How to Use Your iPhone With HomeKit-Enabled Devices

Now that HomeKit-enabled accessories are hitting the marketplace, you may be questioning exactly what you can do with your brand-new linked devices. Whether you are managing the temperature, switching off lights, or locking the front door, you will have the ability to utilize your iPhone to look after different activities around the residence.

If you are far from house, you’ll even be able to utilize Apple TV (third-generation or newer running Apple TV OS 7.0 or later) to manage some functions while away from home. We’ve got a tutorial for getting your HomeKit-enabled accessories all set for use.


Insteon’s app for HomeKit-enabled lights

Download the App

HomeKit works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 8.1 or later on. When you get your device, make certain to download the suitable app from the App Store and pair your device making use of the special code that comes with your new HomeKit device.


When paired, use Siri to take control of your electronics. You can tell the virtual assistant to set the temperature level or shut off the lights in the kitchen area. There are some commands that will certainly need you to unlock your iPhone before Siri will comply. For instance, you will not have the ability to unlock your door till you unlock your iPhone.

Some apps enable you to group numerous devices together, letting them be managed with a single Siri command. Collections have to be set up in third-party accessory apps, and the settings may be called “houses, rooms, or scenes.” Third-party apps that provide HomeKit collections can typically include HomeKit devices they’re not even designed to manage. Lutron’s app, for example, can likewise control a Nest thermostat.


Lutron’s HomeKit app

Not all apps have an organizing alternative, but for those that do, as soon as the accessories are grouped, they can be managed together. You may be able to tell Siri to “Get ready for bed,” for instance, a command that would turn off the lights and reject the temperature level.

If you wish to reset the system and start anew, open the Settings app on your iPhone and select Personal privacy. Then, choose HomeKit and tap “Reset HomeKit Setup.”

Shared Links

Several iOS users within the exact same family will have the ability to make use of the linked devices. However, one individual will be designated the administrator. Include new users from the settings area of the business’s app for the system you make use of.

Using Apple TV

If you are far from house, you will have the ability to set up your Apple TV to do the work while you are gone. All you need to do is see to it your iPhone and Apple TV are signed in with the same Apple ID account. Then, you can make use of Siri commands to from another location manage your devices, like switching on the lights while you are away. With iOS 9 later this year, remote access to HomeKit devices will certainly get even easier via iCloud.

Lost or Stolen iPhone

If, versus your desires, you no longer have your iOS device in your belongings, use Find My iPhone to turn on Lost Mode so no one can utilize it to remotely trigger your HomeKit accessories. You can likewise remove the contents of the device (only utilize this feature if you make sure you will not be getting the device back).

You can utilize another iOS device that is signed into the same Apple ID to control your HomeKit-enabled devices. Just download the compatible app and follow the steps previously.

If you don’t have another iOS device, you will have to by hand reset your accessories by following the manufacturers’ instructions. When you change your device, you will certainly be able to combine it with your HomeKit-enabled devices again.

Each system’s app will have a somewhat various interface. Nevertheless, HomeKit supported devices will all be able to deal with Siri so you can control your home from your iPhone by activating the virtual individual assistant. When iOS 9 and watchOS 2 launch in the fall, you will certainly have the ability to utilize Apple Watch to manage HomeKit-enabled devices and you’ll be able to access them remotely without an Apple TV.

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