Apple's HomeKit allows you to create home automations for your accessories so that you can have the lights automatically turn off when you leave, for example, or trigger a scene when you unlock the front door.

homekitweberhaus
The Home app makes creating these automations simple and allows you to trigger them based on the time of day, your location, motion detection, and more.

Before you can create automations, you need to add ‌HomeKit‌ accessories to the Home app. You also need to designate a device as a home hub, which remains powered on and connected at your home when you're away. Click on one of the links below to learn how to set up an Apple device as a home hub.

Create an Automation for an Accessory Action

  1. Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the Automation tab in the bottom right corner of the screen.create homekit automations
  3. Tap the plus (+) button in the top-right corner.
  4. Tap An Accessory is Controlled (or tap A Sensor Detects Something, if you have a motion device).
  5. Select the accessory that you want to start the automation.create homekit automations 1
  6. Tap Next.
  7. Choose the action that triggers the automation, such as if the device turns on or off. (On this screen, you can also choose a time of day when the automation is active, or base it on when someone is home or not.)
  8. Tap Next.create homekit automations 2
  9. Select the accessories and/or scenes that are activated in response to the action.
  10. Tap Next.
  11. Tap Done.

These kind of automations are useful if you want to do something like have all of your lights come on when your HomeKit-enabled camera or motion sensor detects motion.

Automations for People Arriving or Leaving

  1. Launch the Home app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
  2. Tap the Automation tab in the bottom right corner of the screen. create homekit automations
  3. Tap the plus (+) button in the top-right corner.
  4. Select whether you want the automation to occur when People Arrive or People Leave your home. create homekit automations for people
  5. Select when A Person Leaves or when Anyone Leaves. You can choose a specific person to start the automation by tapping the circled 'i' icon. You can also control the time and location of the automation from this screen.
  6. Tap Next.
  7. Select the accessories and/or scenes that are activated in response to arriving or leaving. create homekit automations for people 1
  8. Tap Next.
  9. Tap Done.

Automations that are based on when a person leaves or arrives at the home use location-based geofencing to enable the automations. When your ‌iPhone‌ detects that your location is at your house, it'll trigger the automation.

Automations Based on Time of Day

  1. Launch the Home app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
  2. Tap the Automation tab in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the plus (+) button in the top-right corner. create homekit automations
  4. Tap A Time of Day Occurs.
  5. Choose a time and day of the week from the onscreen options. You can also tap People to make the automation occur at specific times when someone is home.create homekit automations based on time of day
  6. Tap Next.
  7. Select the scenes and accessories you want to automate.
  8. Tap Next.create homekit automations based on time of day 1
  9. Tap Done.

Time-based automations will do things like turn your lights on at a specific time. You can also use these to turn down the thermostat automatically at night and turn it up during the day, along with other similar actions.

How to Turn Off or Delete an Automation

Disabling an automation is easy – simply tap the Automation tab, select the automation, and then toggle the switch next to Enable This Automation.

disable or delete homekit automations
To delete an automation in the Automation tab, just slide your finger across it and tap on the Delete option.

Top Stories

m1x mac mini screen feature

High-End 'M1X' Mac Mini With New Design and Additional Ports Expected to Launch in the 'Next Several Months'

Sunday August 22, 2021 5:59 am PDT by
Apple can be expected to launch an updated high-end Mac mini with a new design and a faster "M1X" Apple silicon processor in the "next several months," Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports. In the latest publication of his Power On newsletter, Gurman writes that a new high-end Mac mini, which has previously been reported to feature a new design with additional ports, can be expected to replace...
mac scanner permission error

Apple Says Fix Planned for 'You Do Not Have Permission to Open the Application' Error When Using a Scanner on Mac

Saturday August 14, 2021 6:15 am PDT by
In a newly published support document on its website, Apple has acknowledged an error that some users may receive when they try to use a scanner with a Mac in the Image Capture app, Preview app, or the Printers & Scanners section of System Preferences. A screenshot of the error message from the HP Support Community When attempting to use a scanner with a Mac, Apple said users might get an...
iCloud General Feature

iCloud+'s New Custom Email Domain Feature Now Available in Beta

Wednesday August 25, 2021 7:48 am PDT by
Starting with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, users with a paid iCloud+ storage plan can personalize their iCloud email address with a custom domain name, such as johnny@appleseed.com, and the feature is now available in beta. iCloud+ subscribers interested in setting up a custom email domain can visit the beta.icloud.com website, select "Account Settings" under their name, and select ...
original iphone

Phil Schiller Says iPhone Was 'Earth-Shattering' Ten Years Ago and Remains 'Unmatched' Today

Monday January 9, 2017 7:15 am PST by
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller sat down with tech journalist Steven Levy for a wide-ranging interview about the smartphone's past, present, and future. The report first reflects upon the iPhone's lack of support for third-party apps in its first year. The argument inside Apple was split between whether the iPhone should be a closed...
macbookpro13large

macOS Big Sur Update Bricking Some Older MacBook Pro Models

Sunday November 15, 2020 5:33 am PST by
A large number of late 2013 and mid 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro owners are reporting that the macOS Big Sur update is bricking their machines. A MacRumors forum thread contains a significant number of users reporting the issue, and similar problems are being reported across Reddit and the Apple Support Communities, suggesting the problem is widespread. Users are reporting that during the...
m1 imac orange

New iMac Tidbits: Headphone Jack on Side, Ethernet Port on Power Adapter, Spatial Audio and WiFi 6 Support, No SD Card Slot

Wednesday April 21, 2021 6:38 am PDT by
Apple yesterday announced a completely redesigned 24-inch iMac with the M1 Apple silicon chip. The new iMac, the first major redesign of the Mac desktop computer since 2012, has several changes compared to the previous generation. In the aftermath of the event, a few new features and tidbits may have slipped under the radar, so we’ve compiled this list of some of the less-talked-about...
General YouTube Feature 1

YouTube Premium and Music Surpass 50 Million Subscribers

Friday September 3, 2021 2:19 am PDT by
YouTube says it has passed 50 million subscribers for its Premium and Music subscriptions, making it the "fastest growing music subscription" service in the world, according to YouTube's global head of music, Lyor Cohen. YouTube says that it has more than 50 million paying subscribers collectively across YouTube Premium and YouTube Music. The Google-owned service says it attributes this...
Top Stories 75 Thumbnail

Top Stories: Last-Minute iPhone 13 Rumors, Apple Announces App Store Changes, and More

Saturday September 4, 2021 6:00 am PDT by
The finish line is in sight! Apple's annual iPhone event is likely just a week or so away and all eyes will be on the company as it unveils the next version of its most popular product line. With any luck, we'll also see the next-generation Apple Watch and perhaps even some new AirPods. Other news this week saw Apple making some more changes to its App Store policies in response to a...
omg lightning cable comparison

Security Researcher Develops Lightning Cable With Hidden Chip to Steal Passwords

Thursday September 2, 2021 6:59 am PDT by
A normal-looking Lightning cable that can used to steal data like passwords and send it to a hacker has been developed, Vice reports. The "OMG Cable" compared to Apple's Lightning to USB cable. The "OMG Cable" works exactly like a normal Lightning to USB cable and can log keystrokes from connected Mac keyboards, iPads, and iPhones, and then send this data to a bad actor who could be over a...
studio buds family

Beats Studio Buds Debuting Today With Active Noise Cancellation, Stemless Design, and More for $150

Monday June 14, 2021 8:00 am PDT by
We've seen a lot of teasers about the Beats Studio Buds over the past month since they first showed up in Apple's beta software updates, and today they're finally official. The Beats Studio Buds are available to order today in red, white, and black ahead of a June 24 ship date, and they're priced at $149.99. The Studio Buds are the first Beats-branded earbuds to truly compete with AirPods...