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Take Control of Apple Home Automation by Josh Centers

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Troubleshoot HomeKit

When it comes to home automation, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. I’ll try to address the most common causes and offer simple solutions.

Fix Unresponsive Accessories

Unresponsive accessories are the most frequent problem. Here are some common culprits:

  • Is the accessory receiving power? In other words, is it turned on, are the batteries charged, or is the smart outlet plugged in?

  • If it’s a Bluetooth accessory, is it too far away from the device running the Home app? Try moving closer to it, or consider placing a HomeKit hub near the accessory to help boost the signal—see Set Up a Home Hub.

  • Sometimes a device can have software issues that, just like your computer, can be fixed by restarting the device. Remove ...

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