Looking for beta testers for the HomeKit Widget app on Apple Watch...

Cupertino, October 2, 2023

Hello everyone! Mine [**“Home Widget for HomeKit”**](https://apps.apple.com/app/id1579036143) app will be available on Apple Watch by the end of the year. But as I get closer to my goal, I'm now **opening up a first phase of beta testing to the public.** If you have an **Apple Watch** (WatchOS 10 minimum) and are already familiar with my iOS app, please contact me **via email from the iOS app**. (Help or Settings section, contact button).​

[Raw demonstration of current beta version - Home Widget for HomeKit](https://homekit.blog.com/link/16y8r5o/video/789vcs6avurb1/player) **What's the point?** With "Home Widget for HomeKit" you can put widgets (complications) on your watch face or widget stack s to launch HomeKit actions in one tap. You can also open the app to choose to manually launch one of the configured actions. **How ​​does the WatchOS version work?** I'll explain how it works here because help isn't written into the app yet. 1. Create a circle panel in your iOS app and assign it an action. The available actions are: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ sensor \- Show a device counter (active, inaccessible, etc.) (shortcut launches are not supported on WatchOS) 2. Launch the app on the watch and check if your actions have synced. 3. Add as many Widgets, Complications as you want. Here are the places you can use them: \- On watch faces, circular, corner, text/inline or rectangular widgets are available \- In the widget stack in WatchOS 10, 3 circular can be placed on one of the tiles \- In WatchOS 10 Widget Stack, you can put as many circular Widgets as you want. **What are the current limitations?** \- Updating background states is currently disabled. States only update when the Watch app is launched. I'm working on a mechanism to allow the iOS app to update states on the watch as frequently as possible. \- on WatchOS it is not possible to have interactive Widgets like on iOS. Therefore, the application must be opened to perform the action. \- on WatchOS app cannot be minimized after action. If you lower the handle, the app will minimize after 2 minutes. If you want to reduce it immediately, you need to press the digital crown once after using the widget. \- widgets, regardless of their size, cannot contain a button. Therefore, a rectangular widget cannot contain 2 or 3 different actions. \- in general, everything that can be done has been done 😉 but your ideas and suggestions are welcome. **What should be tested?** Everything present is expected to work correctly. If you have any concerns, you should report them. But if you need a list, here are a few things to check: \- do the widgets appear in the WatchOS widget gallery? \- dimmers (for lights that support it) \- color picker (for lights that support it) \- camera streaming (note that there is a carousel and you can switch cameras after opening the one of your choice) **And then what are the plans?** I have some development ideas for the Watch app. \- small 2x2 panels can be added. A tap on a small widget would open a 2x2 panel allowing 2 taps to access 4 potential actions. \- maybe the possibility to create a slightly richer and more configurable control panel because I find it very difficult to use the Apple Home app on WatchOS. Please feel free to post your suggestion here or via email. The iOS app is still available [here on the AppStore.](https://apps.apple.com/app/id1579036143)

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