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What are Apple HomeKit and Siri?

To allow users to communicate with and control the different connected accessories in their homes, Apple builds an ecosystem for controlling the smart home on its devices - Apple HomeKit. With the HomeKit framework, you can provide ways to configure accessories and create actions to control them. Users can even group actions together and trigger them using Siri.

Smartphone Control

The Home app is a pre-installed app on Apple devices that works with smart devices labeled HomeKit. With Home app, you can simply connect your favorite devices and transform your house into a smart and convenient home by using an iPhone, iPad, Macbook, or Apple Watch to control the plugs, lights, switches, thermostats, and more in an easy and secure way.

Voice Control

On top of the HomeKit, Siri is the virtual assistant that helps you control your smart devices without even lifting your finger. All you need to do is to say your question or command, and it will execute that command and send that command to the device or answer your question.

Use Siri to Control the HomeKit Devices

HomeKit is integrated with Siri, which means you can call Siri to control HomeKit-compatible accessories even if you are not at home. First, you need to add them in the Home app, because ‌Siri‌ will identify the devices by name, location, and other details. In addition, if you want to control your accessories when you are away from home, you'll need to set up a home hub such as HomePod or Apple TV.

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Security

HomeKit provides a home automation infrastructure that uses iCloud and iOS, iPadOS, and macOS security to protect and synchronize private data without exposing it to Apple or any other third parties.

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Extra Tips: Control your home with CarPlay

CarPlay is a smarter and safer way to use your iPhone in the car, allowing you to stay focused on the road. You can use the dashboard to take control of your HomeKit accessories, like door openers.

When you leave your home miles away, you remember that you forgot to close the garage door. At this time, CarPlay with Siri voice control is perfectly designed for this driving scenario. Once setting up CarPlay with iPhone, you only need to use the Siri suggestions displayed on the CarPlay dashboard, or directly call Siri to control HomeKit-enabled accessories.

Meross products that are compatible with Apple HomeKit