
0 votes
1 answer
69 views

Is there a way to put a button in the home app (in Catalina) on the desktop?

I would like quick access to a home app button either in the dock or on the desktop. I tried dragging a button to the desktop. I explored the menus. I cannot find a way to do it. It would also be ...
  • 1,137
0 votes
1 answer
94 views

Hardware requirements for HomeKit compatibility?

I bought some wifi enabled color changing "smart" lights that work with the Google Home app and Amazon Alexa but not with Apple HomeKit. As someone who's heavily invested in the Apple ...
1 vote
0 answers
170 views

Can two HomeKit homes share one Philip Hue Bridge?

I have one Hue Bridge V2 (the square HomeKit-enabled one) and it's all working fine in HomeKit. Today I installed two more lights and I want to share them with my roommate. But the problem is that the ...
  • 3,168
0 votes
1 answer
89 views

How do I join my Apple TV to a different home?

I'm living in a shared house with a roommate. We each have our own Apple TV. Currently our Apple TVs (each linked to our respective Apple ID) show up in different homes in the Home app. We want both ...
  • 3,168
0 votes
0 answers
497 views

Big Sur Home.app suddenly requires iCloud Keychain

I'm using the same set of connected devices in Home.app on two Macs (both on Big Sur), an iPhone and an iPad. All of a sudden, the Home app on one of the Macs prompts me to enable iCloud Keychain in ...
  • 1,253
0 votes
1 answer
4k views

How can I stop Homekit devices being unresponsive in the Home on iOS (but not macOS or vendor apps)

I have a bunch of Homekit devices (some plugs and lightbulbs), and they're all happily configured in the Home app on my iPhone (14.1). Periodically (daily), some of them will stop being responsive in ...
  • 8,993
0 votes
0 answers
28 views

Where’s the complete list of HomeKit compatible accessories officially approved by Apple.inc?

I’ve been looking for official HomeKit accessories and found the accessory list that Apple provides us is not complete at all. At the time of asking this question none of the “Circle View” from ...
2 votes
1 answer
450 views

Homekit: multi mode button in home app

Is anyone aware of a HomeKit enabled device which exposes a control element/button in the Home app which allows you to cycle through modes (each click changes a "mode" - whatever mode means for the ...
  • 121
3 votes
1 answer
242 views

HomeKit thermostats and Celsius

Since upgrading to iOS 13 and macOS 10.15, one can only set temperatures in an integer number of degrees, which works fine for Fahrenheit, but isn't fine for Celsius. iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 permitted ...
  • 31
1 vote
1 answer
7k views

How can I create a morning routine with my HomePod that would read me today’s weather?

I believe this capability exists in other smart speakers, and even in iPhone’s Siri (to an extent). I have a “Good Morning” scene setup in HomeKit where it turns on a few lights and starts playback ...
  • 234
1 vote
0 answers
62 views

Why do I have to say "lights outlet" instead of "lights" *sometimes* when telling Siri to turn on/off the lights?

There are periods of time (like a week or two) that happens maybe every 1-3 months where when I ask Siri to turn on or off a device plugged into an outlet, I have to use the word "outlet" when I ...
  • 1,137
5 votes
1 answer
1k views

Using Raspberry Pi as a home hub for Apple HomKit setup

I'm trying to make my home a bit smarter using HomeKit without actually buying HomeKit accessories. Now I'm using python and the pyhap libary and it is working so far. I can control my Raspberry Pi ...
4 votes
2 answers
11k views

HomeKit invitation stuck

To give some background, I have some HomeKit devices set up in my home and they work great. I've successfully been able to add the rest of my family to the home with the exception of one person. With ...
  • 654
1 vote
1 answer
3k views

Will HomeKit remote access still work if I add a VPN to my Apple TV?

I've currently got a great little HomeKit setup in my home which works perfectly even when I'm out of the house. I understand that HomeKit makes use of the Apple TV as a hub to enable remote access to ...
  • 654
1 vote
1 answer
2k views

Can‘t setup an iPad or Apple TV as Home Hub

I tried a lot of different things and running out of ideas. I wanted to start using the HomeKit and failed to setup a Home Hub, both with my Apple TV 4 and with my iPad. My Apple ID is setup with Two-...
  • 11
2 votes
0 answers
134 views

Siri on MacOS does not work with HomeKit

I have a number of Philips Hue lights which I can control from my iPhone using the Hue & Home apps as well as Siri. As long as I am connected to the wifi everything works well. After updating to ...
  • 359
2 votes
0 answers
126 views

Mojave Home App

Mojave has the Home app, but is it possible to make it the HomeKit Hub?
  • 591
0 votes
0 answers
92 views

Homekit turns on light with a scene

I have setup IKEA Tradfri lights. I have the bridge and set everything up in HomeKit. I have a bunch of different scenes and automations. One automation triggers a scene which sets the brightness and ...
3 votes
1 answer
17k views

Adding an Apple TV to the Home app in tvOS 11.4

tvOS updated yesterday to 11.4 on my Apple TVs, and on startup asked what room each Apple TVs is in. However, it didn't show the list of rooms I have defined in my Home app. It showed a generic list ...
  • 882
2 votes
1 answer
246 views

Is there a way to have Siri make a web call?

I can use the Google Assistant app to make a web hook call to IFTTT. It’s just a simple URL. This calls IFTTT with the hashcode at the end to authenticate. This then runs a recipe which tells my ...
2 votes
1 answer
8k views

How to reset HomeKit?

I have been using HomeKit on an iPhone 8 and 6s(both iOS 11.2.5) to control six Philips Hue bulbs through my 4th-gen Apple TV for the last few months with no issues. Yesterday my Amazon Echo randomly ...
  • 622
2 votes
0 answers
162 views

How do I change the gender of Siri’s voice on the HomePod?

This article implies there’s a “Language” and “Siri Voice” section in the HomePod settings of the Home app; unfortunately, these sections don’t appear for me: How do I enable this configuration ...
1 vote
2 answers
193 views

With the release of iOS 11.2.1 an essential feature of my Apple TV was removed

I have an 3rd generation Apple TV which I use as a home hub. After remote access was disabled from Apple because of CVE-2017-13903 and turned on again with iOS 11.2.1 it stopped working remotely for ...
  • 180
2 votes
1 answer
539 views

iPad as Home Hub: Option not available under iPad settings

I've given up on trying to make my once working Apple TV Home Hub respond again. So I logged the apple tv out of the appropriate iCloud account and decided I would make my iPad the HomeKit hub. Much ...
2 votes
1 answer
622 views

HomeKit Room Based Access Control

I am considering adding HomeKit devices to a few rooms in a house, and assuming the HomeKit Home is shared with the family, that presents an issue with access. It would be best not to allow everyone ...
  • 1,873
6 votes
2 answers
45k views

Is it possible to use an Amazon Echo with HomeKit?

I currently use my 4th generation Apple TV as my smart home hub. The only accessories connected at the moment are Philips Hue lights, but I plan to increase this - hence the need for a more ...
  • 622
1 vote
1 answer
327 views

Apple TV HomeKit hub can see devices but cant communicate

I have an AppleTV 4th gen that im trying to set up as a HomeKit hub. I have it signed in using two factor authentication and it shows on my Apple ID devices page. The settings app on appletv says it’...
1 vote
1 answer
99 views

Elgato Eve is connected on Home app of iPhone but not on iPad

I have Elgato Eve Thermo. Home app on iPhone shows that the device is connected. While on iPad, Home app shows that the device is not connected. Any ideas what is going on and how to fix it?
  • 1,513
5 votes
0 answers
901 views

HomeKit: Can I switch on/off my led lights without internet

I am curious about Apple Homekit and with the introduction of IKEA TRÅDFRI I can afford LED lights. I know Apple HomeKit requires activating HomeKit with iCloud. I also know that Siri control ...
  • 302
6 votes
1 answer
11k views

HomeKit "Apple TV not responding"

I had a 4th Gen Apple TV setup as my HomeKit hub and was working fine. Lately I've noticed the Home App on iPod/iPhone says "Apple TV not responding". I've done all the tier-one support obvious things:...
2 votes
0 answers
1k views

Why are my lights always "Updating" in Apple Home?

Over the past weeks, after working pretty reliably for several months, my Hue lights spend most of the time "Updating" (and unusable) in Apple Home. Restarting and force-restarting the Home app does ...
  • 10.9k
6 votes
1 answer
981 views

Location based homekit automation is not triggering

I use and AppleTV4K on ios 11.1 and an iPhone7 with ios 11.1. I have an automation set up that automatically turns on some hue lights when I come home. For some reason, this never seems to be ...
1 vote
2 answers
4k views

How can I force HomeKit to send me a SMS/Notification alert (or email) if the basement floods?

I use HomeKit to simplify home management for the elderly. One of the things I want to address is the failure of a sump-pump, or flooding condition. Is there a way I can cause a HomeKit sensor to ...