Back at WWDC 2020, Apple announced several additional features that would come as part of iOS 14 for HomeKit. With one of those features enabling the HomePod to act as a doorbell chime when paired with a HomeKit Doorbell, but until now was not available. But with the release of iOS 14 Beta 3, users can enable this feature within the Home app settings.
The doorbell chime notification for HomePod works in the same way as any other wireless chime. When the HomeKit enabled Doorbell is pressed, the HomePod will play a chime along with a graphic on the top of the HomePod.
— Homekit Authority (@followhomekit) July 22, 2020
To HomePod doorbell chimes , you need the following hardware, software and steps;
- HomePod running iOS 14 beta 3
- iPad or iPhone running iOS 14 Beta 3
- Enable chime on HomePod within the HomeKit doorbell settings in the Home app
- Enable the chime doorbell feature within the HomePod settings.
Besides doorbell chimes for HomePod, HomeKit Secure Video doorbells and cameras will get facial recognition. So when facial recognition is used with an HKSV doorbell and HomeKit detects a known face. The HomePod will announce the name of the person at the door.
However, based on my testing the facial recognition feature does not appear to be fully working, plus I don’t have a HomeKit Secure Video enabled Doorbell available to me I can test. However, this all could change soon with HomeKit enable doorbell season about to kick off.