The latest Apple TV (4th generation) can become the centralized place for your smart home devices
Smart devices are a great way to make your life easier, make your home safer, more enjoyable and comfortable.
Although there are a lot of smart devices out there, we found the most convenient ones to be “HomeKit-enabled”. This means they play well with the HomeKit app on your Apple devices and can be controlled by voice through Siri.
If you have a 4th gen Apple TV (with the new touch remote and Siri feature), you can set it up as your home hub to control your HomeKit smart home devices at home and even remotely.
It becomes a lot easier to turn on the lights as you approach your home or check through your security cameras if everything’s going well.
How to set it up
- Setup your HomeKit devices within the Home app on your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad…)
- Make sure your Apple TV 4th gen and your iOS devices are running the latest update
- On your iOS device or Mac, set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID (this will ensure you’ve setup the highest level of security on your devices)
- Go to iCloud on your iOS device and make sure you have “iCloud Keychain” turned on.
- Ensure your Apple TV 4th gen and your iOS devices are setup on the same iCloud Apple ID
- On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud and look under HomeKit to see if you home hub is correctly connected. If it doesn’t work, either be patient (it took a little while for me) or go to this article.
That’s it! You can now control your HomeKit smart devices remotely, grant access to the people you trust and automate scenes to make your life easier!