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HomeKit how-to Guide #004: How to change HomeKit icons

How to change icons in HomeKit

HomeKit how-to guide is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home app and HomeKit framework.

In the fourth instalment of the HomeKit guide, I take you through how to change icons in HomeKit. This is helpful an help feature to be able to identify outlets or light fittings based on the type they are.

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Which HomeKit accessory icons can you change

The Home app gives all your HomeKit accessories a default icon whenever you add them to HomeKit. But you probably didn’t know that you can add different icons to identify smart accessories.

Not all HomeKit accessory types have multiple icons. Sensors, cameras, and many others only have one default icon. I am hoping this changes at WWDC 2018

There are two accessories types that give you options to choose between.

 

The first are outlets. An outlet could be one of three things. A plain power outlet, a light, or a fan. The fan icon is especially cool as this icon is actually animated. When the fan is on, it rotates, and when off, it is motionless.How to change HomeKit Icons

The second type of icon that can be changed is a light. There are so many different types of lights in one’s home, so Apple gives you four choices to choose between. A bulb (which is the default), a floor lamp, a ceiling mounted lamp, and a table lamp.

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How to change outlet icons in HomeKit

Changing the icons in HomeKit for outlet accessories is straightforward, just follow the simple guide below

  • Open the Home App and navigate to the HomeKit accessory you want to change the icon for
  • 3D Touch on an outlet accessory in the Home app, and tap Details in the bottom right corner.
  • Now tap where you see “Type”  and select “Power point” “Fan” or “Light”
  • Then click done.How to change HomeKit outlet icons
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How to change Icons for lights in HomeKit

Changing the icons in HomeKit for lights is straightforward, just follow this simple guide

  • Open the Home App and navigate to the HomeKit accessory you want to change the icon for
  • 3D Touch on a light accessory in the Home app, and tap Details in the bottom right corner.
  • Now tap where you see the icon.
  • Choose your new icon and click done.How to change light icons in HomeKit

Whilst most of the icons available in HomeKit, it would be great to see more options for TV’s, appliances or different light types. It would also be great for users to download there own into the app.

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So that’s how to change icon’s in HomeKit in the Home app, stay tuned for more HomeKit guides and if you have any questions or comments leave them below

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Jon R
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology and I like combining this with fitness. My reviews will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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