How to Automate HomeKit Accessories on iPhone and iPad

If you often forget to turn off your smart home accessories when going out, automate your HomeKit accessories on your iPhone and iPad to automatically disable them when leaving home. Besides, you can also have a scene automatically run at a certain time or location!

Forgot to turn off the light when leaving your office? What will you do now? Either let the light remain turned on or call somebody to do you a favor. Put an end to this forgetfulness, today! Automate your HomeKit accessories on your iPhone and iPad to automatically turn off/on smart home accessories when you leave or reach your office.

Once you have you set up a home hub, you can automate your accessories and scenes to automatically enable/disable and perform actions. It allows having a scene autorun at a particular time or location as well. Moreover, with iOS 11 and later, you will also be able to have your accessories and scenes automatically turn on or off based on who’s present in your home and at a certain time.

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How to Automate HomeKit Accessories on iPhone and iPad

How to Automate Your HomeKit Accessories

Requirements:

  • Check that your device and the people you have invited to control your home have a device with iOS 11 or later.
  • Make sure everyone has to Share My Location enabled for the primary device.
  • Open Settings → [your name] → iCloud, scroll down and tap Share My Location. Under Share, My Location, tap From and select your primary device.

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Create an Automation in Home App on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open the Home app on your iOS device and then tap on Automation tab.

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Step #2. Now, tap on Create new Automation or “+” button.

Next, select when you want the automation to take place.

  • People Arrive or People Leave: Select it to turn on/off accessories and scenes when you or someone you have invited to control your home arrives or leaves a location or at a certain time.
  • A Time of Day Occurs: Choose it to make the automation take place at a specific time on certain days and based on who’s home.
  • An Accessory is Controlled: Have other accessories or scenes react when an accessory is enabled/disabled.
  • A Sensor Detects Something: Choose what you want when motion is detected nearby.

Once you have selected scenes and accessories to automate, tap on Next.

Step #3. Next up, you need to verify the accessories and scenes. Firmly press on an accessory or scene to adjust its settings. To disable automation after a specific time, tap Turn Off and select when you want the automation to turn off.

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Step #4. Tap on Done to confirm.

Get Notifications from HomeKit Accessories on iPhone and iPad

There is an option to set up notifications for HomeKit accessories on your iPhone and iPad to remain alerted whenever they detect something. To get alerts, head over to this post.

Create an Automation Based On Who’s Home for iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch the Home app → Automation tab and then tap on “+” button.

Step #2. Select if you want the automation to take place when People Arrive or People Leave your home and then choose from the below options:

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  • You can choose to have automation occur when anyone arrives or leaves. To do so, tap on the “i” button and then select the specific person to start the automation.
  • Have the automation occur when the first person arrives or leaves your home. To do so, tap on “i” and select a specific person. Select a location* and time for the automation. Select scenes and accessories to automate.

Step #3. Tap on Next.

Step #4. Finally, tap on Done.

Do note that if you select a location other than your home, only you will be able to invoke the automation. And the people you have invited to control your home will be removed from the automation.

Automate HomeKit Accessories At A Certain Time

Step #1. Open the Home app → Automation tab → tap on “+.”

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Step #2. Now, you need to tap on Time of Day Occurs and then select from the below options. You can select a time and day when you want the automation to occur. Then, tap People to have the automation take place at a certain time depending on who’s present in the home. Choose scenes and accessories to automate.

Step #3. Tap on Next.

Step #4. Tap on Done.

Based on your need, you can enable or disable automation right from the Home app on your iOS device. Read on.

Enable/Disable Automation in Home App on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open the Home app  tap on Automation tab.

Step #2. Now, tap on the automation and then turn it off/on.

If you no longer want to use any automation, you have the option to delete it.

Delete An Automation from Home App on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open the Home app on your iOS device → Automation tab → tap on automation.

Step #2. Now, tap on Delete Automation or swipe left over the automation and tap Delete.

That’s all there is to it!

Have your say:

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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