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As you pull into the neighborhood at dusk and catch a glimpse of your house just around the gentle curve of the road, you know exactly what’s about to happen – something your neighbors can’t stop asking about. They’ve seen the latest in smart home technology in action at your house, and now they want in.
That’s because as soon as you’re anywhere near your home, it activates by itself. Entryway lights turn on, as if your home's saying “welcome back, nice to see you again.” The temperature adjusts to your evening preference. Living room lights switch to a brightness level that begs you to put your feet up and relax, because that’s what you deserve after a long day.
We’re talking about Home Triggers, one of several automated triggers available through iDevices and Apple’s HomeKit platform. iDevices products are HomeKit compatible, meaning you can take advantage of Triggers via the iDevices Connected app on your iOS device, as well as Apple's preloaded Home app.
There are four triggers available via the Connected or Home apps – Home, Location, Product, and Sensor. We’re focusing on Home Triggers in this piece.
Triggers activate Scenes, another HomeKit feature giving you the ability to control multiple smart products with a single command. Scenes can be activated manually through the Connected app, with voice commands, schedules, and via triggers — far and away the most automated method to control your smart home.
An Apple Home Hub — Apple TV 4K, Apple TV 4th Generation, HomePod, or iPad running iOS 10 or later — is required to create and activate Triggers remotely. Otherwise, you must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network for a Trigger to activate.
How the magic happens
A Home Trigger allows your home to sense your presence and take a desired action when you arrive home or head out. As soon as your Apple Home Hub notices your presence, or lack thereof, the Scene of your choice activates.
You can set a Trigger that activates your “Going to work” Scene when you leave home, for example. This Scene could turn off all the lights in case you miss any on your way out, and turn down the thermostat so you aren’t wasting energy.
Your “Back from work” Scene can then play as soon as you arrive home — just like the example we covered at the top of this article. If you don’t already have Scenes set up in the Connected app, you can create them while activating Triggers.
Home Triggers don’t have to apply to just you. They can activate Scenes when the last specified user leaves or arrives home. This is an ideal setup, especially if you have children who leave home after you, and tend to leave things on. The only requirement is the user needs to have shared control of your home via the Connected app. If your child is invited to share control of your home via the Connected app, you can set up a Home Trigger that shuts everything down when they leave home. As an added bonus, you’ll know your child is playing hooky (they wouldn’t dare!) if your Trigger never activates.
You can specify “Active Times” — when you want your Home Trigger to be active — during the setup process in the Connected app. There may be times when you don’t want your Home Trigger to activate a Scene, like if you step out for a walk around the neighborhood in the evening and don’t want your house lights to shut off.
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