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How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

If you want to get rid of a HomeKit device or remove it from your ‌HomeKit‌ setup, Apple has made doing so very easy.

In the Home app on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Press and hold the icon of the accessory you want to remove.
  2. Tap on Settings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap on Remove Accessory.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

Removing a HomeKit device on Mac:

  1. Open the Home app and double click (or right-click) on the accessory you want to remove
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom and click Remove Accessory.

Note that many smart devices can only be associated with one user account at a time. If you sell or give away a device, its new owner may need to take extra steps to set it up unless you deregister it from any associated manufacturer account and delete it from your Home app before it can be used in their own home.

For example, the iHome iSP6 smart plug’s instructions direct you to create an iHome account and use the iHome app to set it up. If you do this, your smart plug is associated with your iHome account and it can’t be associated with another iHome account unless you remove it from yours. Its new owner can reset it to factory settings to work around this, though, so not all is lost.

Jason Fitzpatrick is the Senior Smart Home Editor at How-To Geek. He has over a decade of experience in publishing and has authored thousands of articles at How-To Geek, Review Geek, LifeSavvy, and Lifehacker. Jason served as Lifehacker’s Weekend Editor before he joined How-To Geek. Read more.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

Apple’s HomeKit home control and automation system is largely plug, play, and enjoy, but sometimes stubborn devices need a nudge to play nice. Read on as we show you how to reset both devices and the general HomeKit configuration.

In most cases, setting up your HomeKit equipment is pretty easy stuff. But if the company’s companion app crashes, if the HomeKit device gets added to the wrong device in your household, or there is some electronic gremlin you can’t quite pin down, then it’s time to tinker with your HomeKit configuration.

There are two types of resets you can perform with HomeKit devices: you can press the physical reset button on the device itself, if available, or you can reset of the HomeKit configuration on your controlling iOS device. Let’s take a look at both now and highlight when you would use them.

For demonstration purposes, we’ll be using the Philips Hue Bridge 2.0, the HomeKit enabled update to the original Hue Bridge system. (Note: We’re not using the Hue system because it is problem prone, but because it was a popular HomeKit-enabled system we had on hand that had a proper hardware reset button.)

Option One: Reset Your HomeKit Device

The vast majority of home automation and networking products have a physical reset button located somewhere on the device. You’ll need to check the product documentation but generally the reset process is as simple as pressing the small button with a pen or paper clip for 3 to 5 seconds and releasing it. Some products may require that you press the button while the device is unplugged and then plug it in while still pressing the reset button (or some variation like that).

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

The downside to performing a factory reset on your hardware is that any settings stored on the device itself (and not the companion application)–like Wi-Fi credentials, schedules, configuration files, and so on–will be wiped back to their factory state. In the case of our example product, the Hue Bridge, performing a factory wipe removes all the lights and will require you manually add them to the hub again. As such, factory resets shouldn’t be your first choice unless the device is seriously malfunctioning, like it fails to pair or restarts itself.

The one situation where you will almost always need to perform a factory reset is when you purchase secondhand HomeKit equipment (or move into a home with HomeKit-enabled components) as the devices will likely be still linked the previous owner. Save yourself the troubleshooting headache and just reset them right out of the box.

Option Two: Resett Your HomeKit Configuration

On the other side of things, sometimes it isn’t the device firmware or hardware malfunctioning but some sort of hiccup with your HomeKit system itself. If you find that a factory reset of an individual device doesn’t resolve your issue, you may need to reset your HomeKit configuration on the controlling iOS device.

The release of iOS 10 and the sweeping HomeKit update that came with it completely changed almost everything about how HomeKit is handled on the iOS level–including the location and naming of the reset function. In iOS 9, the reset function was located under Settings > Privacy > HomeKit–while that might not have been the most intuitive location for it, it was at least very clearly labeled as “Reset HomeKit Configuration”

In order to reset your HomeKit home in iOS 10, you need to launch the Home app, the new HomeKit dashboard. Further, this routine only works if you’re on an iOS device logged into the same iCloud account as the person who set up and administrates the HomeKit home. In almost every case that would be your own device, but be forewarned that the first time we had to reset our HomeKit home, we had to do so because we accidentally set up the HomeKit with a child’s iPad and linked the HomeKit system to their iCloud account. As such, we had to use their iPad to reset the system.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

Within the Home app, tap on the small arrow icon in the upper left to access the settings menu. If you’re in the relatively unusual position of having multiple HomeKit homes, you’ll be prompted to select which home you want to edit when you click on the settings icon.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

Within the settings menu scroll down to the very bottom. There you’ll find the entry “Remove Home”.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

Select the entry and then, in the following pop up menu, confirm the removal by selecting “Delete”.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

At this point, your HomeKit home will be wiped and you’ll need to repeat the entire setup process including adding the accessories, creating scenes, and inviting family members.

That’s all there is to it. Whether by manual hardware reset or software reset through your iOS device, there are very few issues that can’t be overcome with a little configuration wrangling.

Jason Fitzpatrick is the Senior Smart Home Editor at How-To Geek. He has over a decade of experience in publishing and has authored thousands of articles at How-To Geek, Review Geek, LifeSavvy, and Lifehacker. Jason served as Lifehacker’s Weekend Editor before he joined How-To Geek. Read more.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

Whether you no longer have the HomeKit accessory in question or simply need to remove a phantom entry in your HomeKit home, it’s simple to do so—if you know where to look. Let’s remove a HomeKit device now and guide you through the process.

In our case, we were having an issue with our Schlage Sense smart lock and decided to simply factory reset it before adding it back to our HomeKit home. After doing so successfully, we realized that we hadn’t removed the old entry from HomeKit, and now we had two smart locks installed—one that worked great and one that HomeKit kept complaining about. While you may find yourself in the same situation, you may also simply want to remove a device altogether because you no longer use it, got rid of it, or any number of reasons.

To do so, open up the Home app on any iOS device that belongs to the HomeKit administrator (the HomeKit administrator is the person whose iCloud account was used to setup the HomeKit system). Select the entry in the bottom navigation bar for “Rooms”.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

The device we want to remove is actually right on our main screen under the “Favorite Accessories” category, but it won’t be front and center for everyone so we’ll drill one layer deeper in the menu. Within the “Rooms” menu, swipe left or right until you locate the room where the device is. If you never assigned the device to a room it will be, as our smart lock is, located in the “Default Room” panel.

Press and hold the entry for the device you wish to remove from your HomeKit home. Doing so will pull up a more detailed entry for the device.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

There you’ll find additional information about the given device such as “Firmware update needed”, the general status of the device (on, off), and, of course, if you’re trying to remove an erroneous or missing entry like we are, you’ll see “No Response” because the accessory in question doesn’t exist.

Click on the “Details” button at the bottom to drill down one more layer in the details view.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

Scroll down to the bottom of the detailed view and select “Remove Accessory”.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

Confirm you wish to remove it by tapping “Remove” in the pop-up dialog.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

That’s it! After digging down (perhaps a layer or two farther than you’d expect), we’ve successfully removed a HomeKit item. If your HomeKit woes run a bit deeper than simply removing a single item and you need to either reset one or more items (or wipe your entire HomeKit configuration to start fresh), do take a moment to check out our detailed tutorial on the matter.

Are you planning to sell, get rid of, or replace one of your HomeKit accessories? If so, you’ll have to first remove it from your Home app to make sure it’s no longer paired to your network. If you’re fairly new to HomeKit, you may have trouble figuring this out, but it’s actually pretty easy.

Most HomeKit accessories can only be linked to one user account at a time, so if you’re planning to sell one or more of your accessories, you will have to remove them from the Home app. Otherwise, the new owner of the accessory may have to go through additional steps to get their device configured in their home. Also, if you’re trying to replace a faulty accessory with a new one, not removing it could result in you accidentally trying to use the faulty one in the Home app.

How to Remove a HomeKit Accessory

All your paired HomeKit accessories can be accessed from the built-in Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Simply follow the steps below:

    Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.

You’ll need to find your accessory first. You can find all your accessories from the Home section or Rooms section of the app. Simply long-press on the accessory to view its controls and access other options.

Now, scroll down to the very bottom of the menu and tap on “Remove Accessory” to remove the device from your home.

When you’re prompted to confirm your action, tap on “Remove” again.

That’s pretty much all you need to do to unpair a HomeKit accessory.

You can repeat these steps to remove other accessories too. Note that if you’re using HomeKit devices with a bridge, you’ll need to remove the bridge from your home. This can be done by accessing the Bridge option from the accessory’s settings menu.

Now, if you’re replacing the accessory you just removed with a new one, you can follow these steps to add a new HomeKit accessory to your user account with your iPhone and iPad. You can either use the QR code or NFC label to pair your accessory, but if the scanner doesn’t work, you can manually enter the 8-digit HomeKit code that’s written on the label to finish the set-up process.

Were you successful in unpairing your HomeKit accessories from your home? How many HomeKit accessories do you have in total? Share your thoughts and comments below!

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.

Create rooms and zones

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:

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

  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 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.

You can access your HomeKit Secure Video on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple TV if you or someone in your Family Sharing group has an iCloud+ subscription. You also need to set up a home hub. See the Apple Support article Set up your HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV, or iPad as a home hub.

For an overview of what you can do with iCloud+ and HomeKit Secure Video, see Store encrypted security camera footage in iCloud with HomeKit Secure Video.

Note: Make sure you’re signed in with the same Apple ID on each device. If you have devices where you’re not signed in with your Apple ID or that have the Home feature turned off, you won’t be able to view or share HomeKit Secure Video on those devices.

Set up HomeKit Secure Video on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

You can add security cameras to the Home app using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also view and share HomeKit Secure Video footage stored in iCloud in Home.

For more information on how to view and share HomeKit Secure Video on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, see any of the following:

Set up HomeKit Secure Video on your Mac

On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Apple ID, then click iCloud.

You can view and share HomeKit Secure Video footage stored in iCloud using the Home app on your Mac. You must use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to add a security camera to Home.

For more information on how to view and share HomeKit Secure Video on your Mac, see Set up security cameras to use with Home on Mac.

View HomeKit Secure Video footage on your Apple TV

On your Apple TV, open the Settings app.

Choose Users and Accounts, select your account, choose iCloud, then make sure you’re signed in with your Apple ID.

To view HomeKit Secure Video footage on Apple TV, open Control Center, then select the HomeKit button.

For more information on how to view HomeKit Secure Video on your Apple TV, see Use tvOS Control Center on Apple TV.

For a list of compatible cameras and other accessories, see the Home accessories website.

By Killian Bell • 1:00 pm, June 3, 2021

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How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit homeThe safe and easy way to share HomeKit control.
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If you’re going away this summer and leaving your home in the hands of someone else, you might want to give them control of your HomeKit devices. And it’s really easy to do that inside the Home app.

Here’s how to invite anyone with an iPhone, iPad or Mac to control your smart home gadgets as a guest.

You might consider leaving one of your own Apple devices with a guest so that they can control your HomeKit devices. But there’s a simpler, safer solution that means you don’t have to worry about your privacy.

By adding a guest in the Home app, you can allow others to take over smart gadgets — and specify their permissions so that they don’t have complete, unlimited control if they don’t need it.

We’ll show you how.

Invite someone else to control HomeKit gadgets

To get started, follow these steps on iPhone, iPad or Mac:

  1. Open the built-in Home app.
  2. Tap or click Home, then select Home Settings.
  3. Tap or click Invite People…
  4. Enter your guest’s iCloud email address.
  5. Tap or click Send Invite.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit homeTap “Invite Person” then enter their iCloud email address.
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Once the recipient has accepted the invite inside the Home app, they will have access to your HomeKit devices. If you have a home hub, they’ll be able to control your devices remotely. If you don’t have a home hub set up, however, they only have control while in your home.

How to manage guest permissions

To specify what kind of control a guest has over HomeKit devices, follow these steps:

  1. Under the People section in the Home app, select the person you want to edit permissions for.
  2. Choose one of the options — Control Accessories Remotely or Add and Edit Accessories — to change permissions for each one.
  3. When you’re done, tap or click Back, then tap or click Done.

How to remove a Home guest

When you’re done sharing your HomeKit devices, you can remove a guest from the Home app by following these steps:

  1. Under the People section in the Home app, select the person you want to remove.
  2. Tap or click Remove Person.

If you have problems adding a guest to the Home app, you can find help on Apple’s website. Most issues can be resolved by ensuring all devices are up to date or by setting up a home hub.

Now that HomeKit-enabled accessories are hitting the market, you may be wondering what you can do with your new connected devices. Whether you are controlling the temperature, turning off lights, or locking the front door, you will be able to use your iPhone to take care of various activities around the house.

If you are away from home, you’ll even be able to use Apple TV (third-generation or newer running Apple TV OS 7.0 or later) to control some functions while away from home. We’ve got a tutorial for getting your HomeKit-enabled accessories ready for use.

Download the App

HomeKit is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 8.1 or later. When you get your device, be sure to download the compatible app from the App Store and pair your device using the special code that comes with your new HomeKit accessory.

Setup

Once paired, use Siri to take control of your electronics. You can tell the virtual assistant to set the temperature or turn off the lights in the kitchen. There are some commands that will require you to unlock your iPhone before Siri will comply. For example, you won’t be able to unlock your door until you unlock your iPhone.

Some apps allow you to group multiple accessories together, letting them be controlled with a single Siri command. Groupings need to be set up in third-party accessory apps, and the settings may be called “homes, rooms, or scenes.” Third-party apps that offer HomeKit groupings can often incorporate HomeKit devices they’re not even designed to control. Lutron’s app, for example, can also control a Nest thermostat.

If you want to reset the system and begin anew, open the Settings app on your iPhone and select Privacy. Then, select HomeKit and tap “Reset HomeKit Configuration.”

Shared Connections

Multiple iOS users within the same household will be able to use the connected devices. However, one person will be designated the administrator. Add new users from the settings section of the company’s app for the system you use.

Using Apple TV

If you are away from home, you will be able to set up your Apple TV to do the work while you are gone. All you have to do is make sure your iPhone and Apple TV are signed in with the same Apple ID account. Then, you can use Siri commands to remotely control your accessories, like turning on the lights while you are away. With iOS 9 later this year, remote access to HomeKit devices will get even easier via iCloud.

Lost or Stolen iPhone

If, against your desires, you no longer have your iOS device in your possession, use Find My iPhone to turn on Lost Mode so no one can use it to remotely activate your HomeKit accessories. You can also erase the contents of the device (only use this feature if you are sure you won’t be getting the device back).

You can use another iOS device that is signed into the same Apple ID to control your HomeKit-enabled accessories. Just download the compatible app and follow the steps above.

If you don’t have another iOS device, you will have to manually reset your accessories by following the manufacturers’ instructions. When you replace your device, you will be able to pair it with your HomeKit-enabled accessories again.

Each system’s app will have a slightly different user interface. However, HomeKit supported devices will all be able to work with Siri so you can control your home from your iPhone by activating the virtual personal assistant. When iOS 9 and watchOS 2 launch in the fall, you will be able to use Apple Watch to control HomeKit-enabled devices and you’ll be able to access them remotely without an Apple TV.

How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

HomeKit accessories enable some pretty awesome conveniences such as turning on and off lights and locking and unlocking doors all from the comforts of your couch. However, issues can arise causing your devices to become unresponsive to Siri commands and will show “No Response” in the Home app, suddenly making your home not so smart.

Here are a few good troubleshooting tips for getting a cranky HomeKit system to work.

Make sure you’re logged into your iCloud account and that Home is enabled

In theory, any device logged in to your Apple ID should be able to understand and execute HomeKit commands. If you’re having trouble with your primary device or an auxiliary one, double-check to make sure you’re logged into iCloud and that Home is toggled on by using the following steps.

    Open Settings.

Tap on your Profile (your name at the top).

Check to see if Home is toggled on.

Make sure that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on

Most HomeKit devices utilize Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for connectivity. Bluetooth devices talk directly to your iOS device or your HomeKit hub, and as such, require that Bluetooth is turned on. You can check to see if Bluetooth is enabled on your iOS device by using the following steps.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Bluetooth.

Ensure that Bluetooth is toggled on.

Wi-Fi devices connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network, and will not respond to commands that are sent to them if Wi-Fi is turned off on your iPhone or iPad and you do not have a HomeKit hub. Check to see if Wi-Fi is turned on by following these steps.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Wi-Fi.

Make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on.

Check your network and individually reset your accessories

When you launch the Home app or the device manufacturer’s app, do you get nothing at all? Double-check that your network is online and that your HomeKit-enabled accessories are connected to it either by ethernet (if you’re using a HomeKit bridge) or Wi-Fi. If you’re still not getting any indication that you’re connected, you may want to reset your hardware. Each HomeKit manufacturer has a slightly different process for this, so we advise checking with them to see what you need to do, but it usually involves pressing a tiny button on the side of the hardware or bridge. This won’t delete your existing HomeKit house; instead, it just resets the individual accessory’s connection to HomeKit.

Once you’ve done so, it’s time to re-open the Home app or manufacturer’s app and re-add those accessories.

Are your HomeKit accessories still working inside the manufacturer’s app?

If your connected hardware still seems to be responding when you press on buttons inside of the manufacturer’s app, you might have a bug on the iOS side of things. There are a few options to try here, including restarting your iOS device and logging in and out of iCloud.

For more details on this process, follow the guide here.

If all else fails, you’re going to have to reset your HomeKit settings to get everything working smoothly again. This means that you’ll have to reconstruct your HomeKit home from scratch—a huge pain if you have multiple accessories—but if you’ve explored all other avenues, this may be the one you’ll have to take.

    Open the Home app.

Tap on the House Icon.

Tap Remove Home.

This reset will wipe any stored rooms and zones, along with the house name that you’ve asked Siri to remember, and you will have to re-pair your accessories. The next time you open the Home app or the app for your HomeKit-enabled accessory, you’ll be prompted to give your connected home a new name and re-link your HomeKit bridge or other connected accessories.

Can’t add a guest to your home?

If you’re having trouble adding a guest to your home, check out our troubleshooting suggestions in our adding guests to HomeKit explainer:

Are you on 4G/LTE/5G? You might need a HomeKit hub

HomeKit devices primarily work within the confines of your Wi-Fi network. If you’re on iOS and your HomeKit manufacturer has built-in support for HAP (HomeKit Accessory Protocol), you should be able to access those devices on a cellular connection, but if you’re finding yourself out of luck, you might need to hook up a HomeKit Hub. The following devices can be used as a HomeKit Hub: Apple TV, HomePod, or an iPad connected to your Wi-Fi network.

Normally, all of the handshaking and Siri commanding happens within the boundaries of your Wi-Fi network. But your HomeKit Hub—in combination with your Apple ID—gives your iPhone or iPad a way to securely talk to your HomeKit devices even when you’re outside the house.

It does so using an under-the-hood mixture of iCloud Keychain and HomeKit frameworks. Say you’re on LTE: You invoke Siri on your device and give the command “Turn on the lights.” Without a HomeKit Hub that command goes nowhere: Siri replies with “I can’t do that.”

With a HomeKit Hub, however, that command travels over the cellular network to the device, where it handshakes using your Apple ID. “This is the owner of this HomeKit network,” the HomeKit Hub says to your installed HomeKit bridge or device. “Here’s a command from them.” The HomeKit bridge or device then executes the command, and the lights in your home pop on.

For more information on HomeKit hubs, check out this explainer:

Still having problems?

Still can’t connect to your HomeKit devices after following these steps? Sound off in the comments and we’ll try to give you a hand.

Updated August 2019: Updated for iOS 12 and iOS 13 (in beta).

Serenity Caldwell contributed to an earlier version of this guide.

Add more protection to your home accessories by controlling which services and devices they communicate with on your home Wi-Fi network and over the internet.

What you need

  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the latest software. Check that you set up the Home app on your device and are logged in with the Apple ID that you use with iCloud.
  • A HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad with the latest software set up as a home hub.
  • A HomeKit-compatible router.

Set up your secure router

  1. Find your router’s iOS or iPadOS app in the App Store and use it to set up your router. Wait for the app to ask you to add the router to the Home app, then tap Accept. If the app doesn’t prompt you to add your router to the Home app, use your router manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Continue setup in the Home app by following the onscreen instructions. When you’re done, you’ll see a notification that says the setup was successful.
  3. After setup, add your HomeKit accessories to the Home app. If you already have HomeKit accessories added to the Home app, they will continue to work and benefit from most HomeKit network protection features. For even more security, remove and reset your Wi-Fi accessories then add them back to the Home app. This creates a unique passkey known only to the router and each accessory.

Customize your security

You can control the amount of protection that your router gives your HomeKit accessories. To change security settings in the Home app:

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macrumors 68020
  • Jul 12, 2019
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  • I have 3 Home Hubs; Kitchen HomePod, Main Apple TV, Upstairs Apple TV.

    Currently the HomePod is connected, and the Main Apple TV is standby, and I disabled the upstairs Apple Tv.

    How do I make the Main Apple TV primary (connected) and the Kitchen HomePod on standby? This is for range issues with some devices.

    bbednarz

    macrumors 65816
    • Jul 12, 2019
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  • Itinj24

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    • Jul 12, 2019
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  • Disable the HomePod as a Hub. The Apple TV should pick up the slack and connect. Then reconnect the HomePod and it should stay on standby from there.

    I have two Apple TVs and one is hardwired to my router. I did the above to get the hardwired Apple TV to be the main Hub.

    GIZBUG

    macrumors 68020
    • Jul 13, 2019
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  • Disable the HomePod as a Hub. The Apple TV should pick up the slack and connect. Then reconnect the HomePod and it should stay on standby from there.

    I have two Apple TVs and one is hardwired to my router. I did the above to get the hardwired Apple TV to be the main Hub.

    bbednarz

    macrumors 65816
    • Jul 19, 2019
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  • waw74

    macrumors 601
    • Jul 19, 2019
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  • it looks like even standby hubs will work as bluetooth repeaters, so you can just put the extra aTV in the garage on wi-fi, and it should work, while keeping your main aTV as the hub

    bbednarz

    macrumors 65816
    • Jul 19, 2019
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  • it looks like even standby hubs will work as bluetooth repeaters, so you can just put the extra aTV in the garage on wi-fi, and it should work, while keeping your main aTV as the hub

    cynics

    macrumors G4
    • Jul 20, 2019
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  • It’s probably mentioned in the above link but.

    “Connected” hub is the hub with the best reception and performance to the router if the router based on algorithm baked into HomeKit. If the difference in reception and performance to the network between a “Connected” hub and non “Connected” hub (standby) is marginal they won’t switch. However if its performance difference substantial (and meets HomeKits requirements) the “Connected” hub will switch.

    So for example if you have an AppleTV with a wireless connection has throughput of 800mb/s with RSSI -40 and a HomePod has a throughput of 800mb/s with an RSSI of -50. They probably won’t switch because both are excellent. However if you have a “Connected” home with a throughput of 400mb/s and plug in an AppleTV right next to router and its 800mb/s with RSSI -20 they will almost certainly switch automatically.

    “Standby” hubs are acting as repeaters to communicate with devices in close proximity (bluetooth). This makes them effectively network extenders.

    For example, with my front door lock which is bluetooth it doesn’t work reliably when I disconnect the HomePod that is closest too it. That HomePod is always in standby due to its range from the router.

    “Standby” hubs are in standby because they will become “Connected” if something causes the “Connected” hub to disconnect or throughput and reception become very poor.

    The exception in my experience is the iPad, I can’t force that to become the connected device with other hubs plugged in, presumably due to conversing battery as much as possible.

    I made a video of my Home Hubs switching the connected around after I disconnect the connected HomePod Right from the network and then reconnect it. First it goes to the AppleTV 4k, then to the AppleTV then puts everything in standby than switches to the HomePod Left and stays that way. It will likely be using the HomePod Right later on as it seems that has the best connection to the router.

    You can access your HomeKit Secure Video on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple TV if you or someone in your Family Sharing group has an iCloud+ subscription. You also need to set up a home hub. See the Apple Support article Set up your HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV, or iPad as a home hub.

    For an overview of what you can do with iCloud+ and HomeKit Secure Video, see Store encrypted security camera footage in iCloud with HomeKit Secure Video.

    Note: Make sure you’re signed in with the same Apple ID on each device. If you have devices where you’re not signed in with your Apple ID or that have the Home feature turned off, you won’t be able to view or share HomeKit Secure Video on those devices.

    Set up HomeKit Secure Video on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

    On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

    You can add security cameras to the Home app using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also view and share HomeKit Secure Video footage stored in iCloud in Home.

    For more information on how to view and share HomeKit Secure Video on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, see any of the following:

    Set up HomeKit Secure Video on your Mac

    On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Apple ID, then click iCloud.

    You can view and share HomeKit Secure Video footage stored in iCloud using the Home app on your Mac. You must use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to add a security camera to Home.

    For more information on how to view and share HomeKit Secure Video on your Mac, see Set up security cameras to use with Home on Mac.

    View HomeKit Secure Video footage on your Apple TV

    On your Apple TV, open the Settings app.

    Choose Users and Accounts, select your account, choose iCloud, then make sure you’re signed in with your Apple ID.

    To view HomeKit Secure Video footage on Apple TV, open Control Center, then select the HomeKit button.

    For more information on how to view HomeKit Secure Video on your Apple TV, see Use tvOS Control Center on Apple TV.

    For a list of compatible cameras and other accessories, see the Home accessories website.

    iCloud можно использовать в приложении «Дом» на устройствах iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV и компьютере Mac. Общая информация о возможностях iCloud приведена здесь: Управляйте аксессуарами и совместно управляйте домом с помощью iCloud. Подробнее о функции «Защищенное видео HomeKit» см. здесь: Сохранение зашифрованных записей с камер видеонаблюдения в iCloud с помощью функции «Защищенное видео HomeKit».

    Примечание. Убедитесь, что Вы вошли в систему на всех устройствах с помощью одного Apple ID. Если на некоторых устройствах не выполнен вход с помощью Apple ID или отключено приложение «Дом», на этих устройствах нельзя будет управлять аксессуарами и совместно управлять домом.

    Настройка iCloud для приложения «Дом» на iPhone, iPad или iPod touch

    На iPhone, iPad или iPod touch перейдите в меню «Настройки» > [Ваше имя] > iCloud.

    Теперь можно добавить в приложение «Дом» аксессуары HomeKit.

    Для управления аксессуарами с устройств iPhone, iPad или iPod touch Вы должны подключиться к домашней сети Wi-Fi. Для удаленного управления аксессуарами необходимо настроить домашний центр. См. статью Службы поддержки Apple Настройка HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV или iPad в качестве домашнего центра.

    Подробнее о том, как добавлять аксессуары и предоставлять общий доступ к дому на iPhone, iPad или iPod touch см. в следующих материалах.

    Настройка iCloud для приложения «Дом» на компьютере Mac

    На компьютере Mac откройте меню Apple > «Системные настройки», выберите Apple ID, затем нажмите iCloud.

    Теперь Вы можете управлять аксессуарами с компьютера Mac, если подключитесь к домашней сети Wi-Fi. Для удаленного управления аксессуарами необходимо настроить домашний центр. См. статью Службы поддержки Apple Настройка HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV или iPad в качестве домашнего центра.

    Подробнее об управлении аксессуарами и предоставлении общего доступа к дому на компьютере Mac см. разделы Управление аксессуарами в приложении «Дом» на компьютере Mac и Общий доступ к управлению аксессуарами приложения «Дом» на компьютере Mac Руководства пользователя приложения «Дом» для Mac.

    Настройка iCloud для приложения «Дом» на Apple TV

    На Apple TV откройте приложение «Настройки».

    Выберите «Пользователи» и «Учетные записи». Выберите свою учетную запись, затем iCloud. Убедитесь, что вошли в систему с помощью Apple ID.

    Теперь Вы можете активировать аксессуары HomeKit и запускать сценарии, которые настроили в приложении «Дом» на других устройствах.

    Чтобы использовать аксессуары HomeKit на Apple TV, откройте «Пункт управления» и выберите кнопку HomeKit.

    Подробнее об управлении сценариями HomeKit и камерами на Apple TV см. в материале Использование Пункта управления tvOS на Apple TV.

    Список совместимых аксессуаров см. на сайте «Аксессуары для умного дома».

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    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Location based automations in HomeKit are easy to set up and are among the most useful ones to use. But every now and then they just stop working for some unknown reason.

    So here are all the different settings to double check and troubleshooting procedures to go through to get your HomeKit location automations back up and running.

    The first setting you will want to check is in Location Services; both on your phone, and on your HomeKit Hub.

    On your iPhone, follow these steps:

    1. Open Settings
    2. Scroll down to Privacy
    3. Select Location Services
    4. Make Sure Location Services Are Enabled
    5. Select Share My Location
    6. Enable Share My Location
    7. Make sure “My Location” Says “This Device”.
    8. Go Back to Location Services
    9. Select Home
    10. Use Precise Location and “While Using the App” as it is the best current option
    11. Go Back to Location Services
    12. Select System Services at the bottom
    13. Make sure HomeKit is toggled ON
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    If you have multiple people in your Home, and your HomeKit location automation include them, follow those steps on their devices as well.

    If you use an Apple TV as your HomeKit Hub, you will want to make sure Location services are enabled there as well.

    On your Apple TV, follow these steps:

    1. Go to Settings > General > Privacy
    2. Select Location Services
    3. Make sure HomeKit is set to “Always”

    At this point you will want to check to see if these changes worked. Hopefully these settings fixed your automation issues.

    If not, the next steps will include reseting some settings.

    On your iPhone(s), follow these steps:

    1. Open Settings > General > Reset
    2. Reset Location and Privacy
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    This will help the iPhone reestablish its location settings. You will want to double check all of the settings from the top of the post to make sure that they are all enabled and set up correctly.

    You can also try to delete the HomeKit location automation and set it up again after resetting the settings on your iPhone(s).

    Beyond these troubleshooting measures are starting your whole home again, which depending on the amount of devices you have, may or may not be feasible or worth it. If you only have a handful of devices, it could make sense to try that, including resetting your HomeKit Hubs, but if you have dozens of devices and lots of automatons that do work, then it will be a personal choice on how much free time and will power you have to set it all up again.

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    The Ezzi Home is the most popular app to control your HomeKit-connected accessories from iPhone. Guess why? Because it really works. And we always improving it with your feedback. So do not hesitate to contact us if you have what to say =)

    This app is a perfect way to:

    • Access all your accessories from one screen;
    • Manage and organize the devices by collecting them into pins. A pin can be set to correspond with any selection of devices: rooms / zones / groups / categories or users;
    • View current and desired device parameters;
    • Set the device parameters with just a tap;
    • Add devices to different collections using pins like: “security”, “all lights”, “kitchen”, etc;
    • Control accessories in pins with Siri;
    • Create scenes to control devices settings in different combinations and to apply them with one tap;
    • Manage user properties and invite other people you want to control the accessories;
    • Control all accessories within one home or create multiple homes.

    How Ezzi Home app differs from other HomeKit apps?:

    • Single interface & ezzi setup. No matter how many HomeKit-compatible devices do you have or planning to buy – just download the Ezzi Home app, connect your iPhone to your local WiFi & scan will run automatically. Thermostats, light bulbs, garage openers, door locks and conditioners – all from one app. No additional apps or hardware needed.
    • Custom dashboard. You can create a collection of devices on a dashboard and name whatever you want. Define your own logic on how to group HomeKit-connected accessories. Devices or groups of devices, presets, rooms and homes, areas, zones, apartments – group them all in one collection (dash) and name as you wish.
    • Slick design. We are passionate about making really handy app.
    • Ezzi Home is absolutely free. No full screen ads, no push notification ads or any other pop-up ads!
    • Online support. Contact us via built-in support chat inside the app and our support manager Xsenia will answer you in a few hours.

    Built for HomeKit, Ezzi Home works with many sorts of devices that are compatible with HomeKit standard: smart thermostats and lights, door locks and window shades, air conditioners and fans, smoke and security sensors, switches and many more.

    All accessories must be compatible with HomeKit to work with the app.

    When I updated to iOS 9.2 on my iPhone this week, I ran into a terrifying bug: Upon restart, my HomeKit house vanished.

    First, the good news. The data still showed up on my other devices, including on a device I’d given guest access to, so it thankfully hadn’t vanished into the ether and I didn’t have to consider resetting my whole HomeKit house. (I’ve done that for troubleshooting articles before. It’s not fun.)

    But no matter what I did, I just couldn’t see HomeKit on my iPhone. The HomeKit scren appeared in the Settings app, but instead of “The Palace,” I saw a mournful “You currently do not have any homes or invitations to homes.” No bueno.

    After some consultation and experimentation, it turns out that a strange app bug had glitched my iCloud syncing. As a result, myHomeKit data in iCloud stopped syncing with my physical device, presenting as a device with no data. (I’ve also seen a bug where your accessories show up, but you can’t interact with any of them.) Your data is fine—as evidenced by perfectly-functioning HomeKit apps on other iOS accessories logged into your account—but it just can’t communicate with your iPhone any longer.

    If you’ve run into something similar yourself, here are a few troubleshooting steps you can take to try and fix it.

    Step 1: Reboot your device.

    Sometimes a simple device reboot is all your iPhone needs to right itself back with the iCloud sync repository.

    Step 2: Turn iCloud Keychain off.

    If a reboot doesn’t work, try rebooting the next best thing: iCloud Keychain. Your HomeKit data syncs via iCloud’s encrypted storage locker, and turning it off and on again forces a re-sync between your device and the keychain.

    NOTE: Before you turn off iCloud Keychain, make sure you either know your security code or have another device of yours logged in to iCloud nearby so you can reauthenticate your iPhone.

    1. Go to Settings > iCloud.
    2. Tap on Keychain.
    3. Turn iCloud Keychain off.

  • Reboot your device.
  • Go to Settings > iCloud > Keychain and turn iCloud Keychain back on.
  • Approve iCloud Keychain from another device or enter your security code.
  • Wait a few minutes to see if your Home data reappears; if it doesn’t, try rebooting your device again.
  • Step 3: Reset your iCloud account on your device

    If rebooting iCloud Keychain didn’t do the trick, it’s time to consider the nuclear option: Logging out of iCloud on your device. This can be a pain for a number of different reasons, but the biggest annoyance is that it resets all credit and loyalty cards you have in Apple Pay. Still, if you haven’t had luck with any of the above steps, it might be time to give this a try.

    For this step, you’ll also need a second Apple ID—to help reset iCloud sync. If you don’t have one (or live with a significant other who has one), you can create one for free at the sign in screen.

    1. Go to Settings > iCloud.
    2. Tap Sign Out, and confirm.
    3. You’ll be prompted that all iCloud-stored notes and images will be deleted from your device. Press Delete to confirm.

  • Press Keep on My [device] when iCloud prompts you about locally-stored calendars, News data, Safari data, and more (to reduce sync time).
  • Enter your Apple ID password and press Turn Off.
  • After your account is disabled, go back to the iCloud settings screen.
  • Log in with your other iCloud account (or create a new iCloud account at this time).
  • Tap Don’t Merge when asked about your data.

  • Log out of the secondary iCloud account (follow steps 2-5).
  • Log back into your primary iCloud account.
  • Tap Merge when asked about your data.
  • Go to the Keychain screen and turn iCloud Keychain back on.
  • Approve iCloud Keychain from another device or enter your security code.
  • Wait a few minutes to see if your Home data reappears in your HomeKit app of choice; if it doesn’t, try rebooting your device.
  • Questions?

    Let us know in the comments. Step 3 was the step that finally worked for me, though it did come at the cost of having to set up my Apple Pay cards once more. With luck, you’ll be able to reset your HomeKit data with one of the earlier steps.

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    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit homeOne of the main benefits of using Apple’s HomeKit framework is the ability to control your HomeKit-compatible devices when you’re away from home.

    For instance, if you are about to leave the office, you can use the Home app or ask Siri on your iPhone to increase the temperature of a connected thermostat at home so that it’s nice and cozy when you arrive.

    Before you can trigger actions when you’re away from home, you need to designate a device as a home hub, which remains powered on and connected at your home when you’re away. Click on one of the links below to learn how to set up an Apple device as a home hub.

    Controlling HomeKit Accessories Remotely

    Once you’ve set up your home hub, you’ll need to enable two-factor authentication on your iCloud account, otherwise you won’t be able to remotely access your ‌HomeKit‌ accessories.

    Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to start controlling your ‌HomeKit‌ accessories when you’re away from home. You can do this wherever you’ve got a data connection on your ‌iPhone‌. Siri can be used to remotely access your accessories, as can the Home app. You can also set particular HomeKit scenes and accessories as “Favorites” so that you can access them quickly and easily from the app’s Home tab and in Control Center on your ‌iPhone‌ or iPad.

    Once you’ve set up your favorites, you can access them from the Control Center like so.

      To open Control Center on an ‌iPad‌ with a Home button, double-tap the Home button; on ‌iPhone‌ 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen; and on a 2018 iPad Pro or ‌iPhone‌ X/XR/XS/XS Max, swipe down from the upper right of the screen.

  • Press and hold the Home icon.
  • You can switch between Favorite Accessories and Favorite Scenes using the relevant button at the top of this panel.
  • When you have a lot of ‌HomeKit‌ products, the built-in Favorites option is a great way to put the devices that you need to access most right on the main page of the Home app, such as lights and smart plugs.

    This guide will help you to migrate your Home to another AppleID.

    We recommend using two devices for the migration.

    • Source Device: A device logged into the current AppleID that contains the HomeKit setup.
    • Target Device: A device logged into the new AppleID

    To keep this guide more straightforward, we will only call them Source Device and Target Device from now on.

    There are a few things you can do to make the migration easier.

    Limitations

    Please read through the backup limitations before you migrate your Home. Everything that Controller can’t backup also won’t be migrated. You will need to recreate these parts manually. It might be a good idea to create some screenshots before you continue to make this easier later.

    HomeKit Codes

    You will need to reconnect all your Accessories to the new Home. Reconnecting will be faster if you add all your HomeKit Codes to Controller before migrating the Home. The Codes will be migrated as a part of the Backup and displayed when you need them. You can also print them out to make scanning even faster.

    To migrate your Home, you need to create a Backup of your Home and restore it on your Target Device. You have two options to get a Backup of the Home to the Target Device.

    1. Invite the new AppleID into your Home and create the Backup with the new AppleID. (Recommended)
    2. Create an iCloud Backup and transfer the .backup file from the old iCloud Account to the new one.

    Option 1: Invite AppleID Into Your Home (Recommended)

    Allow the new AppleID to control your Home and give it all permissions. You can read how to do this in Apple’s documentation. Use the Source Device to do this.

    Install Controller on the Target Device. Then tap or click on the house in the top-right corner and switch to the Home you want to migrate. Next, go to Backups and create a new one. Controller will guide you through the necessary steps.

    Option 2: iCloud Backup

    Open Controller on the Source Device. Go to “Settings” from the menu and make sure to select “iCloud” as Backup location.

    Then go back to the menu and tap or click on the house in the top-right corner. Switch to the Home that you want to migrate. Go to Backups and create a new one. Controller will guide you through the necessary steps.

    Install Controller on the Target Device and open it once. This will make sure, that the “Controller for HomeKit” folder in your iCloud Drive gets created.

    Open iCloud Drive, with the Files app, on your Source Device. There is a folder “Controller for HomeKit” that contains your Backup files. Copy the newest Backup into the “Controller for HomeKit” folder in the iCloud Drive of the new AppleID.

    (Finder on Mac will not work for this because it won’t allow you to add new files to the “Controller for HomeKit” folder.)

    Next, open Controller on the Target Device and create a new home. Then navigate to Backups -> All Backups, and tap or click “Show All Homes” at the bottom of the list. The copied Backup should appear now. Choose it and make sure that you have the correct Backup.

    When you restore the new Home, Controller will ask you to connect the Accessories to it. You must remove all Accessories from the old Home before you can do that. Alternatively, you can delete the old Home completely.

    Finally, you can restore the Home on the Target Device. Again, Controller will guide you through the required steps.

    Congratulations, you have migrated your Home!

    When you are experiencing a smart home automation system without any flaws it’s amazing but what if it breaks down? Usually, the Apple homekit is quite a stable platform that doesn’t crash often but when it does it can be pretty hectic. And to find solutions, only one thing will come up in your mind ‘how to fix this?’ So if you are facing some trouble or you just want to prepare yourself for any unwanted circumstances like this then follow the steps mentioned in this article.

    Situation varies. Here are some suggestions for some situations you might face if your homekit gets crashed.

    This situation might come sometimes when you will open the Home app and notice the screen saying “loading Accessories and scenes”. And this screen usually doesn’t go away and your home automation doesn’t seem to work. So here are some ways to fix this.

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    HOW TO FIX THIS:

    1. Wait. When it appears “loading Accessories and scenes” it is better to wait for some moment as sometimes it can mean iCloud is updating and it will automatically resolve the issue after iCloud finishes the updating process.
    2. When it is in the process make sure that all your Homekit devices are updated, using iCloud, and have two-factor authentication set up.
    3. Then restart the Homekit hub and relaunch the App to check whether it’s working or not.

    If anything mentioned above isn’t working then try these further steps:

    1. Tap sign out to Sign out of iCloud and click delete to confirm.
    2. Sign in again
    3. Open the home app and check whether it worked or not.

    And finally, if nothing worked, you have only one option left:

    1. Go to Home App
    2. When the “loading Accessories and scenes” appears click reset home configuration.
    3. Click it again to confirm.
    4. Wait.

    After completion of the reset process, you will get a brand new Home app and again you have to add all of your Homekit devices.

    If you just want to re-setup your Home setup and want to reset the Homekit Home then follow these below steps:

    1. Open the Home app.
    2. Click the Home button.
    3. Head over to Home settings and by scrolling down select Remove Home.
    4. Then click Remove.
    5. Reopen the app and you will get the new Homekit home.

    Can I restore all the devices and settings from iCloud backup? The answer is no. Apple doesn’t give access to restore any Homekit data as they are merged in your iPhone backup.

    If you have a second home outfitted with HomeKit devices, you can easily add it to Apple’s Home app and keep all of the device settings you own in that location completely separate from your primary home.

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    Once you’ve set up a second home in the Home app, you can set up rooms and zones in it and control any device remotely, just like you can in your main home. To add a second home to ‌HomeKit‌, just follow these steps.

    How to Add a Second Home to HomeKit

    1. Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
    2. Tap the Home icon or location arrow in the top left of the screen.
    3. Tap Add Home in the top left of the screen.

  • Give your second home a name.
  • To add a recognizable backdrop to your second home’s main screen, either tap Take Photo. or Choose from Existing.

  • Tap Save.
  • Tap Invite. to give other people smart device access to your second connected home.
  • You can optionally add notes for people who are sharing your home under Home Notes.
  • Now that your second home is set up, tap Add Accessory to start adding smart devices to it. You can switch between homes within the Home app anytime by tapping the Home icon in the top left of the screen.

    You can also have the Home app automatically switch between homes based on your location. To do so, tap the Home icon, select Home Settings. and toggle on the switch next to Home Switching, then press Done.

    How to Remove a Second Home From HomeKit

    1. Launch the Home App on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
    2. Tap the Home icon or location arrow in the top left of the screen.

  • Tap Home Settings. .
  • Tap the name of the home that you want to remove.

  • Scroll down to the bottom and select Remove Home.
  • Tap Remove to confirm.
  • Removing a home from ‌HomeKit‌ will delete all of your accessories and settings, so make sure that’s what you want to do before hitting that delete button.

    HomeKit devices can include everything from Apple products like Apple TV and HomePod to third party devices like smart power outlets, smart lightbulbs, security cameras, doorbell cameras, garage door openers, light switches, and so much more.

    HomeKit devices are used with the Home app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and while they should be working fine after an initial setup, occasionally you may run into connectivity issues or other problems with HomeKit. Perhaps you’re seeing an error saying the device is unreachable, or you just can’t connect to a HomeKit device, for example.

    If you’re experiencing issues with a HomeKit device, read along for some common troubleshooting steps and tricks to potentially resolve the issue with the HomeKit device, and the Home app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

    How to Fix & Troubleshoot HomeKit & Home App Connection Problems

    While the Home app can be very vague when it comes to troubleshooting problematic HomeKit devices, we’re going to review some common troubleshooting steps and tricks that may help resolve connectivity issues with HomeKit products. Some of these troubleshooting tips will also be aimed at the iPhone, iPad, or Mac as well, since occasionally the issue is with that device rather than the HomeKit device itself.

    1: Make Sure HomeKit Device is On

    This may seem obvious, but first make sure the HomeKit device is powered on, since without electricity you’re going to be using any HomeKit device (yet anyway, HomeKit is futuristic but we’re not that far in the future).

    Sometimes a device can become accidentally disconnected or unplugged, or a power strip gets turned off, and that may be preventing the device from being powered on as necessary.

    2: Turn HomeKit Device Off, Wait, Turn Back On Again

    The next common troubleshooting tip is to turn off the HomeKit device, wait about 10-15 long seconds, and then power the device back on again.

    Often a simple power reboot of the HomeKit device can resolve issues with it.

    3: Reboot the iPhone, iPad, or Mac

    Sometimes the iPhone, iPad, or Mac that is using the Home app is the issue, and not the HomeKit device itself.

    Thus, simply turn the iPhone or iPad off, wait a few seconds, and then turn the iPhone or iPad back on again, waiting for it to reconnect to the same Wi-Fi network as the HomeKit device before

    If it’s a Mac, simply rebooting the Mac and reopening the Home app can resolve the issue too.

    4: Check Wi-Fi Network Connectivity, Reboot Wi-Fi Router

    You’ll want to make sure the wi-fi network is up and running as expected, since all devices are dependent on the internet.

    You can confirm wi-fi is working by checking the internet connection from multiple devices.

    Sometimes rebooting the wi-fi router is helpful, which is typically achieved by unplugging the power cord from the wi-fi router, waiting 10 long seconds, and then reconnecting the power cord to the wi-fi router again. Then wait a minute or two while the wi-fi router reconfigures itself and devices reconnect to it.

    5: Make Sure iPhone, iPad, Mac are Connected to the Internet

    You’ll need to make sure the iPhone, iPad, or Mac is online, and on the same wi-fi network as the HomeKit devices.

    Make Sure HomeKit Devices are Connected to the Internet, on Same Wi-Fi Network

    You can check the HomeKit devices internet connections via the Home app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac by selecting them. If they’re not yet online, connect them.

    Also, be sure the HomeKit device(s) are on the same wi-fi network as the device using Home app, whether it’s a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

    7: Make Sure All Devices Are Signed Into iCloud

    Make sure the iPhone, iPad, or Mac is signed into iCloud and are using the same Apple ID. HomeKit and Home app require iCloud to function.

    8: Check Wi-Fi Network Band for 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz

    Some HomeKit devices work best on the 2.4Ghz wi-fi band, or only work with 2.4ghz even. Thus if the devices are having problems and are joined to a 5GHz wi-fi network, it’s worth trying switching them over to the 2.4ghz network, or changing the router to make sure the 2.4ghz network is functioning.

    Router settings vary per wifi router and manufacturer, but are typically adjusted by connecting to the router IP address via a web browser (for example, perhaps 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1) and adjusting from there.

    9: Remove the Device from Home App, then Re-Add it

    This is a bit of a hassle, but sometimes deleting the HomeKit device from the Home app and then re-adding it again can resolve connection issues.

    10: Remove the Device fro Home, Reset the HomeKit Device, Re-Add It

    This is by far the most inconvenient of all the options but it may work when nothing else is and you’ve done everything else. Essentially you’re going to be setting up the HomeKit device as if it were brand new.

    To do this, you must remove it from Home app, reset the HomeKit device itself (which varies per device, you may need to refer to the device manufacturers website or support site to figure out how to do this), and then re-add it again to the Home app as if it were brand new.

    Yes it’s a hassle, and yes you’ll lose all configurations and customizations for the HomeKit device if you go this route, but it may work.

    11: Still Not Working? Search the Web, Contact the Device Manufacturer

    If you’ve done all of the above and the HomeKit device is still not working with Home app, or still inaccessible from iPhone, iPad, or Mac, it’s time to start going a step further.

    If you’re technically inclined, you may try searching the web for the problem, using phrases like “(product name) connection problem” or “HomeKit (product name) not working”, and you may find an unexpected solution or different approach through support forums, websites like this one, or elsewhere on the web.

    If all else fails, the best thing to do is contact the HomeKit device manufacturer directly and speak with their Support department. They’ll have a series of troubleshooting steps to walk through (some of which you’ve done already if you followed this guide), and some which will be unique or specific to the device itself.

    Did the troubleshooting steps above help to resolve your HomeKit issues? What device were you having problems with? What was the error or problem you were having with Home app? Which solution worked for you? Did you find another resolution to your problem with the Home app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac? Share with us your experiences, tips, and advice in the comments!

    In Apple’s Home app, you can set particular HomeKit scenes and accessories as “Favorites” so that you can access them quickly and easily from the app’s Home tab and in Control Center on your iPhone or iPad.

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home
    Once you’ve added some ‌HomeKit‌ accessories and/or created some scenes, follow the steps below to start adding them to your Favorites. The second set of steps shows you how to access them in Control Center.

    How to Set HomeKit Favorites

    1. Launch the Home app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
    2. Tap the Rooms tab at the bottom of the screen.

  • Tap the Room selector icon at the top left of the screen.
  • Using the pop-up menu, select the room where the device you want to “Favorite” is located.
  • Press and hold on the device in question.
  • Tap Settings at the bottom of the screen.

  • Next to Include in Favorites, toggle the switch to the green ON position.
  • Tap Done.
  • How to Access Favorites in Control Center

    Note: You may need to add the Home icon to Control Center if it isn’t already there. To learn how, see our separate guide on customizing the Control Center.

      To open Control Center on an ‌iPad‌ with a Home button, double-tap the Home button; on ‌iPhone‌ 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen; and on a 2018 iPad Pro or ‌iPhone‌ X/XR/XS/XS Max, swipe down from the upper right of the screen.

  • Press and hold the Home icon.
  • You can switch between Favorite Accessories and Favorite Scenes using the relevant button at the top of this panel.
  • When you have a lot of ‌HomeKit‌ products, the built-in Favorites option is a great way to put the devices that you need to access most right on the main page of the Home app, such as lights and smart plugs. Devices like motion sensors that don’t need frequent access can be removed from favorites to prevent clutter, but all of your devices can be seen when browsing via the “Rooms” tab at the bottom of the Home app.

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    • In this article…
    • 1. Installing Homebridge
    • 2. Boot from your SD card
    • 3. Connect to the web interface
    • 4. Add plugins
    • 5. Add to HomeKit

    Apple HomeKit is one of the best home automation systems, giving you a single place to control all of your devices. Yet, its main issue is one of support. While Apple has removed the most restrictive rules to get the system working, hardware support still lags behind Alexa and SmartThings.

    Fortunately, the free Homebridge server is here to help. Via a series of plugins, this tool can let you add additional devices to your system, giving support to the likes of Ring, Honeywell Evohome and more.

    1. Installing Homebridge

    Homebridge.io contains links to download the server software. It will run on a Mac, Windows PC or even a Synology NAS. Once installed on either, the configuration instructions are the same from Step 3.

    Here, I’ll show you how to get Homebridge running on a Raspberry Pi, which is a cheap way to leave the server running all of the time.

    All you need is the mini-computer, such as the Raspberry Pi 4, and a microSD card (4GB or bigger). On a Windows or Mac, download the latest Homebridge Raspbian image. Then, download the Raspberry Pi Imager.

    On your main computer, insert the card into the card reader and then run the Raspberry Pi Imager. When it starts, select Choose OS and scroll to the bottom of the list and pick Use customer, then browse to the Raspbian Image that you downloaded. Select your SD card under storage and click Write.

    It will take a while for the card to be written, so sit tight.

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    2. Boot from your SD card

    Once the process has finished, put the SD card into your Pi. If you want to use Ethernet, plug in the cable now, then turn on the Pi; for Wi-Fi, turn on the Pi without an Ethernet cable. Your Pi will boot up.

    If you’re using Wi-Fi, get your phone out and connect to the temporary hotspot the Pi has created, and then configure your main wireless network. For Ethernet, skip this stage.

    3. Connect to the web interface

    For any server type, the instructions are now the same. Now, you can connect to the web interface. From any computer, open a web browser and enter http://homebridge.local. This should work. If it doesn’t, you’ll need the IP address of your device. You can usually find this in your router’s setting page, by looking at the IP reservation section of the interface.

    With the web interface, the address you need is http:// :8581. For me, this was http://192.168.0.150:8581. When prompted, enter the username as ‘admin’ and password as ‘admin’. You can change this under User accounts from the Homebridge menu: three dots after you’ve logged in.

    4. Add plugins

    You can now add devices to your server. Click the Plugins link and then you can search for the plugins that you want to install, such as Ring or Arlo. Your plugin will be automatically installed and then you’re usually prompted to add the login details of your connection to the service and devices will be discovered automatically.

    However, read the instructions for each plugin carefully, as some have additional setup steps. With SmartThings, for example, you need to install an app on your SmartThings app and copy and paste some details; with Dyson, you have to enter the IP address and Serial number for each fan you have.

    You may also want to create separate accounts for Homebridge to use. For example, Arlo only allows you to have one device logged in at a time. Creating a separate account for Homebridge, then sharing all of your devices with it, means that Homebridge will work.

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    5. Add to HomeKit

    Go back to the main page of the Homebridge server, and you’ll see a large QR code. Go to your phone and open the Home app, then tap the plus button. Scan the QR code and Homebridge will be added, along with all of the devices you added.

    Every Homebridge device will work and operate just like regular HomeKit devices, so you can control them or create automations.

    You can manage plugin updates, and add new plugins from your Homebridge web interface. If you get any problems, a quick reboot usually does this: click the power button icon in the Homebridge interface to do this.

    Technically speaking, a HomeKit Hub is not required to use HomeKit. But having a HomeKit Hub makes your smart home a lot smarter. You will need a HomeKit Hub for any of the following features:

    Controlling your HomeKit devices remotely (when away from your home)

    Share access to your HomeKit setup (for example, family members)

    Automate your HomeKit devices (for example, turn on the patio lights at dusk)

    HomeKit Hubs also work as a Bluetooth extender, allowing HomeKit communications to Bluetooth devices across your home.

    You can use the following devices as a HomeKit Hub:

    There are some exclusions and limitations to be made aware of regarding features and capabilities based on the specific model of device. For example, TV Gen3 doesn’t support remote access for shared users. Also be aware that the TV 4K supports Bluetooth 5, giving it greater range and speed than the TV Gen4. See Apple’s Tech Support Article on HomeKit Hubs for additional details about HomeKit Hubs.

    You can have as many HomeKit hubs as you want, and they will all work together. For example, I have Bluetooth temperature sensors throughout my home. Normally, Bluetooth only works within about 30ft, and doesn’t penetrate walls very well. By having a HomeKit Hub in the same room as the Bluetooth sensors, I can get the temperature readings from all of the sensors spread throughout the house.

    You can view your HomeKit Hubs by clicking the small Home icon in the upper left corner of the Home app. Under the Home Hubs section, it will list all of your HomeKit Hubs. It will list one hub as “Connected”, and the rest as “Standby”. The Connected hub is the hub that is currently in control of your devices. The Standby hubs work as Bluetooth extenders and will take over if the Connected hub becomes unavailable.

    Some people claim that the HomePod is a better hub than the TV. Some claim the TV is a better hub than the HomePod. They will go to great lengths to try and control which hub is “Connected”. This is a loosing battle, because it constantly changes on its own, and there is no way to prevent a HomePod from being a hub (you can control whether an TV functions as a HomeKit Hub or not). I have not had this experience, and my guess is that their experience is based on issues with their home network.

    At any rate, I have nine HomePods and four TV’s, all of which are configured as HomeKit Hubs. I never do anything to manage which one is the “Connected” hub, and everything works fine for me.

    We show you the best devices in each category

    Amazon has Alexa. Google has Google Assistant. Apple has Siri. A lot of people might say Siri lags behind the other two assistants, but there are still many that swear by Apple’s HomeKit smart home system.

    The one glaring downside to the Apple HomeKit system is the lack of widespread compatibility. Many devices (especially those made by third parties) do not work with Apple HomeKit, which limits the number of options users have.

    But if you’re fully immersed in the Apple ecosystem already and you want your smart home to reflect that, never fear. We’ve put together a list of the best devices in each category for a HomeKit-powered smart home.

    Best Smart TV For Apple HomeKit: Apple TV (Amazon)

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Technically speaking, the Apple TV isn’t a smart “TV” as much as it is an accessory, but there are perks to this.

    For starters, it’s much more affordable than a brand-new TV. You can plug it into any TV with an HDMI port and cast content straight from your phone or stream over any of the built-in apps. Newer versions of the Apple TV can even stream in 4K and sync with Bluetooth controllers to give even more control over the new Apple Arcade games. Apple TV has its own set of applications that make it worth looking into even if you already have a smart TV.

    Something else to keep in mind is that Apple requires a HomeKit “Hub” to control the system remotely, but it doesn’t sell a standalone device for that reason. You need to use an iPad, Apple TV, or Apple HomePod to act as a hub, so investing in an Apple TV kills two birds with one stone.

    Best Smart Lock For Apple HomeKit: August Smart Lock Pro (Amazon)

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    August is a proven brand that thousands of people rely on to keep their homes safe, and the August Smart Lock Pro improves upon the best features of previous generations.

    You can tell Siri to lock or unlock your door and program the device to lock automatically after a set amount of time. The August Smart Lock Pro will even unlock when you approach – a huge benefit if you have your arms full of groceries.

    Since everyone with access to the lock has an individual code, you’ll always know who is and isn’t home.

    Installation requires only a screwdriver and about ten minutes of time. You don’t even need to remove your existing deadbolt; the August Smart Lock Pro will attach over the top of it. August has always been one of the best options for smart locks, and its Apple HomeKit compatibility makes it even better.

    Best Smart Lights For Apple HomeKit: Philips Hue (Amazon)

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Philips Hue is one of the most-recommended brands for smart lights due to their reputation and track record for producing great lights. A lot of Apple HomeKit products can feel like imitations of more mainstream brands, but Philips Hue works with HomeKit out of the box. Schedule your lights to turn on and off at different times, control them with Siri, and even use the lights as wake-up alarms.

    If you have the Hue Color lights, you can ask Siri to change them to whatever color and shade you want. Philips Hue offers 16 million colors, as well as the ability to sync them with what you have on screen (if using a computer.) You can even make the lights pulse in time with music.

    Philips Hue bulbs can be pricey, but if you want the best for your smart home system, it’s hard to go wrong with these smart lights.

    Best Smart Plug For Apple HomeKit: Belkin WeMo (Amazon)

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    A lot of smart home products claim to be revolutionary, and to be fair, most do add a level of convenience to everyday life. Few devices come close to changing how everyday appliances work than a smart plug, however.

    Smart plugs give you the ability to control the power to anything plugged into them. They’re perfect for operating a “dumb” lamp or coffee pot. The Belkin WeMo is Apple HomeKit compatible and slim enough that it doesn’t dominate your entire wall outlet.

    You can schedule times for appliances to turn on and off, check whether something is powered on (no more forgetting about a curling iron or space heater), and even activate “Away Mode”, a setting that turns lights on at random times to look like someone is moving throughout the home. Many smart plugs are bulky, but the WeMo’s slender design makes it one of the best picks for an Apple HomeKit system.

    Best Smart Speaker For Apple HomeKit: Apple HomePod (Apple)

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    There are too many generic smart speakers to count, and while a lot of those work with HomeKit, none come close to the audio fidelity or power of the Apple HomePod.

    The smart speaker never gained mass-market appeal due to its high price point and limited functionality, but for HomeKit users there is no better option. The HomePod has incredible sound quality and a six-microphone array that lets it hear you from anywhere in the room.

    The HomePod will be the beating heart of a HomeKit smart home. Through it, you can ask Siri to play music, control the lights, lock the door, and stream your favorite content to the Apple TV.

    In an Apple HomeKit system, the HomePod takes the place of the Amazon Alexa or Google Home—and while Siri doesn’t yet compete on the same level as the other two smart assistants, a steady stream of improvements make her a solid choice nonetheless.

    Patrick is an Atlanta-based technology writer with a background in programming and smart home technology. When he isn’t writing, nose to the grindstone, he can be found keeping up with the latest developments in the tech world and upping his coffee game. Read Patrick’s Full Bio

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Uanset om du ikke længere har HomeKit-tilbehør eller bare skal fjerne en phantom-indgang i dit HomeKit-hjem, er det nemt at gøre det -Hvis du ved, hvor du skal kigge Lad os nu fjerne en HomeKit-enhed og guide dig igennem processen.

    I vores tilfælde havde vi et problem med vores Schlage Sense-smarte lås og besluttede at simpelthen fabriks nulstille den, inden den blev tilføjet til vores HomeKit-hjem. Efter at have gjort det med succes forstod vi, at vi ikke havde fjernet den gamle post fra HomeKit, og nu havde vi to smarte låse installeret – en, der fungerede godt og en, som HomeKit holdt klager over. Selvom du måske befinder dig i samme situation, kan du også bare fjerne en enhed helt, fordi du ikke længere bruger den, slippe af med det eller et antal grunde.

    Åbn Home appen på enhver iOS-enhed, der tilhører HomeKit-administratoren (HomeKit-administratoren er den person, hvis iCloud-konto blev brugt til at konfigurere HomeKit-systemet). Vælg indgangen i den nederste navigationslinje for “Værelser”.

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Enheden, vi vil fjerne, er faktisk rigtig på vores hovedskærm under kategorien “Favorit tilbehør”, men det vil ikke være front og center for alle, så vi Jeg skal bore et lag dybere i menuen. Stryg til venstre eller højre i menuen “Værelser”, indtil du finder lokalet hvor enheden er. Hvis du aldrig har tildelt enheden til et værelse, bliver det som vores smarte lås placeret i panelet “Standard Room”.

    Tryk og hold indgangen til den enhed, du vil fjerne fra dit HomeKit-hjem. Hvis du gør det, trækker du en mere detaljeret indgang til enheden.

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Der vil du finde yderligere oplysninger om den givne enhed, f.eks. “Firmware-opdatering nødvendig”, enhedens generelle status (til, fra) og, af Selvfølgelig, hvis du forsøger at fjerne en fejlagtig eller manglende post som vi er, vil du se “Intet svar”, fordi det pågældende tilbehør ikke findes.

    Klik på knappen “Detaljer” nederst til

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Rul ned til bunden af ​​det detaljerede billede og vælg “Fjern tilbehør”.

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Bekræft, at du vil fjerne det ved at trykke på “Fjern” i pop op-dialogboksen.

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    RELATED: Sådan Reset Your HomeKit Devices and Configuration

    Det er det! Efter at have gravet ned (måske et lag eller to længere end du ville forvente), har vi fjernet et HomeKit-objekt. Hvis din HomeKit woes kører lidt dybere end blot at fjerne en enkelt genstand, og du skal enten nulstille en eller flere elementer (eller tørre hele din HomeKit-konfiguration for at starte frisk), skal du tage et øjeblik for at se vores detaljerede vejledning i sagen.

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Googles startside standard musikudbyder er Google Play Musik, men enheden understøtter også Spotify. Sådan linker du din Spotify-konto til dit Google-hjem for at afspille alle de tredjeparts musik, du nogensinde vil have. RELATERET: Sådan opretter du Google Home Ligesom Alexa kan du ændre standardmusiktjenesten.

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Vi har alle haft det øjeblik, hvor vi har brug for en fil på vores telefon, der sker på computeren. Nu er der et par måder, du kan gøre dette på: Send det til dig selv, læg det i cloud storage som Dropbox, eller endda overføre det med et USB-kabel. Men der er en hurtigere og lettere måde. Indtast portal.

    This shows how to make smart home devices, which can be controlled/monitored via Siri or Home app.

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    Hardware components

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    Software apps and online services

    Let’s make the smart home devices and control/monitor it via Apple Siri or Apple Home App.

    After reading this tutorial, you are able to make Siri and Home app:

    • monitor any kind of sensors, which is listed by Apple.
    • control any kind of devices, which is listed by Apple.

    Siri supports multiple languages. It just needs to change language setting on Siri without changing any line of code.

    Step 1: Installing homebridge on Raspberry Pi

    Step 2: Installing PHPoC Plugin on Raspberry Pi

    PHPoC plugin does two main tasks:

    • Periodically making HTTP request to PHPoC board to get states of sensors/devices and updating these states to Home App.
    • On-demand making HTTP request to PHPoC board to control/monitor sensors/devices when there is request from Siri or Home app.

    To install PHPoC plugin, type the following command:

    Step 3: Writing Config File on Raspberry Pi

    Config file mainly defines which devices and their characteristics is shown on Home app.

    Refer to the sample config.json file below

    We just need to take a look at accessories part. Here I defines four accessories (also called devices):

    • Living Room Lamp: Allow to control and monitor on/off state.
    • Bedroom Lamp: Allow to control and monitor on/off state and brightness.
    • Carbon Monoxide Sensor: Allow to detect the Carbon Monoxide and monitor Carbon Monoxide level and Carbon Monoxide peek level.
    • Temperature Sensor: Allow to monitor temperature value from temperature sensor.

    Structure of each accessories is the same. They has the following fields:

    • “accessory”: Value is “PHPoC” because it uses homebridge-phpoc plugin installed above.
    • “name”: This will be displayed in Home App and is Keyword to ask Siri. No rule for this field but I recommend to use the name of sensors/devices
    • “service”: device type. It MUST be the one of Apple-defined services, which specified in HomeKit Accessory Protocol Specification
    • “characteristics”: characteristics of sensors/devices. It MUST be some of Apple-defined characteristics, which specified in HomeKit Accessory Protocol Specification
    • “url”: the link to PHPoC devices, which reads value from sensors or take control of devices.
    • “update_interval”: Interval of updating characteristics of accessories to Home App. The unit is millisecond.

    Step 4: Connecting PHPoC Board to Sensors/Devices and Writing PHPoC Code

    After connecting PHPoC board to sensors/devices, We need to write code for PHPoC board to handle HTTP request from homebridge-phpoc plugin.

    In case of controlling, PHPoC code does:

    • Get the controlling information from HTTP request and then control devices
    • Read states of sensors/devices and then send back to homebridge-phpoc plugin.

    In case of monitoring, PHPoC code does:

    • Read states of sensors/devices and then send back to homebridge-phpoc plugin.

    Note: when sending back states of sensors/devices, data MUST be in json format. Keys MUST be characteristics name without blank spaces. For example, if characteristic is ” Carbon Monoxide Level “, json key MUST be ” CarbonMonoxideLevel “.

    • Carbon Monoxide Sensor: only monitoring
    • Temperature Sensor: only monitoring
    • Lightbulb: monitoring and controlling

    Step 5: Setting Home app your iPhone, iPad

    Step 6: Controlling and Monitoring via Siri or Home app

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    • In this article…
    • 1. Create a new group
    • 2. Control your group
    • 3. Add new devices to the group
    • 4. You might like
    • 5. Get rid of a group

    Apple Home and HomeKit are great ways to control all of your compatible devices in one place. There’s one little issue: devices all come in individually into the app, including each and every smart bulb. Here, I’ll show you how to group lights in HomeKit for easier control.

    For this tutorial to work, you need to have HomeKit compatible smart lights, such as the Philips Hue range. Your lights need to be available in the Home app and I’ll assume that your lights are already in the correct rooms.

    1. Create a new group

    Open up the Home app and go to a room. Here, you’ll see a set of lights, with each one individually controllable. That makes turning lights on and off and setting colours a pain, so it’s easier to group them together.

    To do this, long-press any light, then tap the Settings cog. Scroll down and select the Group with Other Accessories link. This will take you a list of compatible devices, so select all of the other bulbs that you want to group together. Type in a group name at the top of the dialog box and then tap Done.

    Note that you can only group devices of the same type together. For example, if you have smart plugs that control lights, they can’t be grouped together with smart bulbs, which is a little annoying.

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    2. Control your group

    Go back to the same room and you’ll see that you’ve now got an icon for Lights. Tap this to toggle all of your grouped lights on and off. Press and hold the icon and you can change the brightness, temperature or colour of all of the lights at the same time.

    If you have a HomePod Mini in the same room, you can command your lights without saying which room they’re in: “Hey Siri, turn on lights” or “Hey Siri, set lights to red”.

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    3. Add new devices to the group

    If you get new devices and want to add them to the group, you can do this. Press and hold your lighting group, then tap the settings cog. Tap Accessories and you’ll see which devices are in the group: you can control individual devices here. Tap Edit and you’ll see a list of compatible devices. You can add new devices to the group by tapping them, or you can remove existing items from the group by deselecting them.

    Get to know the software behind Apple’s Siri-powered smart home platform.

    Megan Wollerton has covered technology for CNET since 2013. Before that, she wrote for NBC’s Dvice.com (now SyFy). Megan has a master’s degree from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, both in international relations. She is a board member of the Louisville chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s planning far-flung adventures.

    “Siri, open my bedroom shades.”

    You might not know it, but you’re using Apple HomeKit every time you issue a smart-home-related voice command on your iPhone , HomePod — or other Siri -compatible device.

    HomeKit is to Apple what Alexa skills are to Amazon , or what actions are to Google . It’s that intangible, but vital in-the-background software that makes it possible for you to turn on your smart lights every morning with a simple Siri command (or from Apple’s iOS-only Home app).

    HomeKit software was introduced way back at WWDC 2014 — before we had even heard of those now-ubiquitous smart speakers called the Amazon Echo and the Google Home . Still, HomeKit and the HomePod smart speaker aren’t nearly as well known as their competitors. Here’s a close-up look at Apple HomeKit — what it is, why it matters and how it fits into the growing smart home landscape.

    Look inside this $1 million Apple smart home

    A brief chronology

    The timeline for HomeKit is important because it helps explain how Amazon and Google gained ground so quickly — even though they technically joined the smart home market after Apple. Take a look:

    June 2014 – Apple announces HomeKit at WWDC, but no accompanying smart speaker and keeps it closed to developers

    November 2014 – Amazon introduces the Amazon Echo , along with Alexa, Alexa skills and the Alexa app

    June 2015 – The first batch of HomeKit-enabled devices hit stores , updated with MFi chips as part of Apple’s certification program

    September 2016 – Apple introduces the Home app for adding HomeKit devices and controlling them from your phone

    October 2016 – Google introduces the Google Home , along with Google Assistant, Google actions and the Google Home app

    February 2018 – Apple introduces the HomePod , the first Apple smart home speaker, nearly four years after HomeKit

    Between November 2014 and February 2018, Amazon and Google also added additional smart speakers to their device lineup. Amazon’s smart speakers range from the $50 (£50, AU$79) Echo Dot to the $230 (£200 or roughly AU$300 converted) Echo Show . Google’s range from the $50 (£50, AU$80) Home Mini to the $399 Home Max (not yet available internationally, but we predict a £399 and AU$599 price when it is).

    Taking a look at HomeKit’s competition

    Apple Amazon Google
    Software HomeKit (closed) Skills (open) Actions (open)
    Voice assistant Siri (iOS only) Alexa (Android and iOS) Google Assistant (Android and iOS)
    Device(s) Apple HomePod Amazon Echo (among others) Google Home (among others)
    Mobile app Home (iOS only) Alexa (Android and iOS) Google Home (Android and iOS)

    Open or closed?

    There’s a reason HomeKit isn’t as well known as Alexa skills or Google actions.

    Unlike Amazon, which opened up its Alexa skills to developers early on (the same goes for Google actions), Apple has maintained control of HomeKit from day one. Outside commercial developers can’t create Siri-voice-powered integrations for their connected devices. Also, Apple previously required third-party companies requesting integration with Siri to install a piece of hardware called an MFi chip in their devices.

    The MFi chip is no longer required , but HomeKit hopefuls still have to go through the MFi certification program to apply for integration with Siri.

    Related links

    • An Apple smart home, made to order
    • What is HomeKit?
    • Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is better, but here are 5 things it still needs to beat Alexa

    Largely because of its closed-off nature, HomeKit hasn’t advanced as quickly as its competitors. Here’s where you can find all of the devices that work with Apple HomeKit .

    HomeKit lives in the iOS-only Home app . It’s the place where you pair new compatible devices, assign them to rooms in your house and create custom “scenes” (if you want) like “Good morning.” “Good morning” might turn on your bedroom lights , adjust the living room thermostat and open all of the window shades — simultaneously.

    You can either enable your “Good morning” scene from the Home app or ask Siri to do it on your iOS device or on a HomePod smart speaker.

    Screenshots by Ry Crist/CNET

    Adding a HomeKit device to the Home app (see the screenshot above) involves scanning a special code included with your purchase. It’s typically printed on a sticker on the device itself.

    Unlike Amazon or Google, Apple’s Home app wasn’t introduced until two years after HomeKit was first announced. The earliest HomeKit integrations, unsurprisingly, were confusing to configure because there was no mobile app to launch them from. You instead had to connect them through the third-party device’s native app, which didn’t always follow a standardized process.

    The outlook

    Apple finally has all of the main pieces it needs to be a comprehensive smart home platform — HomeKit, Siri, the HomePod and the Home app. Why it took the tech giant four years between introducing HomeKit and actually offering a smart speaker to accompany it is less clear. Either way, there are still a couple of things Apple could do to grow the customer base of HomeKit: a Home app for Android customers and a HomeKit SDK that’s completely open to developers (another thing that was reportedly in the works , but is currently only available to MFi licensees) — but I’m not holding my breath.

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Near Field Communication or NFC is a set of communication protocols that wirelessly transfers data and interacts between two NFC-enabled devices, with just a tap. Many might confuse it with Bluetooth, but both the technologies are different. The considerable difference between the two is that Bluetooth only helps transfer data wirelessly, while NFC can interact via Bluetooth. By interaction, I mean to say is that you can control your HomeKit devices with NFC tag on iPhone.

    Confused? Let me elaborate. If your home is equipped with HomeKit devices, you can efficiently operate all of them with your iPhone in just a single tap. By pasting the NFC tags on your lamps or lights or anything, you can control the devices with a tap. So, you can turn the lights on or off with a tapping of your iPhone. You can also change the mood lighting and much more with these devices. The reason why I said iOS 13 or iOS 14 running iPhones because the new update comes with a bunch of shortcuts to implement such actions. So, let’s see how it works!

    How to Use NFC to Control your Home with iPhone

    What you need: A few NFC tags, HomeKit compatible device like a lamp, and an iOS 14 running iPhone.

    Step #1. Stick the NFC tag on the HomeKit appliances you wish to control.

    Step #2. Launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone to create a command/trigger.

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Step #3. Tap on the Automation (Middle icon on the bottom), then tap the Create Personal Automation.

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Step #4. Scroll Down and tap on NFC setting from the pop-up menu and select choose next to Tap an NFC Tag to scan the NFC Tag.

    How to remove homekit devices from your apple homekit home

    Step #5. Once you have scanned a tag, give it a name and tap on the Next button.

    Step #6. Select ‘Add an action’ option from the screen that shows up and search for the action you want to trigger with that tag. For, e.g., Turn Off the lights.

    And the trigger will be created for that particular tag. So whenever you tapping on that NFC tag with your iPhone, the lights will turn off.

    For this tutorial, I have selected a primary and straightforward trigger, but you could be as creative with it as you want. You can use it turn on your security alarms while you go to bed or go out of the house, or you can use it to control the temperature of your AC at certain time intervals.

    Signing Off…

    I hope that this tutorial will give you an idea about using NFC tags to access your smart home appliances. If you have some very creative trigger ideas to use these NFC tags, then please let us know in the comments below.

    HomeKit and Siri get a handful of updates in Apple’s latest iOS release.

    Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 15 , landed on devices today. It includes several updates for the oft-overlooked HomeKit ecosystem, including Siri updates that feel long overdue. Here’s a look at what you’ll be able to do with iPhone and HomeKit devices in the new iOS.

    Ask Siri to do things later

    Ask Siri to control smart home devices at a specific time like turning off the lights in 10 minutes

    Siri will finally be able to do things at a later time. You can ask Siri to do something like “turn off my bedroom lights at 7 p.m.” or something dependent on an event like, “turn off all the lights when I leave.” Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa can already do this, and Siri is catching up with these delayed command options.

    The Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell will support HomeKit Secure Video.

    HomeKit Secure Video

    Support for package detection with HomeKit Secure Video

    HomeKit Secure Video compatible cameras and doorbells will be able to spot packages in the new iOS. HomeKit Secure Video requires an iCloud plan, compatible HomeKit-enabled security camera and HomePod, Apple TV or iPad as the home hub. All HomeKit Secure Video data is encrypted end to end.

    The update also includes the ability to add unlimited cameras with your iCloud Plus account, depending on your subscription. iCloud Plus plans start at $1 per month for 50GB and support for one camera, and go up to $10 per month for unlimited camera support and 2TB of data.

    HomePod Mini as Apple TV speakers

    Select a single or pair of HomePod mini as the default speakers for your Apple TV 4K for rich room-filling sound and clear dialogue

    A single HomePod Mini or pair of HomePod Minis can now be the default speakers for your Apple TV. Previously, you could use HomePod Minis as a stereo pair for Apple TV, but the default integration makes this much simpler.

    HomePod Minis can work as a stereo pair for Apple TV.

    Updated Media Controls

    Media playback controls automatically appear on your iPhone’s Lock Screen when a HomePod mini playing music is nearby

    It will now be easier to control your HomePod or HomePod Mini from your lock screen when you’re nearby and it’s streaming. The HomePod already has the helpful hand-off feature for transferring music from your iPhone to your HomePod Mini by hovering over it.

    Adjust bass level

    Set a lower bass level to enjoy music without disturbing the neighbors

    You can now further adjust your HomePod and HomePod Mini speakers with a lower bass level. Dolby Atmos (spatial audio) and lossless music were tested in beta this year, but don’t appear on the iOS 15 update list.

    Control Apple TV with Siri

    Ask Siri to turn on your Apple TV, start playing a favorite movie, and control playback while you watch

    In addition to setting your HomePod Minis as the default speakers for your Apple TV, you’ll now be able to start playing content and control playback with Siri. Google Assistant and Chromecast, and Alexa and Fire TV also have this feature.

    You can hand off audio calls and music by hovering your iPhone above your HomePod Mini.

    Smarter volume adjustment

    Siri automatically adjusts its speaking level based on the room environment and volume of the user

    Like recent Nest and Alexa devices, Siri will now automatically adjust its volume when replying to you based on both the amount of ambient noise in the room and your own speaking volume. Alexa can either whisper or yell .

    Siri in more places

    Extend access to HomePod throughout your home by enabling Siri voice control on compatible HomeKit accessories

    HomeKit developers can now enable “Hey Siri” in third-party products by routing requests through a user’s HomePod or HomePod Mini. You’ll be able to do things like ask Siri to send a message, set a reminder or broadcast an intercom message from these devices. This could include devices like smart thermostats and other speakers.

    Home keys

    Add home keys to Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch, then simply tap to unlock a compatible HomeKit door lock for seamless access to your home. Home keys live in the Wallet app with other important items like your car keys and credit cards

    You’ll be able to tap to unlock compatible door locks from Level Home , August and Yale Assure line.

    SharePlay (coming later this fall)

    SharePlay will allow you to share video or audio over FaceTime calls. Multiple device support means you’ll be able to connect over FaceTime on your iPhone while watching video on your Apple TV or listening to music on your HomePod.

    To update your HomePod or HomePod Mini to iOS 15, go to Home Settings in the Apple Home app.