The Home app in iOS 10 lets you securely control any Apple HomeKit accessory.

You can also organize your accessories by room, manage multiple accessories at the same time, control your home with Siri, and more.

Before you begin

 

  • Make sure that you have one or more HomeKit-enabled accessories.
  • On your device, sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and make sure you turn on iCloud Keychain and Home to edit home users and use accessories on all your devices.

 

Add an accessory to Home

 

To get your smart home started, add lights, locks, thermostats, and other HomeKit-enabled accessories. Before you set up your accessory:

  • Make sure it’s powered on and nearby.
  • Check your accessory’s manual to see if it needs additional hardware to work with HomeKit.
     
To add an accessory to your home:

  1. Open Home and tap Add Accessory or tap .
  2. Wait for your accessory to appear, then tap it. If asked to Add Accessory to Network, tap Allow.
  3. With the camera on your iOS device, scan the eight-digit HomeKit code on the accessory or accessory documentation. Or enter the code manually.
  4. Add information about your accessory, like its name or the room it’s located in. Siri will identify your accessory by the name you give it and the location it’s in.
  5. To finish, tap Next, then tap Done.

Some accessories, like Phillips Hue lighting and Honeywell thermostats, require additional setup with the manufacturer’s app.

Edit details about your accessory

 

You can edit details about your accessory, like its name, location, and more.

  1. Open the Home app and tap the Home tab.
  2. Touch and hold an accessory in the Home tab.
  3. Tap Details. From here you can add the following details about your accessory:
    • Name: Name your accessory to help you identify it in Home and to control it with Siri.
    • Location: Assign a location for your accessory, like the living room.
    • Type: Select the type of accessory it is, like a switch or light.
    • Include in Favorites: Turn on to access your accessory in Control Center, the Home tab, and on your Apple Watch.
    • Status and Notifications: Turn on to see what accessories are turned on at the top of the Home tab.
  4. To finish, tap Done.
    

Add a room

 

Want to organize your accessories by the room they’re located in? You can create different rooms in the Home app to help you keep track of where your accessories are located.

To create a room:

  1. Open Home and tap the Rooms tab.
  2. Tap  in the upper-left corner, then tap Room Settings.
  3. Tap Add Room.
  4. Give your room a name, like Living Room. To change the Room Wallpaper, tap Take Photo or Choose from Existing.
  5. To finish, tap Save.

To assign accessories to a room:

  1. Tap the Rooms tab, swipe left or right to find the room the accessory is in, then touch and hold on an accessory.
  2. Tap Details, then tap Location.
  3. Select a room for the accessory, then tap Done.

To navigate between different rooms, tap the Rooms tab at the bottom, then swipe right or left across the screen or tap  in the upper-left corner. To edit the order of your rooms, tap , tap Room Settings, tap Edit, then drag the rooms in the order you want them.

Control your accessories

 

Here’s how to turn your accessories on and off, find any extra controls, and quickly check status information:

  • Turn accessories on or off: In the Home tab or Rooms tab, tap an accessory to turn it on or off. For some accessories, like a thermostat, touch and hold the accessory to see its controls. Want to do this from Control Center* or your Apple Watch? Add your accessory as a Favorite.
  • Use extra features: Some accessories, like lights and thermostats, offer features like brightness, color, and temperature controls. Touch and hold the accessory to find and adjust extra features.
  • Check the status of your accessories: Status and Notifications let you see which accessories are turned on at the top of the Home tab. For example, check the top of the Home tab to see how many lights are on. Tap Details under the status to see more information.

Want to control your home when you’re away? Set up a home hub to control your accessories from anywhere.

*Control Center will allow you to control up to nine accessories that you add to favorites.

Create a scene to control multiple accessories

 

Scenes let you control multiple accessories at the same time. For example, you might create a scene called “Arrive home” that turns on all of the lights and unlocks the front door—all with a single tap.

To create a scene:

  1. Open the Home app and tap the Home tab or Rooms tab, then tap .
  2. Tap Add Scene.
  3. You can use a suggested scene or create a custom one.
  4. Tap Add or Remove Accessories.
  5. Tap the accessories that you want to add, then tap Done.
  6. Touch and hold an accessory to adjust its settings.
  7. To preview the scene, tap Test This Scene. Want to access your scene from the Home tab, Control Center, and your Apple Watch? Turn on Show in Favorites.
  8. To finish, tap Done.

Tap the scene to turn it on or off, or just ask Siri. You can add or remove accessories from a scene at anytime. Just touch and hold a scene, then tap Details.

Want a scene to automatically run at a certain time, location, when a sensor detects something, or when accessory turns on or off? Learn how to automate your accessories.

Control your home with Siri

 

After you add accessories to Home, you can control your accessories and scenes with Siri commands. Here are some things you can ask Siri, depending on your accessories, their names, and your scenes:

  • “Turn off the lights in the family room.”
  • “Set brightness to 55%.”
  • “Set the temperature to 68 degrees.”
  • “Did I lock the front door?”
  • “I’m home.”
  • “Turn on the fan in the office.”
  • “Set my reading scene.”
  • “Turn off the lights in the Chicago house.”

When you lock your device, some accessories can’t be controlled by Siri commands. For example, you need to unlock your device before you can use Siri to unlock your door.

Siri availability varies by country and language. Learn which Siri features are supported in which countries.

     

Share control of your accessories

 

You can invite others to control your accessories if they’re using iOS 10 and signed in to iCloud. To share control of your accessories, you need to be either in your home or have a home hub set up in your home.

To invite others:

  1. Open Home and tap the Home tab.
  2. Tap  in the upper-left corner.
  3. Tap Invite.
  4. Enter the person’s Apple ID that they use with iCloud.
  5. Tap Send Invite.

Your recipient will get a notification in the Home app on their device.

To accept an invite:

  1. Open Home and tap .
  2. Tap Home Settings.
  3. Tap Accept, then tap Done.

After you accept the invitation, tap  and tap the name of the Home to control it.

Set up a home hub to allow remote access and edit permissions for people you invite.

Delete your home data or reset your accessories

 

Moving to a new home and want to set up and control your new home with your accessories? You can remove your home and manually reset your accessories.

To delete your Home data:

  1. Open Home and tap the Home tab.
  2. Tap .
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Remove Home. Then tap Delete to confirm.
  4. You might need to reset each of your accessories. To reset your accessory, look for a button on the accessory, check its manual, or contact the manufacturer.

Automate and remotely access your HomeKit accessories

With the Home app, you can set up a home hub to control your HomeKit accessories remotely, grant access to the people you trust, and automate your accessories to do what you want, when you want.

Get started

  • Set up your HomeKit accessories in the Home app on your iOS device.
  • To control your accessories remotely, you need one of the following devices:
    • Apple TV (3rd generation)*
    • Apple TV (4th generation) with  tvOS 9.0 or later
  • To set up automations and user permissions, you need one of the following devices:

*Apple TV (3rd generation) doesn’t support remote access to HomeKit-enabled cameras.

Set up your home hub

You can set up your iPad or Apple TV (4th generation) as a home hub to automate and remotely control your HomeKit accessories from your iOS device. The device you set up as a home hub must remain in your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and powered on.

Set up iPad as a home hub

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Check that iCloud Keychain and Home are both turned on.
  4. Go to Settings > Home and turn on Use this iPad as a Home Hub. Need help?

Set up Apple TV as a home hub

  1. On your iOS device or Mac, set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID. Then go to iCloud and make sure that you have iCloud Keychain turned on.
  2. On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Accounts and make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID as your iOS device.
  3. After you sign in to iCloud, your Apple TV automatically sets itself up as a home hub. To check the status of your home hub, go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud and look under HomeKit to see if your home hub is connected. Learn what to do if you don’t see HomeKit.
Want to check the status of your home hub in the Home app on your iOS device? Open the Home app and tap  in the upper-left corner. Then look under Home Hubs to see if your home hub is connected.

Automate your accessories

Want all of your lights to automatically turn off when you leave your house? Or want a scene to automatically run at a certain time or location? After you set up a home hub, you can automate your accessories and scenes to automatically turn on and perform actions.

     

Create an automation

  1. Open the Home app, tap the Automation tab, then tap Create new Automation.
  2. Choose when you want the automation to occur:
    • My Location Changes: Have accessories and scenes turn on or off when you arrive or a leave a location.
    • A Time of Day Occurs: Choose a time of day and days of the week that you want your accessories to automatically turn on or off.
    • An Accessory is Controlled: If an accessory turns on or off, you can have other accessories or scenes react. For example, when you unlock the front door, the lights turn on.
    • A Sensor Detects Something: You might use this to turn on the lights when motion is detected nearby.
  3. Select scenes and accessories to automate. Then tap Next.
  4. Verify the accessories and scenes. Touch and hold an accessory or scene to adjust its settings.
  5. To finish, tap Done.

Turn off or delete an automation

  1. Open the Home app and tap the Automation tab.
  2. Tap the automation.
  3. Turn off Enable This Automation or tap Delete Automation. You can also swipe left over the automation and tap Delete.

Allow remote access and edit permissions for users

If you set up a home hub, you can manage remote access and edit permissions for people that you invite to control your home. If you don’t have a home hub set up, they can only control your accessories while they’re at your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and within range of your HomeKit accessories.

To manage remote access and change permissions for a person, invite the person to control your home. Then follow these steps:

  1. Open Home and tap .
  2. Tap the person that you want to edit permissions for.
  3. Set the following access for your user:
    • Allow Remote Access: Turn on to allow users to control your accessories from any location. Turn off to allow users to only control your accessories while they’re at your house.
    • Allow Editing: Turn on to allow them to add and remove accessories, scenes, and other users.

If you want to remove a person, tap , tap the user, then tap Remove Person.

Get help with your home hub

If you have issues creating automations or controlling your HomeKit accessories when you’re not home, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that your Apple TV or iPad is:
  2. Make sure that you can control your accessories in the Home app on your iOS device. Open the Home app and turn on a light or change the temperature.
  3. Make sure that your device is set up as a home hub:
    • On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud and make sure that your Apple TV shows HomeKit as Connected. If you don’t see HomeKit, then your Apple TV isn’t connected as a home hub.
    • On your iPad, go to Settings > Home and make sure that Use this iPad as a Home Hub is turned on.
  4. Restart your Apple TViPad, and iPhone.
  5. Wait a few minutes. If you still need help, sign out of iCloud on your Apple TV, then sign back in. Go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud.

If you have an Apple TV (3rd generation)*, you can control your HomeKit accessories in the Home app while you’re away from your home. To change user permissions, create automations, or stream HomeKit-enabled cameras remotely, you need an Apple TV (4th generation). If you add an Apple TV (4th generation) to a home that has an Apple TV (3rd generation) set up, the Apple TV (3rd generation) will stop being used for HomeKit remote access.

*Apple TV (3rd generation) doesn’t support remote access to HomeKit-enabled cameras.

Get help with location-based automations

If you can’t create location-based automations, follow these steps:

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy and make sure that you turn on Location Services.
  2. Scroll down, then tap Home.
  3. Under Allow Location Access, make sure While Using the App is selected.

On your Apple TV:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Privacy and make sure that Location Services is turned on.
  2. Select Location Services.
  3. Make sure that HomeKit is set to Always.