Siri plays a key role in HomeKit by enabling you to control your house and some accessories by way of voice. Apple has published a support article outlining all of the supported Siri commands, which just happens to detail how to setup and use HomeKit enabled accessories.
After successfully pairing your HomeKit enabled device, Siri will then be able to turn on or off appliances, adjust the settings and more, by simply using your voice.
Here are some examples:
- “Turn on the lights”
- “Turn off the lights”
- “Dim the lights”
- “Set the brightness to 50%”
- “Set the temperature to 68 degrees.”
- “Turn on the coffee maker.”
Apple notes that HomeKit commands do not work when your device is locked. Most likely, due to security purposes. “For example, you’ll need to unlock your device before you can use Siri to unlock your door,” reads the support document. In order to use Siri commands, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth must be enabled on your iOS device as well.
Using Siri commands to remotely control your accessories requires a third-generation Apple TV or later with software version 7.0 or later, or a dedicated HomeKit hub. You must be singed into iCloud with the same Apple ID on your iOS device and Apple TV to remotely control your accessories via Siri.