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HomeKit: Apple’s ultimate home automation guide

HomeKit: Apple’s ultimate home automation guide

Do you just start with HomeKit or have you recently purchased your first HomeKit enabled accessory? Wonderful! You just bought one of the safest, easiest to use connected home platforms – especially if you’re using an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad. Now, while Apple’s takeover of the connected home is designed to be simple and secure, it can still be a little daunting. That’s why we created this guide: to give you all the information you need (and then some!) To configure and use the HomeKit enabled accessories and applications.

Don’t worry, you’ll be in control of your home with Siri and iOS Home in no time!

How HomeKit works

What the heck is HomeKit and how does it work? Right question. When you buy a connected home accessory, which works with Apple HomeKit, buy a product that meets Apple’s requirements for both security and functionality. HomeKit is one framework which connects home automation products and allows you to control them with Siri and the Home for iOS application.

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Here’s an example: Say you buy Elgato’s Eve, a HomeKit enabled product that monitors the quality, temperature and humidity of the room. After performing an initial setup process, the Apple HomeKit framework securely connects the accessory to your iOS devices and allows you to access sensors (air quality, temperature and humidity) in the Home application, HomeKit compatible applications and via Siri.

You can learn more about how HomeKit works here:

HomeKit Accessories: What’s available is our reviews

Looking for HomeKit compatible accessories to add to your home? Wondering if that recently announced device is a good choice? Find out what accessories work with HomeKit and our reviews of some of the best devices on the market.

How to install HomeKit accessories

Want to pick up a few HomeKit accessories, such as a light switch, but don’t know how to install them? Check out our guides on how to do the job.

How to configure HomeKit accessories

Once you have chosen one or two HomeKit accessories, you will want to configure them with your home. Here is our complete guide to connecting your accessories to HomeKit; adding rooms, areas and scenes; and sharing access to HomeKit with guests and family members.

How to control your HomeKit accessories

The best part of HomeKit is that you can control all your apps in one place. Here’s how you can use Siri and the Home app to truly become the owner of your HomeKit.

How to access your HomeKit accessories outside your home

Having trouble configuring HomeKit? Here is our complete list of troubleshooting tips and recommendations.

More useful links HomeKit

If you still have questions about HomeKit or would like to discuss with some fellow HomeKit owners, check out our HomeKit forums and other HomeKit articles!