The Aqara G2H is a versatile camera that has broad compatibility, all built in a small package. With its full support for Apple HomeKit Secure Video, the Aqara G2H can be set up entirely on the Apple Home app, and completely bypassing the Aqara Home app.
Setting up the camera on Apple Home couldn’t be simpler. Simply follow these steps.
- Plug in your Aqara G2H into power
- Turn on your iPhone
- Open the iPhone’s default Camera app
- Point the camera at the QR code on the bottom of the camera base
- Tap on “Open in Apple Home” on your phone
- Follow the instructions on your phone
It’s really that simple!
The other things you’ll need
With the camera set up on the Apple Home app, you’ll immediately be able to view the camera footage through the app. However, for access to further functionality, you’ll need more hardware or services.
To be able to view the camera when you’re not at home, you’ll need an Apple Home Hub (which is different from an Aqara Hub – more info here). An Apple Home Hub can be one of these products: HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV, or iPad. Once set up as a hub, the device must remain in your home, connected to wifi, and powered.
You’ll also need an Apple Home Hub for facial recognition.
Recording to iCloud
You’ll need an Apple Home Hub plus an iCloud storage plan to be able to record your footage to iCloud. Then, you’ll be able to retrieve up to 10 days of footage from anywhere (with an internet connection).
Can you still add the camera to the Aqara Home app?
Yes, you can! You can have both apps running concurrently – each will be able to access the camera.
Can you record to SD card in Apple Home-only mode?
No, you’ll need the Aqara Home app to record to SD card.
Can you record both to iCloud and to SD card?
Yes! You’ll just need to set up the camera on both apps.
Where to buy?
We’re selling the international version of the Aqara G2H Camera Hub. As an authorized distributor for Aqara in Singapore, you can have confidence in the quality, support, and warranty (1 year) when purchasing Aqara products from us. Buy here now.
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Besides cameras, the Apple Home is capable of so much more to make your home smart. Interested? Learn more about our Apple Home Smart Homes, or explore our Apple Smart Home Package!
3 thoughts on “Setting up the Aqara G2H in Apple Home”
Aqara does allow you to use the Apple HomeKit app to set up automations, but only if have an Apple TV or HomePod acting as your hub. If you want to add automations, notifications and alerts for your Aqara devices, you will need to set it up in the Aqara app.
This Zigbee smart home hub does offer users the ability to make one click video messages. The camera comes with an Omni directional noise cancelling microphone that can pick up sounds up to 5 meters away, its maximum speaker volume is 85 decibels, and the AI facial recognition is easy to set up in the Aqara app.