How to add a home to the Home app

Cupertino, May 27, 2021

Invitation to the home application displayed on an iPhone XRSource: Christopher Close / iMore

The Apple Home app is the command center for all the best HomeKit accessories, putting door locks, light bulbs and more just a few touches away. Before you begin, however, you need to create a home for all your accessories. Fortunately, the Home app makes this process incredibly easy, so you can run it in seconds. Here's how to add a home to the Home app!

How to add a house in the Home app

By default, the Home app will automatically create a home that you called My house when you first launch the app. With the default home, you can start adding accessories, creating rooms, setting custom wallpapers, and more.

How to rename a house

If you want to be creative with your home name, you can change things through Home settings from the Home menu.

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  1. Launch The home application.
  2. Press House icon near the top left corner.
  3. Touch Home settings.

    How to rename a home in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, tap the Home icon, tap Home settings

    Source: iMore

  4. Touch the current house Name to bring a keyboard.
  5. Type your desire Name.
  6. Touch Done to save the name of your house.

    How to rename a home in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: tap the current name of your home, enter the desired name, tap Done

    Source: iMore

How to invite people to join a house

If there are other members of your household whose HomeKit accessories you want to control, here's how:

  1. Launch Home application.
  2. Click on The icon of the house in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Touch Home settings.

    How to invite users to the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, tap the Home icon, tap Home settings

    Source: IMore

  4. Touch Invite people ....
  5. Insert the file The name of the person you would like to invite.
  6. Touch Send invitation in the upper right corner.

    • You will know that you are successful if the person appears in people the words section Pending invitation under the name and profile photo.

    How to invite users to the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: tap Invite people ..., enter the name of the person you want to invite, tap Send invitation

    Source: iMore

How to accept an invitation to join a house

If you receive an invitation (or need to help someone with an invitation you sent), here's how to accept an invitation:

  1. Launch The home application.
  2. Click on House icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Touch Home settings.

    How to accept an invitation in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, tap the Home icon, tap Home settings

    Source: iMore

  4. Examine the invitation, then tap I accept.
  5. Touch I accept to join the house.

    How to accept an invitation in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: tap Accept, tap Accept to join home

    Source: iMore

How to customize your home wallpaper

If you have multiple locations to control with the Home app (or want to customize the look of the app), you can change the Home wallpaper. Here's how:

  1. Launch The home application.
  2. Click on The icon of the house in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Touch Home settings.

    How to change the home wallpaper in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, tap the Home icon, tap Home settings

    Source: iMore

  4. Scroll down until you reach Home Wallpaper section.
  5. Touch Take a picture… to take a new photo or Choose from Existing to choose a photo from your library or one of the default values.
  6. Touch Use Photo or Set after adjusting the photo as desired, by zooming and zooming.

    How to change your home wallpaper in the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Scroll down to Home wallpaper, tap Take photo or choose from existing ..., tap Use photo or Setup

    Source: iMore

How to add notes to a house

The Home app provides a small handy field for storing notes that can be viewed by anyone who has received an invitation at home. For example, if you have a rental property controlled by HomeKit, you can leave notes for your tenants in this area. How do you add notes to your home? Follow along:

  1. Launch The home application.
  2. Click on The icon of the house in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Touch Home settings.

    How to add home notes to the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, tap the Home icon, tap Home settings

    Source: iMore

  4. Scroll down until you reach Notes from home , then press Notes field
  5. Type in the desired message for family or guests.
  6. Touch Done in the upper right corner when you're done.

    How to add home notes to the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Scroll down to Home Notes and tap the Notes field, enter the desired note, tap Done

    Source: iMore

How to remove a house

  1. Launch The home application.
  2. Click on The icon of the house in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Touch Home settings.

    How to remove a home from the Home app by showing steps on an iPhone: Launch the Home app, tap the Home icon, tap Home settings

    Source: iMore

  4. Scroll down to background from the Home application settings page.
  5. Touch Remove Home.
  6. Touch Remove on the confirmation pop-up list. This is the last step before your existing home is demolished. Continue only if you are ready to remove it.

    How to remove a home from the Home app by showing the steps on an iPhone: Scroll down until you see Remove Home, tap Remove Home, tap Remove

    Source: iMore

Keep in mind that when you delete a Home, you also delete the corresponding data synced with iCloud. Your guests will lose access to your HomeKit accessories and customizations.

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