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Home+ 4

Your replacement for HomeKit's Home app

When it comes to managing our HomeKit devices, life can be challenging

Home+ 4

by Matthias Hochgatterer
Create triggers for events
Home+ 4
Home+ 4
$14.99 in the App Store

When it comes to managing our HomeKit devices, life can be challenging. Home - Smart Home Automation takes a lot of the pain out of the struggle.

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Create triggers for events. You can create triggers for events like leaving or coming home, so your house is ready for you.

Create triggers for events
Control devices individually or in groups

Control devices individually or in groups. Home allows you to have Groups, Scenes, and still maintain individual control over your smart home devices.

Useful but touchy controls. The controls are quite nice, but a bit touchy. When I try swiping from the left, I often end up changing screens instead of adjusting my device.

Useful but touchy controls

What is it about?

As you add devices into HomeKit, they'll automatically populate in the third-party Home app. You can also add them directly from the app, by scanning the HomeKit QR code or ID. It's all incredibly easy to set up, even if you're working with devices made by multiple manufacturers. The only requirement is that the devices be HomeKit compatible.

Why we love it

One of the nicest features of the third-party Home app is the ability to set triggers. You can have events happen based on the time of day, or when you leave or return home. The only problem with the triggers lies within the limitations of HomeKit. If you don't have a HomeKit hub, like an Apple TV or iPad left plugged in at home, you won't be able to use these triggers when you aren't on the home Wi-Fi network. Home also has very nice controls for adjusting the brightness of your dimmable bulbs. My only complaint here is that they are sometimes a bit touchy, and I find myself occasionally changing screens when I mean to be adjusting my lights. Like Apple's Home app, the third-party replacement has an Apple Watch companion. You can adjust your lights and other devices from your wrist, or from the Notification Center on your iOS device. The third-party Home app is much easier to use than Apple's own app, and it's dedicated to HomeKit device support. The developer has new features in store to go along with iOS 11, and we'll be reporting on those when they arrive.

App Screenshots

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App Details

Version
4.0.1
Rating
(590)
Size
96Mb
Genre
Lifestyle Utilities
Last updated
October 17, 2019
Release date
July 15, 2015
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App Store Description

Home+ 4 is the only full featured HomeKit app on the App Store which supports all HomeKit automation features. You can control all your HomeKit accessories from different manufacturers in one app and create your very own smart home.

iOS 13
Home+ 4 was completely redesigned for iOS 13 and looks great in Light and Dark Mode. You can also change the icons of your accessories to better match the appearance of your smart accessories. Home 4 also lets you choose a different app icon to better match your Home Screen.

AUTOMATIONS
Home allows you to automate your home with automations. For example you can raise the temperature in your living room if the temperature drops below 68°F and somebody is at home.

GROUPS
You can control multiple accessories at once using Groups. For example you can turn on all lights in the living room and set the brightness to 50%.

WIDGETS
There are multiple widgets available to control your favorite accessories, cameras, groups and scenes.

APPLE WATCH
On your Apple Watch you can see all your favorite accessories, cameras, groups and scenes and control them with a single tap.

REQUIREMENTS
The Home app only works with HomeKit compatible accessories.

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