The smart Apple HomePod speaker ($ 299, currently) brings Siri and Apple Music to your kitchen, living room or wherever you want. You can use the HomePod as a speaker, a smart-home hub, an assistant and more.
This way you can get the most out of your HomePod.
Renaming and adjusting your HomePod
By default, your HomePod takes the label from the room to which you assign it when you first set it up. However, if you want to give it a specific name, you can do this via the Home app for iPhone and iPad.
Download the Home app for this if you have not already done so and then launch it. Long press on the relevant HomePod and then tap the Settings button at the bottom right. Tap the title at the top of the list and then type the name.
You can further adjust your HomePod here. If you want, you can change the default Apple ID account that you use HomePod or change the language and accent of Siri. At the bottom of the list you will find an option to also restore the HomePod to the factory settings.
Operating Your HomePod
If you tap the touch screen interface at the top of the HomePod, you can operate it with the following touch gestures:
- Tap once : Play / Pause
- Double tap : Track skip
- Triple-tap : Go to the previous track
- Touch and hold : Trigger Siri
- Tap plus sign (+) or minus sign (-) : increase or decrease volume  You can also use the following voice commands:
- “Hey, Siri, turn it up. "
- " Hey, Siri, turn the volume down to 20 percent. "
- " Hey, Siri, stop. "
- " Hey, Siri, move forward 60 seconds. "
- " Hey, Siri, play the previous song. ”
Another convenient way to control the speaker is from your iPhone or iPad. To do this, go to the Control Center and hold down the "Now Playing" tile. Scroll down the list and tap your HomePod to manage it.
On an iPhone X or higher, you can swipe down from the top right of the screen to activate the Control Center; on iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
Tap "Now Playing" to launch the Music app. The HomePod target must be clearly indicated on the "Now Playing" screen (and in the "Now Playing" collapsed section at the bottom of the screen).
This method of controlling the HomePod is not the same as using it as an AirPlay speaker. While you control the HomePod directly, your iPhone plays all regular audio through its own speaker.
Use HomePod as an AirPlay speaker
Using the HomePod as an AirPlay speaker (as you can with the Apple TV) is different than direct control, as described above. When you use the HomePod as an AirPlay speaker, all audio from your iPhone (or other device) is routed through the HomePod. This includes videos & # 39; s, game audio and notification notifications.
This also means that you can use the HomePod to play music from streaming services other than Apple Music (Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, YouTube, etc.). To get started, all you have to do is connect via AirPlay.
Follow these steps to output audio from iOS to your HomePod:
- Start Control Center on your iOS device.
- Tap the AirPlay icon in the upper right corner of the Music tile.
- Select your HomePod from the list of devices.
- If you want to stop streaming via AirPlay, return to this menu and choose "iPhone" instead.
You can also use HomePod as a speaker for your Mac; follow these steps to set it up:
- Start System Preferences> Sound on your Mac.
- Click on the "Output" tab and then select "HomePod".
- Return to streaming via AirPlay Sound> Output menu and choose "Internal speakers" instead.
To quickly switch the sound from your Mac to HomePod, click on the sound icon in the menu bar at the top right of the screen and then click on your HomePod in the list of available devices.
If you have an Apple TV, you can also use the HomePod as its speaker; follow these steps to turn it on:
- Turn on your Apple TV and then press and hold the Play / Pause button on the remote control.
- Scroll down under "Apple TV" and select your HomePod.
- To stop streaming via AirPlay, hold down the Play / Pause button on the remote control and choose "Apple TV" instead.
Transferring what is playing between HomePod and other devices
If you ever play Apple Music on your iPhone and want to transfer playback to your HomePod, simply hold your iPhone at the top of the HomePod touch interface.
A message appears that you can transfer what is currently being played to the speaker; tap to do this.
This also works in reverse; if your HomePod is playing a song, you can place your iPhone at the top to transfer the playback to your iPhone – just tap the message that appears.
Use Siri to control and find music and podcasts
Siri knows a lot about music trivia and can be particularly useful on the HomePod. It can tell you more about the music you play or even propose similar artists.
You can ask Siri for the song or artist that is currently playing or on which album the song is. You can also tell Siri to play music that is similar to the song currently being played.
Siri also accepts commands such as & # 39; Play Aphex Twin & # 39; or & # 39; Add this number to my library & # 39 ;. You can also tell Siri to add a song that will play on one of your playlists.
If you can't remember what a number is called, but you know a text or two, Siri can help you find it. Just say, "Hey, Siri, how's the song & # 39; they say jump, do you say how high? & # 39;" To get suggestions.
Also keep in mind that you can refine your recommendations by simply listening to music saying, "Hey, Siri, I like this" or "Hey, Siri, I don't like this."
Today in the Apple Store.
Me: "Hey Siri, play some music"
HomePod: "Play Coldplay"
Me: "Hey Siri, never play Coldplay again"
HomePod: "Ok, I'll remember that"
You're welcome Apple Store staff.
– Robert Sharl (@Sharl) May 7, 2018
One of the best features of the HomePod is the direct integration with the iTunes podcast directory. This means that you can easily ask Siri to play a specific podcast, and it usually plays the right one.
If you want to listen to your podcasts faster, just say, "Hey, Siri, play this faster," to speed up playback.
Use HomePod to make calls or send and receive messages
Provided you have enabled Personal Requests, you can use Siri on HomePod to make calls, dictate messages and read your inbox. To enable personal requests, launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad, hold down the HomePod and tap the Settings button in the lower right. Scroll down to & # 39; Personal requests & # 39; and tap it to turn it on.
Now you can use Siri as if it were on your device. Just say, "Hey, Siri, call
" to call or "Hey, Siri, pick up the phone" or "Hey, Siri, hang up" to manage incoming calls.
If you want to transfer a call from your iPhone to your HomePod, you can! Tap the "Audio" or "Speaker" button while the call is active and then select your HomePod. You can even continue to use your iPhone during an active call.
Messages behave the same way – just talk to Siri the same way as on your iPhone. For example, you could say something like, "Hey, Siri, tell Dad I'm late."
Adding notes, alarms, reminders, timers, calendar events
After you have enabled Personal Requests, your HomePod can also interact with other apps. You can take notes, set alarms and timers, add reminders and fill in your agenda. If you have your HomePod in a common room, you can also create lists in Reminders and then ask Siri to add items to it.
Here are some commands you can try:
- “Hey, Siri, add milk to my shopping list. "
- " Hey, Siri, make a note called & # 39; Books to read. & # 39; "
- " Hey, Siri, add War and Peace to my Note & # 39; Books to Read & # 39 ;.
- "Hey, Siri, set an alarm every day at 9:00 a.m."
- "Hey, Siri, remind me that I cook rice in 10 minutes."
- "Hey, Siri, set a timer for 15 minutes."
- "Hey, Siri, set another timer for 30 minutes."
- "Hey, Siri, make an agenda event called & # 39; Doctors & # 39; tomorrow at 9:00 am."
Ask Siri for news headlines
Siri can also read news headlines for you from different sources, including CNN, NPR or the BBC. Just ask Siri: "What is the news today?" For a personal broadcast. If you want to exercise, just say, "Hey, Siri, what is the sports news?" 
Say: "Hey Siri, play news from
& # 39; If you want to change this. Just like your podcasts, you can ask Siri to "read this faster" if you want to get through the news quickly.
Operate your Smart Home
You can also use HomePod as a smart home hub for Apple HomeKit devices. When you first set up your HomePod, it automatically becomes a hub for your home. From there you can use voice commands to control all kinds of HomeKit-compatible devices.
To take control of your hub, launch the Home app and then tap the "home" icon in the upper left corner. Here you can invite people to your hub so that they can also operate your smart home. This is great for family members and guests, but be careful who you give access to.
You can also change the "Allow speaker and TV" setting to lock your HomePod in case of abuse. If you & # 39; Everyone & # 39; everyone in your house (regardless of whether they are on the same WiFi network) can operate this.
If you limit the setting to & # 39; Only people who share this house & # 39 ;, you must add people manually to your Home hub before they set the HomePod on their own can use devices.
Blocking explicit content
Not all music is suitable for all audiences. Occasionally you want to weaken things when you have guests or children at home. You can automatically skip explicit content thanks to Apple's rating system, although this only affects music streaming through Apple Music.
To change this setting, start the Home app and hold down your HomePod. Tap the Settings icon at the bottom right, scroll down to "Allow explicit content", and then tap to turn it off.
Reset the HomePod sound calibration
The HomePod can calibrate itself to sound at its best, given the current conditions. This happens every time the HomePod is moved, so if you want to force a manual recalibration, simply pick up the speaker and put it down again.
Switch off Siri and use HomePod as a loudspeaker
If you are sick of Siri, action is taken when nobody asks for it, you can turn your smart loudspeaker into a stupid loudspeaker. Then it does what does best: play music and other audio.
To disable Siri, launch the Home app from your iPhone, and then long press on your HomePod. Tap the Settings button in the lower right corner and scroll down to the & # 39; Siri & # 39; section. Switch the options "Listen to & # 39; Hey Siri & # 39;" and / or "Touch and hold for Siri" off.
By default, HomePod always listens for "Hey Siri" commands and hears them under the most bizarre situation. Sometimes HomePod comes into action when you are in a different room or while people are having a conversation. It can even start randomly playing music that nobody has asked for.
* talking to my HomePod *
Me: Hey Siri turn off the light
Siri: There is currently no music playing on this HomePod
– Creative Rants (@Creative_Rants) December 12, 2019
If you have an iPhone in your pocket or wear an Apple Watch, you probably won't miss a lot of functionality.
Prevent others from contaminating your Apple Music recommendations
Your friends can also ask Siri to play music. However, if their taste is very different from yours, your recommendations for Apple Music will be a bashing. It can start with recommending music that you would never want to hear.
To prevent this problem, you can prevent HomePod from recording playback activities. Start the Home app and hold down your HomePod. Tap the Settings button and then tap the "Update listening history" option to turn it off.
If it is too late and your recommendations have already been affected, launch Music on your iPhone. Then long press artists, albums or songs that you don't like and then tap "Suggest Less Like This" in the context menu.
Pairing two HomePods for stereo sound
Sometimes one HomePod is just not enough. When you introduce a second HomePod into your network, you will be asked if you want to create a stereo pair.
You can always do this manually. To do this, launch the Home app on your iPhone and hold down one of your HomePods. Tap the Settings icon, tap "Create Stereo Pair", and then choose your second HomePod. You can use the buttons to switch between the left and right channels.
If you want to create two separate HomePod speakers, go back to the same menu and choose "Ungroup Accessories". AirPlay 2 makes multiroom audio possible with two compatible speakers, which is (demonstrably) a better use for a few HomePods than stereo sound.
Protect your furniture
Last but not least, the silicon on the bottom of the HomePod (especially on the white model) is known to mark surfaces. You can consider placing a mat under your HomePod or placing it on a surface that is not too expensive or easy to mark.
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