Home app wallpaper selection screen displayed on an iPhone Source: Christopher Close / iMore

If you have lots of HomeKit accessories in your home, then you know how tracking one down can be a little difficult with the default backgrounds for each room all looking the same. However, there is a simple way to make things a little easier to find, just change the wallpaper! Whether it is using a custom photo of the rooms in your home, or by using a different default option, changing things up is a breeze. Here's how!

How to change your home wallpaper in the Home app

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Home in the navigation bar if you are not on the page already.
  3. Tap on the House icon near the top left corner.

    Steps 1-3 depicting how to change your home wallpaper in the Home appSource: iMore

  4. Scroll down until you reach the Home Wallpaper section.
  5. Tap Take Photo… to take a brand new photo or Choose from Existing to pick a photo from your library or one of the defaults.
  6. Tap Use Photo or Set once you've adjusted the photo to your liking by panning and zooming.

    Steps 4-6 depicting how to change home wallpaper in iOS Home appSource: iMore

How to change the wallpaper for an individual room in the Home app

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Rooms in the navigation bar if you are not on the page already.
  3. Swipe to the left or right to navigate to the desired room.

    Steps 1-3 depicting how to change room wallpaper in the iOS Home appSource: iMore

  4. Tap Edit then tap on the Arrow icon next to your room's name.
  5. Tap Take Photo… to take a brand new photo or Choose from Existing to pick a photo from your library or one of the defaults.
  6. Tap *Use Photo** or Set once you've adjusted the photo to your liking by panning and zooming.

    Steps 4-6 depicting how to change room wallpaper in the iOS Home appSource: iMore

Now that you know how to refresh the home app with different wallpapers, you can assign one for each room in your home, making it much easier to navigate. For a truly custom look, try taking a photo of each room in your home. This can make the Home app seem instantly more familiar, giving you a better sense of where your accessories are at a glance.

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Don't want to hassle with taking new photos? Then try Apple's default options right in the Home app. Apple provides 9 colorful choices for you to use, and simply selecting a different color for each room makes finding a specific spot much quicker. Just keep in mind that your wallpaper selections do not sync to other iOS and macOS devices that you may have, so be sure to update them as well to keep things consistent.

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