How to Rename Rooms in the Home App

Is your HomeKit accessory collection growing in size and spanning multiple rooms within your home? Then it is time to move away from the “Default Room” name, and give each room in your home their proper names. There are two ways to rename your rooms, both of which start directly from a room page, and they’re both super easy. Here’s how to start customizing your home using names.

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How to Change Your Home Wallpaper in the Home App

If you have lots of HomeKit accessories in your home, then you know how tracking one down can be a little difficult with the default backgrounds for each room all looking the same. However, there is a simple way to make things a little easier to find, just change the wallpaper! Whether it is using a custom photo of the rooms in your home, or by using a different default option, changing things up is a breeze. Here’s how!

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How to Create Scenes in the Home App

Ever wish that you can control multiple HomeKit accessories at once with just a single tap or shout to Siri? Well you’re in luck, as you can do just that using custom scenes that you create in the Home app. With just a few simple steps, you can set the stage for your next big movie night that dims your lights, closes your blinds, and fires up your TV. Here’s how to get started with scenes.

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How to Rename Your Home in the Home App

If you set up HomeKit using the default house name, then your home will have the default “My Home” name assigned to it automatically. Changing your home’s name can make things a little more familiar, not just for visuals in the Home app, but also with Siri’s responses to your queries. There are two ways that you can get the job done, both of which require just a few taps, so change that name today!

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How to Protect Your Home When You Travel for the Holidays

Kicking off the upcoming holiday rush, is the first in a series of guides/tips that I recently wrote for iMore, covering how smart home tech can have an impact on things such as travel and guests. While these are written for smart home accessories in general, it never hurts to think about some of the devices that are outside of HomeKit which can help solve some potential problems that may arise when we are outside of the home.

Also coming up are help and how to guides that are aimed at those new to HomeKit, which I hope answers some burning questions about HomeKit in general as well as navigating the Home app.

Traveling is synonymous with the holidays, and unfortunately, so are break-ins and package theft. However, you can fight back, and keep your home protected using smart accessories and alarm systems. There are devices for just about every situation that can occur while you are gone, so here are our tips on how to secure your home for the holidays.

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HomeKit Secure Video: Everything you need to know

Just published over on iMore is my “everything you need to know” post regarding HomeKit Secure Video. This is a question and answer format covering some of the basics of the feature:

HomeKit Secure Video, announced back in June at Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), has finally arrived. The feature, which is only available as a beta for Logitech’s Circle 2 camera, delivers private and secure video recording to everyone using it. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest and greatest HomeKit feature.

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How To: Manage HomeKit Secure Video Cameras in the Home app

Here’s the step by step guide on how to manage recorded video in the Home app for HomeKit Secure Video Cameras that I wrote for iMore. This covers reviewing your videos, saving them permanently, deleting, and sharing them with others:

HomeKit Secure Video, Apple’s privacy-centric security camera feature recently hit the scene bringing a whole new way to manage compatible cameras. Starting with the Logitech Circle 2 camera, you can now view, save, and share recordings directly from the Home app. However, things can be a little hard to find at first, so here’s our guide on how to navigate the new features.

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How to use a HomePod as a HomeKit alarm

Been waiting for this feature for quite a long time. There are great sound effects on Apple Music including a classic car alarm sound and a burglar alarm that I linked. Here’s the guide on how to get it all set up that I wrote for iMore:

Even though the HomeKit ecosystem has grown over the past few years, a crucial piece of the security side of the platform has yet to materialize: alarm systems. Thankfully, iOS 13.2 on iOS and the HomePod now allows you to use Apple’s speaker (or other AirPlay 2 enabled speakers) in automations, giving us the ability to create our own DIY security systems. Here’s our guide on how to get it all set up.

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How to set up your HomeKit accessories

Apple has made it incredibly easy to set up your new home automation accessories with its HomeKit system — assuming, that is, you’ve picked up an accessory which works with HomeKit. (If you’re not sure, look for the “Works with Apple HomeKit” badge on the accessory’s packaging; additionally, we have a breakdown of all the currently compatible devices.

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