Hive Home HomeKit support, well sort of, Hey Siri Shortcuts

Hive HomeKit support via Siri shortcuts

Hive Home has now been around for a few years starting with its Hive heating product and now expanded to lights, switches and smart cameras. But the most requested feature is Hive HomeKit support with its users, but Hive has remained silent on integration since 2016.

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Whilst I have been a happy user of Hive heating and water smart controls, the lack of HomeKit support for Hive has been one of the biggest reasons I have not invested further into the Hive smart home products as my smart home is powered by HomeKit, but recently I have discovered Siri Shortcuts that feature in iOS12 and bring near HomeKit support for Hive Home products.

When will Hive support HomeKit?Hive Siri Shortcut support

Before we get into the Siri shortcuts for Hive, let me give my view on Hive Home support. Personally, I don’t think we will see HomeKit support for Hive in the near future and this is due to the link with Alexa and the fact that Hive seems to be trying to create its smart home ecosystem via the Hive Hub 360.

So because of the above reasons, it would seem that Hive has a roadmap that takes them down a path which could conflict with bringing HomeKit to the Hive products.

If you prefer to watch a video tutorial, you can watch the one below

Hive Siri shortcuts whilst we wait for HomeKit support

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So whilst we wait for HomeKit support on Hive, here is 4 Siri shortcuts that bring near HomeKit support.

I would like to give credit to the creator Matthew Johns, he’s a legend for creating these Hive Siri shortcuts and if I ever meet him I will buy him a pint.

Before we begin you need the following

  • Hive Home product connected to a Hub – Light or heating product.
  • Network and internet connection
  • iOS device running iOS12 or above
  • Siri shortcuts app installed
  • Your username and password for Hive.

To setup up the Siri shortcuts, all you need to do is;

  • Install Siri shortcuts from the App Store – Download
  • Download the Siri shortcut for each Hive automation (Link below each description)
  • input your Hive username
  • Input your Hive password

Hive Home Siri shortcut for boosting heating

This Siri shortcut will allow you to boost your heating for one hour via your iOS device either with a quick tap of a button or via Siri using your voice. This is useful if you want to give your home a quick heating boost.

Download here

Hive Home Siri shortcut for boosting waterHive Siri shortcut for hot water

Have you ever come home and discovered that all your hot water has gone? Well using this Siri shortcut you can boost your Hot water either with your voice via Siri or a tap of a button.

Download here

Hive Home Siri shortcut for triggering lightsHive Siri shortcut for light control

If you are a user of Philips Hue lights then you will know how easy it is to use your voice to turn on lights in your Home. With this Siri shortcut you can get Hive in on the action whilst we wait for HomeKit.

Download here

Hive Home Siri shortcut for temperature levelHive Siri shortcut for temp

If you use a HomeKit supported smart heating product, then you will be familiar will using Siri to find out what the temperature of your home is. With this Siri shortcut, you can ask Siri the temperature in your Hive Home.

Download here

Adding a Siri Voice Command to a ShortcutHive Siri voice setup

The tutorial would not be complete without showing you how to add a Siri voice command to each of these Siri shortcuts for Hive Home.

  1. In your shortcuts library, tap on the 3 little circles at the top right of the shortcut you want to edit.
  2. When in the edit screen, tap on the small ‘sliders’ icon at the top right of the screen (next to the share icon).
  3. A settings window should appear, tap on ‘Add to Siri’.
  4. Press on the red record button then dictate your command. Siri will offer a suggestion but you’re free to say whatever you like.
  5. Tap ‘Done’ when you’re happy, and your command is saved.

So whilst we wait for HomeKit support on Hive, I hope these Siri shortcuts fill the gap and if you have any more that you use, then leave them in the comments section below.

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  1. A brief note of advice when you’re picking a Siri command for shortcuts. If you pick a word that Siri has already associated with Homekit, like “kitchen’ or “bathroom”, then Siri will not run your selected shortcut. It tries to use Homekit and then tells you that it can’t.
    So pick command words like “banana” and you’ll have no trouble.

  2. I’d like to learn more about how to achieve these scripts. I’d especially like to be able to toggle a group of lights in the Hive ecosystem. Can anyone direct me to learning resources for shortcuts scripting and Hive commands

  3. I can’t get the light control to work. I have successfully set up the Boost Heating and Get Temperature shortcuts. The lights shortcut runs and returns a tick but the light is not toggled on or off.

  4. Is it possible to have the heating on indefinitely until i turn it off rather than just for 1 hour. I have managed to code it so I can turn it off using shortcuts

  5. Great article and lots of information.

    I have been trying to figure out if it is possible to activate/deactivate a normal action and not a Quick Action.

    Ultimately, I would like to run a shortcut to notify me when one of my sensors is triggered. Currently, I have to use the app to turn all my sensor actions on or off every time but you can’t add sensors to Quick Actions and you can’t group sensors so it’s labourious!

  6. Update: Physical (c.£30) buttons for shortcuts.
    I’ve recently discovered that flic buttons https://flic.io can activate iOS Shortcuts.
    You do this by giving the flic app (on your iPhone or iPad) the instruction of:
    New Action/Phone Control/Safari (open a website)
    and then giving the URL
    shortcuts://run-shortcut?name=Your%20shortcut%20name
    e.g.
    shortcuts://run-shortcut?name=Quick%20Action
    The first time that this is run the app asks if it’s OK to open Shortcuts but after that it’s just click and go!

    Happy to have a go at other smart home products but this is just a hobby for me!

  7. Hi everyone, just tried this but cant get the shortcut to activate any of my Hive actions.I have logged in as advised but nothing happens with the Hive at home apart from the shortcut going through its sequence. Any advice please

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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home. My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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