Do I need the Nuki Bridge if I want to use the Smart Lock with HomeKit?
You do not necessarily need the Nuki Bridge to use the HomeKit; however, the functionalities of the Apple Home app are limited compared to the Nuki app and there are considerably fewer features available. It essentially depends on your personal usage situation. If you wish to use all Smart Lock features, we recommend using the Nuki Bridge together with HomeKit.
You can find a few examples of its use here:
Using features of the Nuki app If you wish to use all Smart Lock features (such as managing access permissions), we recommend using the Nuki Bridge. Then, you can simply use the Nuki app to have all Smart Lock features at your disposal.
Using Bridge and HomeKit at the same time Of course, you can also use both at the same time. This way, you can access your Smart Lock with the Nuki app via the Bridge and use the Home app via your control centre located within Bluetooth range of your Smart Lock.
Remote Smart Lock control If you also wish to control your Smart Lock on the go using the HomeKit, you need a "Bridge replacement" as a control centre (such as an Apple HomePod, iPad, or Apple TV). This needs to be connected to the Smart Lock via Bluetooth.
You can use HomeKit to remotely lock and unlock the door through the Home app. If you have a knob or a bar on the outside of your door, "unlock" always automatically means "open door" (the door mechanism is unlatched and opens).