Remember the time you left your house and couldn’t remember if you closed the garage? Oh, you mean… that happens every morning? Well, there’s an app for that! Now you can handle life’s curve balls with the new iOS 10 Home app released by Apple. Whether you’re working late on your next big project, rushing to get the kids to school, or just plain lazy, ONE app controls ALL Homekit compatible smart devices in your home: lighting, locks, heating & cooling, sensors, plugs & switches, shades, etc.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. It’s got you covered.
As technologically continues to advance, it seems we have an app for everything. Remember when we thought 8 GB was enough?! Now that we use our smart devices more than we do our computers, that’s not the case anymore. Mobile phones are now coming out with 256GB of storage (or more!). I think we can all agree that sitting there and sifting through pages of apps is a waste of time though, especially when you’re in need because you forgot to shut that garage door. What if you’d like to quickly turn up the air conditioning to save money while you’re not home, relieve a splitting head ache by pulling down the shades for some R&R, or are in dire need to lock your front door since you’ve left for vacation?
FYI: Your smart home devices must be compatible with HomeKit for the Home app to work correctly. “HomeKit is a framework for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user’s home,” explains Apple. Without it, your smart lights can’t communicate with your smart blinds, meaning you can’t hook them up together, control them with a single interface, or set them to perform actions together.
“Over 50 brands worldwide are committed to providing products that are compatible with the HomeKit framework, and the number of available accessories is growing every day.” – Apple
2. Ask Siri to do it for you.
Clap on, clap off to a whole new level! The same way you ask Siri to remind you about an important event, you can ask her to control your home smart devices, making it basically hands-free. Ask Siri to turn on the kitchen light when you have your hands full with groceries, set a scene when you pull in the driveway late at night, or set the thermostat lower when you’re ready for bed–hardly moving a muscle.
FYI: The Home app is easily customized with your home’s rooms: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, family room, office, etc., as well as your HomeKit smart devices. The app acts as a remote to multiple smart devices in each room, making them easy to control near or far.
3. Let it learn your daily routine.
What if your bedtime routine was programmed entirely from your Apple iPhone, iPad, etc? This is possible with your HomeKit compatible smart home devices. All you have to do is create a “scene” in the Home app. For example, create a scene called “Goodnight” that turns off the lights, locks your doors, lowers the thermostat and the shades for a great night’s sleep.
FYI: Create as many scenes as you want, such as leaving the house, arriving home, or good morning. Set the scene to make your coffee in the morning too! Click here for a full list of HomeKit compatible devices.
“Set several things in motion with a tap. Or your voice.” – Apple
4. Control your home remotely.
Control your home from near or far with multiple Apple devices. As long as you update iOS 10 on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple TV, you’re good to go–literally. “With the Home app, you can set up a home hub to control your HomeKit accessories remotely, grant access to the people you trust, and automate your accessories to do what you want, when you want,” says Apple.
FYI: In order for you to use the Home app remotely, use one of your devices, such as your Apple TV or iPad, as your hub. This device must be located inside your home, connected to your WiFi network, and powered on. For further instruction, go to Apple’s support website.
Are You Selling your home?
Here’s some food for thought: Sellers & REALTORS®, this might be a good tool for you to use during showings!
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