How to change icons in HomeKit

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 will take you through how to change icons in HomeKit. This is a helpful feature to identify power points, blinds, fans, or lights based on the type they are.

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 will change with updates to HomeKit in future releases of iOS.

How to change icons in HomeKit for fans & power points

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 the “settings cog” 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

How to change Icons in HomeKit for lights and blinds

Changing the icons in HomeKit for lights is straightforward, just following 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 “settings cog” in the bottom right corner.
  • Now tap the current displayed icon.
  • Choose your new icon and click done.How to change HomeKit icons blinds

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 custom icons into the Home app.

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So that’s how to change the icon’s in HomeKit in the Home app. Don’t forget to subscribe to be first to find out when more information emerges. If you have a question or a comment, then leave it below. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebookYouTube and Instagram.

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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I write for active JR covering wearables and smart home My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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