Apple TV refusing to act as a Home hub

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by sjtidy, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. sjtidy macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2011
    Hopefully someone can help with this, it's been driving me mad...

    My ATV4 is refusing to stay connected as a home hub. I can sign in and control everything with Siri, then a short while later it stops working and the Home app on my phone reports the ATV as disconnected.

    I've reset my whole HomeKit configuration, reset the ATV, and set up my phone as new, and still having this issue.

    The only thing I can think of is not letting the ATV go into sleep mode - Apple's support page is vague on whether you can let it sleep or not.

    Anyone able to help with this?
  2. Norrsund macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2005
    I'm in a similar situation. I have iOS 10 and the latest tvOS, am signed in with the same Apple ID for iCloud, but the Home app doesn't see the Apple TV as an available home hub and I can't configure automation. I previously had my third gen Apple TV set up as my home hub for Siri commands to the Philips Hue and it worked fine.

    Troubleshooting steps so far - signed out of iCloud on Apple TV and restarted both Apple TV and iPhone. No luck.
  3. Coffee50 macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2015
    Not sure if this is helpful or not, but do you see homekit listed on your apple tv? (It should be listed under the iCloud settings on apple tv)

    If not, you'll have to make sure you have two step verification turned on. I wasn't able to get the apple tv connected until I turned on two step verification.
  4. sjtidy thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2011
    Yeah, the ATV says it's connected under HomeKit. But my phone reports it as disconnected.
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    you need to turn on 2 factor authentication.
    and then re-sign into the aTV.
  6. sjtidy thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2011
    Two factor is on, I've signed in and out multiple times and it still disconnects.
  7. Norrsund macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2005
    I figured my problem out. I had 'two-step' verification on for my Apple ID and not the newer 'two-factor.' I found this when trying to set up my Apple Watch to unlock my MacBook in Sierra. I turned two-step off and two-factor on, restarted my Apple TV and iPhone and then the TV was found as a HomeKit hub.
  8. normanfox macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2014
  9. Feenix macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2015
    My issues is not exactly the same as above (I don't think) but related...

    I finally got "home" to show up on my ATV4, and thusly now the Home App on my 7+ has an active Automation tab. I automate things and set their schedules but none of them are actually turning on when they are supposed to. Anyone know what's going on here? Or how to fix?
  10. jocamero macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Same issues as others in the thread. Apple Support wasn't helpful. Anyone have any suggestions?
  11. sjtidy thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2011
    After a problem with my Hue lights I had to reset my HomeKit configuration and after that everything seems to be working. My Apple TV will still occasionally show as 'not responding', but if I wait a while it fixes itself.

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