HomeKit 101: How to Set An Alternate Icon For Devices & Scenes in the Home App

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe.

Have lots of HomeKit devices or Scenes within your Home and are looking for a quick way to distinguish between them? Some device types in the Home App can be assigned a different icon, from a limited selection provided by Apple. Here’s How:

For Lighting Devices & Switches:

On iOS 12:

3D Touch/Haptic Touch/Long Press on the desired device

– Tap on “Settings”

– Tap on the Icon for the Device next to the Device Name

– Tap on the icon that best suits the application

– Tap on “Done”

On macOS Mojave:

Right Click on the desired device

– Click on “Settings”

– Click on the current Icon for the device next to the device name

– Click on the icon that best suits the application

– Click “Done”

For Contact Sensors & Smart Plugs

On iOS 12:

3D Touch/Haptic Touch/Long Press on the desired device

– Tap on “Settings”

– Scroll down to “Type”

– Select the device type that best represents the application

On macOS Mojave:

Right Click on the desired device

– Click on “Settings”

– Scroll down to “Type”

– Click on the current device type (i.e.: Contact Sensor)

– Select the type that best represents the application

– Click “Done”

For Scenes

On iOS 12:

3D Touch/Haptic Touch/Long Press on the desired scene

– Tap on “Settings”

– Tap on the icon next to the scene name

– Tap on the icon that best suits the scene

– Tap on “Done”

On macOS Mojave:

Right Click on the desired device

– Click on “Settings”

– Click on the current Icon for the scene next to the scene name

– Click on the icon that best suits the Scene

– Click “Done”

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