Make your Home app in iOS 16: How to Customize

The new Home app has more customization options, including putting your devices into jiggle mode to scramble them.

There’s a significant redesign arriving to Apple’s HomeKit Home app with iOS 16 this fall.

When you preview all the new features arriving in the innovative home platform, you will need to do a quick tutorial on the new features: customization.

The new Home app has vastly improved the options for customizing how your smart home devices, Rooms, and Favorites appear on the screen. For example, you can rearrange your Home View to place your most-used Rooms right up top or convey that your Favorites or Camera feeds be the first thing you notice when you open the app.

You Require To Be Running Ios 16 To Employ The New Home App

You can also rearrange the respective buttons for your devices, like lights, door locks, and shades — just like setting apps on an iPhone’s home screen. It indicates your most-used bright lights or door lock can be in a more accessible spot for your thumb to click quickly, and you can place two related items nearer together.

New icons help determine a light by type or quickly differentiate other devices such as shades and smart plugs. In addition, scenes — which can assess multiple devices to switch states all at once — now have better icons plus the option to select a color for each Scene. And finally, new wallpaper choices provide the app with some personality.

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

Here’s how to start customizing your Home app in iOS 16 on an iPhone.

Customize The Home View Screen

Home View is the screen that extends when you first begin the Home app. You can also get it by clicking on the Home icon in the bottom Menu. Home View is where all the controllable appliances in your HomeKit home appear, summoned into Rooms and Favorites. There are also Scenes and Camera classes here. You can now scramble these to fit how you use the devices more.

Reorder Sections In Your Home View

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone.
  • Click the three dots on the upper right-hand edge to open the Menu.
  • Choose Reorder Sections.

You’ll notice a list of all the Rooms and Groups (Cameras / Favorites / Scenes) displayed on the Home View.

  • Click and drag the three horizontal lines next to a Room or Group and drag your choice to the position you wish on the Home View.
  • Tick Done and your Home View will be rearranged.

You can now rearrange gadget buttons, and tiles like you can manage apps on your iPhone’s home screen.

Modify Tiles In Your Home View

  • Unlock the Home app on your iPhone.
  • Tap the three beads in the upper right-hand edge to open the Menu.
  • Pick Edit Home View. (You can also long-press on any button/tile and select Edit Home View.)
  • All the tiles will go into “jiggle mode.”
  • Drag any tile where you want it on the screen. It has to remain in its designated Room.
  • You can rearrange any tile on the Home Screen, including the new Shortcut buttons at the top, the Scene tiles, and the Camera tiles.
  • You can also resize any tile on the Home View under the Room. To do this, tap on the tile in jiggle mode.
  • A resize arrow will emerge in the top-right corner.
  • Tap it to create the tile large and again to make it small. There are two size choices.

You can expel that forgotten smart plug by concealing a device from the Home View.

Conceal A Device From The Home View

If your Home View is cluttered with many devices you infrequently access in the app, you can conceal them to keep your Home View a bit more orderly.

  • Unlock the Home app on your iPhone.
  • Long-press on an apparatus tile and select Remove From Home View.
  • The tile will fade from the Home View but will still arise in the individual Room View.
  • To get it back to the Home View, find it in the Room View, long-press, and choose to Add to Home View.

There are icons galore in the new Home app, specifically for customizing Scenes.

Customize Icons In The Home App

Customizing the icons for your gadgets and Scenes can make it easier to quickly find what you’re examining. In the new Home app, there are currently 15 options for lighting icons. At the same time, other categories have redesigned icons to help make it more apparent that the icon denotes an overhead ceiling fan or a table fan, for example. The most significant change in terms of icons is in Scenes. There are over 100 new icons, compared to just 12 in earlier versions. You can choose a roaring fireplace, a birthday cake, a book, or a ghost emoji to help encapsulate what your Scene will get to your home. Plus, you can now set one of 12 colors to your Scene.

Switch The Icon For Your Light Or Other Devices

  • Unlock the Home app on your iPhone.
  • Long-press the device that you like to change the icon for.
  • Click Accessory Details from the pop-up Menu.
  • Click the Settings icon in the bottom-right corner (or swipe up from the bottom).
  • Tap on the current icon.
  • A menu of icons will appear.
  • Select the new one.
  • Tap Done.

Change The Icon For Your Scene

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone.
  • Long-press the Scene button you want to change.
  • Tap on the icon.
  • A menu of icons and colors will appear.
  • Select the icon and color you like.
  • Tap Done.