iOS Home app displayed on an iPhone held in a handSource: iMore

Looking for a quick summary of what's happening in your HomeKit Home? Want to receive notifications from certain HomeKit-enabled accessories? You can do all that and more with the Home app!

How to monitor and adjust the status of your HomeKit Home

You can get a quick summary of what's going on in your HomeKit Home by launching the iOS Home app and navigating to the Home tab. You'll see the name of your Home in big, bold lettering. Beneath it, you'll find a couple of sentences describing the state of your HomeKit-enabled accessories.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap and hold on an Accessory to bring up the controls screen.
  3. Tap on the Settings icon.

    How to monitor and adjust the status of your HomeKit Home on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap and hold on an accessory, Tap the Settings iconSource: iMore

  4. Tap on Status.
  5. Toggle the Include in Status option to the on position.

    How to monitor and adjust the status of your HomeKit Home on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on Status, Toggle Include in Status to onSource: iMore

How to enable notifications from your HomeKit-enabled accessories

Some HomeKit-enabled accessories are particularly suited to offering push notifications to alert you to specific events in your home. A HomeKit-enabled motion detector, for example, could help you keep tabs on movement in your backyard. It takes just a few taps to turn on notifications from supported accessories.

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  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon.
  3. Tap on the Accessory Type that you would like to turn on notifications for.

    How to enable notifications from your HomeKit-enabled accessories on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House icon, Tap on an accessory categorySource: iMore

  4. Tap the desired Accessory.
  5. Toggle on Notifications on This iPhone/iPad.
  6. Set additional options such as Time and People as needed.

    How to enable notifications from your HomeKit-enabled accessories on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on an accessory, Toggle on Notifications on This iPhone/iPad, Set additional options as neededSource: iMore

How to enable notifications from your HomeKit-enabled accessories in iOS and iPadOS 14

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Some HomeKit-enabled accessories are particularly suited to offering push notifications to alert you to specific events in your home. A HomeKit-enabled motion detector, for example, could help you keep tabs on movement in your backyard. It takes just a few taps to turn on notifications from supported accessories.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon.
  3. Tap on Home Settings.

    How to enable notifications from your HomeKit-enabled accessories on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House Icon, Tap Home SettingsSource: iMore

  4. Tap on the Accessory Type that you would like to turn on notifications for.
  5. Tap on the desired Accessory.
  6. Toggle on Activity Notifications.

    • Set additional options such as Time and People as needed.

    How to enable notifications from your HomeKit-enabled accessories on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on an accessory category, Tap on an accessory, Toggle on Activity NotificationsSource: iMore

How to monitor and adjust the status of your HomeKit Home in iOS and iPadOS 14

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

You can get a quick summary of what's going on in your HomeKit Home by launching the iOS Home app and navigating to the Home tab. You'll see the name of your Home in big, bold lettering. Beneath it, you'll find icons of your accessories with details such as room temperature and the number of lights on.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon (on iPad skip to next step).
  3. Tap on a Room that an accessory is located in.

    How to monitor and adjust the status of your HomeKit Home on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House Icon, Tap on a RoomSource: iMore

  4. Tap and hold on an Accessory to bring up the controls screen.
  5. Tap on the Settings icon.
  6. Tap on Status.

    How to monitor and adjust the status of your HomeKit Home on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap and Hold on an Accessory, Tap the Settings icon, Tap StatusSource: iMore

  7. Toggle on Include in Home Status.

    How to monitor and adjust the status of your HomeKit Home on the iPhone by showing steps: Toggle on Include in Home StatusSource: iMore

Questions?

If you run into any trouble adjusting the status of your HomeKit Home or enabling notifications for supported accessories, give us a shout in the comments below! We'll get you sorted.

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Updated July 2020: Updated for iOS 14 (in beta).

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