How to Take bet­ter con­trol of your home with Eve

Mac Format - - APPLE SKILLS -

1 Grab the app

Once you’ve down­loaded the Eve for HomeKit app, run through its ini­tial setup steps. If you’ve used Ap­ple’s Home app be­fore, or set up any HomeKit hard­ware, you’ll see those ac­ces­sories fea­tured in the Eve app al­ready.

2 Add some­thing new +

Tap Set­tings (bot­tom bar), then tap at the top right. The app will find new HomeKit ac­ces­sories within Blue­tooth range, and any HomeKit de­vices that sup­port prox­im­ity-based setup but have not yet been added in Ap­ple’s Home app.

3 Scan the code

Find the HomeKit code in­cluded with your ac­ces­sory (on its doc­u­men­ta­tion, on the ac­ces­sory it­self, or both), then name it and set the room it’s in. It will then ap­pear in both the Eve for HomeKit and Ap­ple Home apps.

4 Or­gan­ise it

Tap ‘At a Glance’ and you’ll see the new ac­ces­sory, but you might not see all oth­ers yet. Tap Edit and mark ac­ces­sories you want to see in this page with a filledin star. Drag on the han­dles to the right of each row to re­order the ac­ces­sories.

5 Con­trol it

You should now see your favour­ited smart gad­gets in the ‘At a Glance’ page. This gives you im­me­di­ate read­ings of sen­sors, and you can tap ac­ces­sories, such as lights and smart switches, to tog­gle them on or off.

6 In­ves­ti­gate it

Hold a fin­ger on an ac­ces­sory (or ap­ply light pres­sure if your de­vice has 3D Touch) to take a peek at more sta­tus info. Slide your fin­ger (or ap­ply ex­tra pres­sure) to pop open a panel where you can al­ter more in­tri­cate set­tings.

7 Mon­i­tor it

Some smart plugs, like the Eve En­ergy, will keep tabs on your power us­age. Take a peek at it on the ‘At a Glance’ page to see power con­sump­tion and costs for the day; tap the blue icon with an el­lip­sis in it to look back fur­ther.

8 All to­gether

If you’re run­ning mul­ti­ple smart plugs, tap Types, then To­tal Cost to check over­all power draw. This tab also con­sol­i­dates other info – for lights and door sen­sors, say, so you can check (and tweak) as­pects of your home here.

9 Au­to­mate it

Scenes, timers and rules can all be man­aged in the Scenes tab. You’ll need a de­vice act­ing as a home hub (bit.ly/ mfhmhub) to per­form all the ac­tions, but Eve’s in­ter­face makes build­ing rou­tines a lit­tle eas­ier than in the Home app.

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