HomeCam for HomeKit puts your cameras on your Mac thanks to Big Sur

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What you need to know

  • Popular HomeKit camera app HomeCam is now available on your Mac.

If we're all being honest with ourselves it's fair to say the Home app on Mac is less than ideal. But if you're keen to watch the feeds from your HomeKit cameras you can now do it via the excellent HomeCam for HomeKit. The app, previously available for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, is now available on Mac.

Released thanks to macOS Big Sur's arrival, HomeCam is a great way to kee tabs on what's going on around your cameras without having to resort to opening the Home app.

The new app features all of the same features that you're used to on other devices including some biggies.

Data LayersBring a camera into full screen mode and you can view layers of data from surrounding HomeKit accessories such as temperature, humidity and air quality. And with HomeCam 2, you can now choose which accessories to use for this data.Room ControlWith the improved HomeKit controls, HomeCam 2 enables you to control surrounding accessories in the same room as your camera. Change the room's lighting, adjust your thermostat and more.Live ViewWith HomeCam, you can view all your HomeKit cameras live on one screen, not snapshots that lag behind the reality of what your cameras are seeing.

In fact, if you already own HomeCam on your other devices you also already own it on your Mac and can download it free Mac App Store (opens in new tab). Everyone else can pick it up across all platforms for just $4.99.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.