Set up HomeKit Secure Video: set up all smart options step by step

Do you want to set HomeKit Secure Video for your suitable camera? Then you’ve come to the right place. In this tip you will read step by step how to set the camera correctly.

With HomeKit Secure Video you ensure that the video images of your suitable HomeKit camera are safely stored. In addition, a camera with HomeKit Secure Video can detect all kinds of specific movements. There are plenty of options and in this tip you can read how to set up HomeKit Secure Video.

  • Required
  • Set up
  • Options
  • View recording
  • Notifications options

You need this for HomeKit Secure Video

To enjoy the benefits of HomeKit Secure Video, you need this:

  • iPhone or iPad with iOS 13 or later

  • HomeKit camera suitable for HomeKit Secure Video

  • iCloud storage plan of 200GB or more
  • HomeKit hub

While you do need a paid iCloud storage plan, the recordings don’t take up space. This does not depend on the total number of available storage space. In our general explanation of HomeKit Secure Video you will find a selection of suitable cameras and you can read more about what the function is exactly.

Set up HomeKit Secure Video

You set up HomeKit Secure Video as follows:

  1. First install the corresponding app from the camera manufacturer. You may be able to skip this step.
  2. Add the camera to your HomeKit home. This can be done via the app of the manufacturer, but also via the Home app from Apple. See also our tip on Adding HomeKit devices.
  3. The camera is being configured. An option will appear with which you can set when the camera should stream and when it should open. If you don’t already have an iCloud storage plan of 200GB or more, you can upgrade from this screen.
  4. Select below Stream and openemn what the camera should do in certain situations. You can set this separately if you (and your possible housemates) are at home or away. Then tap Next one.
  5. Give the camera a logical name and assign it to the correct room. Then tap Ready.

Set up HomeKit Secure Video.

Bee Stream and record you can choose from four options:

  • from: no one can view streams and recordings. The camera does not detect movement and cannot be included in the automations.
  • Detect activity: The camera detects motion, can activate automations and sends notifications, but no one can view streams or recordings.
  • Stream: Every resident of the house can watch the live stream, but nothing is recorded. The camera detects movement, can be automated and sends notifications.
  • Stream and allow recording: Images are both streamed and recorded. All activities are saved and can be viewed. Automation and notifications are also possible.

HomeKit Secure Video streaming and recording.

We think the best options are Stream for when you are at home and Stream and allow recording if you are absent. If you or your partner want more privacy, you can also opt for home Detect activity. In that case, no one can view images through the camera while someone is at home.

Set recording options

Before a camera starts recording and capturing images, a number of requirements must be met. The camera never records continuously. Only when motion is detected does the camera start capturing images. You adjust the recording options as follows:

  1. Open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the camera and tap the gear at the top left.
  3. Scroll down and tap Recording options.
  4. Select the desired settings.

HomeKit Secure Video recording options.

You can choose from a number of options:

  • Every movement is detected: The camera starts recording and saving the images when motion is detected. It does not matter what kind of movement it is: every detection counts.
  • Specific movement is detected: The camera only starts recording when a certain movement is detected.
  • Record audio: In addition to video, the camera also records the sounds.

With specific movements you can choose between persons, animals or vehicles. If you have a pet walking around the house, it is best to turn off the switch on animals. If you live along a busy road and point the camera outwards, turn off the switch on vehicles to prevent unnecessary recordings.

View recent recordings

The camera in HomeKit Secure Video stores recordings for up to ten days. So you can view up to ten days back what is recorded according to the recording settings as explained earlier in the tip. To view recordings, do the following:

  1. Open the Home app.
  2. Open the video stream of the camera from which you want to view recordings.
  3. At the top you see the days with corresponding dates. White indicates that a recording was made on that day.

HomeKit Secure Video: view days of recordings.

  1. At the bottom you can browse between the different recordings made during the selected day. Icons indicate exactly what has been detected. Pinch the timeline with two fingers to zoom in and view images in greater detail.
  2. Tap the share button to save the clip and share it with others. Saving the images in the Photos app will keep them longer than the default 10 days.

HomeKit Secure Video: View times of recordings.

Set up notifications for HomeKit Secure Video

It is also useful to set up notifications for HomeKit Secure Video. For example, you can get a notification when the status of the camera is changed (for example from Stream to Stream and allow recording). You set this as follows:

  1. Open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the camera and tap the gear at the top left.
  3. Tap the button notifications.
  4. Select the desired settings. At the bottom you can also choose that you only want notifications when no one is home. You always receive notifications about status changes, even when you are at home.

HomeKit Secure Video notifications.

From iOS 14, it is also possible to set up facial recognition and activity zones. Currently you can use the beta of iOS 14 for that. These features will be available to everyone later this year.

Do you want to know more about HomeKit Secure Video? Then check our general explanation. Not yet familiar with HomeKit? In our HomeKit appliance guide you will find a selection of accessories in various categories.


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