Aqara, a smart home company, has released an update to their Home app that allows scenes created in the app to integrate with Apple Home. This update extends the functionality of the Aqara app by making custom scenes available for use in automations through Apple Home.
Previously, users could only add scenes to Siri, but this update now includes the ability to add scenes to Apple Home.
To enable this feature, users must ensure their hubs have firmware 4.0.4, with the exception of the M1 and G2H hubs.
Once a scene is created in the Aqara app, it can be accessed directly in the Apple Home app. However, the details of the controlled device may not appear in the scene, which can make it difficult to manage scenes without a naming convention.
This update is especially beneficial for Aqara users as the company offers a wide range of devices compared to other smart home companies.
For example, scenes can be created for the Aqara Camera Hub G3 to enable and disable privacy protection, record video clips, play ringtones, and enable or disable tracking and motion detection.
The Aqara Smart Magic Switch S1E can be programmed to control the screen on/off and set custom brightness levels. Even the Aqara Pet Feeder C1, which is not HomeKit compatible, can be triggered using scenes created in Aqara Home with any smart button in Apple Home.
One of the most useful features of this update is the ability to control Aqara lighting products at the touch of a button. This can be achieved with any HomeKit-enabled wireless button, eliminating the need to rely solely on Siri Shortcuts.
Overall, this update offers Aqara users more flexibility and convenience in managing their smart home devices by integrating scenes with Apple Home.
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