I’m sorry for your pain. I, for one, am waiting for home automation to get as easy to use and dependable as my toaster, not like a 1980s VCR, before I jump in. For now, I’ll flip the switch to turn on the lights.
That was the first thing I checked, but there’s only one Home and it’s “My Home” not the name of the previous home. I have 4 HomePods Mini and 2 Apple TVs. I’ve rebooted all of them. No Dice.
The annoying things for me is that if this is “Gone” it must be orphaned somewhere, either in my iCloud account or somewhere in Apple’s systems somewhere. There’s some sort of file somewhere which describes the home and all of the HomeKit devices assigned to it.
It’s all gone. Spent about 20 minutes on the phone with Apple Support.
The only thing they could suggest was to try restoring an i device from a backup before the home disappeared, but resetting my iPad and restoring didn’t do anything.
Looks like I’ve got a fun weekend ahead.
I did give the tech some feedback that it’s ridiculous that with something like Home, there’s no way to take a backup. All this means is that I won’t upgrade anything to do with home unless I have no choice.
I am glad you stipulated your toaster. My wife just retired a working toaster because she was tired of fetching her toast from behind it.
But if you’re waiting for home automation to be as reliable as any toaster, be prepared to pay thousands for bespoke, professionally installed solutions. None of the consumer stuff is anything like reliable, that I have seen.
I’ve run into an issue where I can no longer add any new accessories, I have maybe a dozen to 15 accessories connected now and they all work. However, a few weeks ago, I bought an eve flare and tried to connect it outlook. I finally sent it back just thinking it was something wrong with the accessory. Then I decided to get a camera and same thing happens with it. The accessory cannot be added. I have rebooted, all my HomePods my Apple TV. I have rebooted my phone and made sure everything is up to the latest version but the accessories still will not connect. Also, all the HomePod and Apple TV and phone are on the same Wi-Fi network. I am at a loss. I even tried to add the accessory using my iPad instead of my new iPhone 15 Pro Max, running the iOS beta software, but it would not add it to HomeKit either. I figured I would post this here since I saw it instead of making a new topic hoping for a solution
Absolutely, @BrettFL’s recent post drives the point home. My comment about the toaster? That was just me being a bit cheeky. I’d rather not get bogged down in the endless cycle of updating and fixing home automation systems. I have more enjoyable things to do, like posting here. On a serious note, I might hop on the home automation bandwagon when it becomes reliable and relatively fuss-free. Until then, I’m content to let the brave pioneers blaze a trail through the jungle of home automation.
Shane Wattley (sp?) shared a similar story on his YouTube channel. I believe it centered around upgrading to Matter/Thread and an unruly Nanoleaf. If it’s any consolation when I did the update it booted my husband out and jacked all the automations. The struggle is real .
For lighting, you can’t get more reliable than systems that haven’t even been rebooted in years, not months or days.
Most of my clients fit into that category, but I’m not bragging. It is very common and the rare exception is the problem.
Even better - Lutron has real live 24x7x365 tech support that is second to none. I often call them at odd hours like 2 am PST and always reach an experienced engineer, not an intern reading a troubleshooting script off a screen.
Clarification: “often call them” not because of problems, but help with their software or assistance with programming new products I’m not familiar with. Rarely because of a tech issue with existing stuff.
Good point. I have their hub (or bridge? I cant remember the product name) that solved a problem with a three-way switch I couldn’t solve with other products. I’ve had it a few years and had to restart it once.