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

With the Home app, you can securely control the products you use in your home—all from your iOS device.

The Home app in iOS 10 lets you securely control any "Works with 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

  • Download iOS 10 for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Make sure that you have one or more HomeKit-enabled accessories. Look for the label “Works with Apple HomeKit” on the product packaging.
  • 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.
  • To set up accessories and automation, allow Home to use your location.

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, region, and language. Learn which Siri features are supported in which countries and regions.


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.

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Published Date: 2017-03-29