Here’s Apple’s full list of supported Siri HomeKit commands


With the first products using Apple’s HomeKit platform for home automation accessories arriving earlier this month, Apple has updated its support page detailing a full list of supported Siri commands.

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The Siri commands, which will act as the main method of controlling HomeKit accessories, include many that you’d expect such as ones for turning accessories on or off or adjusting settings, but also a long list of commands that will be used for accessories that get grouped together into homes, zones, rooms or scenes. There might be others as new products hit the market, but for now, Apple’s full list of examples include:

“Turn on the lights” or “Turn off the lights.”

“Dim the lights” or “Set the brightness to 50%.”

“Set the temperature to 68 degrees.”

“Turn on the coffee maker.”

“Turn on the upstairs lights.”

“Turn off Chloe’s light.”

“Turn down the kitchen lights”

“Dim the lights in the dining room to 50%.”

“Make the living room lights the brightest.”

“Set the Tahoe house to 72 degrees.”

“Set the thermostat downstairs to 70.”

“Turn on the printer in the office.”

“Set up for a party, Siri.”

“Set the dinner scene.”

“Set my bedtime scene.”

Apple reminds that not all commands for all accessories will work while an iOS device is locked, which looks to be a security feature. As an example, you won’t be able to use Siri to unlock a door while the device is locked.

Apple’s newly updated support document also includes a number of other basics for those getting started with HomeKit accessories.

Earlier this month the first products using Apple’s HomeKit arrived on the market after a year of development time. Various product types from Insteon, Lutron, iHome, Elgato and Ecobee are either now available or about to ship, enabling HomeKit support for lights, door locks, color-changing bulbs, garage door openers, thermostats, and more through both standalone products and bridges that act as hubs for existing accessories.

During its recent WWDC event, Apple announced iCloud support for iOS HomeKit accessories, allowing developers to take advantage of Apple’s cloud service for remote control of accessories opposed to building their own server, as well as support for new sensors types and security systems coming in iOS 9.

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  1. PMZanetti - 8 years ago

    Those commands are extremely ambiguous and make absolutely no sense.

    • o0smoothies0o - 8 years ago

      How’s that? Haha

    • The only one that is ambiguous is “Set the brightness to 50%.”

      You are in control of naming the different homes, zones, rooms, scenes and devices. “Turn off Chloe’s light.” it pretty damn specific and if you named that device then it makes perfect sense.

    • michaelambrosi - 8 years ago

      You’re always on here absolutely annoyingly bitching about whatever you can see in a negative light. I can’t even think of one of those commands that is even a bit ambiguous. How does “turn on the lights in X’s room” make no sense ambiguous? Or “set the temperature to X” ambiguous? How is turn on the coffee maker ambiguous and make no sense? Just wondering because I can’t even think of one that would cause an issue, whatever you say dude.

  2. airmanchairman - 8 years ago

    No “Open Pod Bay Doors”? Heartbroken…

    • Greg Kaplan (@kaplag) - 8 years ago

      You can set a scene to be “pod bay” and if you had smart locks on several doors in that scene it would unlock them. ha

    • tomtubbs - 8 years ago

      Should be able to name a garage door “pod bay”

  3. chrisl84 - 8 years ago

    Wall Street Journals review of homekit says set your expectations low…I know I know, theyre just apple haters

    • o0smoothies0o - 8 years ago

      I always trust all reviews I read because none of them are ever biased or from people that are complete morons. I meant to say all reviews are always biased and look at Amazon reviews to get an idea of how stupid people are.

      • chrisl84 - 8 years ago

        Smoothies only trusts Tim Cooks review of Apple products as being fair….

  4. friarnurgle - 8 years ago

    It’s business time.

  5. Britton Ware - 8 years ago

    I must renamed my child “Chloe”

  6. willo (@mozfart) - 8 years ago

    9to5 headline: FULL LIST OF SUPPORTED HOMEKIT – Apple documents “Example of some commands”

    See the difference? ;-)

  7. “Hey Siri, set my bedtime scene.” /disco ball, Luther Vandross music

  8. Greg Kaplan (@kaplag) - 8 years ago

    Cool, got my twitter handle to work again. jeeze haven’t used that sandwich club one since 09.

  9. tomtubbs - 8 years ago

    No “Initiate House Party Protocol”?

  10. thedeadlockvictim - 8 years ago

    “Open the main pod bay doors, Siri!”

  11. “Turn on the lights” or “Turn off the lights.”

    No no, It should be Lights on!

    Like in Back to the Future 2, when Jennifer comes home, into her house in 2015.

  12. Craig Whitmore - 7 years ago

    There are other commands such “turn all the lights red” which makes a very red house :-). I have a new hub in my house (with 25+ lights)


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