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How to configure the fourth-generation Apple TV as a HomeKit Hub

A HomeKit installation needs an always-on hub to allow you to control your compatible appliances from outside the home —AppleInsider shows you how to configure the Apple TV to act as the hub of the system.

Assuming that you've got all your pre-requisites complete, setting up your Apple TV for HomeKit remote management couldn't be easier. But, its sometimes the easiest things that trip up the setup.

First: Turn on two-factor authentication for your Apple ID.

Crucially, turn off two-step verification, if its on.

Then, turn on Two-factor Authentication.

On your Mac:

  • In System Preferences, open up iCloud
  • Select "Account Details"
  • Click "Security"
  • Click "Turn on Two-Factor Authentication"

Or on an iOS device:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on your iCloud account
  • Tap on "Password and Security"
  • Tap "Turn on Two-Factor Authentication"

Regardless of which device you configure it on...

  • Turn on the iCloud Keychain

On the Apple TV

  • Open "Settings"
  • Open "Accounts," and make sure that you're signed into the same iCloud account
  • The Apple TV automatically sets itself up as a HomeKit hub!