Signals for HomeKit app can get everyone's attention with lighting effects

Signals For Homekit App displayed on an iPhone and iPad
Signals For Homekit App displayed on an iPhone and iPad (Image credit: HomeMade Automation)

What you need to know

  • Popular HomeKit app, Home Flash, has gotten a major update along with a new name.
  • Signals for HomeKit is an easy way to create light-based signals that can be started with a tap or through Siri.
  • Latest update adds new light effects, iOS 14 home screen widget, and a refreshed design with iPad support.

Home Flash, one of our picks for best HomeKit apps in 2020, has been updated with a new name, refreshed design, and support for the latest iOS 14 features. Now know as Signals for HomeKit, the updated app is an easy way to create quick actions that can flash HomeKit accessories with attention-grabbing effects and color with a tap or shout through Siri.

Introducing Signals for HomeKit, the best way to communicate in the home, without all the shouting! Signals works with any of your bulbs, switches or outlets with lights attached - have a kid who plays video games with headphones on? Just tap on their light to give it a few flashes.

Signals For Homekit App Screens

Signals For Homekit App Screens (Image credit: iMore)

Version 2.0 of the app includes a revamped interface that brings full support for the iPad, complete with a new Side Bar navigation menu. When creating a signal, users can now choose between three different lighting effects to go along with duration, and colors. Signals can be applied to most types of lighting, including HomeKit lamps, light strips, light panels, light switches, and light bulbs.

Lighting effects include: Flash which slowly fades the selected lights in and out, Pulse which has a faster and shorter pattern, and Hold, which will show a solid color for a preset amount of time before returning to its previous state. Each effect is easy to distinguish, and through color combinations, you can create tons of distinct signals that cover scenarios like announcing dinner time, or letting someone know that they are taking a little too much time in the shower.

Signals For Homekit Widget and Shortcut Screens

Signals For Homekit Widget and Shortcut Screens (Image credit: iMore)

The updated app also brings signals created within the app directly to the Home Screen through iOS 14's expanded widget feature. Widgets join other convenient ways to launch signals, such as through Shortcuts, which can put them alongside other automations, and also enables hands-free operation via Siri through the HomePod.

Signals for HomeKit is available now as a free download on the App Store, with a one-time purchase available for $4.99 that unlocks full functionality. Additional information about Signals and other apps from the developer can be found on the HomeMade Automation website.

Christopher Close

Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.