How to Share Your SmartThings Account

Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked through how account sharing works in the new SmartThings experience. After a bit of maintenance, we’re happy to report that we’ve just re-enabled the ability for customers to share their SmartThings account.

Sharing your account is a great way for family members, roommates, or other trusted loved ones to use SmartThings. It gives those you share your account with access to your connected devices, SmartApps, and locations. You can now share your account with someone who already has another SmartThings account, and any accounts shared with you by someone else will not be shared with those people whom you have shared your account with.

Here are a few quick videos showing you how you can easily share your account with someone, the invitation a recipient receives once you’ve invited them to share your account, and how you can remove someone from your account.

Android

How to share your account with someone

What you see when someone shares their account with you

How to remove someone from your account


iOS

How to share your account with someone

What you see when someone shares their account with you

How to remove someone from your account

Thanks, and happy sharing!

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  • fightingmajor

    What would be great is if we could have the ability to not let them control things or make changes. Either making their device just a presence device or selecting what the guest user can and/or cannot change.

    • TerryGauchat

      Check out http://SmartTiles.click … You can create 5 distinct dashboards (run in phone, tablet or any browser) and distribute them to specific users. Each has only the devices you specify! Even more control in future versions…!

      • fightingmajor

        I’ve used it. This doesn’t help make the cell phone a presence sensor.

        • TerryGauchat

          True. I hear many people have had excellent success using Life 360 to add that feature. It is said to be more reliable than SmartThings native mobile App geo-location sensing.

          • Snuffles

            I was recluctant using Life360 (renamed Family locator) because of previous issues with their app… a lots of wakelocks and terrible energy management.
            Now the situation seems improved, and it works quite nice.

  • Sigivald

    Better than nothing, but it’ll be nice when proper roles (and identities, so one can be owner of one SmartThing, as well as having non-owner roles on shared other SmartThings).

    (I say this as a developer who understands how hard a good role/permissions system is to implement, so please don’t take it as snarky or unduly critical.

    I’m sincere in saying it’s better than nothing – but equally so in that it’s a lot less powerful and useful than the real solution I presume will eventually happen.)

    • Jason Shearer

      Another use case. I want my kids to be able to control their room….not the entire house.

      • TerryGauchat

        I highly recommend SmartTiles (http://SmartTiles.click). Current version lets you created 5 distinct browser based dashboards. You can pick and choose which devices to put on each kid’s own dashboard.

        (Disclosure: I am a co-developer / promoter of SmartTiles, but very happy to help see if this can meet your needs).

  • Douglas Dweck

    i have 2 locations on my account. Home and Office. I want to share my office location with my employees but don’t want them to have access to my home location. Is this possible?

    • TerryGauchat

      Hmmm… I think the latest fix from SmartThings for account sharing is at the Location level, but I found the details confusing, so I’m not sure the exact functionality and applicable scenarios. I think you may be in luck, though. I hope.

      But… I highly recommend SmartTiles (http://SmartTiles.click). Current version lets you created 5 distinct browser based dashboards per Location. Thus, you can give status and control to your employees via dashboard links you create for them.

      (Disclosure: I am a co-developer / promoter of SmartTiles, but very happy to help see if this can meet your needs).

  • Dan

    Is there a way to share my SmartThings account but let each user decide on their own what smartapps and what notifications they want to enable?