Set your favorite scenes and accessories in the iOS Home app.

Let's face the facts: Some HomeKit-enabled accessories are more important than others. You'll need to fiddle with some accessories every day, multiple times a day, while others needn't be adjusted very often — if at all.

Apple's Home app lets you choose your favorite accessories and scenes so you can have your most-used settings at the ready. They'll also appear in Control Center, making it that much easier to adjust your home automation accessories no matter your current task.

How to set your favorite accessories

Accessories are smart home objects: light bulbs, fans, motion sensors, etc.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Rooms.
  3. Swipe to the left or right to navigate to the room that the accessory is in.

  4. Tap and hold or 3D Touch an Accessory you'd like to make a favorite.
  5. Tap Settings.
  6. Toggle on Include in Favorites.

How to set your favorite scenes

Scenes are a series of changes made to your smart home accessories that you can trigger all at once. A Good Night scene, for example, might turn off all the lights in your house, lock your front door, adjust the thermostat, and turn off the space heater.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Rooms.
  3. Swipe to the left or right to navigate to the room that the scene is in.

  4. Tap and hold or 3D Touch a Scene you'd like to make a favorite.
  5. Tap Settings.
  6. Toggle on Include in Favorites.

How to set your favorite Accessories on iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Rooms.
  3. Swipe to the left or right to navigate to the room that the accessory is in.

  4. Tap and hold or 3D Touch an Accessory you'd like to make a favorite.
  5. Tap Settings Icon.
  6. Toggle on Include in Favorites.

How to set your favorite Scenes on iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Rooms.
  3. Swipe to the left or right to navigate to the room that the scene is in.

  4. Tap and hold or 3D Touch a Scene you'd like to make a favorite.
  5. Toggle on Include in Favorites.

Questions?

If you run into any trouble getting your favorite scenes and accessories set up, let us know in the comments below!

Updated July 2019: Updated for iOS 13 (still in beta).

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