Add a user to your HomeKit homeSource: iMore

You needn't be the only person controlling your HomeKit habitat! With a few quick taps, you can invite guests, roomies, friends, and family to control your various HomeKit accessories. It's a super simple process that'll grant others the power to control your accessories.

How to invite people to your HomeKit home on iOS and iPadOS

  1. Launch the Home App.
  2. Tap the House Icon in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Invite… under the People section.

    How to invite people to your HomeKit home on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap on the House Icon, Tap Invite...Source: iMore

  4. Type in the Name of the Person you'd like to invite.
  5. Tap Send Invite in the top right corner.
  6. 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 people to your HomeKit home on the iPhone by showing steps: Type in a Name, Tap Send InviteSource: iMore

How to invite people to your HomeKit home on iOS and iPadOS 14

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

  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 people to your HomeKit home on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch Home app, Tap House 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 people to your HomeKit home on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap Invite People..., Type in Name, Tap Send InviteSource: iMore

How to invite people to your HomeKit home on macOS Big Sur

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

  1. Launch the Home App.
  2. Click the House Icon.

    How to invite people to your HomeKit home on the Mac by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Click on the House IconSource: iMore

  3. Click Home Settings.
  4. Click Invite People....

    How to invite people to your HomeKit home on the Mac by showing steps: Click Home Settings, Click Invite People...Source: iMore

  5. Type in the Name of the Person you'd like to invite.
  6. Click Send Invite.

    • 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 people to your HomeKit home on the Mac by showing steps: Type in a Name, Click Send InviteSource: iMore

How to adjust a person's permissions on iOS and iPadOS

There are different levels of control you — as the owner of the HomeKit home — can give to those you invite. Here's how you adjust permissions.

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  1. Launch the Home App.
  2. Tap the House Icon in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the Profile Photo of the person whose permissions you want to adjust.

    How to adjust a person's permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House Icon, Tap a profile photoSource: iMore

  4. Toggle Add and Edit Accessories. This gives users the ability to edit accessories, scenes, and people invited to the HomeKit home.
  5. Tap Control Accessories Remotely.
  6. Toggle Control Accessories Remotely. This gives users the ability to control home accessories while they're away from the HomeKit home.

    How to adjust a person's permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Toggle Add and Edit, Tap Control Accessories Remotely, Toggle Control Accessories RemotelySource: iMore

How to adjust a person's permissions on iOS and iPadOS 14

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

There are different levels of control you — as the owner of the HomeKit home — can give to those you invite. Here's how you adjust permissions.

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

    How to adjust a person's permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap the House Icon, Tap Home SettingsSource: iMore

  4. Tap the Profile Photo of the person whose permissions you want to adjust.
  5. Toggle Add and Edit Accessories. This gives users the ability to edit accessories, scenes, and people invited to the HomeKit home.
  6. Tap Control Accessories Remotely to access a toggle for enabling controls outside of the home. Tap Cameras to manage access to HomeKit camera feeds and recordings.

    How to adjust a person's permissions in the Home app on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap a profile photo, Toggle Add and Edit Accessories, Tap Control Accessories Remotely or Cameras to access additional optionsSource: iMore

How to adjust a person's permissions on macOS Big Sur

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

  1. Launch the Home App.
  2. Click the House Icon.

    How to adjust a person's permissions in the Home app on the Mac by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Click on the House IconSource: iMore

  3. Click Home Settings.
  4. Click the Profile Photo of the person whose permissions you want to adjust.

    How to adjust a person's permissions in the Home app on the Mac by showing steps: Click Home Settings, Click a Profile PhotoSource: iMore

  5. Toggle Add and Edit Accessories. This gives users the ability to edit accessories, scenes, and people invited to the HomeKit home.
  6. Click Control Accessories Remotely to access a toggle for enabling controls outside of the home. Click Cameras to manage access to HomeKit camera feeds and recordings.

    How to adjust a person's permissions in the Home app on the Mac by showing steps: Click Add and Edit Accessories, Click Control Accessories Remote or Cameras to access additional settingsSource: iMore

Questions?

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Updated July 2020: Updated for iOS/iPadOS 14 and macOS 11 betas.

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