HomeKit

How to control your Roomba with Siri

Control Roomba with siri

Even though the iRobot line of smart vacuums doesn't support Apple HomeKit, there is a way to control your iRobot Roomba with Siri. It's not as simple as downloading an app and pushing a button, but it's not overly complex either. If you're in a tinkering mood, then you're going to have a blast, and in about 10 minutes, you should be able to command your Roomba using Siri, or actions programmed into the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

How to set up HomeKit notifications for your accessories

iPhone Door Unlocked Notification

There are certain smart home accessories that do more than turn off or change color. Devices like door locks and motion sensors are used to keep you safe and in control of your home. So it’s with good reason that accessories like these come with notifications.

If you’d like to receive an alert when your door locks or motion is detected, as examples, here’s how to set up notifications for your HomeKit devices.

How to use the Home app visual status for accessories

Home App Visual Status iPad

Controlling your smart home from your iPhone and iPad is simple with the Home app. And with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS  Big Sur, you have a clearer way to see and manage your HomeKit accessories.

What used to be written summary section at the top of the Home app is now a visual summary of your connected devices. This allows you to quickly take action or more easily control your accessories. Here’s the scoop on using the visual status section for devices in the Home app.

How to use controls for HomeKit accessories in Control Center

Home Accessories in Control Center iPad

If you use the Home app to control your smart lights, doorbell, or thermostat, you’ll be glad to know the app wasn’t left out of the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates.

To manage your accessories easier, you can control them from the handiest spot on your device – Control Center. And what’s even better is that these controls are just as smart as your devices because you’ll see accessories and scenes based on time of day or usage. Let’s take a look at how to use controls for your Home accessories in Control Center.

5 useful smart home automations to set up in Home App

Create Home Automation on Mac

We’ve shown you how to create Scenes with the Home app which let you control multiple accessories at once based on your actions like arriving or leaving. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to set up Automations.

With Automations, you can have your accessories respond to each other. For instance, you can have a light turn on when your smart lock unlocks the front door. Or you can have your smart thermostat adjust the temperature at a certain time of day.

Depending on the smart home accessories you use, you should get some great suggestions here for setting up Automations in the Home app.

How to change smart home accessory icons in the Home app

Home on Mac Pick Accessory Icon

You have a few different ways you can customize the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. One is to change the wallpaper for your home and each of the rooms in it. Another is to change the icons that display for your accessories.

While not ever accessory’s icon can be changed, there are several that can. We’ll show you how to switch out the smart home accessory icons in the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to change the order of your rooms in the Home app

Home on Mac Edit Rooms

If you have several rooms set up in the Home app with accessories in each one, then you might move to different rooms at various times throughout the day to control those accessories. So having your rooms display in the order you want them is important.

Maybe you’d like your rooms in the order you choose them as a routine or maybe you’d simply prefer them in alphabetical order. Whatever your preference, here’s how to rearrange and change the order of your rooms in the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.