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.

Invite someone to control your home

  1. Open the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
  2. Tap or click the More button , then select Home Settings. If you have multiple homes set up, choose the Home that you want to invite someone to, then select Home Settings.
  3. Tap or click Invite People.
    iPhone with Home app showing Invite People option in Home Settings
  4. Enter the person's Apple ID that they use with iCloud.
  5. Tap or click Send Invite.

Find out what to do if you can't invite someone to control your home.

Accept an invitation to control a home

  1. Open the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
  2. Tap or click the More button .
  3. Select Home Settings .
  4. Select View under Invitations.
  5. Select Accept, then Done.
    iPhone with a home invitation in the Home app

After you accept the invite, tap or click the More button , then select the name of the home to control it.

Find out what to do if you can't accept an invitation to control a home.

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 accessories.

To manage remote access and change permissions for a user, open the Home app and follow these steps. 

  1. Tap or click the More button , then select Home Settings. If you have multiple homes, choose a home, then select Home Settings. 
  2. Under People, select the person that you want to edit permissions for, then choose the following:
    • Control Accessories Remotely: 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.
    • Add and Edit Accessories: Turn on to allow users to add and remove accessories, scenes, automations, and other users.
  3. Tap or click Back, then Done.

Shared users can't add HomePod, Apple TV, or any AirPlay 2-compatible smart TVs or speakers to the Home app. You can only add these devices if you're the owner of the home in the Home app.

Stop sharing your home with someone

  1. Tap or click the More button , then select Home Settings. If you have multiple homes, choose a home, then select Home Settings.  
  2. Under People, tap or click the user that you want to remove from your home. 
  3. Tap or click Remove Person.

If you remove someone from the Home app, they might still be able to control any accessories if they had permissions to do so in a separate app for that accessory. To remove those permissions, use the accessory's app, check its manual, or contact the manufacturer.

Leave a home you were invited to share

  1. Tap or click the More button , then select Home Settings. If you're a member of multiple homes, choose the home that you want to leave, then select Home Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap or click Leave Home. 
  3. Tap or click Leave.

If you can't share control of a home

  • You and the people you invite need an iPhone or iPad updated to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS or a Mac updated to the latest version of macOS.
  • Make sure that you and the people you invite are signed into iCloud on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. In iCloud settings, turn on Home.
  • Make sure that you and the people you invite haven't blocked each other's phone number or Apple ID. Learn how to manage blocked phone numbers, contacts, and emails on iPhone or iPad and how to manage blocked callers on Mac.
  • To invite people to control your home while you're away and edit permissions for them, you need to set up a home hub. If you don't have a home hub set up, you can only invite people when you're home and connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

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