How to add users to your Home app

With Apple’s Home app, you can invite folks  to control your home, edit permissions for them, and allow them to control your home from anywhere.

You and the people you invite need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch updated to the latest version of iOS or a Mac updated to the latest version of macOS

Make sure that you and the people you invite are signed in to iCloud on an iOS device or Mac, and turn on Home in iCloud Settings. 

To invite someone to be added to your Home app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Open the Home app and tap the Home icon in the upper-left corner. If you have multiple homes set up in the Home app, tap Home Settings, then tap the Home that 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.

To invite someone to be added to your Home app on a 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 upper-left corner, then click the home that 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.

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:

Open the Home app and tap the Home icon.

Tap Home Settings.

Tap Accept, then tap Done.

After you accept the invite, tap the Home icon, then tap the name of the Home to control it.

On your Mac

Open the Home app and click the Home icon in the toolbar.

Click 1 Invitation.

Click Accept, then click Done.

After you accept the invite, click the Home icon in the toolbar, then click the name of the home to control it.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)