LG ThinQ app adds limited HomeKit integration

Cupertino, January 9, 2022

If you are a user of smart LG devices and use the LG ThinQ app with them, there is an update for the app that now adds limited HomeKit integration. This integration is limited in a few ways, though.

As with apps like this, regardless of whether they are full blown HomeKit apps, such as Eve for HomeKit, or those who just have access but are not fully equipped, you must grant access to your "Home Data. Once granted, many but not all of your HomeKit devices will appear in the ThinQ app. That's about it, unfortunately. If you happen to have a house full of ThinQ products, and therefore use this app, but only have a few HomeKit devices, it makes sense to access your LG and HomeKit devices in this one app.

As you can see from the images above (provided by Eric Yao of WaveTech) the updated app allows you to expose a selection of devices, which in the tests we've run so far include smart bulbs (e.g. Hue), wired smart switches (e.g. Aqara E1), curtain motors (e.g. Aqara B1), and some hubs that have additional services (i.e. Aqara P3, - an outlet, AC controller, and hub). However, other categories may appear depending on your setup.

What's not so great is that while you're able to see LG devices alongside HomeKit devices in one app, you don't have anything like the kind of control over devices that you have within the Apple Home app, for example. In my particular setup, I have two dehumidifiers, a refrigerator with freezer, and an LG washing machine, and in the app, only the dehumidifier allows any kind of automated control, in the form of schedules. With HomeKit devices exposed to the ThinQ app, you don't get any kind of automation or schedule control, so it seems very limited in use from my perspective.

Maybe this will change, if or when LQ jumps to Matter, but for now it seems to be of little use.

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