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Does SmartThings Work With Homekit?

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One of the most exciting tech developments was the introduction of Apple Homekit. Homekit allows users to control their home through voice activation and mobile devices.

But do SmartThings devices work with Homekit?

Is SmartThings Compatible With Apple Homekit?

 Yes, you can make SmartThings compatible with Homekit. However, since they are not natively compatible, you will need to use Homebridge to set it up and work properly.

What Is SmartThings?

SmartThings is an end-to-end home automation system. The system’s core is an IoT hub that connects to the home’s wireless network and controls various connected LED lighting, thermostats, security, and sensors.

It connects directly to Zigbee and Z-Wave hubs so it can be added to existing smart home networks.

It also connects to a wide range of smart home products through an open API to integrate them into your smart home system.

SmartThings also features its app called SmartLife, which acts as a central monitoring interface, connecting the user to the IoT hub and connected smart home devices.

SmartThings Devices You Can Control With Homekit

When you set up any of your SmartThings devices with Homekit using Homebridge, the following products will work:

Samsung SmartThings Hub: The Samsung SmartThings Hub can control devices like lighting, thermostats, door locks, appliances, and more. You can also manage everything through the SmartThings app.

Garage door openers: You can control your garage doors with a Homekit Siri voice command. This will open up a whole new range of smartphone-based access and control possibilities.

Air purifer: These air purifiers with a hepa filter can also be controlled with your voice. Just say, “turn [the purifier] on,” and it will begin filtering the air in your house.

Smart light bulbs: These LED bulbs can also be controlled with Siri voice commands. Just say, “Alexa, turn on the lights,” and your light bulbs will turn on via HomeKit.

Switches: You can also control switches with voice commands through Siri. Just say, “Siri, turn on the bedroom light,” and your light switch will turn on.

LED strip lights: LED strips are great for creating ambiance in any room. They are dimmable and can be controlled with a Homekit voice command.

Smart plugs: The smart plugs offer remote access to control your home appliances from anywhere. You can manage your lights, heaters, fans, and more through voice commands.

How To Add A SmartThings Device To Apple Homekit

If you are ready to set up Homekit with your Nest device using Homebridge, follow the instructions below:

  1. Download Homebridge.

    You can find it for free at homebridge.io.

  2. Install and open the Homebridge software program.

  3. Look at the menu section of the dashboard and click the “Plugins” option.

  4. Search for the SmartThings plugin.

  5. Click the install link to install the plugin.

  6. Configure the plugin.

    This screen will automatically be displayed after it is installed. You will be asked to give it a unique name and other settings.

  7. Restart Homebridge.

    You can easily do this by clicking the restart button on the top right of the dashboard screen.

After restarting, the settings you configured will take effect automatically. You can now control your connected device with Siri or a mobile Apple device.

Conclusion

Setting up a SmartThings device with Homekit is a quick process you can do using the steps above in just a few minutes. Once it is set up, you can use your iOS mobile device to control your connected device using Siri shortcuts and voice commands or the free Apple application for iOS called “Home.”