Face Recognition: Level up Your HomeKit Security

Who your HomeKit camera recognizes and ignores, and how to change that.

Your HomeKit enabled cameras can now help you keep your home safe by telling you who is coming and going. Any camera with HomeKit Secure Video support will be able to pull faces from your camera roll and let you know when people it recognizes pop up. Let's take a look at how to turn this feature on and manage the faces it recognizes so you can get the most out of your Apple HomeKit security.

Related: How to Set Up and Use Your Smart Home with HomeKit Devices

How to Enable Face Recognition on Your HomeKit Camera

  1. Open your Home app.


     
  2. Tap the House icon in the top left corner of your app.


     
  3. Tap Home Settings.


     
  4. Tap Cameras & Doorbells.


     
  5. Tap Face Recognition.


     
  6. Toggle Face Recognition on.


     
  7. To disable, follow these steps again and toggle Face Recognition off.

How to Manage Your Recognized Faces

Your HomeKit pulls face recognition from your Camera roll, so only people who have been identified there will show up with a name. For more on how to get the most out of your Apple HomeKit, check out our Tip of the Day.

  1. Open your Home app.

    Open your Home app
     
  2. Tap the House icon on the top left corner of your app.

    Tap the house icon on the top left of your app
     
  3. Tap Home Settings.

    Tap Home Settings
     
  4. Tap Cameras & Doorbells.

    Tap Cameras & Doorbells
     
  5. Tap Face Recognition.

    Tap Face Recognition
     
  6. Under Libraries select a library.

    Select a library
     
  7. Tap on a name.


     
  8. Here, you can either toggle Hide Notifications on if you don't want to be notified of this person (say, a member of the household), edit the person's name by tapping on their name and typing in a new one, or tap Remove Face to remove that person from your recognized faces.

    edit their info

How to Identify an Unknown Face

To identify faces in Apple HomeKit from your camera that are not tagged in your camera roll:

  1. Open your Home app.

    Open your Home app
     
  2. Tap the House icon on the top left corner of your app.

    Tap the house icon on the top left of your app
     
  3. Tap Home Settings.

    Tap Home Settings
     
  4. Tap Cameras & Doorbells.

    Tap Cameras & Doorbells
     
  5. Tap Face Recognition.

    Tap Face Recognition
     
  6. Under Recent, unrecognized faces will have Add a Name next to them.

    unrecognized face
     
  7. Tap to either edit the name or remove the face.

    add name
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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.