Home app layout

9 months into Home Automation I’ve collected enough HomeKit accessories to fit an entire iPad screen, and it started to get a little tough looking for what I need to operate.  This article is about what my Home app layout looks like and what considerations I took to arrange it that way.

Firstly, lets examine the layout on the Home app.  For iPad Pro, the grid is 6 icons wide by 7 icons height.  The iPhone X is 3 icons wide by 5 icons height, and could vary by Apple device.

One most important thing to understand is the when you’re using the iPhone, the order of the icons will flow from left to right as displayed in the iPad, but in 3 icons in a row.

Next is how you want to group the icons.  You may want to group it by Room (Bedroom, Living Room, Kitchen, etc.), Function (Lights, Doors & Windows, Switches, Sensors, Hubs, etc.), or Usage (can require interaction like Lights, or to view status like Doors & Windows, Hubs, and Sensors).

My preferred choice is by Room, then by Usage split by what’s Upstairs, and what’s Downstairs, and then the supporting equipment.  Here’s an example:

What you may want to consider is when arranging the accessories as the layout differs, the right 3 accessories are pushed down to the next level for the iPhone, and it would look as per the illustration below:

At the end of the day, you can always play around with the Home app layout till you are satisfied.  But what’s important is to know that any change you make affects all the devices connected to your Home.  Best to try to ensure that it’s not overly complicated.  Also ensure that the home users are somewhat aligned with the changes.