How to Use Scenes in Apple HomeKit

The ability to create scenes is one of Apple HomeKit’s most powerful features. When you are getting started with HomeKit, setting up scenes is going to be one of the first things you do. Scenes are a great way to control the state of one device, or even multiple devices, all at once.

After you set up a scene, you can then control it using Siri voice commands. There are four built-in scenes, but you also have the ability to create custom Scenes within HomeKit. The four default scenes within iOS 9 are “Good Morning,” “Good Night,” “I’m Home,” and “I’m Leaving.”

Let’s walk through setting up the “Good Morning” scene as an example. If you want a cup of coffee in the morning, you can select your coffee pot, and turn it on. If you want your house a little bit warmer in the morning, you can select the thermostat and set the temperature to something like 70 degrees. In order to finalize the changes you made, click the “Save” button in the top right corner of the screen. This scene can be activated by clicking on the “Scenes” menu in the ConnectSense app by clicking the “Activate” button.

Another way to activate the scene can be through Siri voice control by saying “Good morning Siri.” Siri would then proceed to activate the scene and begin adjusting the thermostat and turn on the coffee maker.

Now that you know how to set up scenes in HomeKit, what do you want to automate using scenes? Comment below!

Scenes are one of the most powerful features of Apple HomeKit... but how do you use them? In this episode, Adam Justice of ConnectSense shows you how to set up scenes in your home using the ConnectSense app and then activating them using the touch of a finger or Siri voice control.

How to Access HomeKit Products Away from Home

One of the most common questions about HomeKit is in regards to how to control HomeKit devices when you are away from home. This requires either a third or fourth generation Apple TV.

  1. Once your Apple TV is installed, enable iCloud on your iOS device. You want to make sure you are signed into the same iCloud account on both your iOS device and your Apple TV.
  2. You want to make sure that “iCloud Keychain” is turned on.
  3. Go to the “Settings” menu and scroll down to “HomeKit.” Once you are in this menu, enable “Use iCloud,” then go into your home and select “Allow Remote Access.”
  4. Once all of those settings are set on your iOS device, you’re going to want to move to your Apple TV and click on “Settings,” which is the grey gear icon.
  5. Once in settings, click on “Accounts” under general, followed by clicking on “iCloud.” After this you are going to want to click on “Sign in.” When you are signing in you are going to want to enter the same email address that you put in the iCloud settings on your iOS device.

Now you will be able to control devices when you are away from home. An example of this would be utilizing a Siri command such as, “turn on the lamp,” which will turn on the HomeKit device even if you are away from home.

Now that you know how to set up remote access for your HomeKit devices, what are some things you want to control while away from home? Comment below!

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