Hive finally brings HomeKit support to Active line of smart accessories

Hive Active Plug And Hub360
Hive Active Plug And Hub360 (Image credit: Hive)

What you need to know

  • Popular UK smart home company Hive has quietly released support for Apple's HomeKit.
  • Compatible accessories include Active Smart Plug, Heating, and connected lighting.
  • Latest Hive Hub or Hub 360 and app version 10.28.0 is required for HomeKit integration.

UK smart home company, Hive, has begun rolling out support for Apple's HomeKit with a soft launch which started late last week. Support for HomeKit comes after a lengthy delay since originally announcing (opens in new tab) that it was in the works, and after introducing (opens in new tab) Siri Shortcuts support in June of last year.

Hive's HomeKit integration requires the latest Hive Hub or the Hub 360, and can be enabled through version 10.28.0 of the Hive app (opens in new tab) which is available on the AppStore now. Once the latest update is installed, users will need to follow just a few simple steps to enable HomeKit:

  • Check that you're connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Hive Hub
  • Open the Hive app and log in (if required)
  • Open the menu
  • Tap 'Install Devices'
  • Scroll down and tap 'HomeKit'
  • Follow the on-screen instructions

According to an FAQ support page (opens in new tab) for HomeKit, accessories that work with the platform include the company's entire line of connected lighting (opens in new tab). Hive currently offers white and color variants of light bulbs spanning a range of sizes including E14, E27, B22, and GU10.

Hive Active Heating Thermostat

Hive Active Heating Thermostat (Image credit: Hive)

Additional accessories include Hive's Active Plug (opens in new tab) and the Hive Active Heating thermostat (opens in new tab). Unfortunately support does not extend to the company's SLT5 Wired Thermostat or Radiator Valves.

Once connected, Hive accessories will be available through the Home app and will work with automations and scenes, as well as with Siri for convenient voice controls. Additional details surrounding Hive's HomeKit integration, including a list of Siri commands that are now available, can be found here (opens in new tab).

Christopher Close

Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.