Apple has its own smart home ecosystem called HomeKit. Maybe you’ve seen the Home app on your iPhone or iPad, or you’ve seen HomeKit in articles online. But what exactly does it do?
HomeKit lets you connect and control smart home devices with your Apple devices. Here we take a look at everything you need to know about what HomeKit is.
What is HomeKit?
HomeKit is Apple’s smart home ecosystem. The system is Apple’s rival to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, both of which are very similar. HomeKit exists to let you manage and control all the smarthome devices in your household.
Smart home devices are all household products that you can control over the internet. These devices can be thermostats, light bulbs, plugs, and even doorbells. The name for the internet that powers smart devices is the Internet of Things (IoT), which you may have heard of.
Unlike Google Home and Alexa, products must be certified to work with Apple’s HomeKit. You know if a smart home device supports HomeKit because it displays the Apple’s Home logo. And if you see the Home logo elsewhere on your Apple devices, know that HomeKit works behind the scenes.
This gives HomeKit-supported devices a higher level of security and protection against potential threats. But it does mean that fewer smart home devices are compatible with the system. The ones that are compatible are often more expensive as well.
What does HomeKit do?
HomeKit is the ecosystem behind controlling your smart home, rather than a product itself. Essentially, HomeKit is what makes your smart home technology work, not the actual smart home devices.
You’ll see HomeKit built right into iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. Primarily, you’ll see HomeKit powering the Home app. This is the app you’ll find on all iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices that lets you control all the smart home devices you’ve connected. If you’ve customized the Control Center and set up widgets for your smarthome devices, HomeKit will also process the requests.
Allows you to turn devices on and off, manage settings, and use other controls that the device supports. HomeKit also controls any schedules or automations on your devices, such as turning it off at a specific time. It’s worth noting that you’ll need an Apple TV, HomePod, or iPad in your home and connected to Wi-Fi for HomeKit to work when you’re not at home.
You’ll also find HomeKit built into Siri, including on HomePod devices. It allows you to ask Siri on any Apple device to control your smart home devices. For example, you can yell at Siri to turn off the lights. HomeKit is the technology that allows Siri to turn off the lights.
The other side of HomeKit is in your smart home device. HomeKit supported devices have a special QR code that you can scan for quick setup. It also feeds the smart technology in the device that allows it to turn itself off.
Essentially, HomeKit handles all the functionality of a smart home device that you set up through Apple. From setup to everyday use, HomeKit is the technology that works behind the scenes to make everything happen.
Use your Apple device to control your Smart Home
As we discussed, Apple’s HomeKit lets you control your smart home devices from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more. It keeps the road out, with the Home app and Siri leading the way in all smart home controls.
It’s more secure than competitors’ solutions and built right into Apple’s software. And while your smart home tech needs additional certification, there are still plenty of HomeKit-compatible devices out there.