Best HomeKit Video Doorbells

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Apple’s been busy creating its own smart home ecosystem via HomeKit, however the biggest video doorbell manufacturers have yet to add support (looking at your Google and Ring).

But, at long last, there is a good range of HomeKit enabled video doorbells and a few really exciting ones on the horizon.

In thus guide, I’ll share my top recommended video doorbells that support HomeKit straight out of the box.

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What is HomeKit Secure Video?

First things first, let’s run through Apple’s new Secure Video protocol as this will significantly impact video doorbells.

Essentially, this means that Apple handles your video, rather than the doorbell manufacturer.

Footage is encrypted locally on your Homepod and uploaded to Apple’s servers where you can access it in the iCloud.

Here is a run down of the key differences between standard HomeKit support and HomeKit Secure Video support:

Standard HomeKit DoorbellsHomeKit Secure Video Doorbells
Live view
Motion sensor
Answer the doorbell
Two-way audio
HomePod doorbell chime (With iOS 14)
Apple TV live view
Live view
Motion sensor
Answer the doorbell
Two-way audio
HomePod doorbell chime (With iOS 14)
Apple TV live view
End-to-end video encryption by Apple
10 days of iCloud storage
Activity zones
Facial recognition

Best HomeKit Video Doorbells

Here are my recommended HomeKit video doorbells:

Below you’ll find some further information about each of these products.

Best Overall: Arlo Video Doorbell

Can store footage locally or in the cloud
AI can detect the difference between people, animals and package deliveries.
When rung, it appears on your phone like a video call
Doesn’t support HomeKit Secure Video

Arlo have done a few things differently with their new video doorbell. When it rings, the doorbell calls your phone like a video call, rather than an app notification.

It has advanced AI that can detect people, animals and cars although a subscription is required for this. It has a wide angle lens of 180 degrees and a 1:1 screen ratio which removes any distortion like other video  doorbells.

It’s the only doorbell here that can be used without a subscription by saving the footage locally on an Arlo SmartHub.

In order to use your Arlo doorbell when away from your home WiFi network, you will need an Apple Home Hub in addition to the Arlo SmartHub.


Runner Up: Netatmo Video Doorbell

No subscription required
Person detection and motion detection activity zones
Live view of the doorbell before answering
Wired only
Video stored on device
More expensive

The Netatmo is a long awaited video doorbell with HomeKit compatibility.

It has a 140 ° viewing angle (diagonal) with 1080p footage, infrared night vision and an IP44 waterproof rating.

One of my favourite features is that you get to see the live view of the doorbell before having to answer.

The Netatmo has standard HomeKit integration which means you can use your HomePod as a chime, and stream straight to your Apple TV (With tvOS 14). However, it does not support Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video at the moment.

Your footage is stored on an SD card on the device itself, this is beneficial as it means you don’t need a subscription to review your footage as with some of the main brands.

It has a number of advanced features such as activity zones and person detection.

However, the drawback of storing the footage on the device is that someone could steal the doorbell and take the evidence with them.


Logitech Circle View – Coming Soon

First doorbell to support Apple’s HomeKit secure video
160° diagonal field of view
End-to-end encryption managed by Apple
Facial recognition
Not yet available in the UK
Must be used with HomeKit – not suitable for other voice assistants

If you want an Apple-enabled HomeKit device but are willing to wait a little bit, then the Logitech Circle View is the first video doorbell to support Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video.

This allows an extremely well integrated experience for anyone already engrossed in Apple’s ecosystem.

All of the video processing is done by Apple, as opposed to being done on the devices or by the doorbell manufacturers.

This includes end-to-end encryption via the HomePod, activity zones, facical recognition and the ability to use your doorbell as a HomeKit enabled motion detector.

It also has the functions that a standard HomeKit integration brings, including picture-in-picture live view on an Apple TV and chimes via a HomePod.


Video Doorbell Buyers Guide

Here is a run down of some key specs and features to keep in mind when deciding which video doorbell to buy:

Video Quality and Viewing Angle

First and foremost, a video doorbell is a security camera, so you need to clearly see who is at your front door. Ensure a high resolution and ideally some infrared night vision to make use of it at night too.

The viewing angle is important, not just horizontally but vertically  too if you intend to keep an eye on any packages delivered.

Wired vs Battery Powered

A battery powered doorbell is usually the simplest to install as no cabling is required, connect to the WiFi and attach to the wall. However, you will need to regularly recharge it, usually every month although some will last a lot longer.

The alternative is a wired device, this requires extra work to install as you’ll need to do some cabling, but you won’t need to worry about the battery running out.

Activity Zones

An activity zone allows you to set certain areas of the camera to monitor for motion, rather than monitoring the entire view.

This is particularly important if you live on a busy street with people or cars constantly passing which could set off the motion detection.

Storage

How and where the video doorbell stores the footage is important. Some doorbells do not have local storage (on the device) which means it must use the cloud, usually with an ongoing cost.

For those that do store footage locally, the best option is a hub inside the house, otherwise thieves could steal the footage along with the doorbell.


Does Ring Work with HomeKit?

No, Ring doorbells, cameras and other devices do not work with Apple HomeKit out of the box.

Ring have repeatedly said they are working on HomeKit integration for a number of years, however with Amazon now at the helm, it’s unlikely that we’ll see this come to fruition.

However, with a third party go-between called HOOBS (Homebridge Out Of the Box), it’s possible to set up an unofficial integration between the two.

HOOBS is opensource software that can be installed on a Raspberry Pi or purchased pre-installed.

Find out more about this integration in my full guide on connecting Ring to HomeKit.


Does Nest Hello Work with HomeKit?

No, Nest Hello does not integrate directly with HomeKit. Google and Apple are fierce rivals in just about every market so this isn’t something I’d expect to see anytime soon.

That being said, there are a few unofficial ways to connect Nest Hello and HomeKit.

One is using HOOBS as mentioned above in the section about Ring, but a more streamlined way (and cheaper) is using the Starling Home Hub.

The Starling Home Hub is from the same makers as HOOBS, but it’s only purpose is to connect Google’s Nest products (including the Nest Hello doorbell) with HomeKit.

Find out more about this integration in my article on connecting Nest Hello to HomeKit.


Does Eufy Video Doorbell Work with HomeKit?

No, Eufy’s video doorbell doesn’t support HomeKit via official or unofficial methods.

However, hope is not lost because in 2020 Eufy upgraded a number of it’s security camera’s to support Apple’s Secure Video protocol, so fingers crossed their video doorbells will follow suit.