There are many techno geeks, who want to lead a life that is surrounded by state-of-the-art technology. Perhaps this is the reason why many consumers are attracted to home automation, which is the latest fad across the world. iOS users have been extremely happy to use HomeKit accessories.
We have already dealt with two informative pieces: set up HomeKit accessories and troubleshooting HomeKit accessories. Now in this information, we will discuss how you can add rooms, zones, and scenes to your HomeKit.
How to Add Rooms, Zones and Scenes to HomeKit
Siri is an intelligent voice assistant; it can understand and remember names you have assigned to different zones, rooms, and devices. For example, you own a three-storied house and each floor has two-three rooms. So you can divide the three floors into zones, wherein there are two-three rooms. A single room has many accessories, while a zone has many rooms. Therefore, creating zones can be more convenient to control areas like first floor, second floor or upstairs, downstairs and basement.
There is no central Home app from Apple; hence, you need to name your accessories, rooms, and zones on app-by-app basis.
Rename your HomeKit Accessories
Step #1. Launch HomeKit app you are comfortable with and locate your accessory.
Step #2. Tap on Edit button next to accessory.
Step #3. Tap the Name field.
Step #4. Finally, Rename the accessory.
Step #5. Tap on Save.
Create a HomeKit Room and Add Accessories
Step #1. Locate Rooms tab or setting in your HomeKit app (You may find this behind a Settings icon or Siri Integration screen).
Step #2. Tap the Plus button to add a new room.
Step #3. Give a suitable name to the room.
Step #4. Select devices you want to operate in that room.
Step #5. Now tap on Save.
Create a HomeKit Zone and add Accessories
Step #1. Locate Zones tab in your HomeKit app.
Step #2. Add a new Zone by tapping a Plus button.
Step #3. Give a suitable name to Zone.
Step #4. Start adding rooms to this newly created Zone.
Step #5. Tap on Save.
Create a HomeKit Scene
When you created Rooms and Zones, your concern was limited to accessories. But when it comes to creating HomeKit Scene, you go beyond accessories and speak about Actions. For example, you have nicely decorated your house for Christmas. So when you say “It's Christmas”, you will not only control the colours but also can light up stars hanging from the ceiling.
Creating a HomeKit scene may drive you crazy as each app has its own limitations and features. So it is advisable to stick to a single app like Home (as mentioned above).
Step #1. Locate Scenes in your HomeKit app.
Step #2. Tap on the Plus button and add a new Scene.
Step #3. Give a suitable name to the Scene.
Step #4. Tap on Save.
Step #5. To add a new Action, tap on the new scene and press Plus button.
Step #6. Now choose an accessory you wish to add to your scene.
Step #7. You can see current setting of the accessory when you tap on it.
Step #8. Re-select all actions you wish to perform for your scene.
These actions will highlight blue after you have changed them.
Step #9. After finishing the above step, tap on Home name (find it in the upper left corner).
Step #10. Now add actions for any other accessories you wish to operate.
Step #11. Tap on Done after you finish.
Step #12. Finally, tap on Execute to check a preview of the scene (you can also speak the scene name to Siri).
Note that to make the most of Siri commands, the code phrase should include multiple words. Moreover, Siri should not get confused with similar sounding words.
How to use Names, Rooms, and Zones with Siri
Now is the time to operate all your accessories with the help of Siri. Siri may take some time to remember and understand those names, so have some patience.