HomePod 16.3 Beta: How to set up temperature and humidity automations

HomePod 16.3 Beta: How to set up temperature and humidity automations

In late January, Apple will release a HomePod 16.3 software update that adds temperature and humidity sensors to the second-generation HomePod and all HomePod mini models. This article explains how the functions work and what you can do with them.

HomePod mini humidity temperature function
Apple’s new second-generation HomePod features temperature and humidity sensors that can be used to measure indoor climate. But that is not all. The new HomePod 16.3 software, currently in beta, allows you to run automations based on these measurements.

Also, the existing ‌HomePod mini‌ has an inactive temperature and humidity sensor that Apple is finally enabling with the 16.3 update, making it possible to use the same temperature and humidity settings for home automation and device activation.

Here’s how temperature and humidity sensor information appears in the Home app and how you can add automations. In our example, having installed the 16.3 beta on a ‌HomePod mini‌, we went through the steps required to activate a thermostat to heat a room whenever it falls below 66.2 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius).

  1. Open the House app and select the room where the ‌HomePod mini‌ or HomePod 2nd generation is located.
  2. After a short calibration phase on first use, the readouts at the top of the room menu provide live weather measurements. let’s play the Temperature read.
  3. Tap on the Temperature sensor in the popup menu to access the configuration card.
  4. Press Add Automation.
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  5. Using the dial, choose a temperature level that activates the automation using the about comes out Y falls below options
  6. Use the Hour configuration to choose Whenever, During the day, In the eveningeither Specific hours.
  7. Use the People settings to choose whether this automation should run based on When I get home either when i’m not home. You can also disable this setting.
  8. Faucet Next, then select the accessory you want to use with this automation. Here we are selecting Thermostat.
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  9. Faucet Next, then give your automation a name at the top of the menu and set your widget to perform an action. Here, we’re setting the thermostat to heat the kitchen to 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or 22 degrees Celsius.
  10. Faucet Donethen touch the X to close the temperature sensor configuration card.
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Our automation is now ready to activate the thermostat to heat the room whenever the temperature drops below the specified measurement.

This is just one example of some of the new features available with the HomePod 16.3 software update. The update also gives users the ability to add remastered ambient sounds to scenes, automations, and alarms, as well as the ability to use Siri to set up recurring automations and find people who are in your Find My contacts. Apple will release the HomePod 16.3 software update next week ahead of the launch of the new HomePod on February 3.

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