iPhone depicting HomeKit Secure Video recordingSource: iMore

HomeKit Secure Video, Apple's privacy-centric security camera feature recently hit the scene bringing a whole new way to manage compatible cameras. Several cameras, such as the Logitech Circle 2 and the Netatmo Smart Indoor Camera support the feature, which allows you to view, save, and share recordings directly from the Home app. However, things can be a little hard to find at first, so here's our guide on how to navigate the new features.

How to view recorded video in the Home app

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Rooms on the bottom menu bar.
    • You can also tap directly on your camera from the Home tab if you have it set as a favorite.
  3. Swipe to the left or right to navigate to the room that the camera is in.

    Steps 1-3 depicting how to view recorded video in the Home appSource: iMore

  4. Tap on the thumbnail image of your camera.
  5. Swipe to the left or right on the timeline located at the bottom to find a motion event.
    • When swiping your timeline, a calendar timeline will appear at the top of your screen. You can use this to jump to a specific date if needed.
  6. Tap on the desired motion event. Your recording will now play automatically, replacing your camera's live view.

    • You can pause playback by using the control to the left of the timeline.

    Steps 4-6 depicting how to view recorded video in the Home appSource: iMore

How to save recorded video in the Home app

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Rooms on the bottom menu bar.
    • You can also tap directly on your camera from the Home tab if you have it set as a favorite.
  3. Swipe to the left or right to navigate to the room that the camera is in. Steps 1-3 depicting how to view recorded video in the Home app
  4. Tap on the thumbnail image of your camera.
  5. Swipe to the left or right on the timeline located at the bottom to find a motion event.
    • When swiping your timeline, a calendar timeline will appear at the top of your screen. You can use this to jump to a specific date if needed.
  6. Tap on the desired motion event.

    Steps 4-6 depicting how to view recorded video in the Home appSource: iMore

  7. Tap the Share Icon located on the left.
  8. Tap Next near the top right corner.
  9. Tap on Save Video. This will save the video directly to the Photos app.

    • You can also use the save to files option to select a location on your phone, or iCloud.

    Steps 7-9 depicting how to save video in the Home appSource: iMore

How to share recorded video in the Home app

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Rooms on the bottom menu bar.
    • You can also tap directly on your camera from the Home tab if you have it set as a favorite.
  3. Swipe to the left or right to navigate to the room that the camera is in.

    Steps 1-3 depicting how to view recorded video in the Home appSource: iMore

  4. Tap on the thumbnail image of your camera.
  5. Swipe to the left or right on the timeline located at the bottom to find a motion event.
    • When swiping your timeline, a calendar timeline will appear at the top of your screen. You can use this to jump to a specific date if needed.
  6. Tap on the desired motion event.

    Steps 4-6 depicting how to view recorded video in the Home appSource: iMore

  7. Tap the Share Icon located on the left.
  8. Tap Next near the top right corner.
  9. Tap on the contact that you would like to share the video in if they are listed as a favorite at the top.

    • Options for Messages, Mail, AirDrop, and 3rd party apps like Twitter should appear below your list of favorite contacts. You can tap on one of these to share your video through the app.
    • An option to share your video to iCloud Shared Photo Albums should also be available in the list of options below these apps.

    Steps 7-9 depicting how to share video recordings in the Home appSource: iMore

How to delete recorded video in the Home app

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Rooms on the bottom menu bar.
    • You can also tap directly on your camera from the Home tab if you have it set as a favorite.
  3. Swipe to the left or right to navigate to the room that the camera is in.

    Steps 1-3 depicting how to view recorded video in the Home appSource: iMore

  4. Tap on the thumbnail image of your camera.
  5. Swipe to the left or right on the timeline located at the bottom to find a motion event.
    • When swiping your timeline, a calendar timeline will appear at the top of your screen. You can use this to jump to a specific date if needed.
  6. Tap on the desired motion event.

    Steps 4-6 depicting how to view recorded video in the Home appSource: iMore

  7. Tap the Share Icon located on the left.
  8. Tap on the Trash Icon to the right of the timeline.
  9. Tap on Delete Clip when the prompt appears.

    Steps 7-9 depicting how to delete video in the Home appSource: iMore

The HomeKit Secure Video feature automatically saves the last 10 days of recordings if you have an iCloud storage subscription. While handy, just keep that in mind that you will need to save any footage using the above steps before time expires. If you use the delete recording option, your video will be permanently deleted, and there is no way to recover it.

Our top equipment picks

Indoors and out

Logitech Circle 2

Secure video

The Logitech Circle 2 camera was the first to support the HomeKit Secure Video feature through an update in 2019. This camera has all of the bells and whistles, including 1080p video, 2-way audio, and weather resistance.

The Logitech Circle 2 Camera was the first camera to support HomeKit Secure Video through a beta update in 2019. It also happens to be one of the best cameras around thanks to features like 1080p video, 2-way audio, and night vision. This camera also works both indoors and out, and it has access to a variety of mounting options making it truly flexible.

Secure video everywhere

Of course, Logitech's camera isn't the only one around that supports HomeKit Secure Video. Several others, including Netatmo's Smart Indoor Camera, and the Robin ProLine Compact Video Doorbell also support the latest and greatest feature.

Netatmo Smart Indoor Camera ($192 at Amazon)

Netatmo's Smart Indoor Camera recently got the HomeKit Secure Video love with a free update for existing owners. In addition to HSV support, Netatmo's camera has power artificial intelligence features and support for saving videos to Dropbox.

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