How to group smart accessory’s in HomeKit
HomeKit how-to guide is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home app and HomeKit framework.
In the third instalment of the HomeKit guide, I take you through how to group different accessories within HomeKit. This is helpful in lights or fixtures that utilise multiple bulbs like ceiling lights.
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Why group HomeKit accessory
Sometimes, certain accessories are easier to control when paired together. For instance, if you have a ceiling light or lamp that requires multiple bulbs.
So to give you an example, I have 6 downlights in my Kitchen powered by 6 Philips Hue G10 bulbs. Each of these Philips Hue G10 bulbs is named “Kitchen spot 1”, “Kitchen spot 2” and so on
so when I want to turn the lights on or off, I have to do it to both bulbs individually. but using this method you can control the smart lights with one tap of a button.
How to group HomeKit accessories under one switch
In this tutorial, I’m using Apple’s Home app, though the same feature is available in many others on the App Store.
To get started with this HomeKit guide, you need the Home app, and at least two HomeKit accessories you want to group together.
1) Open the Home app and choose the Rooms tab.
2) 3D Touch on any of the accessories that you wish to group together, and tap Details at the left button on the Home App screen.
3) Tap on Group with Other Accessories, under the GROUP header.
4) You are now free to choose any of the other accessories within your home to control as one.
5) Now name the grouped smart devices and ready to go in HomeKit.
HomeKit Grouping tips
- Once accessories are grouped together, they will be controlled as a single unit. That includes on/off state, as well as colour & brightness (if it is a light)
- It is worth noting that grouping accessories together is not the only way to control several accessories at once. You can still use Zones, Rooms, and Scenes.
- To ungroup the accessories you 3D touch on the group accessory and then chose the option to ungroup
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