Xiaomi/Aqara release new HomeKit compatible app

Aqara, one of the sub-brands of the Xiaomi line of products, have released a new HomeKit enabled app that, once launched, asks for permission to access your HomeKit database, as is the case with all 3rd party HomeKit apps. The difference in this case though is that when you choose to add a new device, you are presented with a selection of their own devices to automatically add, with an option to add any ‘Other HomeKit-enabled Accessory’.

Having tested this out by attempting to add my Xiaomi/Mijia/Aqara Gateway, you eventually have to scan a HomeKit code (as is standard for HomeKit devices), but as of writing, there is of course no HomeKit code available. Whether these codes will be issued with newer versions of these products, or possibly via the app itself, which would generate a HomeKit code (as seen with the LifeSmart app) we just don’t know, but this is certainly another major sign of Xiaomi’s intention to include Homekit support for their products going forward.

Simon T Bramley

Editor - Musician, graphic designer and HomeKit aficionado, living in Taipei, Taiwan.