After several false starts, IKEA is finally about to offer HomeKit support for its inexpensive range of Tradfri smart blinds. The update is being deployed, although not all Tradfri owners will see the necessary firmware update yet.
The HomeKit shade category has been around for a while now, but the IKEA range is eagerly awaited due to their affordable price. The Fyrtur range costs between $ 129 and $ 179. You will also need the IKEA Tradfri hub to control the blinds via HomeKit.
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The blinds launched in early 2019 without any HomeKit support, which means that they could only be controlled via the included remote control or the integration of Google Home. IKEA originally promised to roll out the HomeKit support for its blinds in the fall of 2019, but that was ultimately postponed until “early next year”.
The first week of January would certainly count as “early 2020”, so it’s nice that IKEA has kept its promises this time.
To get blind support, you must first update the Tradfri gateway to the latest firmware. Since the update has just started, your hub may not immediately see the update to the latest gateway version (1.10.28), so you may have to wait a few hours and try again.
Assuming you’ve already added the gateway to your HomeKit home, the tiles for the blinds should automatically appear in the Home app.
The experience with IKEA accessories is the same experience as other HomeKit blinds. You can manually drag the blinds slider in the Home app to raise or lower them, or use voice commands with Siri. In addition to basic commands like “open the blinds” or “close the blinds”, HomeKits also includes phrases like “open the blinds at 40%” or “close the blinds a little” for more minor adjustments.
(If you have existing blinds and are looking for ways to get started in the smart home experience, consider something like SOMA smart blinds, which I reviewed earlier this year.)
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