I too decided we wanted my wife to be able to control our Energenie/Mi|Home devices from her phone as well as the several Echo devices we have. We put the Alexa app on her phone, but it couldn't see any devices, so we added the Mi|Home app and, thinking logically, realised that it would need to use the same account on mihome4u.co.uk. Since I use separate passwords for all accounts (and obviously my wife knows my email address :-D) this wan't an issue.
So now Alexa on her phone can see all the devices, but not the groups!
Hello. I have sent feedback via the link provided requesting the option for consumers to have the choice to share home automation devices and services across the Amazon/Alexa "Household". I see no reason why I, as only the person that purchased the hardware, am the only person in my house that can control any of the devices that we now have installed. It's a shame that both my wife and I have Amazon accounts, Prime membership, Amazon Unlimited music, and multiple Echos, and she cannot listen to music and control our devices at the same time under her account, when she is officially added to my "Household". After all, it is her house, too. I really hope that this option is added, as I have invested almost solely to the Amazon/Alexa environment for music, video, and home automation, even paying amazon a significant amount each month to do so. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Inability to share permission, devices, skills, groups, routines, etc with other members of the household is a complete failure on Amazon's part. I literally cannot believe the development team allowed management to roll this out without incorporating the ability to share among other household members. "Household" architecture already exists, why no tie into that for the smart home features? By definition, a smart home covers the entire home...and everyone living in that home...not just one randomly selected member of the household that has the only access to setup and configure the ecosystem. The idea that every member of a household will have to coordinate with a single gatekeeper to setup/explore new functionality within the household is absolutely absurd. The suggestion to share logins and passwords to overcome this deficit goes completely against everything we know about good password management, and defies every principle Amazon has about having a dedicated (and personalized) account/profile for every unique user. This is the single best way to suppress adoption IMO. One family is the early adopter...they start setting everything up and get the rest of the family excited about their new smart home. The rest of the family downloads the app and starts trying to play around only to figure out they have absolutely no way to collaborate or engage with the home's settings. 30 seconds later mom...kids...grandma...all delete the app from their phone and give up on trying out the Alexa smart home features. Great job Alexa team! You made a brilliant smart home app that only allows one person in the home to use it. Like a refrigerator that only allows one person to change from ice to water...or a thermostat that only allows one person to change the temperature settings at different times of the year...or a TV that only allows one person to change from the cable to to the auxiliary input. Well done.
We'd love to have the ability to immediately resolve this permissions quandary for all Echo and smart device users, but you're not contacting Amazon directly by posting here. This is a public forum where customers assist other customers with issues relating to Amazon devices and digital content. Forum Moderators have, however, reported this issue to the proper teams with the sincere hope (as Amazon device consumers ourselves)for resolution. Leaving feedback here truly is the best way for customers to have their voices heard on issues directly.
Moderators here in the forums are not members of the engineering or development teams, so submitting that feedback is the best path to resolution. We understand the frustration not having an action you'd like to have in the app or the device can cause. We certainly do listen to our customers and the best innovations in our products can come from feedback exactly like this when passed on appropriately. Please just remember to follow Forum guidelines and keep it friendly and constructive. Thank you so much!
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In case anyone is still curious, Google Home devices do allow you to share complete control of your registered devices with other Google accounts.
Time to catch up, Amazon!
You're not contacting Amazon by posting here, therefore they won't see your comment. You're talking to other customers on this peer-to-peer forum. Send requests and/or suggestions via the Feedback option of the Alexa app.