Forthcoming Aqara Hub Firmware Update Brings More Devices to HomeKit

When the Aqara Hub was released (in Mainland China) back in the Summer of 2018, many of the Aqara sensors and switches became HomeKit compatible by proxy. This also included some of the equivalent Mi (Mijia) devices, that have since gone on to be fully and officially compatible (still via the Aqara hub though). Among these was the Chinese Mi Smart Plug. However, after a couple of updates, along with the firmware updates that allowed the Aqara hub to work with the Mi Home app, HomeKit compatibility for the Smart plugs was pulled, which we have since heard was that the plugs hadn’t officially passed the certification process with HomeKit.

The good news is that we’ve been told the process is now all but complete, and a firmware update due soon will reintroduce this compatibility for these smart plugs – both the Chinese and Taiwanese versions (the Taiwan version uses North American pins) – meaning you’ll be able to see your smart plugs not only in the Mi Home app, but Apple’s Home app as well.

This is all going to be achieved via a firmware update to the Aqara Hub, which will bring the firmware version up to V1.5.0 (the current firmware is at V1.4.7).

The good news doesn’t end there however, as this update will also bring HomeKit compatibility to the following devices;

  • Aqara Wall Outlet
  • Mi Smart Smoke Detector
  • Mi Smart Natural Gas Detector

One final bit of cautiously optimistic news is that we’ve been unofficially told that a factory is working on replacing the Chinese pins on stock of the Aqara Hub with US pins, so it would seem as though the US version of the Hub ‘may’ finally be on the horizon.

Eric Yao

HomeKit and tech enthusiast based in Shanghai, China.

19 thoughts on “Forthcoming Aqara Hub Firmware Update Brings More Devices to HomeKit

  • 2nd January 2019 at 5:53 pm
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    Any information on a UK version?

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  • 2nd January 2019 at 5:59 pm
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    Let me guess – no EU nor UK fast servers yet

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  • 2nd January 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    Merci pour l’info, hâte de voir se que la mise a jour nous propose comme fonctionnalité.

    Pour ma part j’ai testé le capteur de vibration, capteur d’eau, capteur de fenêtre et tout fonctionne parfaitement sur HomeKit.

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    • 2nd January 2019 at 10:51 pm
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      Oui, j’ai également hâte d’ajouter mon détecteur de fumée à HomeKit! Je suis heureux de vous entendre dire que tous les capteurs Aqara fonctionnent bien.

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  • 2nd January 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    Indeed please communicate in English!

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    • 3rd January 2019 at 12:31 am
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      I’m ok with anyone using their own language to communicate as long as I can translate it with Google.

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  • 3rd January 2019 at 2:44 am
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    My Aqara Hub is still on Firmware 1.4.5 with no new Firmware available. Any idea how to upgrade to 1.4.7?

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    • 3rd January 2019 at 10:12 am
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      Hi
      there could be many reasons why this isn’t showing an update to 1.4.7, but there is a new update due soon – 1.5.0 – so wait for that one and hopefully you’ll be able to bypass the 1.4.7 update. When this update is available and you still can’t update, let us know and we’ll try and help.

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  • 4th January 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    When to expect this update?

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  • 6th January 2019 at 4:03 am
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    Hola,
    Yo quiero más.
    Gracias!

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  • 6th January 2019 at 5:40 am
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    Anybody here also has problems with the motion sensor? Mine is not detecting low light levels below 25 lux. After a reset it works a few minutes as expected and then it fails again.

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  • 29th January 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    Sadly, still no developer mode / LAN protocol in the 1.5.0 Aqara Hub firmware.
    Versions < 1.4.7 had this – it's a serious regression.

    This is badly needed to make the hub useable locally (without the need to connect to Xiaomi servers) with systems like openhab2.

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