Whenever we go out, the one concern that most of us have to encounter is—the security of our paradise! Fortunately, we now have several advanced options to keep an eye on home from anywhere in the world. And if you are the part of Apple ecosystem, you have even more options and convenience. You can set up your HomePod, iPad and Apple TV as a home hub to control your HomeKit accessories remotely.
Taking the full advantage of the home hub, you will also be able to grant access to the people you trust and automate your accessories to do things more efficiently!
How to Set Up HomePod, iPad, and Apple TV As Home Hub
- You can set up home hub only on HomePod, an Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation) and iPad. Make sure your device is running the latest version of tvOS and iOS respectively.
- Only HomePod, an Apple TV 4K, Apple TV (4th generation), Apple TV (3rd generation) and iPad can let you control your HomeKit accessories remotely.
- You need to have HomePod, an Apple TV 4K, Apple TV (4th generation), or iPad to change user permissions, create automation, or stream HomeKit-enabled cameras remotely.
- Make sure the device you set up as a home hub is in your home and connected to your home Wi-Fi network.
How to Set up HomePod As a Home Hub
When you set up HomePod using your iPhone or iPad, the smart speaker automatically sets itself as a home hub.
Be sure your iOS device, which you used to set up the speaker, is signed in to iCloud. Besides, you must use the same Apple ID, which you used to enable your HomeKit accessories in the Home app.
How to Set up Apple TV as a Home Hub
Sep #1. First off, make sure you have enabled two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and iCloud Keychain. (Settings app on your iOS device → Your Name → iCloud → Keychain → iCloud Keychain.)
Step #2. On your Apple TV, open Settings and select Accounts. Now, be sure you are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID as your iOS device.
Step #3. Once you have signed in to iCloud, your Apple TV automatically sets itself up as a home hub.
Going forward, your set-top box will work as a home hub.
How to Check the Status of Home Hub on Apple TV
Viewing the status of the home hub on Apple TV is dead simple.
Step #1. Open the Setting app on your Apple TV.
Step #2. Now, click on Accounts.
Step #3. Next, you need to click iCloud and look under HomeKit to check if the home hub is connected.
How to Set up iPad as a Home Hub
Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device.
Step #2. Now, tap on [your name.]
Step #3. Next, tap on iCloud.
Step #4. Next up, tap on Keychain and then turn on the switch next to iCloud Keychain.
Step #5. Up next, go back to Settings and tap on Home.
Step #6. Finally, turn on Use this iPad as a Home Hub.
Now, your iPad will work as a home hub for the HomeKit accessories.
How to Check the Status of Home Hub on iPad
You can now use the Home app to view the status of your home hub.
Step #1. Open the Home app on your iPad.
Step #2. Now, tap on the tiny arrow in the upper-left corner.
Step #3. Next, look under Home Hubs to check if your home hub is connected.
If you have set up multiple home hubs, only the primary home hub will show as connected. Others will appear as standby, and they will get into action only if the main hub is not connected.
How to Get Notifications from HomeKit Accessories on iPhone and iPad
You have the option to set up notifications for HomeKit accessories on your iPhone and iPad to remain alerted whenever they detect something. To do so, head over here.
That's all there is to it!
HomeKit works effectively in letting you configure, communicate with, and control smart-home appliances. Unfortunately, it hasn't yet got the desired mileage. Let me know what you think of it in the comments.
You might want to read these posts as well:
- How to Set up HomePod
- How to Invite Others to Control HomePod
- How to Disable Personal Requests on HomePod