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Apple has refreshed a support article detailing setting up and using HomeKit-enabled accessories with a list of supported Siri voice commands to control your HomeKit hardware locally or remotely, through your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

After pairing a HomeKit-enabled accessory to an iOS device, you can use Siri commands to turn your home appliance on or off, adjust its settings and more, using just your voice.

Apple-provided examples include:

  • “Turn on the lights”
  • “Turn off the lights”
  • “Dim the lights”
  • “Set the brightness to 50%”
  • “Set the temperature to 68 degrees.”
  • “Turn on the coffee maker.”

If you set up homes, zones, rooms, or scenes, you can use also the following commands:

  • “Turn on the upstairs lights.”
  • “Turn off Chloe’s light.”
  • “Turn down the kitchen lights”
  • “Dim the lights in the dining room to 50%.”
  • “Make the living room lights the brightest.”
  • “Set the Tahoe house to 72 degrees.”
  • “Set the thermostat downstairs to 70.”
  • “Turn on the printer in the office.”
  • “Set up for a party, Siri.”
  • “Set the dinner scene.”
  • “Set my bedtime scene.”

Grouping HomeKit accessories into scenes, rooms and homes allows you to, say, open the garage door, turn on the lights and adjust the living room temperature with a single Siri command. These groups are set up within a third-party app for your HomeKit accessory. Sone apps might not have this option.

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Apple notes that these spoken HomeKit commands won’t work while your iOS device is locked. This is likely for security purposes to ensure no one can steal your iPhone to unlock your door with Siri.

“For example, you’ll need to unlock your device before you can use Siri to unlock your door,” notes the support document.

Using Siri commands with HomeKit accessories requires that you have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on in Settings on your iOS device.

Using Siri commands to remotely control your accessories requires a third-generation Apple TV or later with software version 7.0 or later, or a dedicated HomeKit hub. You must be singed into iCloud with the same Apple ID on your iOS device and Apple TV to remotely control your accessories via Siri.

Source: Apple

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    I hope ADT Pulse will be part of the HomeKit. Same for Belkin Wemo and I heard that they will be. Nest is not interested so I may have to replace my Nest with the Honeywell Lyric or the ADT thermostat but I want it the same simple style as the Nest and Lyric.

    • Levi Roberts

      I apologize for raising your comment from the dead.

      If you’re still in the market for a Smart thermostat, I’d head on over to the Ecobee website. A quick Google can help you get there.

      In my opinion it’s MUCH better and more user friendly than Nest. Ecobee 3 has HomeKit support. I find it much more attractive than Nest as well. Everything about the Ecobee is beautiful. Eocene also aims to be open, providing a developer API so that other products can easily support new and exciting features.

      I’d say price-wise, they’re roughly the same. In fact, their list prices are identical at $249.

      As for “style, Ecobee is unlike Nest and Lyric, in that it’s more square-like. That said, again, I think the Ecobee is much more attractive because of the touch display. As far as I’m aware, Nest does not have a touch screen although I could be wrong.

      For reference, I do not work for or with any of the mentioned companies. This is purely one customer’s perspective and experiences.

  • socrates

    Any word on using “Hey Siri” on Watch with HomeKit commands?

    • Levi Roberts

      Hopefully you’ve gotten the answer to this by now. The word is that it’s working here. All of the remote commands work even while iPhone is locked. Just lift your wrist and say “Hey Siri, …”

      I use Apple Watch to control lights and get temperature/humidity readings. I find the wording of the temperature readings a little difficult to remember because it’s awkward.

      To obtain temp readings it’s “List [sensor name] temperature”
      Optionally you can omit [sensor name] to obtain a reading from all sensors. I was slightly frustrated when I first discovered this because I was always asking Siri, “What is the temperature in … ?”, for which Siri responded “I wasn’t able to find any devices this time.”

      That said, reading humidity is more semantically correct. “What is the humidity in … ?” So why the roundabouts with temperature, I’ll never know. Hopefully this changes in a future version to be easier to speak.

  • 9to5Slavery

    I want an apple Amazon echo version!

    • Jake

      I want a Google version, much better technology.

      • 9to5Slavery

        How about one that combines both google and siri together.