Add a HomeKit accessory to the Home app

Add accessories to the Home app, then organize them by room or zone to easily control different areas of your home—all with just a tap or by asking Siri.

Add accessories

To add an accessory to the Home app, use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can't add accessories to the Home app on Mac. Before you set up your accessory, check these things:

  • Make sure that the accessory is powered on and nearby.
  • Check the accessory's manual to see if it needs additional hardware to work with HomeKit.

Then follow these steps:

The Home app screen on iOS showing the Add Accessory tile 

  1. Open the Home app and tap Add Accessory  or Add  .
  2. Tap Add Accessory .
  3. Use the camera on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch 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. Name your accessory and assign it to a room to help you identify it in the Home app and control it with Siri.
  6. Tap Next, then tap Done.

Learn how to set up your HomePod mini, HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad as a home hub so that you can control your accessories while you're away from your home.

Some accessories, speakers, and smart TVs might 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.

Organize accessories by room and zone

Organize 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. 

To navigate between different rooms, open the Rooms tab and swipe right or left across your screen or trackpad.

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, iPad, or iPod touch, press and hold the accessory. On Mac, double-click the accessory.
  2. Scroll down and tap or click Room.
  3. Choose a room, then tap or click Close  to save. 

Organize 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. In the Rooms tab, tap or click Home  , then select Room Settings .
  2. Tap or click Zone. Select a suggested zone, or choose Create New and give your new zone a name. 
  3. Tap or click Done.

If you can't add an accessory

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