Home app displayed on an Apple Watch Series 4Source: Christopher Close / iMore

The Apple Watch is the ultimate remote control for your smart home devices, but to take advantage of the convenient capabilities, you need to know how to use the Home app on the Apple Watch. With just a raise of your wrist and a few taps, you can turn on and off your HomeKit lights, secure your HomeKit locks, or set your favorite HomeKit scenes. You can also summon a live feed of HomeKit cameras and even communicate with those that are within its view by speaking through your watch's microphone. Here's how to use the Home app on Apple Watch.

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How to control HomeKit lighting on Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Home app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll through your accessories by turning the digital crown or by swiping up and down.
  3. Tap the Accessory or the Ellipsis Icon (looks like three dots) for the Accessory that you wish to control.

    • Tapping on an Accessory will toggle it off or on.
    • Tapping the Ellipsis Icon will display a slider icon that can be used to toggle it on or off by swiping.

    How to control HomeKit lighting in the Home app on the Apple Watch by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Scroll up or down, Tap the Ellipsis buttonSource: iMore

  4. Turn the digital crown or swipe up or down to adjust the brightness level.

  5. Swipe left or right to display the color options if your HomeKit light supports colors.
  6. Tap on a Color, then tap Done when you are satisfied with your changes.

    How to control HomeKit lighting in the Home app on the Apple Watch by showing steps: Scroll up or down to adjust brightness, Scroll left or right to access color controls, Tap desired colorSource: iMore

How to control HomeKit smart plugs, locks, garage doors, and sprinklers, on Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Home app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll through your accessories by turning the digital crown or by swiping up and down.
  3. Tap the Accessory or the Ellipsis Icon (looks like three dots) for the Accessory that you wish to control.

    • Tapping on an Accessory will toggle it off or on.
    • Tapping the Ellipsis Icon will display a slider icon that can be used to toggle it on or off by swiping.

    How to control HomeKit accessories in the Home app on the Apple Watch by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Scroll up or Down, Tap on your AccessorySource: iMore

How to control HomeKit thermostats on Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Home app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll through your accessories by turning the Digital Crown or by swiping up or down.
  3. Tap the Ellipsis Icon (looks like three dots) for the thermostat that you wish to control.

    How to control your HomeKit thermostats in the Home app on the Apple Watch by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Scroll up or down, Tap the Ellipsis button on your ThermostatSource: iMore

  4. Turn the digital crown or swipe up or down to adjust the temperature set point.
  5. Swipe left or right to display the thermostat modes.
  6. Tap on Cool/Heat/Auto to change the current thermostat mode.

    How to control your HomeKit thermostats in the Home app on the Apple Watch by showing steps: Scroll up or down to adjust temperature set point, Swipe left or right to access thermostat mode, tap on the desired modeSource: iMore

How to view and control your HomeKit cameras on Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Home app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll through your accessories by turning the digital crown or by swiping up or down.
  3. Tap the Camera thumbnail for the camera that you wish to view or control.

    How to control your HomeKit camera in the Home app on the Apple Watch by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Scroll up or down, Tap on your CameraSource: iMore

  4. Turn the digital crown to adjust the volume for your camera's live view.
    • Volume of the live view can also be adjusted by tapping on the Speaker Icon and then by tapping on the +/- Icons.
  5. Tap on the Microphone Icon to communicate through your camera's speaker.
    • You can mute your microphone by tapping on the Microphone Icon after toggling it on.
  6. Tap the Back button when finished to return to the accessories list.

    How to control your HomeKit camera in the Home app on the Apple Watch by showing steps: Turn the Digital Crown to adjust volume, Tap the Microphone to activate 2-way audio, Tap the Back Button when finishedSource: iMore

How to activate your favorite HomeKit scenes on your Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Home app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll through your scenes by turning the digital crown or by swiping up and down.
  3. Tap the Scene Name that you wish to activate.

    How to activate a HomeKit scene in the Home app on the Apple Watch by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Scroll up or Down, Tap on your SceneSource: iMore

How to change your HomeKit home on Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Home app on your Apple Watch.
  2. 3D Touch (press firmly on your screen) on your accessory list.
  3. Tap on Change Home.
  4. Tap on the Name of the home that you wish to change to.

    How to change your HomeKit home in the Home app on the Apple Watch by showing steps: Launch the Home app, 3D Touch on the accessory list, Tap Change Home, Tap on the Name of your homeSource: iMore

How to change your HomeKit home on Apple Watch on watchOS 7

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 on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap the Back button at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap on the Name of the home that you wish to change to.

    How to change your HomeKit home in the Home app on the Apple Watch by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the back arrow, Tap on the desired HomeSource: iMore

Questions and thoughts?

Do you use the Apple Watch to control your HomeKit accessories and scenes? What's your favorite scene to activate from your wrist? Share your thoughts and troubleshooting questions in the comments below!

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