HomeKit is a popular smart home platform that allows you to control various devices in your home using an app on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch.
However, you may want to share access to your HomeKit devices with family members or friends, so they can control them too.
The easiest way how to share access to your Homekit enabled devices is by launching the Home app on your iPhone, iPad or Mac and then locating the device you want to share access for. Tap and hold the device until the settings menu appears and then select Invite People and add the person’s Apple ID to grant access. You can also choose whether they should get administrator access or only the control access before sending out the invite.
In this article, I’ll show you how to share access to your HomeKit enabled devices in detail and also include tips on what to do if you’re unable to share access to your HomeKit devices.
But before that let’s go over what HomeKit is and how to set it up.
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Everything You Need to Know About How to Share Access to Your HomeKit Enabled Devices
What is Apple HomeKit and What are its Benefits?
Apple HomeKit is a platform that allows you to control and manage smart home devices using any Apple device such as an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
HomeKit-enabled devices are compatible with Apple’s iOS operating system, and allow you to set up, configure and manage your smart home devices with ease.
Apple HomeKit offers several benefits to those who want to automate their homes with smart devices. Some of which are:
- The platform is designed to be intuitive, with a simple and user-friendly interface that makes it easy for you to set up and manage your smart-home devices.
- Apple HomeKit is compatible with a wide range of smart home devices, including lights, thermostats, locks, cameras, and more.
- It uses end-to-end encryption to ensure that all data transmitted between your iPhone or iPad and your smart home devices is secure and private.
- You can set up automation rules that allow your smart home devices to work together seamlessly.
- Apple HomeKit is integrated with Siri, which means that you can control your smart home devices using voice commands, making it all the more convenient.
How to Set Up Apple HomeKit?
Setting up Apple HomeKit can seem daunting at first, but with a few simple steps, you can easily get started. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to set up Apple HomeKit:
- Check compatibility: The first step is to make sure that your home automation devices are compatible with Apple HomeKit. Look for the HomeKit logo on the packaging or check the manufacturer’s website for a list of compatible devices.
- Update devices: Make sure that all of your devices are updated to the latest firmware version. This will ensure that your devices are compatible with HomeKit and have the latest features.
- Set up your HomeKit hub: To use HomeKit outside of your home Wi-Fi network, you need to set up a HomeKit hub. A HomePod, an Apple TV, or an iPad can be used as a HomeKit hub.
- To set up a HomeKit hub, go to Settings > Home and turn on “Use this iPad as a Home Hub“, “Use this Apple TV as a Home Hub“, or “Use this HomePod as a Home Hub“.
- Create a home: Open the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- If this is your first time opening the app, tap “Get Started”.
- If you’ve already set up a home, tap the “+” button in the top right corner and select “Add Home“. Give your home a name and tap “Done“.
- Add rooms: After creating your home, you can add rooms to help organize your devices.
- Tap the “+” button in the top right corner and select “Room“. Give your room a name and tap “Done“.
- Add accessories: To add an accessory to your HomeKit, tap the “+” button in the top right corner and select “Add Accessory“.
- Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to add the device to your HomeKit. You may need to scan a QR code or enter a HomeKit setup code.
- Customize your home: Once you’ve added your devices, you can customize your home by adding scenes, automations, and favorite accessories.
- Scenes allow you to control multiple devices at once with a single tap or voice command.
- Automations allow you to automate actions based on certain conditions, such as time of day or device status.
- Favorite accessories allow you to quickly access your most frequently used devices.
- Scenes allow you to control multiple devices at once with a single tap or voice command.
And you’re done setting up your HomeKit. Now let’s go over how to share your HomeKit devices with others.
How to Share Your HomeKit Enabled Devices with Others?
Sharing your HomeKit enabled devices with others is a great way to give family members, friends, or housemates access to control and manage your smart home devices.
To share your HomeKit enabled devices with others, you first need to ensure that your devices are set up and configured on your own Apple device using the Home app (which i’ve covered above).
Next is to invite people to use your HomeKit devices by following the steps below;
- Tap on the “Home” tab in the Home app.
- Press and hold on the home you want to share.
- Tap on “Invite” and enter the person’s Apple ID or phone number.
- Choose whether to allow the invitee to control all devices or only specific ones.
- Tap on “Send.”
After you’ve sent the invite to your friend/family member, they will have to accept the invitation and after doing so will they be able to use your HomeKit enabled devices.
Sharing access to your HomeKit enabled devices is a convenient way to let others control your smart home devices without giving them complete access to your HomeKit account.
How to Manage or Remove HomeKit Users?
If you need to remove a user from your HomeKit account, you can do so using the Home app on your iOS device.
Here are the steps to remove a HomeKit user:
- Open the Home app on your iOS device and tap on the “Home Settings” icon.
- Select “Home Users” from the list of options.
- Choose the user you want to remove from the list of users.
- Tap on “Remove User” at the bottom of the screen.
- Confirm that you want to remove the user by tapping “Remove” again in the pop-up window.
Once you confirm the removal, the user will no longer have access to your HomeKit devices. It’s important to note that removing a user will also remove their access to any automations or scenes they were a part of.
If you want to give the user access again in the future, you’ll need to invite them again using the same process as before.
How to Restrict Access to My HomeKit Devices
If you’re concerned about the security of your HomeKit-enabled devices and want to restrict access to them, you can take several steps to do so.
Use two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your Apple ID. By enabling this feature, anyone attempting to sign in to your account will need to enter a verification code that is sent to your trusted device or phone number. This helps prevent unauthorized access to your HomeKit-enabled devices.
Create a separate home: If you have guests staying with you, you can create a separate home in the Home app for them. This will allow them to control certain devices without giving them access to all of your HomeKit-enabled devices.
Use automation: Automation in the Home app allows you to set up rules that trigger your HomeKit-enabled devices to perform certain actions. You can use automation to limit access to your devices by setting them up to only respond to specific voice commands or to only turn on/off during certain times of the day.
Disable remote access: If you don’t need remote access to your HomeKit-enabled devices, you can disable it in the Home app. This will prevent anyone from controlling your devices when you’re away from home.
By taking these steps, you can limit access to your HomeKit-enabled devices and ensure that they remain secure. Remember to regularly update your devices’ firmware and passwords to further enhance their security.
Why Can’t I Share Access to My HomeKit Devices – Troubleshooting Tips
There are several reasons why you might not be able to share access to your HomeKit-enabled devices. Here are a few common reasons:
- You haven’t set up your HomeKit-enabled devices correctly
- Make sure that all of your HomeKit-enabled devices are set up and connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If you’re having trouble, check the manufacturer’s instructions or troubleshooting guides.
- You haven’t signed in to iCloud with your Apple ID
- To share access to your HomeKit-enabled devices, you must be signed in to iCloud with your Apple ID. Make sure that you’re signed in and connected to the internet.
- You haven’t updated your devices
- If you haven’t updated your devices to the latest firmware version, you may not be able to share access to them. Check for firmware updates in the manufacturer’s app or the Home app.
- You haven’t given permission to share access
- In the Home app, you can choose which people have access to your HomeKit-enabled devices. Make sure that you’ve given permission to the person you want to share access with.
- Your HomeKit-enabled devices aren’t compatible with sharing
- Not all HomeKit-enabled devices can be shared with other people. Check the manufacturer’s instructions or website to see if your devices support sharing.
If none of these reasons apply to you and you’re still unable to share access to your HomeKit-enabled devices, try resetting your devices and starting the setup process again.
If the problem persists, contact the manufacturer’s customer support for further assistance.
What HomeKit Devices Can I Share Access For?
You can share access to a wide range of HomeKit-enabled devices with other people. Here are some examples of HomeKit devices that you can share access for:
- Smart locks: You can share access to your smart lock with family members, friends, or trusted guests, so they can enter your home without needing a physical key.
- Smart thermostats: You can share access to your smart thermostat with family members or roommates, so they can adjust the temperature to their liking.
- Smart lights: You can share access to your smart lights with family members or guests, so they can turn them on and off or adjust their brightness.
- Smart cameras: You can share access to your smart camera with family members or trusted guests, so they can view the camera feed and keep an eye on your home while you’re away.
- Smart plugs: You can share access to your smart plugs with family members or guests, so they can control any device that’s plugged into them.
- Smart speakers: You can share access to your smart speaker with family members or roommates, so they can play music or ask the virtual assistant for information.
Again, not all HomeKit-enabled devices are compatible with sharing and you will have to check the manufacturer’s instructions or website to see if your devices support sharing.
HomeKit Devices That You Can’t Share Access For
According to Apple, some HomeKit-enabled devices cannot be shared with other people due to various reasons.
Here are a couple of them:
- AirPlay 2 speakers
- Apple Watch
- You cannot share access to HomeKit bridges or hubs such as the Philips Hue Bridge or the Lutron Caséta Smart Bridge.
- Some HomeKit accessories may require a separate app to be installed and these accessories cannot be shared through the Home app.
Note that this list is not exhaustive, and there may be other HomeKit devices that cannot be shared for various reasons. It’s always a good idea to check the manufacturer’s instructions or website to see if your devices support sharing.
HomeKit provides a secure and easy-to-use platform for managing your smart home devices and users, making it a great choice for those looking to share access with family members, friends, or housemates.
By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily invite others to share access, set different levels of access for each user, and restrict access to certain devices or scenes.
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Hey there! I’m Chelsea and chief editor of macsecurity.org. I have always loved Apple products for its efficiency and performance. I love reviewing the latest Apple products and designing guides for old and new Apple users! And in my free time I love experimenting in the kitchen (though, it doesn’t work out 9/10 times)