HomePass For HomeKit App Review

If you are anything like me, you more than likely have amassed a number of HomeKit devices, and have on more than one occasion had to go digging around looking for a set up code when changing something around in your home. To keep track of all of the HomeKit codes, many of us have relied on using the Notes App or a spreadsheet to keep track of them all. While this method definitely works, a much more elegant solution is available. HomePass, from Sunya Limited is a simple yet powerful way to archive and view your HomeKit codes using your iOS devices, Watch and Siri.

Adding your devices to the HomePass App is a breeze thanks to the built in ability to scan for your HomeKit. After allowing access, the App presents users with all of their devices in their Home which do not already have a code stored into HomePass. Of course, you can also manually add devices if you do not wish to provide access, but suffice to say that if you are willing to trust the App with your device codes, then allowing home access is not much different. After selecting the accessory that you wish to add (or creating one), it is time to add in any details such as a name for the device, home/room, HomeKit code, category and any applicable notes. For the actual HomeKit code, it should be noted that this App does not magically find the code for your device, you will have to provide it by entering in the numbers or by scanning the code from one of your manuals or on the device itself. While the ability to instantly important codes from the device itself is somewhat of a bummer, this is not a limitation of the App itself, but is a limitation with HomeKit, and is definitely not a deal breaker. If you choose to scan the code, the App will generate a handy QR code that can be read by the Home App. If you do not scan the code, the App displays the code in the familiar HomeKit code rectangle which can still be read by the Home App.

After adding a device to the App, the device will be displayed in your accessories list for your Home. Tapping on the newly added device will present the user with all of the aforementioned details that were entered, and will provide two new options for Siri Shortcuts. The first option allows users to instantly summon a device code using Siri, and when triggered Siri will not only show the code, but will also read the code to you. This is a very nice feature to have, and when paired with Apple’s HomePod, makes it even simpler to add a device to the Home App. The other Siri Shortcut provided by the App is a quick way to copy a device code to the iOS clipboard, and allows for a user to simply paste the code in when prompted by the Home App. Again, I cannot stress how nice this feature is to have, especially considering the finicky nature of the Home App, which will sometimes stop the pairing process when switching between apps to track down a code.

HomePass also includes several other nice to have features, which can be accessed via the settings menu, represented by a gear icon. These features include the ability to lock the App, and require biometric authentication to open, iCloud syncing, a dark mode theme, and Export options. Formats used for exporting data include PDF and CSV files, and can be set to automatic or manual exporting. If the PDF option is used in conjunction with automatic backup, the HomePass app will create a folder in your iCloud Drive, and will place a very easy to read PDF file with all of your devices codes that the App has stored. The backup option will also keep a copy of the previous 5 changes made to the App, so that a previous version can be accessed if needed. Rounding out the feature list is the Watch app, provides a quick way to track down a HomeKit code, and just like the iOS App, will display the code in either the standard HomeKit rectangle, or with a QR code.

The HomePass App, which is available on the App Store for $2.99 is definitely worth the price of admission for those looking for a clean, easy to use solution for storing their HomeKit codes. The additional features provided by the App, such as the automatic backups, and Siri Shortcuts really show that the developer understands all of the unique situations where an App like this would be handy to have, and we cannot wait to see what is in store for future versions.

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