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How to configure HomeKit accessories

Apple has made it incredibly easy to set up your new home automation accessories with its HomeKit system – assuming you have chosen an accessory that works with HomeKit. (If you’re not sure, look for the “Works with Apple HomeKit” badge on the accessory packaging; in addition, we have a breakdown of all currently supported devices.

Apple also has a fantastic Home app that brings together all the smart accessories supported under one app, so you can access everything without having to jump between branded apps. If you do not want to use the Apple Home app with the various smart devices, but still want to perform actions with Siri, you can do so without the need for the Home app after they have been added.

How to configure HomeKit compatible accessories

HomeKit compatible accessories include a wide variety of devices, including bulbs, ceiling fans, speakers, sockets, locks, light switches and more. Whether you use the Apple Home app, or a companion app for your accessories, you’ll need to configure your accessories first.

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  1. Connect your accessory power either by connecting it or by inserting batteries.
    • Connect your device using a Ethernet cable to your router if you add a gateway or hub.
      How to configure HomeKit accessories
  2. Launch Home application.
    • Some accessories, such as Belkin’s Wemo Mini, require you to use an associated application for configuration before being added to the Home application.
  3. Click on which add icon (top right).
  4. touch Add accessory.
    How to configure HomeKit accessories
  5. Scan the function HomeKit configuration code for your accessory, as you are required to use your device’s camera.
    • The HomeKit configuration code is usually located on the device itself or in the manual included with your accessory.
    • You can also select I don’t have an impossible code or scan if you just want to enter the code manually.
    • If your device uses Wi-Fi for connectivity, you may be required Enable to join your home network.
  6. Provides a Name and share a room for your HomeKit accessory, if you like.
  7. touch Done.
    • Some accessories include several sensors, such as humidity and temperature in a unit. If this is the case, you will select Next → to switch to the name and the partition of the camera in the configuration process.
      How to configure HomeKit accessories

Congratulations! You have added your accessory to your HomeKit home. From here, you can customize the name of the accessory, add it to rooms, areas, scenes, automation and control with Siri. See the following guides for help:

How to use your HomeKit accessories outside the home

Do you want your lights to go on before you get home? Turn off the thermostat after you have gone on vacation? You can use the Home app, the companion app that came with your accessory, or a third-party HomeKit app. If you have a HomeKit Hub, you can also use the Siri commands when you are out and.

HomeKit hubs include a 3rd generation Apple TV or later, an iPad running iOS 9 or later, or a HomePod. For more details on how HomeKit hubs work, see our guide below.

How to expand your HomeKit network with an Apple TV

Excellent HomeKit accessories


How to configure HomeKit accessories

iHome ISP6X Smart Plug
($ 27 on Amazon)

A smart plug is an essential accessory for many homes and allows you to turn ordinary appliances into smart appliances. The iHome plug gives you remote access from anywhere in a slim package.


How to configure HomeKit accessories

Philips Hue motion sensor
($ 40 on Amazon)

The Hue motion sensor pairs well with the company’s smart lights, and as with the lights, it can work with Siri and HomeKit if you have the Hue Hub.

You have problems?

Check out our HomeKit troubleshooting tips; if you have trouble setting up. We will also try to help you in the comments below or you can talk to the accessory manufacturer / Apple, depending on the problem.

Updated August 2019: Updated for iOS 12.

Serenity Caldwell contributed to an earlier version of this guide.