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  in the top left-hand corner. If you have multiple homes set up in the Home app, tap Home Settings, then tap the Home 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 top left-hand corner, then click the home 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 .
  2. Tap Home Settings.
  3. Tap Accept, then tap Done.

After you accept the invitation, tap , 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 invitation, 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 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 . If you have multiple homes, tap Home Settings then tap a home.
  2. Under People, tap the person 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 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 top left-hand corner, then choose a home.
  2. Under People, click the person 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. Click Back, then click 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.

Remove a person or leave a home

To stop sharing your home with someone:

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

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.

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