Yeelight, the Chinese smart lighting company that is part of the Xiaomi smart home ecosystem, has released an update to their iOS app today (version 3.1.75) that adds HomeKit functionality for the first time. This new functionality allows you to add Xiaomi ecosystem devices that are HomeKit compatible, to the Yeelight app, much in the same way that the Mi Home and Aqara apps do.
If you already have devices like an Aqara hub, or any of the recent Mi lamps that were released with HomeKit functionality right out of the box you can add these to the Yeelight app, which includes;
- Mi Desk Lamp Pro
- Mi Desk Lamp 1S
- Mi Bedside Lamp 2
If you have an Aqara hub this will be automatically be discovered by the app for you to quickly add. As can be seen in the third image above, it will also discover smart bulbs by Yeelight, including;
- Yeelight Colour bulb (2nd Gen)
- Yeelight Tunable white bulb (2nd gen)
- Yeelight Light Strip Plus
- Mi Colour Bulb
If you haven’t been reading our other Yeelight related news in the last two weeks, you will have missed the updates that have been issued by Yeelight that essentially bring HomeKit functionality to the aforementioned bulbs and light strip. Up until this update, the only way to get them into HomeKit was via adding them to the Mi Home app, which would be no problem if you already had the app and an account, however, there are many people that only used the Yeelight app, which meant these users having to add the Mi Home app in order to get HomeKit functionality. This new update seems to address that issue, which ‘should’ allow those users to now simply update these products, then add their bulbs and strips to HomeKit and bypass the Mi Home app.