September 24, 2017

How to share a Xiaomi webcam/video camera to multiple Mi accounts

Update 12/9/18: Some readers have encountered issues with receiving invites, and solution given by ML and verified by Tan JJ suggests that both your source account and the account to share to needs to have the same region set to receive the invites. I now recall doing that step because initially the Xiaomi Home Security Camera that I wanted to register could not be found in the other regions except China, but it seems that now the device list is similar across different regions, so let me know if other regions works for you in the comment, otherwise try "Mainland China".

Recently got a Xiaomi Home Security Camera 1080p, needed to add it into 2 different Mi Home accounts. The setup process suggested that each device can only be tied to one account, so I had thought it was not possible. But after tinkering around a little, I found the "Share" function which does the job I need. This should also work for other Xiaomi video camera products like Mi 360 Webcam (Xiao Bai), Mi Home Security Camera 360, Xiao Fang Webcam 1080p, Yi Smart Webcam. Apologies that I have to link to the Chinese Xiaomi website, as the US and International websites do not seem to have any information on the Xiaomi webcam products.

By the way, side track and a little cool tip, if you have a Xiaomi TV and you install the Xiaomi app and log on to your account with the cameras, you can actually stream 4 cameras at the same time. Pretty cool feature that I found out. 

Back to topic, here's a pictorial guide on how to share your cameras across Xiaomi accounts:


  1. If you have not done so, download and install the Mi Home app. At the time of writing, I am using the IOS Mi Home App (Version 3.19.0), so the interface may change a little with newer versions of the app. I have also noticed some slight difference with the Android version, but the functionality and steps should generally still remain the same.
    Link to IOS version
    Link to Android version




  2. Launch the App and login with your Mi Home account. Create one if you have not done so.

  3. You should see a similar screen like below upon login. This is the "My devices" screen and you may not have any devices yet if you have not registered your device to the account.

    Mi Home - My devices screen
    Mi Home - My devices screen (before)

  4. Importantly, please go to "Profile" > "Settings" > "地区与语言" > "地区".
    (I have no idea why some of my labels are in Chinese, it may be different for you, just look for a section under "Settings" that allows you to change the region. The language setting is below it so you can still have your interface in English if you like.

    Both the source and account to be shared needs to be set to the same region. Try "Mainland China" if you are not receiving the invites, it works for myself and a couple other readers. And again, ensure both the source and account to be shared are having the same region. If you try other regions that works for you, do let me know in the comments.

    Mi Home - Region screen
    Mi Home - Region screen

  5. From here, there are 2 ways to proceed:
    (1) Select and hold on the device to share, the "Share" button will pop up at the bottom of the screen. Jump to Step 8 if you choose this way.
    (2) Select the device to share, the device video screen will start to load and you should see something like below. Select the "three dots" in the red square.

    Mi Home - Device Video screen
    Mi Home - Device Video screen

  6. The next screen as below, select "Common settings".

    Mi Home - Device Settings screen
    Mi Home - Device Settings screen

  7. The obvious option here - Select the "Share device" option.

    Mi Home - Device Common Settings screen
    Mi Home - Device Common Settings screen

  8. No prizes for guessing - Select "Share with Mi Account" option.

    Mi Home - Share with Mi Account screen
    Mi Home - Share with Mi Account screen

  9. Enter the Email/Phone/Mi Account ID to share the device. I find using email address easier, but the choice is yours. Choose "OK" once done.

    Mi Home - Add shared device screen
    Mi Home - Add shared device screen




  10. In the account that you shared the device to, go to the "Profiles" screen (the green little man icon at the bottom), you should now see the email icon with a red dot on the top right corner as below. Select the icon.

    Mi Home - Profile screen
    Mi Home - Profile screen

  11. You should see the "Share device" message. Select the message.

    Mi Home - Messaging screen
    Mi Home - Messaging screen

  12. Select "Accept" and you should now see the new device in your "My devices" screen

    Mi Home - Share device screen
    Mi Home - Share device screen

    Mi Home - My devices screen
    Mi Home - My devices screen (after)

As you see, I have shared a Xiao Fang webcam tied to another account, to my account. I'm not sure whether other types of Xiaomi products can be shared similarly, let me know if in the comments if you do find out. And that's it, I hope this helps!





11 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot I did the same but when I lauch cam from the shared account, impossible, I see teh step 1/3 but bot I neve see the 2/3 authenticating.

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    1. Hi, from your description, it seems you have successfully added the camera to another account. Can you give more description on the errors you see? Are you able to launch from the main account?

      My connection sequence while counting up from 1 to 100%
      1. Preparing to connect
      2. Establishing a safe connection
      3. Securing encrypted channel

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  2. Thank u but the camera cant send me a motion alarm message

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    1. Hi, can you check your settings under "Motion Detection"?
      It should be turned on, and then in "Motion Detection Records", it should also be turned on. There is also one setting for "Alert" which should be on and will trigger phone notifications

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  3. Hi! I have managed to successfully install the Xiaomi Dafang on my iPhone. And so I wanted to share it to an Android phone. I followed your advice on sharing. However, the Android phone is not receiving the share invite. Any idea what could be the problem? Thanks.

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  4. Hi! I have managed to successfully install the Xiaomi Dafang on my iPhone. And so I wanted to share it to an Android phone. I followed your advice on sharing. However, the Android phone is not receiving the share invite. Any idea what could be the problem? Thanks.

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    1. Hi, from your description, I can't really decipher the issue. Did you get any errors while following the steps?

      Have you tried to share using email? It seems to be the easiest for me, although using Mi Account ID should also work. Maybe, list down the version of Xiaomi app you are using and let me see if I can replicate the issue.

      Another thing, are you trying to share between two different accounts? If both your iPhone and Android phones belongs to you, it may be easier to just login to the same account on both phones.

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  5. Just to share. I have same issue that the account I share did not receive the invite. It seems if the account you share to has different region, then you won’t receive the invite. I tried another phone with same region and no problem to receive the share invite.

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    1. Thanks for the update and resolution, ML.
      I now remember that I did change my region to China, but that was because the two Xiaomi Home Security Cameras that I registered into my account was only available in the China region, but I just checked and it seems even the Singapore region also shows the product. So maybe having both accounts as Singapore region should work too?

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  6. Resolved the problem by changing the region server of the mi home account, if the account your sharing is registered as Mainland china , the account you shared to must also be in the same region to share invite.

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    1. Thanks JJ for confirming the solution :)

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