The home app has got a lot smarter in iOS 11 as it now lets you control smart accessories with ease. Case in point, you can group rooms together into a zone in the Home app on your iPhone or iPad to comfortably control different areas of your house with Siri.
So, if you are living in a two-story home, you can divide it into upstairs and downstairs. Then you can simply say, “Hey Siri, turn on the lights upstairs.” It’s a more straightforward method of handling HomeKit accessories, isn’t it?
How to Organize Rooms into a Zone in Home App on iPhone and iPad
How to Add Rooms and Assign Accessories in Home App on iPhone and iPad
First off, make sure you have added rooms and assigned accessories to them. If you haven’t done it as yet, get it done now.
Step #1. Open Home app → Rooms tab → tap on the menu button in the top right → Room Settings → Add Room.
Step #2. Now, you need to give your room a name.
Step #3. If you want to change the Room Wallpaper, tap Take Photo or choose from existing photos. Then, tap Save.
Step #4. To assign accessories a room, head over to the Home or Rooms tab, and then touch and hold an accessory.
Step #5. Tap Details and then tap on Room.
Step #6. Next, you have to select a room for the accessory.
Step #7. Next up, tap Done to confirm.
Follow the same steps to create more rooms. For more information regarding managing rooms and smart accessories, check out this complete guide.
Group Rooms into a Zone in the Home App
Once you have created rooms, grouping them is quite upfront.
Step #1. Launch the Home app on your iOS device.
Step #2. Now, tap on the Rooms tab at the bottom of the screen.
Step #3. Next, tap on the menu button in the upper-left corner.
Step #4. Next up, tap on Room Settings and then select a room.
Step #5. Tap on Zone.
Then, you need to either tap an existing zone or add a new zone by tapping Create New and then give it a new name.
Step #6. In the end, make sure to tap on Done to confirm.
You have successfully created a zone. To add more rooms, follow the same steps mentioned above.
Now, ask Siri things like, “Hey Siri, turn on the lights upstairs.” And the intelligent personal assistant will readily get the job done for you.
Have your say
That’s how you can take complete control of the smart accessories! Have any feedback? We would love to hear that from you.
You may like to refer:
- How to Stop A User from Controlling HomeKit Accessories
- How to Automate HomeKit Accessories on iPhone and iPad
- How to Get Notifications from HomeKit Accessories on iPhone
- Over 100 HomePod Siri Commands: Effortlessly Control