Fixing HomeKit issue after update

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 7:18 PM UTC

After the latest iOS 11 update I experienced a problem with HomeKit remote access via the Apple TV. I was wasn’t able to get access to my devices outside the local wifi i.e. LTE/mobile network.

The solution was simple: update also to the latest tvOS, then goto Settings, Account, iCloud, HomeKit. Click on the option so that it displays „Disconnected“.

Open the HomeKit settings in iOS on your phone in the HomeKit app (in the upper left corner), under „Control Centre“. If you see „Standby“ then wait for „Disconnected“ or „Not connected“.

Activate HomeKit on your Apple TV again and wait for the HomeKit setting to display „Connected“ again.

You should able to access your devices in the HomeKit app again or at least see their status.

If this also does not allow you to create automations (this is only possible if you use an iPad or Apple TV as control center) even if Apple TV has the control enabled then check your iPad(s) if they are acting as control center. This may occur accidently after an update of iOS. This seems to be a bug so just uncheck the Home controlling in the settings. Please restart your devices after those changes, too.

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