Apple Home & Arlo: How To Add Arlo To Apple Home
Apple HomeKit, Apple Home & Arlo: Your questions, answered.
From home lighting to music and even electronic locks, most Arlo devices work seamlessly with your smart home security system — and Apple Home is no exception. Let’s find out what makes Apple Home so useful, and how to add Arlo to Apple Home today.
What is Apple Home, and what is Arlo’s compatibility with Apple HomeKit? Apple Home, formerly known as Apple HomeKit, is a convenient smart home platform fully compatible with Apple devices.
Apple’s redesigned Home App allows you to seamlessly control all of your smart home accessories on all of your Apple devices. Although not every camera or video doorbell is Apple Home compatible, you can connect it to a number of Arlo’s most popular products, including:
Whether you’re using an iPad, iPhone or your Apple Watch on the go, enjoy peace of mind with the convenience of Apple Home. With Apple Home and a compatible Arlo device, you can use voice commands to access and control multiple Arlo cameras from one place.
Connecting Apple Home to your Arlo SmartHub allows you to:
To take full advantage of the above key features, you need a supported and connected Arlo system. Setting up your cameras or video doorbell with Apple Home will require a few extra features, including the Apple Home App, the Arlo Secure App, and an Arlo SmartHub.
To use Arlo with Apple Home, you’ll need:
Available on many Apple products, the Apple Home App lets you control your smart accessories using your Apple device. Although your smart accessories all have their own apps, it can be tedious switching from one to the other. Home lets you set up your compatible devices for easy control of your smart home technologies from one convenient location, from air conditioners and lights, to garage doors, security systems, cameras and more.
Necessary for fine tuning your Arlo products, the Arlo Secure App is an integral part of your security setup. You can easily control and interact with all of your Arlo products, while also storing video and audio recordings that you can view from wherever, whenever you need them.
If you’re new to the Arlo family, download the Arlo Secure App from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. After putting your login information on the screen, Apple Home will ask for access to your Arlo account. Hit the “Allow” button. Apple will now start synchronizing all your Arlo devices.
Necessary for a secure connection, the Arlo SmartHub models make it easier to connect your Arlo devices to your internet via your home router.
Options like the Arlo Pro SmartHub are compatible with Apple Home while providing long range connectivity and better battery life for your cameras. Keep an eye out for key features including local storage and 4K streaming resolution with compatible cameras.
In order to use Apple Home with your Arlo cameras, you also need an active connection to an Arlo SmartHub. Connecting directly to a Wi-Fi router is not viable, as your connection will be less secure. Without a SmartHub in place, anyone with access to your Wi-Fi could gain access to your private recordings, cameras, and more.
Keep in mind: Base Stations are compatible with earlier Arlo Camera models, but SmartHubs have greater compatibility with our newest models like the Pro 5S 2K.
Setting up your Arlo Video Doorbell or Camera with Apple Home is simple. Pro tip: When you first connect Arlo to Apple Home, you must be on the same Wi-Fi network as your Arlo Pro SmartHub or Arlo Base Station.
Then, you can link your Arlo device with or without an Apple Home setup code. Find out how to set up your Arlo Camera to Apple Home today. Great news: You’re one step closer to your dream smart home.