The person integration allows connecting device tracker entities to one or more person entities. The state updates of a connected device tracker will set the state of the person. When multiple device trackers are used, the state of person will be determined in this order:

  1. If there are stationary trackers (non-GPS trackers, e.g., a router or Bluetooth device tracker) presenting the state home, the tracker most recently updated will be used.
  2. If there are trackers of type gps, then the most recently updated tracker will be used.
  3. Otherwise, the latest tracker with state not_home will be used.

Let’s say, for example, that you have three trackers: tracker_gps, tracker_router and tracker_ble.

  1. You’re at home, all three devices show state home - the state of your Person entity will be home with source tracker_router or tracker_ble, whichever was most recently updated.
  2. You just left home. tracker_gps shows state not_home, but the other two trackers show state home (they may not have yet updated due to their consider_home setting see device_tracker). Since the stationary trackers have priority, you are considered home.
  3. After some time, both stationary trackers show state not_home. Now your Person entity has state not_home with source tracker_gps.
  4. While you are away from home, your Home Assistant instance is restarted. Until the tracker_gps receives an update, your status will be determined by the stationary trackers, since they will have the most recent update after a restart. Obviously, the state will be not_home.
  5. Then you’re going into a zone you have defined as zone1, tracker_gps sends an update, and now your state is zone1 with source tracker_gps.
  6. You’ve returned home and your mobile device has connected to the router, but tracker_gps hasn’t updated yet. Your state will be home with source tracker_router.
  7. After the tracker_gps update occurs, your state will still be home with source tracker_router or tracker_ble, whichever has the most recent update.

In short, when you’re at home, your position is determined first by stationary trackers (if any) and then by GPS. When you’re outside your home, your position is determined firstly by GPS and then by stationary trackers.

Hint: When you use multiple device trackers together, especially stationary and GPS trackers, it’s advisable to set consider_home for stationary trackers as low as possible see device_tracker).

You can manage persons via the UI from the person page inside the configuration panel or via YAML in your configuration.yaml file.

Configuring the person integration via the Home Assistant configuration panel

This integration is by default enabled, unless you’ve disabled or removed the default_config: line from your configuration. If that is the case, the following example shows you how to enable this integration manually:


Configuring the person integration via YAML

If you prefer YAML, you can also configure your persons via the configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - name: Ada
    id: ada6789
      - device_tracker.ada

Configuration Variables

id string Required

A unique id of the person.

name string Required

The name of the person.

user_id string (Optional)

The user ID of the Home Assistant user account for the person. user_id (aka ID) of users can be inspected in the “Users”/“Manage users” screen in the configuration panel.

device_trackers string | list (Optional)

A list of device tracker entity IDs to track. These will represent the state of the person.

An extended example would look like the following sample:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - name: Ada
    id: ada6789
      - device_tracker.ada
  - name: Stacey
    id: stacey12345
    user_id: 12345678912345678912345678912345
      - device_tracker.stacey
      - device_tracker.beacon

If you change the YAML, you can reload it by calling the person.reload service.

Customizing the picture for a person

You can easily upload a picture in the frontend. Simply click on a person, select or drop an image in the input field, and then crop it.

You can also do this using YAML. By following the instructions on the customizing entities page, you can customize the picture used for a person entity in the customize: section of your configuration. For example:

    entity_picture: "/local/ada.jpg"

See the documentation about hosting files for more information about the www folder.