Home app displayed on an iPhone 11Source: Christopher Close / iMore

Let's face the facts: Some HomeKit accessories, like the best HomeKit door locks or cameras, 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 on iOS and in the Home app on the Apple Watch, making it that much easier to adjust your home automation accessories no matter your current task. Here's how to set HomeKit favorites.

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How to set your favorite accessories on iOS and iPadOS

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House Icon.
  3. Tap the name of the Room that your accessory is in.

    How to set your favorite accessories in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap on the House icon, Tap the name of the Room that your accessory is inSource: iMore

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

    How to set your favorite accessories in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Tap and hold on an accessory, Tap the Settings Icon, Toggle on Include in FavoritesSource: iMore

How to set your favorite accessories on macOS Big Sur

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Click on the Room that your accessory is in.

    How to set your favorite accessories in the Home app on macOS by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Click on the House icon, Click the name of the Room that your accessory is inSource: iMore

  3. Right Click on an Accessory then click Settings.
  4. Toggle on Include in Favorites.

    How to set your favorite accessories in the Home app on macOS by showing steps: Right-click on an accessory, Toggle on Include in FavoritesSource: iMore

How to set your favorite scenes on iOS and iPadOS

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House Icon.
  3. Tap the name of the Room that your Scene is in.

    How to set your favorite scenes in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap on the House icon, Tap the name of the Room that your accessory is inSource: iMore

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

    How to set your favorite scenes in the Home app on iPhone by showing steps: Tap and hold on a scene, Toggle on Include in FavoritesSource: iMore

How to set your favorite scenes on macOS Big Sur

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Click on the Room that your Scene is in.

    How to set your favorite scenes in the Home app on macOS by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Click on the House icon, Click the name of the Room that your scenes is inSource: iMore

  3. Right Click on a Scene then click Settings.
  4. Toggle on Include in Favorites.

    How to set your favorite scenes in the Home app on macOS by showing steps: Right-click on a Scene, Toggle on Include in FavoritesSource: iMore

Questions on how to set HomeKit favorites?

Setting up HomeKit favorites is a quick and easy way to put your critical accessories and scenes front and center. If you run into any trouble getting your favorite scenes and accessories set up, let us know in the comments below!

Updated May 2021: Updated for the latest versions of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.