This is how you link IKEA’s smart roller blinds to HomeKit

IKEA is off to a good start to the new year and will immediately start rolling out HomeKit support for the FYRTUR and KADRILJ blinds. This is how you link them to your Home app.

IKEA roller blinds HomeKit update now available

The website HomeKit Authority discovered the update, which is being released gradually. So it may be that your roller blind is not yet ready for HomeKit, but it probably won’t be long.

Via the IKEA Home smart app you can check whether your roller blind and remote control are already HomeKit ready. Check whether the devices run on the version numbers below.

  • Tradfri Gateway: version 1.10.28
  • Smart Blinds: version 2.2.009
  • Open / Close Remote: version 2.2.010
  • Ikea Signal repeater: version 2.2.005

If this is not the case, then there is no other option than to wait until the update is also available for you. Do you see the above versions in your app? Then you can now add all devices to your Home app.

IKEA roller blinds HomeKit

Step 1: the TRAFDRI Gateway

The first device to connect is the TRADFRI Gateway, as this is the hub that you connect the blinds to. You do this by scanning the HomeKit code on the box of the Gateway with the Home app.

  1. Open the Home app;
  2. Tap the plus sign in the top right corner;
  3. Choose ‘Add accessory’;
  4. Scan the code with your iPhone’s camera;
  5. Follow the steps on the screen.

Step 2: Add the blinds to a room

Once the Gateway has been added, the blinds will automatically appear in the Home app. After that, the devices basically behave like any other HomeKit device. It is then up to you to put them in the correct HomeKit scene.

Once you have done this, you can operate the blinds by tapping the icon, just like you do with a smart lamp.

Step 3: Add automation

Of course you can also operate the blinds with Siri, but adding automation is a lot more convenient. This allows you to set the curtains to always open and close at sunrise and sunset, for example. Based on location, this also works: if you set that, they always go up or down when you leave the house or come back home.

The IKEA Fyrtur comes in five different sizes, which vary from 60 by 195 centimeters to 140 by 195 centimeters. This of course also affects the price. The cheapest model costs 119 euros, while you pay 159 euros for the most expensive variant. The blinds cannot be made to measure.

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