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 first:

  • Make sure that it's powered on and nearby.
  • Check your 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 .
  2. 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   on your accessory, hold your iPhone near the accessory to add it.
  3. When your accessory appears, tap it. If asked to Add Accessory to Network, tap Allow.
  4. Name your accessory and assign it to a room to help you identify it in the Home app and control it with Siri.
  5. Tap Next, then tap Done.

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

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Tap the Rooms tab, tap  in the upper-left corner, then tap Room Settings.
  2. Tap  Rooms. 
  3. Tap Add Room.
  4. Give your room a name, then tap Save.

To navigate between different rooms, tap the Rooms tab at the bottom, then swipe right or left across the screen.

On your Mac:

  1. In the menu bar, go to Edit > Edit Room.
  2. Click  Rooms. 
  3. Click Add Room. 
  4. Give your room a name, click Save, then click Done.

To navigate between different rooms, click Home Icon in the toolbar, then select a room. Or go to the Rooms tab and swipe left or right with two fingers on your Trackpad or Magic Mouse.

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.

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Press and hold an accessory, tap Settings  > Room, choose a room, then tap  to save. 
  • On your Mac: Double-click an accessory, click Room, choose a room, then click  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.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: 

  1. Tap the Rooms tab, tap  in the upper-left corner, then tap Room Settings .
  2. Tap Zone. Tap a suggested zone or tap Create New.
  3. Tap Done.

On your Mac:

  1. Choose Edit > Edit Room.
  2. Click Zone, then click a suggested zone or click Create New.
  3. Click Done.

If you can't add an accessory

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