how to use the temperature and humidity sensors on HomePod and HomePod mini to automate everything

After the official launch of iOS 16.3 and the rest of the systems last Monday yesterday Apple released tvOS 16.3 and also what we call audioOS 16.3. As we progressed at the time, this OS update will enable the humidity and temperature sensors of all upcoming HomePod mini and HomePod 2.

Thanks to this, we can now use the Home app in conjunction with the Shortcuts app Automate almost anything based on information gathered from sensors. Ideal for adding flexibility to our home automation devices that now have more data.

Many more automations with just one update

First, we need to update our HomePods to version 16.3 of their operating system. To do this, we simply open the Home app on our iPhone, iPad or Mac, click on the HomePod in question, touch the settings wheel at the bottom right and next to the update touch To update. It’s true that the process is usually automaticbut in this way we ensure the greatest speed.

Once our HomePods have been updated, the sensors, both temperature and humidity, takes a few minutes to calibrate properly. While we can now technically start configuring the automation, it’s probably a better idea to wait.

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In any case, the temperature and humidity information is very easy to find. All we have to do is open the Home app on our iPhone, iPad or Mac and Touch the room where HomePod is located. Above we see appear temperature Y humidity with their respective dimensions.

now We can now automate the rest of the house based on this information. The full steps are as follows:

  1. We open the app House on our iPhone or iPad.
  2. We touch the room where the HomePod that interests us is located.
  3. Click on the temperature or humidity measurement above depending on what we want to automate.
  4. we play along Add automation.
  5. we choose between stands above either is below and we choose the temperature in question.
  6. If we want, we can set at what times or with which people in the house we want to do the automation.
  7. we play Next.
  8. We choose whether to activate an environment or which accessories we want to include in the automation. If we want more options we can touch convert to short form.
  9. we play in order.

Thanks to these options we can achieve many automations. Some examples are being able to open a window or turn on a vent when the humidity is too high, get a notification when nobody is home and the temperature is rising because we may have left the heating too high, or simply Change the color of some lights to clearly reflect the status.

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It’s true that the possibilities depend a lot on what other home automation accessories we have at home, but it’s also true We have a thermometer and humidity sensor in every room where we have a HomePod or a HomePod mini is really useful. And all we have to do is update your operating system, it’s that simple.

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