HomePass created by developer Aaron Pearce is an iOS app allows you to store all the HomeKit codes that come with your smart devices. Which could come in handy if you have ever tried to rebuild a HomeKit network or reconnect connect a device. So continue reading to see how I got on in this HomePass review and if it’s worth the $2.99/£2.99 fee.
So at a very high level HomePass stores HomeKit codes that come with smart devices design to work with Apple’s smart home platform. These codes can be found on the packaging, or printed on the accessory itself. So this app stores all these codes and saves all the hassle of either looking for boxes, manuals, or difficult to reach devices.
The app itself is simple with a straightforward interface with any saved HomeKit devices in the centre. Adding more HomeKit accessories is done by tapping the “Add” button. Here you will find two options, the first being “Add existing Accessory” and the 2nd being “Create New Accessory.” Out of the two options, the first is the most useful as it can access your HomeKit database to lookup what devices you have connected. This makes adding devices so much quicker.
When you are adding a device via the “Add Existing Accessory” method, you will get all the devices listed. But don’t worry, if you have devices connected to hubs such as Philips Hue. It will only show the hub, rather than all the devices connected. Also by using this method, the device information is auto-populated within HomePass.
The only thing you need to do is add the HomeKit code. This is because there is no way to extract the codes from the HomeKit database. But adding this can be done by scanning the code like you would when setting up a HomeKit device in the Home App.
The other way to add a HomeKit code to HomePass is via the “Create New Accessory” option. This is a method that you could use before adding a new device to your network. Although the “Add Existing Accessory” method would be quicker.
You can also edit the information that is stored in the device record in HomePass. Which can be useful if you have several devices of the same type. For example, I have 2 Eve energy smart plugs and it was helpful to identify them. Finally, if you have multiple HomeKit homes, you can assign which devices belong in which home.
Apple Watch App
HomePass also comes with an Apple Watch app that is very useful to retrieve a HomeKit Code when you are adding the code with your iOS device within the Home App. This takes away the need to either memorise it or write the code down.
Within, the settings menu you have some advanced settings for HomePass. You can turn Face ID or Passcode on and turn on iCloud sync. You have a couple more advanced options like exporting your database as a CSV file or PDR, reset your database or change the app icon.
These advance options, particularly the iCloud backup and export options, give you peace of mind should anything happen to your device.
HomePass Review conclusion
Although you could save all your HomeKit codes in a spreadsheet or the Notes App. The HomePass app offers a lot more than just a database. It’s a solid iOS app that has been well designed and thought through by the developer.
Adding your HomeKit codes into HomePass is quick with the “Add Existing Accessory” option, and this would be far quicker than using another method. I also like the backup and Siri shortcut options.
The bottom line on this app, it costs less than a cup of coffee and if you multiple HomeKit accessories in your Home. Then this app could you save you lots of time and effort, but also support a small developer who has done a great job.
You can download the HomePass App via the App Store for £2.99/$2.99 and its compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and requires iOS 13.0.
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