Whenever we go out, the one primary concern that most of us have to encounter is —the security of your home. Luckily, we now have many advanced options to keep an eye on our home from anywhere in the world. And if you are part of Apple ecosystem, there are even more options available for your convenience. You can set up your HomePod, Apple TV, and iPad as a home hub to control HomeKit accessories within your home.
Taking full advantage of the home hub, you will also be able to give access to the people you trust and automate your accessories to do things more efficiently.
How to Set Up HomePod, iPad, Apple TV As Home Hub
How to Set Up HomePod, iPad, and Apple TV As Home Hub
Below are the requirements for setting up a home hub.
- You can set up home hub only on HomePod, iPad and an Apple TV (4th generation) or Apple TV 4K. If you have any of the devices, make sure that it is running the latest version of tvOS and iOS respectively.
- You can only use HomePod, iPad, an Apple TV (3rd generation), Apple TV (4th generation) and Apple TV 4K to control your HomeKit accessories remotely.
- Make sure the device you use as a home hub is always in your home and it is connected to your home Wi-Fi network.
- You need to have a HomePod, an iPad, Apple TV (4th generation) or Apple TV 4K to change user permissions, create automation or stream HomeKit-enabled cameras remotely.
How to Set up HomePod As a Home Hub
When you set up your HomePod using your iOS device, the Siri-based speaker will automatically set itself as a home hub.
Make sure the iPhone or iPad you used to set up the smart speaker is signed in to iCloud. Also, make sure that you 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
Step #1. First of all, you need to make sure that you have enabled two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and iCloud Keychain. (To do this, go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad -> Your Name -> iCloud -> KeyChain -> iCloud KeyChain.)
Step #2. On your Apple TV, launch the Setting app and then click on Accounts. Now, make sure that you are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID you use on your iPhone or iPad.
Step #3. Once you have logged in to iCloud, your Apple TV will automatically set itself as a home hub.
From now on, your set-top box will function as a home hub.
How to Check the Status of Home Hub on Apple TV
Checking the status of the home hub on Apple TV is very easy.
Step #1. Launch the Settings app on your Apple TV.
Step #2. Next, click on Accounts.
Step #3. Now, you need to select iCloud and look below HomeKit to see if the home hub is connected.
How to Set up iPad as a Home Hub
To set up your iPad as a home hub, follow the steps below.
Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step #2. Next, tap on your name.
Step #3. Now, you need to tap on iCloud.
Step #4. Next, tap on KeyChain and then toggle on the switch beside iCloud KeyChain.
Step #5. Go back to Settings and then tap on Home.
Step #6. Finally, toggle on the switch next to Use this iPad as a Home Hub.
That is it!
From now on, your iPad will function as a home hub for HomeKit accessories.
How to View the Status of Home Hub on iPad
Step #1. Launch the Home app on your iPad.
Step #2. Next, tap on the tiny arrow at the top left corner of the screen.
Step #3. Now, you need to look below Home Hubs to chrck if your home hub is connected.
If you have set p more than one home hub, only the primary home hub will be displayed as connected. Other home hus will be displayed as standby, and they will come into action only if the main hub is not connected.
So that is pretty much it!
HomeKit works well in helping your configure, communicate with and control smart-home appliances. Unfortunately, it is isn’t still at the desired mileae. Share your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.