Did you hear about Apple Homekit? It’s the coolest thing ever. You can control your whole crib with just your voice or your phone. That’s straight-up dope, right?
But here’s a question, you know those SmartThings devices everyone’s been talking about? Do they play nicely with Homekit? It’d be tight if they did.
Here's what we cover:
- Is SmartThings Compatible With Apple Homekit?
- What Is SmartThings?
- SmartThings Devices You Can Control With Homekit
- How To Add A SmartThings Device To Apple 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?
Let me tell you about this sick new home automation system called SmartThings! It’s like having a personal butler, but way more relaxed.
So, SmartThings is an all-in-one home automation setup that’s powered by IoT magic. It hooks up to your home’s WiFi network. It can control all your connected LED lights, thermostats, security, and sensors like a boss.
But wait, it gets even better! SmartThings can also connect directly to your existing Zigbee or Z-Wave hubs, so you can keep your smart home network rolling. And if you’re a tech junkie like me, you’ll love that it integrates with many smart home products through an open API.
And here’s the cherry on top – SmartThings has an app called SmartLife that acts as the ultimate control center. You can connect to your IoT hub and all your smart devices from the palm of your hand!
So, if you want to upgrade your home game, give SmartThings a try. Your future self will thank you!
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 (available here): 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 (available here): 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 (available here): 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 (available here): 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 (available here): 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 (available here): LED strips are great for creating ambiance in any room. They are dimmable and can be controlled with a Homekit voice command.
Smart plugs (available here): 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:
You can find it for free at homebridge.io.
Install and open the Homebridge software program.
Search for the SmartThings plugin.
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.
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.
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.”