If you’re at home and controlling your HomeKit-enabled smart technology, you’ll have no problem doing so from your Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
However, if you want to turn your lights on and off, check your air quality, activate your security alarm, or have remote access to HomeKit Secure Video, when you are not at home you will need a HomeKit smart home hub to operate. the show.
But the good news is, you don’t have to buy a new device. Your HomePod, HomePod Mini, Apple TV 4K, Apple TV (4th generation or newer), or iPad will do.
Why use Apple TV for HomeKit
Before the HomePod came along, the HomeKit hub dibs were a shootout between an Apple TV and an iPad, and the former obviously held the trump cards because it won’t run out of battery. The HomePod also has this advantage over its iOS brethren.
And that’s a big deal because the reason you use an Apple Home hub is because you have a device that is constantly on and still able to send signals into your home, whether those signals are Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. .
As long as your iPhone has a data connection, when you send an action through the Home app, your hub will be able to retrieve it from the internet and execute your instructions in your home.
When using Bluetooth, be aware that your devices will need to be close to your Hub. However, multiple devices can be used as hubs, so if you have an Apple TV in the bedroom and a HomePod in the living room, that’s a good thing.
Setting up a HomeKit hub also lets you automate actions based on your locations. As long as your iPhone is running iOS 11 or later (and it really should be), your HomeKit hub will perform the automations you’ve made that are dependent on your home or away.
Just make sure that you (and the other users in your homegroup) have Location Services turned on.
Setting up your HomeKit hub
Using an Apple TV (4th generation or 4K)
1. On your iOS device, enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID. Also go to the iCloud settings menu and verify that keychain access is enabled.
2. Log into the same iCloud account on the Apple TV (“Settings”> “Accounts” to verify).
3. iCloud should do the rest but you can go to ‘Settings’>’ Accounts’> i’Cloud ‘to check if HomeKit is connected. You can also check the status of your Home hubs by tapping in the right corner of the Apple Home app screen.
Using a HomePod / HomePod Mini
Like the Apple TV option, a HomePod makes a lot of sense to use as it’s likely to be static in your home and turned on all the time.
Small and large: Apple HomePod vs HomePod Mini
Like Apple TV, setting up HomeKit on the HomePod is an automatic affair – just make sure you’ve turned on two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, approved keychain access, and you’re signed into the same iCloud account.
The HomePod Mini is actually a better smart home hub than its big brother because it has a Thread radio. Read our explanation on Thread to learn more about this.
Using an iPad
Make sure you’re signed in to your iPad using the same iCloud account as the rest of your iOS devices.
Go to Settings, Press on Home and select Use this iPad as a home hub.
Open the Home app and tap in the top left corner. So look under Domestic hubs to see if it is connected. If you have configured more than one, the main hub will show as connected. Others will display “Standby” as the status and take over remote access if the primary is disconnected.