How to Add New Users to HomeKit: Accessory Remote Control

HomeKit offers important advantages such as privacy and security, but also some disadvantages for which many users end up choosing other solutions. But if this is not your case and you want to know how to add new users to HomeKit so they can control lights, thermostats and many other connected gadgets, even from outside the home, keep reading.

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Add New Users to HomeKit: Accessory Remote Control

After a while evaluating what each and every home automation control platform offers, from Amazon with Alexa to Google with Google Assistant, you go and opt for HomeKit. The Apple system, although not perfect, provides an interesting plus in privacy and security issues . Therefore, if you also add that you have only their devices, it is logical that you make that decision.

The only problem is that, like most Apple options, it is intended to be used only with your devices and a single user. That is, an Apple ID that will be the only one that will have access to services, devices, etc. Or almost, because there is a way to grant permissions to other users and even to be able to continue controlling these devices from other operating systems such as Android, although the latter could generate some conflicts. But let’s go by parts.

How to invite other users to control your home

If you need other users to access and control connected devices in your home, all you have to do is give them permission. For this you have to invite them and that is achieved from the Home application . The process is as follows, both from a device with iOS or iPadOS and macOS:

  1. Open the House app on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and tap on a house icon in the upper left corner. If you are on the Mac, go to the menu Edit> Edit Home
  2. On the next screen, go to the people section and tap on Invite
  3. Next, enter the email that said user uses as Apple ID
  4. You will receive a notification that you will have to accept
  5. Done, when they do they can control your connected devices

The control that they will have first will be total. In other words, they will be able to manage each of the devices and make use of some extras such as the creation of environments or even the remote control. Although for that, as we explain in this article with everything you should know about HomeKit, you must have an accessories center.

HomeKit and the advantages of an accessories central

If you are going to use HomeKit, you should know that having an accessories central is highly recommended. These centrals are neither more nor less than other Apple devices that offer the ability to manage both local and external access and permissions for each of the authorized users.

The devices that work as accessories center for HomeKit are: Apple TV, HomePod and iPad . With the exception of the iPad that does offer mobility so you can take it away from home, the others are designed to always be connected at home, which is why it makes sense to use them.

In the case of Apple TV and HomePod, as soon as you log in with the same Apple ID using to configure HomeKit, it will automatically establish itself as an accessory center. On the iPad no, here you must go to the Settings of iPadOS> Home and activate the function of Use this iPad as accessory center .

Once you have it, thanks to this you can modify the permissions of users who have access to connected devices at home.

How to edit user permissions in HomeKit

Now that you have it all, your devices configured with HomeKit, the active accessories central and the added guest users, it’s time to configure permissions. So they can only manage those devices that you really want them to be able to control. For example, the lights in your room and common areas, but not those that are in your work area or room.

Management of permissions from the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

From iOS and iPadOS devices, permission management is carried out as follows:

  1. Go to the House application and tap on the house icon that you will see on the screen
  2. In the section people, tap on the one you want to modify the permissions
  3. There you can activate or not the option to control the accessories remotely and also select which ones can or cannot manage
  4. Press OK when you’re done and it’s done

HomeKit permission management from macOS

For Macs, permission management for HomeKit users is similar:

  1. Open the Home app and go to the menu Edit> Edit home
  2. Tap on the House you want to modify in case you have several
  3. Again, in People touch on the one you want to manage
  4. Activate or deactivate the accessories that you can control and if remote management is allowed
  5. Click Back and then OK

Done, as you can see it is very simple. It is important to remember also that despite having full permissions, these invited users will not be able to add accessories such as a HomePod, another Apple TV or speakers compatible with AirPlay 2 to the application. For this, the organizer with their main Apple ID will have to do it.

Delete people or leave a house

In the same way that new users are added to the control of a House, they can also be eliminated . The process is identical, only in reverse. Access the House application and from the person section select the user you want to delete. Done, it’s that simple. Of course, removing it from the Home application does not mean that you no longer have control over certain accessories. Something that ties in with what we also wanted to tell you.

When you bet on HomeKit the only devices that can use this platform are those of Apple. Therefore, if you or a family member or person who deals with you have an Android device or a smart speaker other than the HomePod that you want to use, you will have to bet on a common platform or also use the native applications of each accessory manufacturer.

Between the two options, using the manufacturer’s native apps is the best. Because mixing platforms like Alexa or Google Assistant with HomeKit is not the best idea. In the end there are problems when updating devices, names, creating routines, etc.