How to customize the new Home app in iOS 16

There’s a big redesign coming to Apple’s HomeKit Home app with iOS 16 this fall. I recently previewed all the new features coming to the smart home platform, but wanted to do a quick tutorial on one of my favorite new features: personalization.

In the new Home app, options to customize how your smart home devices, rooms, and favorites appear on the screen are greatly improved. You can rearrange your Home View to put your most used rooms right at the top of the page, or specify that your favorites or camera feeds are the first thing you see when you open the app.

You can also rearrange your devices’ individual buttons, such as lights, door locks, and shadows — just like the arrangement of apps on your iPhone’s home screen. This means that your most frequently used smart lights or door locks can be located easier so your thumb clicks quickly and you can place two related items close to each other.

There are new icons to help identify the light by its type (table lamp or overhead light, for example) or quickly differentiate other devices like umbrellas and smart plugs. Scenes – which can set multiple devices to change the state all at once – now have more icons as well as the option to choose a color for each scene. Finally, there are new wallpaper options to give the app some personality.

You need to be running iOS 16 to use the new Home app; The app is available across all Apple devices, including iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. It will be released this fall, but there is a public beta that you can download today if you can’t wait.

Here’s how to get started with customizing your Home app in iOS 16 on iPhone.


How to rearrange rooms and groups in the main view page.

Customize the home screen

Home View is the screen that opens when you start the Home app for the first time. You can also access it by clicking the Home icon in the bottom menu bar. Home View is where all the controllable devices in your HomeKit appear, arranged in rooms and favourites. There are also sights and camera sets here. You can now rearrange them to better fit the way you use your devices.

Rearrange the sections in the main view

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone.
  • Click on the three dots in the upper right corner to open the menu.
  • Choose Reorder sections.
  • You will see a list of all rooms and groups (Cameras/Favorites/Scenes) displayed on the main view.
  • Click and drag the three horizontal lines next to a room or group and drag the selection to the position you want in Home View.
  • He hits he didand the main view will be rearranged.

You can now rearrange device buttons and tiles just as you can organize apps on your iPhone’s home screen.

Edit the boxes in your main view

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone.
  • Click on the three dots in the upper right corner to open the menu.
  • Choose Edit Home View. (You can also long press any button/box and select Edit Home View.)
  • All tiles will move to “jiggle mode”.
  • Drag any tile where you want it on the screen. He should stay in his assigned room.
  • You can rearrange any tile on the Home screen, including the new shortcut buttons at the top, scene tiles, and camera tiles.

You can also change the size of any tiles in Home View if they are located at the bottom of the room.

  • To do this, tap the tile when it is in the jiggle position.
  • A resize arrow will appear in the upper-right corner.
  • Tap it to make the tile large and again to make it small. There are two size options.

Now you can banish that forgotten smart plug by hiding a device from Home View.

Hide a device from Home View

If your home view is cluttered with a lot of devices that you rarely access in the app, you can hide them to keep the homepage view a bit tidy.

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone.
  • Long press on the device panel and select Remove from home page view.
  • The tiles will disappear from Home View but will still appear in the single room view.
  • To bring it back to Home View, find it in Room View, press and hold, and select Add to Home View.

There are plenty of icons in the new Home app, especially for customizing scenes.

Customizing icons in the Home app

Customizing icons for devices and scenes can make it easy to quickly find what you’re looking for. In the new Home app, there are now 15 options for lighting icons (compared to 10 before), while the other categories have redesigned the icons to help make it clear that the icon is a ceiling fan or a table fan, for example.

The biggest change in terms of icons is in Scenes. There are now over 100 new icons, compared to only 12 in previous versions. You can choose a roaring fireplace, a birthday cake, a book, or a ghost emoji to help encapsulate what the scene will bring into your home. In addition, you can now customize one of the 12 colors for your scene.

Change the icon of the light or other devices

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone.
  • Press and hold the device whose code you want to change.
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  • Click on Settings icon in the lower right corner (or swipe up from the bottom).
  • Click on the current icon.
  • A list of icons will appear.
  • Select New.
  • Faucet he did.

Change your scene icon

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone.
  • Long press the button of the scene you want to change.
  • Click on the icon.
  • A list of icons and colors will appear.
  • Select the icon and color you want.
  • Faucet he did.

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