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

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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!