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If you're the kind of person who loves smart routines, using the Home app's Scenes feature can be a great way to controle multiple accessories at the same time. In this tutorial, we show you how simple it is to create scenes in the Home app and automate actions from voice commands as basic as "Good morning" and "Good evening".

Using the Scenes feature in the Home app, you can automatically lock the front door when you leave and unlock it when you arrive. I personally like this scene a lot, as I use it often at NextPit, because then I am sure I won't leave the company door unlocked when I leave.

To set up a scene in the Home app, you need an iPhone and your smart home hub—such as a HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV (4th generation or later), or iPad.

How to set up a scene in the Home app

After you add a HomeKit accessory to the Home app, you can start creating scenes. Follow the steps below to create a scene on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Home app, click the Add (+) button and select Add Scene.
  2. Select a suggested scene, or go ahead and create a custom scene. The most important thing here is to remember the name of the scene when giving a voice command to Siri.
  3. Tap or click Add Accessories.
  4. Select the accessories you want to add and then tap or click Ok. Remember to add only the accessories that you want to control together.
  5. To adjust the settings for an accessory on an iOS device or iPadOS, tap and hold it.
  6. To see a preview of the scene, tap Test This Scene. Enable the Include in Favorites option to access the scene in Control Center, the Home tab, and Apple Watch.
  7. Tap or click Ok.
Screenshots showing how to add a scene to the Home app
Adding a scene To Home App is easy, but you need to first define what action you want to perform / © NextPit

Done! Now just click on the newly created scene to activate it, or just give a voice command to the Siri assistant. If you have a HomePod or Apple TV (4th generation or later) set up as a home center, you can also automate a scene. If you want to add or remove accessories from a scene-on the iPhone or iPad-just long press the scene in question and click Settings.

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Camila Rinaldi

Camila Rinaldi
Head of Editorial

With over 10 years of reviewing smartphones and wearables, I recently became addicted to smart home gadgets. Even though I dove into the Apple ecosystem two years back, Android remains as one of my passions. Previously editor-in-chief of AndroidPIT and Canaltech in Brazil, I now write for the US market. I love my records and I believe that the best way to get to know a place is through its food.

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