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 Vivint devices work with Homekit?
Are Vivint Products Compatible With Apple Homekit?
Yes, you can make Vivint smart home products 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 Vivint?
Vivint is a leader in home automation and providing customers with smart-home solutions. They offer a range of smart-home products like home security, thermostats, lighting, security cameras, and more.
With all these smart homes, you would think they would integrate well with Apple’s devices. But that’s not always the case.
Today, we will cover all the basics about Homekit, what it can do for your home and how to set up Vivint Smart Home devices to work with it.
What Is Homekit?
Homekit is a tech platform developed by Apple that allows users to control compatible smart home devices using their Siri-equipped iOS devices.
Using Siri, you can activate lights, temperature adjustment devices, and blinds with simple voice commands.
Vivint Devices You Can Control With Homekit
While you can control these with the Vivint app, here is a list of some of the most popular Vivint equipment products that you can control with Apple Homekit:
Vivant Alarm System: Vivint Security System allows you to arm and disarms the system from any smart device as long as your network and internet connection is stable. This smart home security system also has a siren that alerts neighbors and family members in an emergency.
Vivint Doorbell: You can keep an eye on who comes and goes with a Vivint Doorbell Camera. It also notifies visitors and allows you to adjust the chime volume.
Vivint Sky: Vivint Sky is a security camera that can be accessed using an Apple iOS device. It allows you to track activity inside and outside your home through live streaming footage captured by the camera’s high-quality lens. You can activate the camera remotely and monitor what’s happening in your home from anywhere.
Vivant Smart Lock: This door lock helps you create a secure environment for your household. You can unlock the door remotely or automatically using a compatible Apple device with these smart locks.
The Next Step Is To Set Up Homebridge
Homebridge is free software that allows you to control your devices with Apple Homekit. The software will enable you to set up devices with Apple Homekit functionality.
How To Add Vivint To Apple Homekit
If you are ready to set up Homekit with your Vivint device using Homebridge, follow the instructions below:
- Download Homebridge.
You can find it for free at homebridge.io.
- Install and open the Homebridge software program.
- Look at the menu section of the dashboard and click the “Plugins” option.
- Search for the Vivint plugin.
- Click the install link to install the 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.
- 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.
Setting up Vivint devices with a Homekit setup 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 voice commands or the free Apple application for iOS called “Home.”