"Accessory already added. To add this accessory to your Home, you'll need to reset it first" - This is what I get on the Home app when I try to pair up my new Nanoleaf Lines.
Although you can use Nanoleaf without pairing it to the app or connecting to WiFi, you won't be able to use its ever so brilliant custom scenes.
And if you want to make use of the entire spectrum of its features, you'll need to pair the Nanoleaf with its app or HomeKit. And that's where the issue lies.
To fix Nanoleaf Accessory already added error, reboot HomeKit and Nanoleaf, and update the Home/Nanoleaf App. Other fixes include deleting Nanoleaf devices from the Home app, creating a new Home after removing the existing one, and disabling iCloud sync on your Apple device. If none of these work, hard reset Nanoleaf.
Here are the many troubleshooting steps to fix the Nanoleaf accessory already added error.
Reboot HomeKit and Nanoleaf
Bugs and errors may be the most pervasive and omnipotent of culprits for most issues on an electronic gadget.
And for such a widespread threat, the fix may seem a bit rudimentary. A reboot may perhaps be the most effective preliminary fix for such issues.
Although not the most potent of fixes for the issue, it will do just fine for now.
Rebooting the device/app will essentially refresh the system internals and reinvigorate the app by clearing most, if not all, of the resident bugs.
Refreshing the Home app every once in a while will also help your device steer away from other serious problems like Nanoleaf not connecting to HomeKit issue.
A power cycle test will suffice in our case.
By executing a power cycle test, you not only get your device refreshed but also get to slightly improve its efficiency. Here's how to do so:
- Start the process by unplugging your Nanoleaf device from the power supply.
- Leave the device idle for a few seconds.
- Then, press the various buttons on the Nanoleaf Controller a couple of times. Doing so will deplete the circuit of any static charges, which helps improve efficiency.
- Connect the device back to power and turn ON the device.
In order to reboot the Home app or the Nanoleaf app on your Apple device, exit out of the app and switch OFF your host device.
Switch it back ON after a few seconds and open the back.
Now, with both devices refreshed and turned ON, try pairing the devices again.
If you're using a HomeKit hub device like a HomePod Mini, you might as well reboot it too. A power cycle test will do just fine.
Update the Home/Nanoleaf App
The next step towards total bug eradication on your device is to update the associated app.
Irrespective of the app you intend to use, Home or Nanoleaf, outdated firmware versions will make things a lot more arduous for you.
Why? Because outdated apps possess no credible protection against the newer bugs and errors waiting to penetrate the system security.
And so, it's of the absolute essence to keep all your apps updated to the latest versions.
To update the Home/Nanoleaf app on your Apple (iOS) device, follow these steps:
1. Open the App Store and tap open on the Account icon towards the top right.
2. Scroll down to the Available Updates section.
3. Look for either of the apps to update.
4. Tap on the Update option to initiate the update process.
Once completed, exit the App Store and open the app. Try pairing the devices now.
You could also search for the app you would like to update on the App store.
Tap on the Search option/icon on the bottom tray.
Then, enter the name of the app> open app> update.
Check Apple Home App Settings
Now, let's take a closer look at the various Home app settings that you could modify to bring about a change.
Linking multiple iOS devices to the same Home app account, hosting a lot of Smart devices, issues with Home, etc., can all make the Home app bug out.
Let's start the check by deleting any existing Nanoleaf device from the Home app and re-adding them:
Delete Nanoleaf Devices from Home App
Having too many Smart devices synced to your Home account too can ruin the pairing process.
If that's the case, try removing some/all of your Nanoleaf-linked devices and re-add them.
In due process, you will also get the connection refreshed.
To disconnect/remove an accessory from the Home app, follow these steps on your Home app:
1. Log in to the app and locate your Nanoleaf device from your Home.
2. Press and hold the device icon and click on the Setting icon from the bottom of the menu.
3. Scroll down and select Remove Accessory.
4. Tap on the Remove option to complete your selection.
Return back to the Home screen and follow these steps on all your Nanoleaf devices.
To add an accessory to the Home app, follow these steps:
1. From the home screen, tap on the "+" Add accessory icon.
2. Once the camera opens on your Host device, scan the QR code on your Nanoleaf device.
3. Select your Nanoleaf device once it appears on the screen and tap Allow when asked to Add Accessory to Network.
4. Name your device. You may also assign it to a Room now.
5. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the setup.
Delete the Existing Home and Create a New One
As I mentioned earlier, improper setup may also lead to unusual issues with the pairing process on the Home app.
An improperly set up Home environment is no exception.
Fortunately, everything has a remedy nowadays, and as such, you can delete your existing Home for a new one to resolve issues with the Home environment on your Apple device.
Do note that, in doing so, you will delete all your linked devices (both Smart devices and Apple proprietary devices) from your Home app.
You may have to relink them to your New Home one-by-one afterward.
Follow these steps to delete your existing Home on the Home App:
1. From the home screen, tap on the Home icon from the bottom navigation menu and choose the Home you want to remove (if you haven't already done so).
2. Now, tap on the Home Account icon on the top right.
3. Click on the Settings icon.
4. Scroll down to the Remove Accessory option.
5. Tap on Remove to confirm.
You will now be taken back to the home screen and can now create a new Home.
To create a New Home on the Home app, follow these instructions:
1. Tap open the "+" icon from the home screen.
2. Select the Add New Home option.
3. Proceed to name your new Home and customize it to your liking.
Tap on the Save option to finalize your setup.
Disable iCloud Sync on Your Apple device
Linking multiple Host devices to the same iCloud/Home account can at times prove to be fatal, especially if you're shifting Nanoleaf devices across different accounts.
And so, as a troubleshooting step, try disabling iCloud backups.
Disabling iCloud backups does come at a cost, though. For starters, you won't be able to back up any of your app data to the cloud or access any data from other Apple devices.
To disable iCloud backups for the Home app, follow these steps on your Host device:
1. Open the Settings menu on your Apple device.
2. Tap on your Account tile.
3. Click on iCloud.
4. Scroll and toggle OFF the Home app option.
You may have to uninstall and reinstall the Home after doing so.
Hard Reset Nanoleaf
The ultimate troubleshooting step of them all - Hard Reset Nanoleaf. This will also work for the Nanoleaf accessory not found error.
With a hard reset, the device will undergo a refresh of the entire system settings, including your personal preferences and custom scenes.
Doing so will also wipe the system clean of all the other malignants like errors, stale files, and bugs.
Needless to say, once the reset completes, you'll have to reconfigure the system from scratch.
The process may also demand a tad bit of patience.
Follow these steps to hard reset your Nanoleaf:
1. Remove your Nanoleaf Device from the associated app.
2. Unplug the device from the power source.
3. Then, connect back the power supply while pressing down the Power and the Brighten (Dim button for Canvas/Toggle button for Shapes) buttons on the Controller.
4. Release the buttons once the LEDs start to flash.
5. Wait for the LEDs to turn solid, upon which Nanoleaf starts to cycle through various colors.
Try connecting Nanoleaf to your host device now.
One potent fix for the said issues, apart from the ones mentioned above, is to uninstall the associated app and reinstall it.
Uninstalling will cause all the associated files, errors, and bugs to get wiped off the system.
You can always reinstall the app from the App Store, but remember to not turn ON iCloud Sync/Backups.
Check for hardware issues on your Controller, too, in dire times such as the one at hand.
Contact the customer services of Nanoleaf for further assistance in case of hardware issues and warranty claims.
Don't take things into your own hands with hardware issues since it can exacerbate the situation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I reset a Nanoleaf accessory?
To soft reset a Nanoleaf accessory, follow these steps:
1. Press and hold the Reset (Lines) or Power and the Brighten (Dim for Canvas/Toggle for Shapes) buttons on the Controller for about 15 seconds or until the LEDs start flashing.
2. Wait for the LEDs to turn Solid.
Once the status LED turns solid, you have successfully soft reset your device.
How do I play music on Nanoleaf?
To sync your music to the Nanoleaf lights, press the Rhythm button on your Nanoleaf Controller or the Centre Button on your Rhythm Module. You can also customize scenes and configure your own Rhythm on the Nanoleaf app.
Why is my Nanoleaf green?
Nanoleaf panels usually turn Green to indicate that the system is undergoing a firmware update. Nanoleaf should revert to its usual self once the update completes.