The Home app on iOS 10

How do I set up my iPad or Apple TV as a Home Hub? Easy, it only takes a couple clicks or taps!

iOS 10's new Home app lets you automate your various Home accessories and control your various accessories when you're not home. However, in order to take advantage of the new Automation feature (and also to control your Home when you're out of the house), you need to set up a 4th-generation Apple TV or iPad as a Home Hub. Here's how you go about doing that!

Note: I can't stress this enough: You must enable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID. Here's how you turn on two-factor authentication.

How to make your Apple TV a Home Hub

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Scroll down and click to open Accounts.
  3. Make sure you're signed in with your Apple ID.

    Open up Settings on Apple TV.Scroll down and click to open Accounts.

  4. Click to open iCloud.

  5. Scroll down to HomeKit and check to see that it says Connected.
  6. If the HomeKit setting reads Not Connected, click to connect.

    Click to open iCloud.Scroll down to HomeKit and check to see that it says Connected.

How to make your iPad a Home Hub

  1. Launch Settings on your iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap Home.
  3. Tap the switch to enable Use this iPad as a Home Hub.

    Launch Settings on your iPad.Scroll down and tap Home.Tap the switch to enable Use this iPad as a Home Hub.

Troubleshooting

If you run into any issues getting access to your Home while you're out and about, Apple has a few recommendations:

  • Make sure all your devices are updated to the latest software.
  • Make sure all your devices are connected to the internet.
  • Make sure you're logged into the same Apple ID on all of your devices.
  • Enable two-factor authentication.
  • If all else fails, restart your devices.

Questions?

Have any questions or can't seem to get the darn thing working? Let me know in the comments and we'll try to get you squared away!