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How to use Face Recognition with HomeKit Secure Video cameras

Face Recognition settings in the Home app displayed on an iPhone 11
Face Recognition settings in the Home app displayed on an iPhone 11 (Image credit: Christopher Close / iMore)

If you have a security camera with HomeKit Secure Video, you need to know how to enable Face Recognition. This HomeKit feature delivers smart notifications that include a person's name when they step in front of your camera's view, using your existing Photo Library from your iPhone to make it all happen. If that wasn't enough, the Apple TV also gets in on the action by announcing the arrival with a handy notification while binge-watching your favorite shows. Here's how to use Face Recognition with HomeKit.

How to enable Face Recognition in the Home app

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

How to enable Face Recognition in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House icon, Tap Home Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap on Cameras & Doorbells.
  2. Tap Face Recognition.
  3. Toggle Face Recognition to the on position with a tap.
    • Options for sharing your face library with others in the home are available by tapping on your Name under Libraries.

How to enable Face Recognition in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap Cameras & Doorbells, Tap Face Recognition, Toggle Face Recognition on with a tap (Image credit: iMore)

How to disable Face Recognition in the Home app

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

How to disable Face Recognition in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House icon, Tap Home Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap on Cameras & Doorbells.
  2. Tap Face Recognition.
  3. Tap the toggle for Face Recognition.

How to disable Face Recognition in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap Cameras & Doorbells, Tap Face Recognition, Tap the Toggle for Face Recognition (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Turn Off.
    • This will remove all recognized faces from the Home. If enabled again, you may need to re-assign faces that the Home app was unable to determine.

How to disable Face Recognition in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap Turn Off (Image credit: iMore)

How to manage recognized faces in the Home app

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

How to mange recognized faces in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House icon, Tap Home Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap on Cameras & Doorbells.
  2. Tap Face Recognition.
  3. Tap on the Name of the person you wish to manage.

How to manage recognized faces in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap Cameras & Doorbells, Tap Face Recognition, Tap on a Name (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap on the person's Name to provide a new name.
  2. Tap Hide Notifications to prevent the Home app from sending activity notifications when this person is within your camera's view.
  3. Tap Remove Face to remove the face from the list of recognized faces.

How to manage recognized faces in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap on the person's name to provide a new Name, Tap Hide Notifications to prevent the Home app from sending activity noti (Image credit: iMore)

How to manage unknown faces in the Home app

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

How to mange unknown faces in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House icon, Tap Home Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap on Cameras & Doorbells.
  2. Tap Face Recognition.
  3. Tap on an entry that is listed as Add Name.

How to manage unknown faces in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap Cameras & Doorbells, Tap Face Recognition, Tap Add Name (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Add Name.
    • Tap Remove Face if the thumbnail image is someone you do not wish to recognize.
  2. Type in the Name of the person you wish to assign the face.
  3. Tap Done to confirm the face.

How to manage unknown faces in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap Add Name, Type in a Name, Tap Done (Image credit: iMore)

Now that you know how to use face recognition with HomeKit

With Face Recognition enabled, faces that pass in front of your security camera with HomeKit Secure Video support will be analyzed automatically by your HomeKit hub. HomeKit Notifications from the Home app will now include a person's name along with a thumbnail if it is recognized. HomeKit utilizes your existing Faces and People from the Photos app, which means no extra steps.

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.