Man­age your smart home

Re­place Ap­ple’s Home app with an ar­guably bet­ter HomeKit man­ager

Mac Format - - APPLE SKILLS - Alex Cox

When you’re manag­ing your HomeKit ac­ces­sories, it’s nat­u­ral to head for Ap­ple’s

own Home app. That’s log­i­cal, and it’ll get the job done, but it’s not nec­es­sar­ily the best choice. Home’s de­sign pushes cer­tain as­pects of ac­ces­sory con­trol into the back­ground – try tweak­ing the colour of your lights, for in­stance, and you’ll need to nav­i­gate through at least two screens be­fore you’re given the op­tion.

Even if you don’t own a sin­gle Eve ac­ces­sory, the Eve for HomeKit app is one you owe it to your­self to try. It’s com­pat­i­ble with ev­ery­thing HomeKit, and in many cases it makes it much quicker and eas­ier to get things done. You can see the ex­act sta­tus of all your ac­ces­sories and ac­cess their ba­sic con­trols from a sin­gle page; bring up the con­trols for your liv­ing room, for ex­am­ple, and you could al­ter your lights, your ther­mo­stat and more, with all the nec­es­sary con­trols shown in that one place.

Keep­ing track

The Eve app is also vir­tu­ally un­par­al­leled in terms of track­ing. If you’re us­ing HomeKit­com­pat­i­ble sen­sors, like smart plugs, airqual­ity mon­i­tors or even mo­tion sen­sors, you’ll be able to track their ac­tiv­ity and even view long-term an­a­lyt­ics of their read­ings.

You don’t even have to leave the app to add new ac­ces­sories to your HomeKit setup – you may never use Ap­ple’s Home app again.

Want to mon­i­tor your en­ergy us­age? The Eve En­ergy plug is one of the few smart plugs that log elec­tric­ity us­age.

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