How to Make Your Apple TV, HomePod, or iPad a HomeKit Hub

Choosing an Apple Home Hub allows you to control the smart devices in your home using your Apple TV, HomePod, or even your iPad.

The Apple HomeKit Hub gives you control over your smart home appliances using your Apple devices. You can make your Apple TV, HomePod, or iPad a HomeKit hub to give yourself more flexibility. Here’s how to set up each device as a HomeKit Hub in just a few simple steps.

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How to Make Your Apple TV a HomeKit Hub

Your Apple TV can be a handy HomeKit Hub if you use it often. Here's how to set your Apple TV as the Hub in your Home:

  1. Open Settings on your ‌Apple TV‌.

    Open Settings on your Apple TV
     
  2. Select Users and Accounts.

    Select Users and Accounts
     
  3. Make sure that you're signed in to iCloud.
  4. Once you are signed in to ‌iCloud‌, your ‌Apple TV‌ will automatically become a HomeKit Hub.

How to Stop Your Apple TV from Being a HomeKit Hub

If you want to switch to a different Hub, you'll need to stop your Apple TV from being the Hub.

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  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.

    Open Settings on your Apple TV
     
  2. Select AirPlay and HomeKit.

    Select AirPlay and HomeKit
     
  3. Scroll down to Home Hub.
  4. Select the name of your home to disable it.

    My Home will say Connected when your Apple TV is the Hub
     
  5. When your Apple TV is no longer the Hub, your home will say "Disabled."

    Your home will say Disabled when your Apple TV is no longer the Hub

How to Make Your HomePod a HomeKit Hub

Just like the Apple TV, the HomePod will automatically be a Home Hub upon initial setup. You can set up a new HomePod using the Home app. If you have multiple HomePods, only one can be a Home Hub.

  1. Open the Home app on your iPhone.

    Open the Home app on your iPhone
     
  2. In the Home tab, tap the Home icon in the upper-left corner.

    Tap on the house icon in the upper-left corner
     
  3. Select Home Settings.

    Tap on Home Settings
     
  4. Scroll down and tap on Hubs & Bridges.

    Tap on Hubs & Bridges
     
  5. The HomePod marked as Connected is the Home Hub while the one(s) marked as standby are not.
  6. If you need to change the Hub, tap on the HomePod of your choice to set it as the new Hub.

    Select the HomePod you want to use as a Hub. It will say connected when it's set as the Hub.

Related: How to Add a Smart Home Accessory to HomeKit

How to Use an iPad as a HomeKit Hub

You can set your iPad as your HomeKit Hub, which is especially handy if you tend to carry your iPad around with you as you move throughout the house. Follow these steps to set your iPad as the Hub:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.
  2. Tap on your name and make sure you’re signed in to iCloud.
  3. Tap iCloud.

    Tap on your Apple ID profile and then tap iCloud
     
  4. Scroll down to Home and make sure that it is toggled on.

    Make sure Home is toggled on
     
  5. Go back to the first screen in Settings.
  6. Scroll down to Home and tap on it.
  7. Toggle on Use this iPad as a Home Hub.

    Make sure Use This iPad as a Home Hub is toggled on

Whether you have moved things around and need to switch your HomeKit Hub or you simply want to change it for convenience, these tips enable you to switch your Apple Home Hub whenever you choose. 

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Rhode Island. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.