- To control your accessories remotely, you need an Apple TV (3rd generation)* or an Apple TV (4th generation) with tvOS 9.0 or later.
- To set up automations and user permissions, you need an Apple TV (4th generation) with tvOS 10 or an iPad with iOS 10 or later.
*Apple TV (3rd generation) doesn't support remote access to HomeKit-enabled cameras.
Set up your home hub
You can set up your iPad or Apple TV (4th generation) as a home hub to automate and remotely control your HomeKit accessories from your iOS device. The device you set up as a home hub must remain in your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and powered on.
Set up iPad as a home hub
- If you’re using iOS 10.3 or later, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud.
- Sign in with your Apple ID.
- Go to Settings > Home and turn on Use this iPad as a Home Hub. ?
Set up Apple TV as a home hub
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Learn what to do if .
Want to check the status of your home hub in the Home app on your iOS device? Open the Home app and tap in the upper-left corner. Then look under Home Hubs to see if your home hub is connected.
Automate your accessories
Want all of your lights to automatically turn off when you leave your house? Or want a scene to automatically run at a certain time or location? After you set up a home hub, you can automate your accessories and scenes to automatically turn on and perform actions.