iOS 10.2 finally introduces notifications for Eve Door & Window and Eve Motion in the iOS device lock screen and/or home screen. That means you will automatically be notified of value changes, namely when a door or window is opened or closed, or movement is detected.
How does it work? Your iOS device does not query the HomeKit-enabled accessory about value changes. Instead, the accessory delivers values changes to your iOS device. Before iOS 10.2, you could only see value changes in the Eve or Home app, where they were automatically updated. Now, with iOS 10.2, you’ll see an additional notification lock screen and/or home screen.
To receive notifications from Eve Door & Window and Eve Motion, you need to activate notifications in the Apple Home app, as only Apple Home permits necessary access.
In Home, tap and hold on a tile representing Eve Motion or Eve Door & Window. In the following screen tap Details, scroll all the way down, and select Status and Notifications. Activate Allow Notifications, or deactivate it if you don’t want to receive notifications.
To set where and how notifications are displayed on your iOS device, go to iOS Settings > Notifications > Home. You can enable or disable notifications in general, decide if you want them to be displayed in your notification center, opt to receive alert sounds, choose an Alert Style, and enable notifications to appear in your lock screen. Once you’ve specified your preferences, setup is complete.
There are no push servers associated with Apple, Elgato or another party. Communication occurs via direct end-to-end encryption between an Eve accessory and your iOS device/ Apple TV 4. We at Elgato expect that notifications for our other accessories will be enabled in the near future.
Home Hub is a must
Notifications will still work if you do not have a home hub (Apple TV 4 or iPad with iOS 10 in home hub mode). However, they will only work locally, and if your HomeKit-enabled accessories are in Bluetooth range of your iOS device. Although this setup does offer some benefits, it’s not entirely practical, because in most cases you’ll want to be notified while you’re on the road. As such, to receive notifications remotely, we recommend that you set up an Apple TV 4 in your home.