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How to create Activity Zones with HomeKit Secure Video cameras

iOS Home app Activity Zone screen displayed on an iPhone
iOS Home app Activity Zone screen displayed on an iPhone (Image credit: Christopher Close / iMore)

If you have a security camera with HomeKit Secure Video support, then you need to know how to create HomeKit Activity Zones. Activity Zones allow you to end nuisance HomeKit notifications by establishing active boundaries on your camera's view. All it takes is a few taps in the Home app to set up, and you can even create more than one zone per camera. Here's how to create HomeKit Activity Zones.

How to create an Activity Zone in the Home app

For this example, we will create a four-point Activity Zone, such as a rectangle or square, on a camera view. You can create more complex designs to better suit your needs; it just involves additional steps for adding zone points.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon (on iPad or Mac, skip to the next step).
    • You can also tap directly on your camera from the Home tab if it is a favorite.
  3. Tap on the name of the Room that includes your camera.

How to manage create activity zones in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap on the House icon, Tap the name of the Room that your camera is in (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the Thumbnail image of your camera.
  2. Tap the Settings icon.
  3. Tap Select Activity Zones....

How to manage create activity zones in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on the Thumbnail image of your camera, Tap the Settings icon, Tap Select Activity Zones... (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap anywhere on the Camera view to set your first Activity Zone point.
  2. Tap in another spot on the Camera view to set a second zone point.
    • After setting your second point, a line will appear connecting your points.
  3. Tap the Camera view to establish a third point.

How to create activity zones in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap anywhere on your camera's view to establish your first point, Tap a second location, Tap a third location (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the Camera view to set up the fourth point.
    • If you are making a more complex zone, continue adding points before moving to the next step.
  2. Tap the first Activity Zone Point to finish your zone.
    • All points should now connect in the shape you created.
    • To create another zone before saving, tap Add Zone, then repeat this process to make additional zones as needed.
    • To establish a zone for the entire area outside of the zone, tap on Invert Zone.
  3. Tap Done to save your Activity Zone.

How to create activity zones in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap another location to establish a Fourth point, Tap the First point that you set, Tap Done (Image credit: iMore)

How to edit an Activity Zone in the Home app

If you move your camera or find that your Activity Zone is missing critical areas, you can always edit it in the Home app.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap the House icon (on iPad or Mac, skip to the next step).
    • You can also tap directly on your camera from the Home tab if it is a favorite.
  3. Tap the name of the Room that includes your camera.

How to edit activity zones in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap on the House icon, Tap the name of the Room that your camera is in (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap on the Thumbnail image of your camera.
  2. Tap on the Settings icon.
  3. Tap Select Activity Zones....

How to edit activity zones in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on the Thumbnail image of your camera, Tap the Settings icon, Tap Select Activity Zones... (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap your existing Activity zone.
  2. Tap and hold an existing Activity Zone Point, then drag it to a new position.
    • Repeat this process to move other points in your Activity Zone as needed.
  3. Tap Done to save your changes.

How to edit activity zones in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap an existing Activity Zone, Tap and hold on an Activity Zone point then drag to a new location, Tap Done (Image credit: iMore)

How to delete an Activity Zone in the Home app

If you decide that you no longer want to use an Activity Zone, you can delete it at any time with a few taps over in the Home app.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap the House icon (on iPad or Mac, skip to the next step).
    • You can also tap directly on your camera from the Home tab if it is a favorite.
  3. Tap the name of the Room that includes your camera.

How to delete activity zones in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap on the House icon, Tap the name of the Room that your camera is in (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the Thumbnail image of your camera.
  2. Tap the Settings icon located near the top of the app.
  3. Tap Select Activity Zones....

How to delete activity zones in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on the Thumbnail image of your camera, Tap the Settings icon, Tap Select Activity Zones... (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap your existing Activity zone.
  2. Tap Clear to delete the zone.
    • You are now free to create a new Activity Zone before proceeding.
  3. Tap Done to save your changes.

How to delete activity zones in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap an existing Activity Zone, Tap Clear, Tap Done (Image credit: iMore)

No more noisy notifications with Activity Zones

Now that you know how to create an Activity Zone with your security camera with HomeKit Secure Video, you can say goodbye to noisy notifications for events outside your most critical areas. If you want to take things even further, check out our guide how to use Face Recognition with HomeKit Secure Video cameras. With Face Recognition, you can add additional filters for your HomeKit camera to prevent notifications for friends and family.

Updated April 2022: Updated for iOS 15.5.

Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit. If you wish to join him on his quest to automate everything, you can follow him on Twitter at @itschrisclose.