Signals for HomeKit 4+

Smart Home Ready Communication

Matthew Corey

    • 4.1 • 13 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


*** Featured by Shane Whatley - "If you can get the Shortcuts app here on the Mac to do something, you can have that something triggered by any of your HomeKit accessories!"
*** Featured by Matthew Cassinelli - "Signals is providing a level of automation that Apple isn’t even providing with Shortcuts for iOS or Mac – and doubly so because there are no Automations in Shortcuts for Mac at all"
*** Featured on - "as a dad of three, I need less noise in our house, so I am really enjoying using Signals for HomeKit"
*** Featured on - “create tons of distinct signals that cover scenarios like announcing dinner time, or letting someone know that they are taking a little too much time in the shower.”
*** Featured on - "Our favorite tips and tricks for making the most out of Apple HomeKit"
*** Featured on - "save your lungs, and get this app"
*** Featured on - "clever way to get someone’s attention in your home"

Communication at home takes many forms — we want more of the dinner-time conversations, but we could do with less of the loud knocking on doors, banging on ceilings, and shouting up stairs. If you have a HomeKit home, why not take advantage of it, and use your lights to help communicate?

Introducing Signals for HomeKit, the best way to communicate in the home, without all the shouting.

Signals works with any of your bulbs, switches or outlets with lights attached - have a kid who plays video games with headphones on? Just tap on their light to give it a few flashes.

Take it to a new level with Signals Plus, and put some meaning behind your flashes:

- Create a Time to Go Signal to flash the kids bedroom lights, and then set their night lights green
- A Dinner Time Signal can pulse lights in the bedrooms and the office, and then set them to blue
- Even setup a “GET DOWN HERE NOW” signal, to flash the kids’ lights red, and keep them that way!

For the very first time on the Mac, you can now triggers your Signals, and even Shortcuts when HomeKit sensors are tripped! With support for Motion Sensors, Contact Sensors, Leak Detectors, Power States, HomeKit Buttons, Security Systems, Temperature Sensors, Humidity Sensors and Battery States, the power is limited only by your imagination:

- Have a home-grown HomeKit security system? Run a Shortcut that flashes your porch lights, turns on the lights in the front room, and sends you a text, to let you know something's going on!

- Have a meeting coming up? Press the HomeKit button your desk to start a Focus mode, turn the light outside your office red, open FaceTime and Notes, and arrange your windows just so!

- Meetings over? Even better! Double click that same HomeKit button to restore your lights, turn off the Focus mode, close all of your working windows, and start a 'relaxation' playlist on your HomePods!

Trigger your Signals in multiple ways — in the app, with your voice using Siri Shortcuts, with our beautiful Widgets, and now using HomeKit automations!

Whether you have kids, or someone in the family with a hearing disability, Signals for HomeKit can help quiet things down, and keep the conversations face to face, rather than shouted through the house.

- Any HomeKit equipped light bulb, switch or outlet. Switches or outlets must be configured with a light attached. HomeKit must already be configured.
- Compatible with Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 15/macOS 12 required.
- Mac must remain running to trigger Automations.

Usage Notes:
- If you have a bulb or switch with a slow ramp/fade rate, try shortening this rate in the manufacturers app, if the flash isn't noticeable - if this doesn't work, please let us know at, so we can help find a solution!

What’s New

Version 2.1.7

Mostly bits and bobs in this one - here's a few headlines:

- Every now and again, HomeKit on the Mac will report a non-sensical update ("Your light just turned off! I know it was already off, and has been off all day, but it's definitely still off!") - improved the detection of this, to prevent automations from firing when they shouldn't
- Create Siri Shortcuts from your Signals with the new 'Add To Siri' button
- Fix a a few other minor bugs

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

chillybase ,

Almost There

I like the concept of this app. If there is a way to integrate this with automations for when someone arrives or a sensor goes off would be sweet. If there is a workaround to do this, please let me know.

Developer Response ,

Hi Chillybase,

Thank you so much for the complement! Integrating any 3rd Party App with HomeKit automations is currently impossible on iOS (even with the 'Convert to Shortcut' option, but with the recent release of macOS Monterey, there are exciting new options!

Signals for HomeKit is now available on the Mac, and it brings with it the ability to trigger your Signals in response to Motion, Leak and HomeKit Button events - while we were at it, we added the ability to run any Shortcut as well! This brings a whole new level of automation never seen before with HomeKit :)

I hope that's a platform you're able to use, and would love to hear of any creative ways you're able to use it!


Cheeseler ,

Simple & Effective, w/ a Hidden Power

Using the app was very intuitive, I felt right at home!
Once unlocked, creating unique Signals gives the App real power. Being able run Signals or flash lights in Siri Shortcuts is a game changer. With two people working from home, it’s nice to flash the lights when I start and stop work to let my SO know when I’m on break. We also flash the lights for dinner and lunch. I’m excited to start incorporating this app into other shortcuts soon.

Developer Response ,

Hi Cheeseler,

Thanks so much for the feedback! Using the Signals to tell your significant other when you're on a break is an AWESOME idea -- love it! Would love to hear about other ways you find to use it!

jaromad ,

Good start, needs some polish

Creating a new signal and deciding which lights to direct is easy enough. But not terribly intuitive when you get to the “signal” commands. Selecting the color of the signal doesn’t seem to work consistently among other little issues. I purchased the paid version because It seems to have promise.

Appreciate the effort the developer made and hope they continue to refine!

Developer Response ,

Hi jaromad,

Thank you so much for the feedback! I'm always looking for ways to make improvements, especially if doing something isn't intuitive, or could be confusing. I would be more than happy to get more detailed feedback, and toss around some ideas -- feel free to DM me on Twitter at @HomeMadeAutoma1, or email me at (I guess I need to update that email!)

Thanks again!

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