Add a HomeKit accessory to the Home app

Add accessories to the Home app, then organise them by room or zone to easily control different areas of your home.

Before you add an accessory

  • Update your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
  • Make sure your accessory is turned on and nearby.
  • Check the accessory's manual to see if it needs additional hardware to work with HomeKit.

Add accessories with your iPhone or iPad

To add an accessory to the Home app, use your iPhone or iPad. You can't add accessories to the Home app on Mac.

The Home app screen on iOS showing the Add Accessory tile 

  1. Open the Home app and tap Add  .
  2. Tap Add Accessory .
  3. Use the camera on your iPhone or iPad to scan the eight-digit HomeKit code, or QR code on the accessory or accessory documentation. If you have an iPhone 7 or later and see NFC-compatibility symbol on your accessory, hold your iPhone near the accessory to add it.
  4. When your accessory appears, tap it. If asked to Add Accessory to Network, tap Allow.
  5. Assign your accessory to a room and name it to help you identify it in the Home app and control it with Siri.
  6. Tap Continue, then tap Done.

Some accessories, speakers and smart TVs may require software updates or additional setup with the manufacturer's app.

Samsung AirPlay 2-compatible smart TVs don't support HomeKit and can't be added to the Home app.

Add your Apple TV to the Home app

  1. Open Settings on Apple TV.
  2. Select Users and Accounts. Make sure your name is selected under Default User and you've signed in to iCloud with the Apple ID that you used to set up your HomeKit accessories in the Home app.
  3. Go back to Apple TV Settings, then select AirPlay and HomeKit.
  4. Scroll down and select Room, then choose a room or add a new room.

Organise accessories by room and zone

Organise your accessories by room to help you keep track of where your accessories are located and to control your rooms with Siri. You can also group rooms into a zone, like upstairs or downstairs.

The Home app on iOS showing Scenes and Accessories in the Living Room.  

Add a room

  1. Open the Home app and tap or click Add .
  2. Select Add Room .
  3. Give your room a name, then tap or click Save.

Assign accessories to a room

After you assign accessories to a room, you can do things like play and control music throughout your home. Or ask Siri to play what you want to watch, where you want to watch it.

  1. On iPhone or iPad, press and hold the accessory, then tap Accessory Details . On Mac, click the accessory.
  2. Scroll down and tap or click Room.
  3. Choose a room, then tap or click Close  to save.

Organise rooms into a zone

Group rooms together into a zone, like upstairs or downstairs, to easily control different areas of your home with Siri.

The Home app on iOS showing the Settings in the Living Room.  

  1. On iPhone or iPad, touch and hold the room name to open the room. On Mac, click the room name.
  2. Tap or click the More button  and select Room Settings .
  3. Tap or click Zone. Select a suggested zone, or choose Create New and give your new zone a name. 
  4. Tap or click Done.

If you can't add an accessory

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