How To Use the New Apple Home App in iOS 10

Apple wants to control your connected appliances and devices

The Home app for iOS 10

The Home app for iOS 10

Add in all your HomeKit compatible devices to keep your home secureCorey Mueller/Popular Science

Here's our guide on how to use the new Home app for the iPhone and iPad in iOS 10. For our complete guide to iOS 10, head over here.

Apple is trying to be more connected in your world.

With the new free, Home app that comes with iOS 10, you can actually control specific devices and appliances in your house directly from your iPhone or iPad.

But first, you need to make sure your new smart lamp or other appliance will actually work with Apple's system. Just look for the words "Works With Apple HomeKit" on an appliance, and it should be able to connect to the new app. Each device will likely come with its own specific set-up instructions.

Apple HomeKit Compatability Badge

Apple HomeKit Compatability Badge

Look for this badge on appliances, devices, and other products for your home to ensure they work with Apple's new Home app, which lets you control them from your iPhone or iPad.Corey Mueller/Popular Science

Examples of HomeKit compatible devices range from locks to thermostats to lights in your home. You can buy some directly from the Apple store here.

Most importantly, you may be able to connect your security system to your phone. We are slowly but surely taking steps away from worrying “wait, did I forget to turn the stove off,” or “did I lock my door?”

You’ll be able to enjoy your night out after simply checking the Home app and remotely locking the door or turning off the stove, if need be.