How to Set Up HomeKit on an LG TV
Do you own a new LG TV model from 2018 or newer? If so, you’ll probably be pleased to know that you can get started with Apple HomeKit, even if you haven’t purchased any HomeKit accessories. That’s right, you can control much of your TV’s operation with HomeKit on your iPhone or iPad.
Smart TVs have gained some very exciting features over the past few years and thanks to their popularity, TV makers are partnering with Apple to bring features like AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to specific models. To use all of HomeKit’s features, you’ll usually need a home hub like a HomePod, Apple TV, or even just an iPad, but once you’ve set it up, you can use Siri to turn your TV on/off and even automate its operation with the Home application.
If you have a relatively new model of LG TV (from 2018) or many other smart TVs, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s pretty easy to set up.
How to Set Up HomeKit on an LG TV
Before proceeding with the next procedure, make sure that your TV and the Apple device you are using to set up HomeKit are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Next, you need to check if your TV is running the latest firmware since adding AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support via software update on older models. Once you are done, just follow the steps below:
- First, turn on your LG TV and press the Home button on your remote. This will bring up the webOS menu that appears at the bottom with a row of apps and input sources. Here; you will find the AirPlay function. Select it.
- This will bring up the AirPlay menu. Here, choose the “AirPlay and HomeKit Settings” option to continue.
- In this step, HomeKit and AirPlay settings will be displayed. Choose the “Home” option located under HomeKit as shown in the screenshot below.
- Now your LG TV will show the HomeKit QR code so you can add it as a HomeKit accessory.
- To scan this code, you will need to open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the “+” icon located in the upper left corner of your screen to access more options.
- Then choose “Add Accessory” from the pop-up menu to go to the next step.
- The Home app will show the QR code scanner. Simply point the camera at the code displayed on your TV.
- The Home app should successfully detect your TV within seconds. Now just tap “Add to Home” and you’re pretty much done.
This was basically the initial setup. Your LG TV will now be listed under your favorite accessories in the Home app.
If the Home app QR code scanner fails to scan the code displayed on your TV, you still have other options to complete the pairing process. You can manually enter the 8-digit setup code which is written next to the actual QR code by selecting the “I don’t have a code or I can’t scan” option in the Home app. Keep in mind that both devices must be connected to the same network to complete the pairing process.
Once set up, you’ll be able to turn your LG TV on or off from the Home app, and if you have a Home hub, you can ask Siri to turn it on by saying “Hey Siri, turn on the TV.” You’ll be able to switch between different input sources or even access your TV settings with just a long press on your TV from the Home app.
Since you want to try HomeKit with the TV, you can also check how you can get AirPlay 2 to work on your LG TV as well. It’s actually quite easy and you won’t have any problems using it, especially if you’ve used AirPlay devices in the past. Note that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are only available on a select a range of 2018 and newer LG TVs. To make sure your model is compatible, you can check out this list of supported TVs.
We hope you were able to get a taste of what Apple HomeKit is capable of without even having to purchase a separate accessory. Did you find the features interesting enough to invest in HomeKit accessories down the line? Share your experiences and drop your valuable thoughts in the comments section below.
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