Share control of your home

Invite people to control your home, edit permissions for them, and allow them to control your home from anywhere — all with the Home app.

Before you begin

To invite others to control your HomeKit accessories:

*HomePod and Apple TV aren't available in all countries and regions.

Invite someone to control your home

Follow these steps for your device.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the Home app and tap Home Settings Icon in the upper-left corner. If you have multiple homes set up in the Home app, tap Home Settings, then tap the Home that you want to invite someone to.
  2. Under People, tap Invite.
  3. Enter the person's Apple ID that they use with iCloud.
  4. Tap Send Invite.

On your Mac

  1. Open the Home app.
  2. In the menu bar, go to Edit > Edit Home. If you have multiple homes set up in the Home app, click Homes in the upper-left corner, then click the home that you want to invite someone to.
  3. Under People, click Invite.
  4. Enter the person's Apple ID that they use with iCloud.
  5. Click Send Invite.

Accept an invitation to control a home

When someone invites you to control their home, you get a notification in the Home app on your iOS device or Mac. Follow the steps below to accept the invitation.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the Home app and tap Home Settings Icon.
  2. Tap Home Settings.
  3. Tap Accept, then tap Done.

After you accept the invite, tap Home Settings Icon, then tap the name of the Home to control it.

On your Mac

  1. Open the Home app and click Home Icon in the toolbar.
  2. Click 1 Invitation.
  3. Click Accept, then click Done.

After you accept the invite, click Home Icon in the toolbar, then click the name of the home to control it.

Allow remote access and edit permissions for users

If you set up a home hub, you can manage remote access and edit permissions for people that you invite to control your home. If you don't have a home hub set up, they can only control your accessories while they're at your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and within range of your HomeKit accessories.

To manage remote access and change permissions for a user, open the Home app on your iOS device or Mac and follow the steps below.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Home Settings Icon. If you have multiple homes, tap Home Settings, then tap a home.
  2. Under People, tap the person that you want to edit permissions for, then choose the following:
    • Allow Remote Access: Turn on to allow users to control your accessories from any location. Turn off to allow users to only control your accessories while they're at your home.
    • Allow Editing: Turn on to allow users to add and remove accessories, scenes, and other users.
  3. Tap Back, then tap Done.

On your Mac

  1. In the menu bar, go to Edit > Edit Home. If you have multiple homes, click Homes in the upper-left corner, then choose a home.
  2. Under People, click the person that you want to edit permissions for, then choose the following:
    • Allow Remote Access: Turn on to allow users to control your accessories from any location. Turn off to allow users to only control your accessories while they're at your home.
    • Allow Editing: Turn on to allow users to add and remove accessories, scenes, and other users.
  3. Click Back, then click Done.

Remove a person or leave a home

To stop sharing your home with someone:

  • On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Tap Home Settings Icon. If you have multiple homes, tap Home Settings, then tap a home. Under People, tap the user, then tap Remove Person.
  • On Mac: Go to Edit > Edit Home. If you have multiple homes, click Homes in the upper-left corner, then click a home. Under People, click the user, then click Remove Person.

To leave a home you were invited to share:

  • On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Tap Home Settings Icon, tap Home Settings, tap the home that you want to leave, then scroll down and tap Leave Home.
  • On Mac: Go to Edit > Edit Home, then click Homes in the upper-left corner. Click the home that you want to leave, then scroll down and click Leave Home.

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