Receive notifications for your smart home accessories

With the Home app, you can check the status of your HomeKit and Matter accessories and receive alerts when they detect something, even when you're away.

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Check the status of your home

You can check the status of your HomeKit and Matter accessories in the Home tab of the Home app on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.

Status and Notifications screen on iPhone 

You can also control which accessories are included in the Home tab's status.

  1. Open the Home app.
  2. On an iPhone or iPad, tap an accessory. On a Mac, click an accessory.
  3. Scroll down and select Status and Notifications.
  4. Turn Include in Home Summaries on or off.

Turn on notifications for your accessories

You can set up notifications for certain HomeKit and Matter accessories, such as locks and sensors, to alert you when an accessory detects something. For example, if you have a sensor on a door, you can receive a notification when it opens.

A Garage Door Home notification appears on iPhone Lock Screen 

If you want to see notifications for your HomeKit and Matter accessories on more than one device, turn on notifications on each device.

  1. Open the Home app and tap or click the More button , then select Home Settings. If you have multiple homes, choose a home, then select Home Settings. 
  2. Choose a type of accessory, such as Sensors.
  3. Select an accessory and turn on Activity Notifications.

Find out more about notifications on your iPhone or iPad.

A new, more reliable and more efficient Home architecture will be available later this year as a separate upgrade in the Home app. A home hub will be required for Home notifications on the new Home architecture.

Receive alerts at a certain time or when someone arrives or leaves

You can customise notifications for your HomeKit or Matter accessories to alert you at specific times and based on who's present in your home.

 

  1. Open the Home app.
  2. On an iPhone or iPad, tap an accessory. On a Mac, click an accessory.
  3. Scroll down and select Status and Notifications. Turn on Activity Notifications, then choose from these options.
    • Time: Set a time that you want to receive alerts for your accessory.
    • People: Receive alerts for the accessory when you or someone else arrives at or leaves your house. If you choose this option, you'll need to set up a home hub and make sure everyone who can control your home has My Location set to their primary iPhone or iPad and Share My Location turned on in Settings > [your name] > Find My.
  4. Tap or click BackBackin the top left-hand corner, then Done.

To see notifications you've set up in the Home app on more than one device, you'll need to set up notifications on each device.

Not all smart home accessories support notifications.

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