Step-by-Step Guide on Adding a Device to Apple HomeKit

Cupertino, October 16, 2023

<p>Apple HomeKit may not have as many compatible products as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, but it's still a great smart home platform for dedicated iOS enthusiasts. Not only is the platform supported by the <em>Home</em> app on iOS, but you can also control devices via your HomePod or Apple TV. But before you can control HomeKit products with any of these gadgets, you'll first need to add them to your system and configure a few settings. Here's how to add a device to HomeKit.</p>

<h3>Apple: Add a device to HomeKit</h3>

<p>To add any device other than Apple TV to your <em>Home</em> app, you'll need your iPhone or iPad. Once you've loaded the app, follow these simple steps.</p>

<li>Step 1: Turn on the device you want to add.</li>
<li>Step 2: Press the Add button at the top of the screen (it looks like a plus sign).</li>
<li>Step 3: Select the Add Accessory option.</li>
<li>Step 4: You will then be asked to scan a code or hold your smartphone (or tablet) near the device to sync it with your account.</li>
<li>Step 5: When a connection is established, select Allow to allow it to access your network.</li>
<li>Step 6: Complete the procedure by adding it to a room, giving it a name, and then pressing Continue and Done.</li>

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<h3>Add Apple TV to your Home app</h3>

<p>If you want to sync your Apple TV with HomeKit, the process is slightly different. To do this, you first need to open the Settings menu on Apple TV. Then proceed as follows:</p>

<li>Step 1: Select the default user from the Users and accounts menu.</li>
<li>Step 2: Make sure you are signed in to iCloud.</li>
<li>Step 3: Go back to the Settings menu and then select AirPlay and HomeKit.</li>
<li>Step 4: Scroll down to the Room option and then find the room you want to add Apple TV to or create a new one.</li>
<li>Step 5: Once that's done, Apple TV should appear in the selected room when you use your Home app.</li>

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