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What Is a Home App? How Does It Work?

From controlling lights without actually getting up or locking peripheral doors or controlling appliances just with a click and more. All these activities can now be controlled through an application. 

Surprised? Well, we are glad to introduce to you, the Home App. 

Home App helps easily to control the products you use in your home. When using this app, it reduces your headache of having a separate remote for every appliance and rather just uses your smartphone or device to control all of it. Many smart accessories have their own separate apps, but the advantage of using the Home app is that you can access and control all of them from one centralized location. You can connect it to your home from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac. 

You don’t have to invest in any other device to assist you with the smart lighting, security or usage of your domestic appliance. All you have to do is add it to this app and use it with all the features it offers. Whether you want to dimmer the lights to give an ambiance or ramp up the security rather than relying on cameras and video doorbells, this app has a lot more to offer.

It’s not only through a manual setting but it also comes with a voice assist feature to give out instructions for every setting.

TO SET IT UP

  • Update to the latest version of iOS.
  • Ensure that the devices that are connected are HomeKit- enabled accessories.
  • Look for the label “works with Apple HomeKit” on the product packaging.
  • Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID on all your devices.
  • Activate iCloud Keychain and Home in iCloud settings.
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ACCESSORIES

ADD/EDIT

This process is basically adding all the devices that you want to control through the app, but before adding the accessory you need to check that:

  • The device is switched on and is near you.
  • And if it needs additional hardware to work with HomeKit.

Once this is checked, you can then start adding accessories to the application, assign them to a room and name it to find it easily on the app and control it with Siri. You can also club accessories under one head to control them as a single accessory. For example, controlling different lamps, bulbs and lights in the room under the head ‘lights’ and control them as a single accessory.

CONTROL

Different accessories registered under different names are also controlled separately under the features like temperature control, color, and brightness. You can use Siri to control the accessory or do it manually through the app.

It gets really handy and easy to set up the lights or other appliances through the various feature options that the app gives us.

SET A SCENE

Through this feature, you can club accessories in one scene to avoid controlling each one separately. You can create a custom scene, with a custom icon and name. For instance, you can set up a scene as ‘I’m home’ and add accessories like lights, front door, and living room lamps to it. This will enable you to control all the three settings in just one click and spare you from the trouble of switching each one on separately, Or a scene like ‘Good night’ that would switch off the lights, lock the doors automatically and put down the blinds.

ORGANIZE BY ROOM AND ZONE

To find the accessory in the app, you can organize it by the room in which it is located. This makes it easier to control with the help of Siri and also keeps a check on the appliances by room. You can also click a picture of your room and set it as wallpaper for that room and then add accessories for that room. While listing down the rooms, it’s better if it’s done according to the actual names for the rooms in your house. Once all the rooms are added you can swipe between them in the Rooms tab.

The accessories can also be grouped into zones like upstairs and downstairs for easier navigation. For this, you can group the rooms into zones depending on the number of floors or zones of the house so it gets easier to control the different areas of the house.

Organizing the appliances by zones can also help save energy by using appliances in the active zones and ensuring that the other appliances and fixtures in the inactive zones are switched off.

AUTOMATION

The Automation tab enables you to automate the actions of a group of accessories based on triggers like location or time. However, it requires a fourth-generation Apple TV, an iPad running iOS 10 or later, or a HomePod. When away from home, either of these can provide remote access and let you take advantage of the Home app’s Automation feature, which automates accessories based on the following triggers:

  • The location changes; the accessories of a said room can function as one shifts from one room to another.
  • The time of day occurs; if a particular event, for a specific time for certain days is saved, the accessories act according to the said command.
  • An accessory is controlled according to the set scene. 
  • A sensor detects the things; if you want to switch the lights on when motion is detected then the sensor will act accordingly.

An example for automated tasks would be switching on certain lights at sunset every day or opening blinds at a certain time every morning, these settings if activated, it will follow the commands at the required time.

TO DELETE YOUR HOME OR REMOVE ACCESSORY

You can also delete the accessory as and when you don’t feel the need for it. Deleting your home from the Home app would delete all the accessories, scenes, automation and people you have invited to control your home.

GUEST CONTROL

In case you have a guest at home and you want to invite them to control the house through this app, you can add their Apple ID in the settings and ask them to accept the invitation to start using the app through their device. Once they accept the request, they will get access to the accessories in the house.

If you have been wanting to start with the recent home technology, this is the time to be a part of the rapid evolution. Incorporation of these upcoming technologies and applications help make lives easier and better!

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