Just set up your HomeKit-enabled device? Here's how to get it to work with Siri.
My house has quickly become a haven for HomeKit accessories—most of them Hue lights, let's be honest.
I love being able to see all my home automation devices in one app, but the best part of HomeKit is using it with Siri, Apple's voice-activated assistant.
Once you've installed and connected your HomeKit devices, here's what you can do with Siri!
- How to set up your accessories with HomeKit
- How to add rooms, zones, and scenes to your HomeKit house
What works with Siri and HomeKit?
You can control your HomeKit accessories on any device where you're logged in to your iCloud account: That includes your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch. (The Apple Watch commands work best when your iPhone is within range of it; I've had mixed results when it's connected to Wi-Fi by itself.)
If you've given a friend or family member guest access, they can also use Siri; if they have their own home, however, they'll need to mark your home as their "primary house" in their HomeKit app of choice.
What Siri commands can I give HomeKit accessories?
At its core, Siri is best used with your HomeKit accessories to turn items on and off, check temperatures and readings, and adjust them if necessary.
Here are some of the most common phrases you can use with HomeKit and Siri:
"Turn on the lights."
This all-purpose command will turn on any HomeKit-enabled lights that you have in your home.
"Turn on Dance lights."
This command will turn on the HomeKit-enabled lights called "Whitey".
"Turn on the lights in the Dining Room."
This will turn the lights on in a specific room you've previously set up.
"Turn off the lights Downstairs."
This will turn all the lights off in the Downstairs zone.
"Set the Living Room lights to 65."
This will dim all the lights in the Living Room (if possible) to 65 percent. (You can also use this command for a specific light name, too.)
"Set the Living Room lights' saturation to 65."
If you have color-changing lights, this will set the saturation of the lights in the Living Room (if possible) to 65 percent. (You can also use this command for a specific light name, too.)
"Set the Office lights to blue."
If you have color-changing lights, this will change their color to blue. You can substitute just about any color, and Siri will adjust as necessary if it can't find the color you're looking for. (You can also use this command for a specific light name, too.)
"What's the temperature in the Living Room?"
This checks with a thermostat or room sensor to give you the temperature of the Living Room.
"What's the humidity in the Bedroom?"
If you have one, this checks with a thermostat or room sensor to give you the humidity of the Living Room.
"Set the temperature in the Living Room to 71 degrees."
This will set the temperature to 71 degrees for your Living Room thermostat. You can also say "Set the Living Room thermostat to..." for the same result.
"Turn on the TV."
This will turn on the HomeKit plug labeled TV.
"Close the Living Room blinds."
This will close the automated blinds in the Living Room.
"Lock the Front Door."
This will lock the automated HomeKit lock labeled Front Door.
"Turn off the Compound."
This will turn off every device in the Compound (which could be a room, zone, or house name).
"This is Halloween!"
This will execute the "This is Halloween" scene.
"Set the 'Daytime in Havana' scene."
This command will execute the "Daytime in Havana" scene.
How to use Siri from afar (via your Apple TV or iOS 9)
If you have a third-generation Apple TV running the 7.0 software or later or an iOS device running iOS 9, you can give Siri commands outside your local Wi-Fi network and still access your HomeKit devices. Here's how it works.
Anything I missed?
Found a HomeKit Siri command I haven't covered above? Mention it in the comments.