Below is a review of the six best Homekit baby monitors that you can install and integrate into your Apple Homekit smart home ecosystem.
In 2014 Apple released the Apple Homekit, a software that enables users to use iOS devices to control smart home devices such as cameras, bulbs, and baby monitors. Apple joined Amazon’s Alexa Home which has over 6000 compatible devices compared to Apple with less than 50 compatible devices. Similar to Google Home and Echo Show Baby Monitors, the cameras of compatible baby monitors need to be wifi-enabled.
Arlo brand and Logitech Circle are the main baby monitor Homekit devices in the market in 2020 but you can also choose from other brands such as D-Link Omna.
Here are Apple Homekit compatible baby monitors:
- Arlo Homekit Baby Monitor
- Logitech Circle 2 Homekit Baby Monitor
- Arlo Pro Homekit Baby Monitor
- D-Link Omna
- Arlo Ultra 4K Homekit Baby Monitor
- Netatmo Presence Homekit Baby Monitor
The video below describes what Homekit offers.
Top Homekit Baby Monitors
1. Arlo Homekit Baby Monitor
Arlo baby monitor can be integrated with Apple Homekit to leverage Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant. Netgear has been Apple Homekit’s partner and in CES 2019, it launched the latest Arlo Ultra 4K as Homekit compatible baby monitor.
We have compared Ultra 4K with Arlo baby and since we want to use the Arlo camera as a simple baby monitor, Arlo Baby is our best option. While Alro Ultra 4K is still a great option, Arlo baby monitor is cheap and just perfect for video monitoring. You can read our detailed comparison of all Arlo cameras that are compatible with Apple Homekit, Google Home and Alexa Home.
Though Arlo was supported by HomeKit prior to February 2018, the firmware update in early 2018 (version 1.8.22781) enhanced the capabilities of Arlo HomeKit baby monitor. Using Arlo baby monitor as the baby cam in your baby’s nursery, you can access the video stream and the following additional features using the HomeKit App:
- Detection of air quality anomalies.
- Notified you when humidity is out of the set range
- Motion detection feature
- Built-in LED serves as night light making your baby’s nursery great
- Sensors to detect and notify you if the temperature is out of the set range.
The image below shows the features of the HomeKit App once you’ve connected it with your Arlo baby monitor.
|Arlo Baby Monitor Homekit|
|Compatible Devices||All iPhone models after the 5S model, All iPad models, Apple TV, |
iPod Touch and Homepod models
|App Rating on Appstore||3.9/5 from 3,700 users|
|Arlo Battery Life||6 hours|
|iOS requirement||iOS 9 or later; Mac with Safari 3 or later|
Below is the picture of Arlo baby monitor, our top Apple Homekit monitor.
Below are all the features that you get with Arlo Homekit baby monitor:
- 1080p HD video quality
- 130 degrees field of view
- 15 feet night vision range
- Best rated Arlo App and Homekit App
- Compatibility with most iOS devices such as iPhone from the iPhone 5S model
- Air quality sensors that sense any compounds. This feature is common with some of our best-rated baby monitors such as iBaby M7, the top baby monitor for iPhone users.
- Environment sensors that sense the temperature and the humidity in your baby’s room and alerting you when and if your baby needs you.
- Arlo Homekit has 2-way audio which enables you to speak to your baby if and when you want to.
- Like Motorola Halo Plus, Arlo Homekit has night lights that make the nursery great for your baby to sleep.
Arlo has 1080p HD display, 130 degrees field of view and excellent night vision. You can read a detailed review of Arlo baby monitor here.
The video below describes how you can turn Arlo baby monitor into Arlo Homekit baby monitor.
Adding Arlo Camera to Apple Homekit
Follow the following steps to any of the Arlo Homekit compatible cameras, specifically, Arlo Baby, Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 2 and Arlo Ultra 4K. Make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of the App. Once you have the Arlo App, follow the following steps:
- Check to see if your camera is working and connected to Arlo App
- Download Apple Homekit App on Appstore. It will require you to allow it to access your home data
- While the Homekit App is open, navigate to ‘my devices’ and add the Homekit set-up by clicking ‘add’ on my devices button. It will direct you to confirm that you have the latest device firmware.
- Select the Home you’d like to set up the Homekit set-up code that you can get in the quick-start guide. You can also scan the code or enter it manually.
- Arlo baby should now be added to your Homekit. Remember to name the device (such as baby nursery camera)
2. Logitech Circle 2 Homekit Baby Monitor
Logitech Circle 2 is our second best Apple Homekit compatible security camera that can be turned into a baby monitor. Logitech Circle 2 was released in 2019 as an enhancement to the Logi Circle camera. It is a wired and weatherproof baby monitor that is a few dollars more expensive compared to Arlo baby monitor but is totally worth every dollar. Being rated for indoor and outdoor, you don’t have to worry about any liquid spilling on it, which at times happen when feeding the baby. Logitech Circle 2 as a baby monitor is possible with the integration of Logitech Circle 2 with Homekit or with Google Home Hub.
Unlike Arlo that requires to be mounted on a flat surface, Logitech is the best security camera compatible with HomeKit as it has flexible mounting options, the window mount or a wall mount. It also comes with a long 10-foot wire to allow you to mount it further from AC outlet.
Logitech Storage and Subscription
Logitech does not allow local storage using MicroSD or USB like some other cameras such as iBaby M7 and Wyze Cam do. Logitech stores the data in the cloud and gives you up to 24 hours access for free. Other smart home baby monitors such as Nest only allow 3 hours access.
You can choose from two subscription plans offered by Logitech. The basic plan will cost you $3.99 per month and allows you to access up to 14 days of video stored in their cloud for one camera. The Home Plan costs $6.99 per month and allows you to connect up to 5 cameras.
Logitech Circle 2 gives you unlimited streaming of videos of your baby right on your phone using any of the compatible Apple devices such as iPad and iPhone. Like Nest, Logitech enables you to stream videos 24/7 and with a subscription, you can register to sign up to access up to 30 days of video cloud storage.
Features of Logitech Apple Homekit Monitor:
- Get alerts on your phone from Logitech Circle 2 whenever you are in your smart home.
- Access free videos on the cloud for the last 24 hours or subscribe to access up to 30 days of videos.
- High quality 1080p HD video images
- Very easy set-up process that does not require technical know-how.
- A wide field of view that covers up to 180 degrees which is better than Arlo’s field of view of 130 degrees.
- Excellent night vision because of advanced night vision image filters.
- Water-resistant smart home baby monitor
- Time-lapse to give you an overview of video streams when you weren’t looking
Below is a snapshot of a phone screen when adding a camera to your Apple Homekit
Adding a camera or baby monitor to Apple Homekit you’ll need to download the Apple Homekit App on Apple’s Appstore.
- It can be used indoors and outdoors
- Completely wireless – no risk of strangling your baby
- Wide-angle viewing
- Motion-triggered video recording
- Works with Alexa and Google Home Hub as well
- To get access to premium features, you need to subscribe
- Lacks audio detection feature
- Does not support IFTTT
- Long lag when powering it on.
You can read our separate full review of Logitech Circle 2 and how it compares with other baby monitors such as Nest.
3. Arlo Pro Homekit Baby Monitor
Arlo Pro is another Netgear baby monitor that integrates with Apple’s Homekit. Arlo Pro is one of the best-selling cameras by Netgear and over 15,000 customers on Amazon have rated it 4.1/5.
Below are the features of Arlo Pro:
- It is wireless and uses a rechargeable camera
- It uses 2-way audio
- It has local storage and does not tie you with high cloud subscription fees.
- It has a smart siren
- It streams 1080p HD videos
- Free cloud storage for 7 days.
4. D-Link Omna
D-Link Omna security camera is another camera that Works with Apple HomeKit. D-Link Omna was the first camera to be approved by Apple to integrate with the Homekit platform and it hasn’t disappointed. It has been available on sale on Amazon since August 2017
The biggest reason why parents prefer D-Link Omna to other smart home cameras such as Nest, Arlo, and Logitech is that D-Link Omna comes with a Micro SD card and you won’t have to pay for cloud storage fees which can be as high as $30 per camera. D-Link Omna supports 128GB micro SD card but you can still view videos on the app.
The biggest difference with D-Link Omna and the other cameras such as Arlo baby monitor is that you can only view videos of D-Link Omna on the D-Link App and not on the Homekit App. It is, however, cheaper than Arlo baby monitor and Logitech Circle 2, our top 2 Homekit baby monitors.
Below are the features of D-Link Omna Homekit baby monitor:
- 1080p HD videos with remarkable quality during the day and at night
- Super wide-angle viewing of up to 180 degrees. This is considerably higher than the field of view of other security cameras such as Arlo and Nest that have a maximum of 130 degrees of field of view.
- D-Link Omna HomeKit camera allows 2-way communications which enable you to talk to or hear from your baby.
- With the app, you get notified when motion is detected in the baby’s crib or in the nursery where the camera covers.
- Long night vision range of up to 16 feet beating other highly rated baby monitors such as iBaby M7, Eufy Spaceview, Infant Optics DXR 8 and Motorola MPB36XL that have less than 15 feet of night vision range.
You can check the price of D-Link Omna on Amazon here.
5. Arlo Ultra 4K Homekit Baby Monitor
Arlo Ultra 4K is the latest addition to Homekit smart home ecosystem and was released to the market in December 2018. Unlike Arlo baby monitor and Arlo Pro, Arlo Ultra 4K has wider field of view of 180 degrees.
Here are the features of Arlo Ultra 4K:
- Can stream in 4K content locally
- Has 180 degrees field of view
- Color night vision
- Easy to install
6. Netatmo Presence Homekit Baby Monitor
Netatmo Presence or the smart outdoor security camera is our 6th best HomeKit baby monitor in this 10BabyGear review. Netatmo is the most expensive in this list but its functionalities count for every extra dollar you pay as an upfront cost.
Netatmo will let you avoid subscription fees that you’ll have to pay if you go for Logitech Homekit or Arlo HomeKit baby monitors reviewed above. Netatmo lets you save data to any account on Dropbox and if you want to avoid paying Dropbox, you’ll just need to create a new account every time you run out of space.
Below are the video specs:
- Comes with 4MP Video sensor
- The video resolution/quality is full 1080p HD: up to 1920 x 1080
- It has a wide field of view of 100 degrees which is less than Nest and Arlo’s field of views.
- A decent night vision range of up to 15 feet.
- Comes with local data storage
When the three smart home ecosystems are compared, Alexa has the largest number of compatible devices. To be exact, it can work with 6,167 devices which include the following:
- Lighting devices
- Door locks
- Cameras such as Amazon Cloud Cam
- Voice assistants
According to Gizmodo, Google Assistant baby monitors are the most intelligent and Homekit baby monitors were termed as the most complete.
Non-Compatible Devices: Wyze Cam Homekit
Wyze Cam is one of the cheapest security cameras that can be turned into a baby monitor that integrates with Google Home and Aleza Home. Wyze cam is however incompatible with Apple’s Homekit and staff of Wyze indicated earlier that they are currently working to make sure that Wyze Cam is compatible with Homekit. If you’ve read any materials with Wyze Cam and Homekit compatible advice, you should only believe that as of July 2019, you can only like and use Wyze on Alexa and Google Home.
Below is a snapshot of Wyze Cam and Homekit compatibility advances that are currently on-going.