Use HomeKit Secure Video

Customise your video recording, notification, storage and sharing options — all with HomeKit Secure Video.

What you need

Streaming video and storing video clips don't require an iCloud storage plan. If you want to record your video, you need a 200 GB iCloud storage plan to support one camera and a 2 TB storage plan to support up to five cameras.

Set up your camera

  1. Check with your camera manufacturer if you need to install their iOS or iPadOS camera app to set it up.
  2. Add your camera as an accessory in the Home app. You'll see a notification on your device that will let you know your camera has been added. Make sure you add your camera to the same network that your Home app is on and that the network is stable. If your network disconnects while your camera is recording, your video might not be stored. 
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to choose your streaming and recording settings, user permissions and more. You can also change these settings later. When you've finished, tap Done. 

Use these steps to add all of your HomeKit Secure Video cameras to the Home app. You'll get a notification if you reach the maximum number of recording-enabled cameras supported with your iCloud storage plan. 

The Apple ID that you use for the Home app allows a total of up to five recording-enabled cameras across as many homes as you own. Members of a Family Sharing iCloud storage plan will share this limit with everyone else on the storage plan. To record with more than five cameras, you need to use another Apple ID with another iCloud storage plan.

iOS screenshot of video settings in the Home app.

Change your settings

To adjust camera settings, open the Home app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Tap the video feed, then tap Settings . On Mac,* control-click the video feed, then select Settings .

* You can change recording settings and view video clips and streams in the Home app with macOS 10.15.1 and later.

Review and share your video

View your video streams and recordings in the Home tab of the Home app under Favourite Cameras or in the room in Home app where you've put the camera. Members of your home can also view video streams in Control Centre on Apple TV, in the Home app on Mac or on Apple Watch. The primary Home app user can restrict which home users can view all video recordings

Review your video iOS screenshot in the Home app.

To review video clips, tap the video feed in the Home app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. On Mac,* double-click the video feed in the Home app. 

  • Look above the video to see what time and day you're viewing. Use the calendar above the video to view recordings on a specific day. You can view the last 10 days of recorded video clip history that's stored in iCloud.
  • Use the video timeline at the bottom of the screen to play or pause the recording, or use the timeline to move back or forward in the video. If you see a person, animal or car icon on the timeline, tap or click the icon to watch a recorded video clip from when your home hub detected motion. On iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, pinch the timeline with two fingers to zoom in and see your frames in more detail.
  • To share your video clips with other people, apps or save them to iCloud or Photos, tap or click .
  • Tap or click  to view other accessories located in the same room as your camera in the Home app. 

* You can change recording settings and view video clips and streams in the Home app with macOS 10.15.1 and later. 

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