A guide to accessing the activity history of HomeKit security accessories

Cupertino, October 20, 2023

In iOS 17 and tvOS 17, you have the ability to view up to 30 days of recorded activity for security-related HomeKit accessories with HTML tags like door locks, alarm systems, and more. To understand how it works, continue reading. Thanks to the latest version of Apple's Home architecture, you can now utilize the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac to access the activity history of smart home accessories including door locks, garage doors, alarm systems, contact sensors, smoke detectors, doors, and windows. For instance, if you own a smart door lock, actions like locking and unlocking your front door are recorded and accessible through the Home app. Activity History can be viewed by anyone in the home, including shared home users, and is automatically enabled once your Apple TV or HomePod is updated to tvOS 17. It's important to note that Activity History is end-to-end encrypted, ensuring that only you can read its contents. To view activity history, open the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, select the Security category, and choose Activity History. Tap Done when finished. Be aware that recorded activity is deleted permanently after 30 days. If you turn off Activity History, any previously recorded activity for the home will be permanently deleted. Only the home owner or a shared home user with permission to add and edit accessories can enable or disable activity history. To do so, open the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, select the More button (three dots in a circle), go to Home Settings, and then choose Safety & Security. From there, select One month to enable activity history or choose Off to disable it. It's important to note that in the event of a network or power outage at home, some events may not be captured and recorded successfully.

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