Including a new device into Apple HomeKit

Cupertino, August 4, 2023

Apple HomeKit: A Smart Home Platform for iOS Enthusiasts

While Apple HomeKit may not have the same wide range of compatible products as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, it remains a fantastic smart home platform for iOS enthusiasts. With the support of the Home app on iOS, as well as the ability to control devices with your HomePod or Apple TV, it offers great convenience. However, before you can control HomeKit products with these gadgets, you need to add them to your system and configure a few settings. Here's how you can add a device to HomeKit:

Adding an Apple Device to HomeKit

To add any device (except Apple TV) to your Home app, follow these simple steps using your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Turn on the device you want to add.
  2. Tap the Add button at the top of the screen (represented by a plus sign).
  3. Select the Add Accessory option.
  4. You will then be prompted to scan a code or hold your smartphone (or tablet) near the device to sync it with your account.
  5. When a connection is established, select Allow to grant access to your network.
  6. Complete the procedure by adding the device to a room, giving it a name, and then press Continue and Done.

Editor's Recommendations: If you wish to sync your Apple TV with HomeKit, the process is slightly different. Follow these steps:

Adding Apple TV to Your Home App

To sync your Apple TV with HomeKit, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings menu on your Apple TV.
  2. Select the default user from the Users and accounts menu.
  3. Ensure you are signed in to iCloud.
  4. Go back to the Settings menu and select AirPlay and HomeKit.
  5. Scroll down to the Room option and find the room you want to add Apple TV to or create a new room.
  6. Once done, Apple TV will appear in the selected room when using your Home app.

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