If there’s one thing that’s getting more and more popular these days — it’s the Smart Home devices. Apple took that opportunity by giving Siri the capability to control these devices hands free. But wait, because there are a couple of things you need to do in order to set up your devices properly and be able to use them with Siri.

Continue reading for you to familiarize yourself on how to set up Siri voice control for Smart Home functions.

The Home App

 

First of all, make sure your device is running iOS 10 or newer. Tap on the Home app from your device’s Home screen, then tap “add accessory” to begin pairing a new smart home device. If the device requires a companion app, you need to download that one as well for more advanced settings. Most of the time, Siri’s capabilities will automatically be set up — but it’s not a bad idea to check the product’s companion app just to be sure.

Automation While You’re Outdoor

Siri is equally dependable when it comes to performing tasks whether you’re at home or not. This is where setting up a home hub comes in handy. The 4th Generation Apple TV or newer can act as your base as it is always at home, as can an iPad running in iOS 10. These settings can be customized on iPad or Apple TV through the Home settings.

Tasks Siri Can Do at Home

Once various smart home devices have been added in the Home app, you can then:

  • Lock the door
  • Turn on the lights
  • Adjust the light color and hue
  • Adjust the thermostat
  • Raise or close the blinds
  • Make coffee (via a Smart outlet)

The smart home range of products are truly in their beta stage, and a lot of various new products with added features will be introduced as the years go by.

How to Identify HomeKit Compatible Devices

Always look for the label “Works with Apple HomeKit” on smart home products before you make a purchase. All smart home devices that have been approved by Apple will have this label on them.

 

Some Compatible Devices

You may be starting to become curious as to what devices you would like to add to your home, right? Keep in mind that the type of devices you will be implementing in your home will greatly depend on personal or family needs and what you think you will truly get use out of. After all, these devices can get expensive in no time at all. It’s also a wise thing to do that you find a return window for the store where you wish to purchase such devices so that you can come to a conclusion on the device’s worth after a few days of testing and return if need be.

Schlage BE469NX Deadbolt

 

This deadbolt currently costs $174.00 USD and is a great option for those people who always forget to lock their doors on the way out. Siri has you covered.

Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation

 

The Nest is on third iteration, now with added learning algorithms to better produce a comfortable living environment and conserve energy while you’re out of your home. At the moment, it is listed at $239.99 USD for the stainless steel finish. Similar to its previous generations, Siri is more than capable — “Hey Siri, adjust the temperature to 68 degrees.” If you do not need or care for the self-learning capabilities, the second generation will save you a few bucks and still be capable of basic thermostat operations.

Koogeek Smart Plug

 

This smart plug allows you to plug in regular devices such as a coffee maker or lamp. You can turn them off and on remotely from your smartphone. Siri control is supported; however, one flaw is that some seemingly obvious information is missing from the manual. If you can get it to work, though, it is very good at what it does.



This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 6:14:19 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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