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How to add users to your HomeKit home

Home app invitation displayed on an iPhone XR
Home app invitation displayed on an iPhone XR (Image credit: Christopher Close / iMore)

You needn't be the only person controlling your HomeKit habitat! With a few quick taps in the Home app, you can invite guests, roomies, friends, and family to control your various smart home accessories and even your HomeKit cameras. It's a super simple process that'll grant others the power to control your accessories. Here's how to how to add users to HomeKit home.

How to add users to your HomeKit home

Adding a user to your HomeKit home only takes a few taps in the Home app. You can send invites to people already on your contact list or type in an email address or phone number for the person you wish to add.

  1. Launch the Home App.
  2. Tap the Add Button (looks like a plus sign).
  3. Tap Add People.

How to add users to your HomeKit in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the Add Button, Tap Add People (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Type in the Name of the Person you'd like to invite.
    • You can also use the plus button to choose a person from your contacts.
  2. Tap Send Invite in the top right corner.
    • You'll know you're successful if the person appears in Home Settings with the words Invitation Pending beneath their name and profile photo.

How to add users to your HomeKit in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Type in the name of the person that you wish to invite, Tap Send Invite (Image credit: iMore)

How to manage HomeKit remote access permissions

Once a person joins your HomeKit home, they can access all of your HomeKit accessories and cameras. If the person isn't a household member, you can restrict remote access to only times when they are at your 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 manage HomeKit remote access permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the Home Button, Tap Home Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the Profile Photo of the person whose permissions you want to adjust.
  2. Tap Control Accessories Remotely.
  3. Toggle Control Accessories Remotely to allow or disable remote access.

How to manage HomeKit remote access permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap a profile picture, Tap Control Accessories Remotely, Tap the toggle to enable or disable remote acce (Image credit: iMore)

How to manage HomeKit accessory permissions

If you prefer to do all of the HomeKit accessory management for your home — or if you want to prevent accidental changes, you can manage a person's permissions in the Home app.

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

How to manage HomeKit accessory permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the Add Button, Tap Home Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the Profile Photo of the person whose permissions you want to adjust.
  2. Toggle Add and Edit Accessories. This option allows users to edit accessories, scenes, and people invited to the HomeKit home.

How to manage HomeKit accessory permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap a profile picture, Toggle Add and Edit Accessories with a tap (Image credit: iMore)

How to manage HomeKit camera permissions

In addition to sharing your HomeKit accessories with others, they can access your live camera feeds and recordings. You can restrict a person's ability to view your camera's live feed or grant full access to recordings in the Home app.

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

How to manage HomeKit camera permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the Add Button, Tap Home Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the Profile Photo of the person whose permissions you want to adjust.
  2. Tap Cameras.
  3. Tap Stream Only or Stream and View Recordings to set a permission level.
    • Stream Only restricts a user to only viewing a live feed of your HomeKit cameras.
    • Stream and View Recordings allow users to view a live feed and see recorded videos from your HomeKit cameras.

How to manage HomeKit camera permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap a profile photo, Tap Cameras, Tap Stream Only or Stream and View Recordings (Image credit: iMore)

How to manage Apple Music permissions

Sharing your HomeKit home also extends to playing Apple Music on your HomePod or AirPlay 2 speakers. If you prefer, you can prevent the playback of explicit songs in the Home app.

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

How to manage Apple Music permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the Add Button, Tap Home Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the Profile Photo of the person whose permissions you want to adjust.
  2. Toggle Allow Explicit Content.

How to manage Apple Music permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap a profile photo, Toggle Allow Explicit Content (Image credit: iMore)

How to remove a user from your HomeKit home

You can remove a user from your HomeKit home in the Home app. This setting is handy for situations where you only wish to grant temporary access.

  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 user from your HomeKit home on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the Add Button, Tap Home Settings (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap the Profile Photo of the person you wish to remove.
  2. Tap Remove Person.
  3. Tap Remove to confirm.

How to remove a user from your HomeKit home on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap a profile photo, Tap Remove Person, Tap Remove to confirm (Image credit: iMore)

Share your smart home with everyone

Now that you know how to add users to HomeKit home, you can invite friends and family to join in on the smart home fun. To help make the process easier for those new to your home, check out our guide how to add home notes in the Home app. With home notes, you can create a starter guide for your guests, and you can also share additional details such as access codes and more.

Updated December 2021: Updated for iOS 15.

Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit. If you wish to join him on his quest to automate everything, you can follow him on Twitter at @itschrisclose.