Use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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.

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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.

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 .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Published Date: 2017-03-29

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