Apple today published a support document designed to help you if you’re having trouble with HomeKit, outlining what to do if you can’t access Home or accept invites in the Home app.
According to Apple, an iPhone or iPad running iOS 16.2 or iPadOS 16.2 can be used at home without any accessories on the list.[Remove Home]option must be used. If the invited user has a home with accessories, they should contact Apple Support for help instead.
If you have a home with no accessories listed, after you remove it from the Home app, you’ll need to restart the invitee and home owner’s devices. This is similar to all Apple TV and HomePod devices in your home.
From there, the home owner must remove any pending invitations to the invited user and re-invite the user to share control of the home. The invited user must accept the invitation to access Home within her 3 hours. If you do not accept, the invitation will expire.
Apple’s directive comes a day after it removed the new home architecture introduced in iOS 16.2. At this time, Apple does not allow users to upgrade their architecture. This may be due to multiple bugs that users reported in the update.
Architecture update issues include HomeKit devices stuck in “updating” or “configuring” state, device not found, HomeKit secure video not working, invitation to share home with others such as failure. This is addressed in the supporting documentation.
In a separate support document, Apple says the new home architecture will be reintroduced at a later date and has been temporarily removed.
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