How to customize the new Home app in iOS 16

There’s a significant redesign coming to Apple’s HomeKit House app with iOS 16 this fall. I lately previewed all the brand new options arriving on the sensible dwelling platform, however I needed to do a fast tutorial on one among my favourite new options: customization.

Within the new House app, the choices for customizing how your sensible dwelling units, Rooms, and Favorites seem on the display have vastly improved. You possibly can rearrange your House View to place your most-used Rooms proper up prime or designate that your Favorites or Digital camera feeds be the very first thing you see if you open the app.

You can even rearrange the person buttons in your units, resembling lights, door locks, and shades — similar to arranging apps on an iPhone’s dwelling display. This implies your most-used sensible lights or door lock could be in a better spot in your thumb to faucet shortly and you may put two associated objects nearer collectively.

There are new icons to assist establish a light-weight by its sort (desk lamp or overhead gentle, for instance) or shortly differentiate different units resembling shades and sensible plugs. Scenes — which might set a number of units to alter state unexpectedly — now have extra icons plus the choice to decide on a shade for every Scene. And eventually, there are new wallpaper decisions to provide the app some character.

It is advisable to be working iOS 16 to make use of the brand new House app; the app is accessible throughout all Apple units, together with the iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. It will likely be launched this fall, however there’s a public beta you may obtain as we speak for those who can’t wait.

Right here’s get began with customizing your House app in iOS 16 on an iPhone.


How you can reorder your Rooms and Teams on the House View web page.

Customise the House View display

House View is the display that opens if you first begin the House app. You can even entry it by tapping on the House icon within the backside menu bar. House View is the place all of the controllable units in your HomeKit dwelling seem, ordered into Rooms and Favorites. There are additionally Scenes and Digital camera teams right here. Now you can rearrange these to higher match how you utilize the units.

Reorder sections in your House View

  • Open the House app in your iPhone.
  • Faucet the three dots within the prime right-hand nook to open the Menu.
  • Choose Reorder Sections.
  • You’ll see an inventory of all of the Rooms and Teams (Cameras / Favorites / Scenes) proven on the House View.
  • Faucet and drag the three horizontal traces subsequent to a Room or Group and drag your choice to the place you need on the House View.
  • Hit Completed, and your House View shall be rearranged.

Now you can rearrange system buttons and tiles similar to you may arrange apps in your iPhone’s dwelling display.

Edit tiles in your House View

  • Open the House app in your iPhone.
  • Faucet the three dots within the prime right-hand nook to open the Menu.
  • Choose Edit House View. (You can even long-press on any button / tile and choose Edit House View.)
  • All of the tiles will go into “jiggle mode.”
  • Drag any tile the place you need it on the display. It has to stay in its designated Room.
  • You possibly can rearrange any tile on the House Display screen, together with the brand new Shortcut buttons on the prime, the Scene tiles, and the Digital camera tiles.

You can even resize any tile on the House View if it’s beneath the Room.

  • To do that, faucet on the tile when it’s in jiggle mode.
  • A resize arrow will seem within the top-right nook.
  • Faucet it to make the tile massive and once more to make it small. There are two dimension choices.

Now you can banish that forgotten sensible plug by hiding a tool from the House View.

Disguise a tool from the House View

In case your House View is cluttered with numerous units you hardly ever entry within the app, you may cover them to maintain your House View a bit tidier.

  • Open the House app in your iPhone.
  • Lengthy-press on a tool tile and choose Take away From House View.
  • The tile will disappear from the House View however will nonetheless seem within the particular person Room View.
  • To convey it again to the House View, discover it within the Room View, long-press, and choose Add to House View.

There are icons galore within the new House app, particularly for customizing Scenes.

Customise icons within the House app

Customizing the icons in your units and Scenes could make it simpler to shortly discover what you’re searching for. Within the new House app, there at the moment are 15 choices for lighting icons (in comparison with 10 earlier than), whereas different classes have redesigned icons to assist make it clearer that the icon represents an overhead ceiling fan or a desk fan, for instance.

The most important change by way of icons is in Scenes. There at the moment are over 100 new icons, in comparison with simply 12 in earlier variations. You possibly can choose a roaring hearth, a birthday cake, a ebook, or a ghost emoji to assist encapsulate what your Scene will convey to your house. Plus, now you can assign one among 12 colours to your Scene.

Change the icon in your gentle or different units

  • Open the House app in your iPhone.
  • Lengthy-press the system that you just wish to change the icon for.
  • Faucet Accent Particulars from the pop-up menu.
  • Faucet the Settings icon within the bottom-right nook (or swipe up from the underside).
  • Faucet on the present icon.
  • A menu of icons will seem.
  • Choose the brand new one.
  • Faucet Completed.

Change the icon in your Scene

  • Open the House app in your iPhone.
  • Lengthy-press the Scene button you wish to change.
  • Faucet on the icon.
  • A menu of icons and colours will seem.
  • Choose the icon and shade you want.
  • Faucet Completed.