Easy methods to Customise the New Residence App in iOS 16

This fall, Apple’s HomeKit Home app is getting a major overhaul with iOS 16. I recently reviewed all the new features of the smart home platformbut I wanted to do a quick tutorial on one of my favorite new features: customization.

The new Home app greatly improves the customization options for smart home devices, rooms and on-screen favorites. You can rearrange the home page view so that your most used rooms are at the top, or make your favorites or camera feeds the first thing you see when you open the app.

You can also rearrange individual buttons on your devices, like lights, door locks, and hoods, just like you organize apps on your iPhone’s home screen. This means that commonly used smart lights or door locks can be located where it’s easier to quickly tap with your thumb, and you can place two related items closer together.

There are new icons to help you identify a light by its type (such as a table lamp or an overhead lamp) or to quickly distinguish between other devices such as hoods and smart plugs. Scenes that can set multiple devices to change state at the same time now have more icons and a color for each scene. Finally, there are new wallpaper options that add a personal touch to the app.

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

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


How to rearrange rooms and groups on the Main View page.

Customize the home screen

Home View is the screen that opens when you launch the Home app for the first time. You can also access it by tapping the home icon in the bottom menu bar. Home View is a place where you can see all of your HomeKit home-controlled devices, organized into rooms and favorites. There are also “Scenes” and “Camera” groups. Now you can rearrange them to better suit your device usage.

Rearrange the sections in the main view

  • On your iPhone, open the Home app.
  • Tap the three dots in the upper right corner to open the menu.
  • Choose Rearrange the sections.
  • You will see a list of all rooms and groups (Cameras / Favorites / Scenes) displayed in the main view.
  • Tap and drag the three horizontal lines next to the room or group and drag the selection to the desired location in the main view.
  • Hit it doneand your home view will be rearranged.

You can now rearrange your device’s buttons and tiles in the same way you can organize apps on your iPhone’s home screen.

Edit tiles in the main view

  • On your iPhone, open the Home app.
  • Tap the three dots in the upper right corner to open the menu.
  • Choose Edit the main image. (You can also long press any button/tile to select Edit the main image.)
  • All tiles will go into “move mode”.
  • Drag any tile to the desired location on the screen. He must stay in his room.
  • You can rearrange any of the home screen tiles, including the new shortcut buttons at the top, the scene and camera tiles.

You can also resize any tile in the main view if it is under a room.

  • To do this, tap the tile while it is in movement mode.
  • A resizing arrow will appear in the upper right corner.
  • Tap to make the tile large and again to make it small. There are two size options.

You can now remove that forgotten smart plug by hiding your device from your home view.

Hide 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 make your home view a little neater.

  • On your iPhone, open the Home app.
  • Long press the device tile and select Remove from home view.
  • The tile will disappear from the home view, but will still appear in the separate room view.
  • To return it to the main view, find it in the room view, long press and select it Add to main image.

The new Home app has a lot of icons, especially for customizing scenes.

Customize icons in the Home app

Customizing device and scene icons can help you quickly find what you’re looking for. The new Home app now has 15 lighting icon options (up from 10 before), and icons in other categories have been redesigned to make it clearer whether an icon represents something like a ceiling fan or a desk fan.

The biggest change in terms of icons is in Scenes. There are now over 100 new icons compared to just 12 in previous versions. You can choose a smoldering fireplace, a birthday cake, a book or an emoji with a ghost to help you understand what your scene will bring to your home. Additionally, you can now assign one of 12 colors to your scene.

Change the icon of light bulb or other devices

  • On your iPhone, open the Home app.
  • Long press the device whose icon you want to change.
  • Tap it Attachment details from the drop-down menu.
  • Tap it Settings icon in the lower right corner (or swipe up from the bottom).
  • Tap on the existing icon.
  • A menu of icons will appear.
  • Choose a new one.
  • Tap it done.

Change your scene icon

  • On your iPhone, open the Home app.
  • Long press the scene button you want to change.
  • Tap the icon.
  • A menu of icons and colors will appear.
  • Choose the icon and color you like.
  • Tap it done.

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