Home app invitation displayed on an iPhone XRSource: Christopher Close / iMore

Apple's Home app is the command center for all of the best HomeKit accessories, putting your door locks, light bulbs, and more just a few taps away. Before getting started, though, you need to create a home for all of your accessories. Thankfully, the Home app makes this process incredibly easy, so you can be up and running in seconds. Here's how to add a home to the Home app!

How to add a home in the Home app

By default, the Home app will automatically create a home for you called My Home when you launch the app for the first time. With the default home, you can begin adding accessories, creating rooms, setting custom wallpapers, and more.

How to rename a home

If you want to get creative with your home's name, you can change things up via the Home Settings menu in the Home app.

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  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on the House icon near the top left corner.
  3. Tap Home Settings.

    How to rename a home in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, Tap on the Home icon, Tap Home SettingsSource: iMore

  4. Tap the current house Name to bring up a keyboard.
  5. Type in your desired Name.
  6. Tap Done to save your home's name.

    How to rename a home in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Tap the current Name of your home, Type in your desired Name, Tap DoneSource: iMore

How to invite people to join a home

If there are other members of your home to whom you'd like to give control of your HomeKit accessories, here's how:

  1. Launch the Home App.
  2. Tap the House Icon in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Home Settings.

    How to invite users in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, Tap on the Home icon, Tap Home SettingsSource: IMore

  4. Tap Invite People....
  5. Type in the Name of the Person you'd like to invite.
  6. Tap Send Invite in the top right corner.

    • You'll know you're successful if the person appears in the People section with the words Invitation Pending beneath their name and profile photo.

    How to invite users in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Tap Invite People…, Type in the Name of the Person you want to invite, Tap Send InviteSource: iMore

How to accept an invitation to join a home

If you're receiving an invite (or need to help someone with an invite you've sent), here's how you accept an invitation:

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap the House Icon in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Home Settings.

    How to accept an invite in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, Tap on the Home icon, Tap Home SettingsSource: iMore

  4. Review your invite, then tap Accept.
  5. Tap Accept to join the home.

    How to accept an invite in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Tap Accept, Tap Accept to join the homeSource: iMore

How to personalize your home wallpaper

If you have multiple locations to control with the Home app (or you want to customize the app's look and feel), you can change the Home wallpaper. Here's how:

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap the House Icon in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Home Settings.

    How to change home wallpaper in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, Tap on the Home icon, Tap Home SettingsSource: iMore

  4. Scroll down until you reach the Home Wallpaper section.
  5. Tap Take Photo… to take a brand new photo or Choose from Existing to pick a photo from your library or one of the defaults.
  6. Tap Use Photo or Set once you've adjusted the photo to your liking by panning and zooming.

    How to change home wallpaper in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Scroll down to you reach Home Wallpaper, Tap Take Photo or Choose from Existing…, Tap Use Photo or SetSource: iMore

How to add notes to a home

The Home app provides a handy little field for storing notes that are viewable by anyone who's received a home invite. If you have a HomeKit-controlled rental property, for example, you can leave notes for your tenants in this field. How do you add notes to your home? Follow along:

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap the House Icon in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Home Settings.

    How to add home notes in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, Tap on the Home icon, Tap Home SettingsSource: iMore

  4. Scroll downward until you reach the Home Notes section, then tap on the Notes field
  5. Type in your desired message for your family or guests.
  6. Tap Done in the top right corner when finished.

    How to add home notes in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Scroll downward until you reach Home Notes and Tap the Notes Field, Type in your desired Note, Tap DoneSource: iMore

How to remove a home

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap the House Icon in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Home Settings.

    How to remove a home in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, Tap on the Home icon, Tap Home SettingsSource: iMore

  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the Home app settings page.
  5. Tap Remove Home.
  6. Tap Remove on the confirmation pop-up list. This is the last step before your existing home will be deleted. Only proceed if you are ready to remove it.

    How to remove a home in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Scroll downward until you see Remove Home, Tap Remove Home, Tap RemoveSource: iMore

Keep in mind that when you remove a Home, you're also removing the corresponding data synced to iCloud. Your guests will lose access to your HomeKit accessories and customizations as well.

Questions about how to add a home to the Home app?

That covers everything you need to know about adding a Home in the Home app. If you've any questions, let us know in the comments below!