Getting Started with Homekit [Beginners Guide]

So you want to take your home to the next level with Siri and HomeKit enabled devices.

Using HomeKit devices with your Apple products couldn’t be easier.

Check out our huge list of HomeKit compatible devices

All HomeKit accessories are added and controlled via the Home app on iOS. The Home app is a default on all iOS devices running iOS 8 or later.

Reasons to Use HomeKit

More HomeKit devices are added every year and at this point you can have security cameras, thermostats, lighting, and more all in your HomeKit. The one massive benefit is the ability to use Siri and the ease of use in iOS. Once you add devices to your home they will show up in your control center to easily turn off/on things or even view your camera feeds.

Where to Start: Lighting

Example of HomeKit Lighting Automation

If you don’t have any HomeKit devices we recommend starting with a Philips Hue light bulb.

It’s great to be able to tell Siri to turn your living room lights off and on.

Additionally we recommend automating your lights to turn on when it gets dark out. Using HomeKit automation you can have your lights turn on 30 minutes before sunset and turn off 30 minutes after sunrise for example. This is perfect if you have a pet at home or just want to walk into a lit home after work.

When expanding to additional products just be on the lookout for devices with the “works with Apple HomeKit” badge as seen below.

HomeKit Hubs

If you want the ability to automate HomeKit devices you’ll need a HomeKit Hub. Luckily most people already have one, an Apple TV, HomePod, and even a plugged in iPad work as a HomeKit hub.

The hubs will automatically set themselves up so if you have the automation tab in your home app that means it’s setup correctly.

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