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HomeKit is Apple's framework for home automation

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How to correctly convert "Exit with shortcut" action to the latest working version?

I simply tried to apply rules from the following article: Motion sensors with HomeKit: How to turn off lights after a certain time? And this is my ❌ not working result: Simply my lights are not ...
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How to use old iPad Mini as smart home dashboard?

I would like to use my old iPad Mini 1 (running iOS 9.3.5) as a dashboard for my smart home, which is managed using Home Assistant. I've already resolved the first task - how to access Home Assistant ...
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A “Home" app keeps popping up. What does it mean?

With iOS 16, my iPad got an app called "Home". It just pops up randomly as an annoyance. I am trying to figure out what makes it pop up. I can't reproduce any of my theories, a swipe from ...
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HomeKit is unable to recognize when people are home following update to iOS 17

After updating to iOS 17, HomeKit fails to recognize when people are home and as a result sends endless motion notifications. How do I get HomeKit to recognize when people are home? (Updating my ATV+ ...
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Group HomeKit automatons by topic

I am new to HomeKit and wanted to create my first automations. I have an Eve Energy Smart Plug that should be turned on and off like this: Day of the week On Off Mon-Thu 5 AM 10 PM Fri 5 AM 11:59 ...
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HomeKit Problems on my MacBook Pro

I have a Mac Book Pro Catalina 10.15.7. I will upgrade soon, but I cannot get Home App or Home Kit Assistant to function now. The same Home apps work on my iPhone, but on my MacBook Pro the apps open ...
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Supported Matter 'third-party border routers' for HomeKit?

I went to upgrade my Home to Matter today only to find that the iPad is no longer supported as a Hub. I don't have any need for the main functions of either Homepod or Apple TV so I have no devices to ...
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iOS 16 - remove Home from Control Centre

Ever since updating to iOS 16, I now have this Home section added to my Control Centre. I neither need nor want this. Home is not enabled as one of my Control Centre items, yet this sits here ...
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Does Apple Home support power metering in a plug or similar device?

I want to monitor the energy usage of a medical device and - if possible - trigger actions if it is turned off by itself. I would like to use an Apple Home-compatible device (probably a plug) for this,...
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Alter text size on Home App

Apple's Home app is difficult to use for me. In all platforma macOS Venturea, IPadOS and IphoneOS it looks quite good except that I cannot read the information - like the temperatures as the text is ...
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Gradually dim on smart bulb

I have an Nanoleaf Essentials smart bulb and I can configure the brightness percentage from the Home app. When I go to sleep, I do "hey Siri, turn the light on at 7:30 AM". Having it on at ...
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How to preview variable in automations with shortcuts in HomeKit?

I simply have the following shortcut: and here Łazienka Love is called at the end. I dont know why. Should be called Łazienka Noc. Why #counter is not equal to 11?
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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....
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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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 ...
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Mojave Home App

Mojave has the Home app, but is it possible to make it the HomeKit Hub?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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