How to use a HomePod as a HomeKit alarm

Been waiting for this feature for quite a long time. There are great sound effects on Apple Music including a classic car alarm sound and a burglar alarm that I linked. Here’s the guide on how to get it all set up that I wrote for iMore: Even though the HomeKit ecosystem has grown over the past few years, a crucial piece of the security … Continue reading How to use a HomePod as a HomeKit alarm

How to Set up HomePod to Play Music When You Arrive Home

Christopher Close writing for iMore: With the arrival of iOS 13, you can now automate your HomePod to play your favorite songs as soon as you walk through the door. Setting up the automation involves using the Home App, and can be done with just a few taps. Before you begin, make sure that both your iOS device and your HomePod are running the latest … Continue reading How to Set up HomePod to Play Music When You Arrive Home

How to Create an Irrigation Schedule with Automations

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. Last summer, a few of HomeKit’s first irrigation based devices hit the scene, and we were definitely excited to get our hands on one. During our review, we found the Eve Aqua to be a handy way to keep up with our watering needs. However, we … Continue reading How to Create an Irrigation Schedule with Automations

How to Set The Default Speed of a Lutron Caseta Fan Speed Control Switch With Automations

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. Now that Spring has arrived in the United States and temperatures are warming up, many people, myself included, turn to ceiling fans to help keep their cool. Prior to the recent release of Lutron’s Caseta Wireless Speed Control Switch, the only way to control HomeKit fan … Continue reading How to Set The Default Speed of a Lutron Caseta Fan Speed Control Switch With Automations

How to Create a Temperature Based Automation

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. Temperature based automations, such as the ability to trigger a fan to turn on when a room’s temperature rises above 75 degrees, is one of the most used arguments in favor of starting a smart home. Unfortunately, for some odd reason, the native iOS Home App … Continue reading How to Create a Temperature Based Automation

How to Create a Simple Alarm/Siren with Automations

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. When it comes to the smart home, there are two things that are pretty much synonymous with the technologies involved, automation and security. Unfortunately, on the HomeKit front, there is only one current security solution on the market, the Honeywell Lyric Controller, and its associated accessories. … Continue reading How to Create a Simple Alarm/Siren with Automations