WatchOS 10's new Apple Watch Home app: a comprehensive guide

Cupertino, October 2, 2023

Seven native Apple Watch apps have been updated with watchOS 10, including the Home app. The major update brings the Apple Watch HomeKit experience in line with the iPhone. Follow along to discover what the new Apple Watch Home app looks and works. watchOS 10 brings a major overhaul to the Apple Watch experience with a new widget UI, mental health features like mood tracking, new watch faces, and redesigns with native apps like Weather, Stocks, Maps, Messages, World Clock, Heart Rate, and Home. As a refresher, here's the main screen of the watchOS 9 Home app:

After getting a major overhaul to the Home app with iOS 16 for iPhone last year, this time it's Apple Watch's turn for a HomeKit upgrade with watchOS 10. How Apple's Watch Home app looks and works in watchOS 10

When you launch the new Home app in watchOS 10, your camera feeds are at the top, then four quick buttons for climate, lighting, security and speakers, and below that your favorite HomeKit devices. Swipe all the way up to see the intercom button. Tap the back arrow in the top left corner to see categories and all your rooms. Tap a HomeKit device in the new app to turn it on/off (lock/unlock, open/close, etc.) or tap the ... icon for precise control over things like thermostats and lights. Here's how the new one looks and works Apple Watch Home app in watchOS 10:

watchOS 10 Home app screenshot

Here's the main screen with video feeds at the top. You can tap on a feed to take a closer look or tap in the bottom right corner of the video section to see all your HomeKit cameras. Then follow the shortcut buttons for the categories climate, lighting, security and speakers. And at the very top right, you'll see what HomeKit device tiles look like with the new Home app in watchOS 10.

The new quick access categories for climate, lighting, security, and speakers are very useful with buttons at the top to do things like turn all lights off or pause all speakers. Back on the main screen, swipe all the way up to see the Intercom button and tap the Back arrow to see Home, Favorites and Scenes, followed by all your rooms. For individual devices, see what it looks like when you tap the ... icon for manual control. Some devices have multiple controls you can swipe between:

Device controls in Home app screenshot

Overall, I think this is a great update that brings the Apple Watch HomeKit experience on par with iOS. It's much easier to quickly get a glimpse of what's going on in your home, access and control devices. And during my use, the new watchOS Home app was also more responsive. What do you think of the new Apple Watch Home app? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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