HomeKit Secure Video recording on an iPhoneSource: 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 View 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.

    How to view recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap Rooms, Swipe Left or Right to the desired roomSource: 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.

    How to view recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on the Thumbnail Image for your Camera, Swipe Left or Right on the Timeline, Tap on a Motion EventSource: iMore

How to view recorded video in the Home app 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.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon.
    • You can also tap directly on your camera from the Home tab if you have it set as a favorite.
  3. Tap the Room that your camera is located in.

    How to view recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House icon, Tap on a RoomSource: 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.

    How to view recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on a thumbnail image for your camera, Swipe to the Left or Right on the timeline, Tap on a motion event to view the recordingSource: 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. How to save recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap Rooms, Swipe Left or Right to the desired room
  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.

    How to save recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on the Thumbnail Image for your Camera, Swipe Left or Right on the Timeline, Tap on a Motion EventSource: 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.

    How to save recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap the Share Icon, Tap Next, Tap Save VideoSource: iMore

How to save recorded video in the Home app 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.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon.
    • You can also tap directly on your camera from the Home tab if you have it set as a favorite.
  3. Tap the Room that your camera is located in.

    How to save recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap on the House icon, Tap on a RoomSource: 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.

    How to save recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on a camera's thumbnail image, Swipe to the Left or Right on the timeline, Tap on a Motion EventSource: 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.

    How to save recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on the Share icon, Tap Next, Tap Save VideoSource: 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.

    How to share recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap Rooms, Swipe Left or Right to the desired roomSource: 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.

    How to share recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on the Thumbnail Image for your Camera, Swipe Left or Right on the Timeline, Tap on a Motion EventSource: 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.

    How to save recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap the Share Icon, Tap Next, Tap on a ContactSource: iMore

How to share recorded video in the Home app 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.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon.
    • You can also tap directly on your camera from the Home tab if you have it set as a favorite.
  3. Tap the Room that your camera is located in.

    How to share recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House Icon, Tap on a RoomSource: 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.

    How to share recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on the Thumbnail Image for your Camera, Swipe to the Left or Right on the Timeline, Tap on a Motion EventSource: 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.

    How to share recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap the Share icon, Tap Next, Tap on a ContactSource: 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.

    How to delete recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap Rooms, Swipe Left or Right to the desired roomSource: 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.

    How to delete recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on the Thumbnail Image for your Camera, Swipe Left or Right on the Timeline, Tap on a Motion EventSource: 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.

    How to delete recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap the Share Icon, Tap the Trash Icon, Tap Delete ClipSource: iMore

How to delete recorded video in the Home app 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.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon.
    • You can also tap directly on your camera from the Home tab if you have it set as a favorite.
  3. Tap the Room that your camera is located in.

    How to delete recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House Icon, Tap on a RoomSource: 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.

    How to delete recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on the Thumbnail Image for your Camera, Swipe to the Left or Right on the Timeline, Tap on a Motion EventSource: 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.

    How to delete recorded video in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap the Share icon, Tap the Trash icon, Tap Delete ClipSource: iMore

The HomeKit Secure Video feature automatically saves the last ten 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 View

Secure video

The Logitech Circle View camera has all of the bells and whistles, including 1080p video, 2-way audio, and weather resistance, making it perfect for the indoors or out.

The Logitech Circle View camera is one of the best cameras around thanks to features like 1080p video, 2-way audio, night vision, and of course, HomeKit Secure Video. This camera also works both indoors and out, making it a truly flexible option.

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 eufyCam 2 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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Updated July 2020: Updated for iOS 14 (in beta).

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