smart home con­trol

Con­trol your HomeKit de­vices from your Mac

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Alex Cox

Ev­ery smart home has to pro­vide a con­trol method, and Ap­ple’s way of man­ag­ing HomeKit-com­pat­i­ble de­vices

is its Home app. Through this, you can turn your ac­ces­sories on or off, mon­i­tor their out­put, and tweak very spe­cific set­tings.

Up un­til the re­lease of macOS Mo­jave, con­trol of HomeKit ac­ces­sories was en­tirely the do­main of the iOS ver­sion of the app. How­ever, Mo­jave’s re­lease brings the Home app onto the desk­top, of­fer­ing con­trol of those same ac­ces­sories from your Mac.

There are caveats to watch out for. Cer­tain au­toma­tions and re­mote ac­cess con­tinue to de­mand the use of a cen­tral de­vice as a home hub, be it an iPad, a HomePod or an Ap­ple TV (4th gen­er­a­tion or later) – see bit.ly/mfhmhub.

Adding new HomeKit ac­ces­sories to the Home app still re­quires the use of an iPhone or iPad – it can’t be done di­rectly on your Mac. That means you’ll need to be signed in to the same iCloud ac­count on both oper­at­ing sys­tems. Sadly, if you don’t al­ready have an iOS de­vice, you’re out of luck when it comes to mak­ing use of Home on macOS.

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