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HomeKit is Apple's framework for home automation

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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: 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 ...
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Apple HomeKit ("Home" app) thinks I have a second camera, but I do not

I cannot enable recording on my Nest Camera, presumably because of my old Ring doorbell camera. There is no other camera in the Apple "Home" app whatsoever. I have removed the Nest camera, ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I delete a HomeKit invite?

I have HomeKit and it’s stuck on the accept invite step for about 9 months. The sender has since removed my access but this remains. What are my options?
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HomeKit sharing crashes when sharing home with guest. (Owner is legacy iCloud)

A HomeKit user has shared their home with me for the first time. They are reusing a very old iTunes/AppStore account to handle all iCloud functions... this means they are on the legacy "iCloud" and ...
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HomePod "Alarm" doesn't work reliably

I'm trying to set an "alarm" for the house on my HomePod mini. I created an Automation that at time X → Accessory HomePod → Media Play Audio (Ambient Sounds Forest) After it was created, for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does the Home app not let me set my temperate exactly when in auto?

I have an ecobee 3 and I can't set the temperature exactly when using the home app while in Auto mode, instead it jumps to the degree directly above or below the desired temperature. When in Cold mode ...
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