Set up your iPad, Apple TV, or HomePod as a Home Hub

In order to use schedules and automations with Apple HomeKit, you must first have an iPad, Apple TV, or HomePod set up as your Home Hub. Your Home Hub must always be powered on and connected to your home WiFi.

  • To set up automations and user permissions, you need a HomePod, an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation) with the latest version of tvOS, or an iPad with the latest version of iOS.

  • To control your HomeKit accessories remotely, you need a HomePod, an Apple TV 4K, Apple TV (4th generation), Apple TV (3rd generation),* or iPad.

For instructions with screenshots, you can view the following PDF:
HomeHubSetup-HomeKit.pdf (297.6 KB)

Using your Apple TV as a Home Hub:

  1. First, on your iOS device or Mac, set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID. Then go to iCloud and make sure that you have iCloud Keychain turned on.
    • Turn on Two-Factor Authentication by going to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security. Make sure Two-Factor Authentication is on.
    • Allow both Home and Keychain apps to use iCloud. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud. Look for Keychain and Home. Make sure both are turned on and enabled.
  2. On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Accounts and make sure that you're signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID as your iOS device.
  3. After you sign in to iCloud, your Apple TV automatically sets itself up as a home hub. To check the status of your home hub, go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud and look under HomeKit to see if your home hub is connected. You should now see the option to create new automations within the Home app.

Using your iPad as a Home Hub

  1. First, on your iOS device or Mac, set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID. Then go to iCloud and make sure that you have iCloud Keychain turned on.
    • Turn on Two-Factor Authentication by going to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security. Make sure Two-Factor Authentication is on.
    • Allow both Home and Keychain apps to use iCloud. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud. Look for Keychain and Home. Make sure both are turned on and enabled.
  2. Log in to the Home App. You should now see the option to create new automations.

Using your HomePod

HomePod automatically sets itself up as a home hub so you can control your HomeKit accessories remotely with the Home app and use automations. Just make sure that the iOS device you use to set up HomePod is signed in to iCloud with the Apple ID that you used to set up your HomeKit accessories in the Home app. If this is your first time using the HomePod, simply connect to your home Wi-Fi, and hold your iPhone close to the HomePod. A prompt will display to set it up.

Test Your Set Up

You should now be able to remotely control and automate your HomeKit accessories. To test if your set up works properly, you can:
  1. Turn Bluetooth off on your device.
  2. Make sure your Home Hub (iPad/AppleTV/HomePod) is turned on.
  3. Attempt to control devices from your device with Bluetooth off.

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