Are you on an Apple HomePod or HomePod Mini that you want to sell or donate? Are you experiencing problems with your smart speaker and do you need to restore the factory settings? Whatever the reason, there is more than one way to factory reset your HomePod or HomePod Mini. We cover each of these methods below.
Reset via the Home app
You’ll want to grab the iOS device that has the Apple Home app loaded first. Make sure you are signed in to the app with the same Apple ID you used to register your HomePod product during the initial setup. Once you̵
If you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, find your HomePod in the queue of available Apple devices and press and hold the HomePod you want to remove. If you are performing this step on a Mac desktop, you should double-click HomePod instead of tapping.
Now scroll down (for both mobile and desktop interfaces) until you see Remove accessoryand tap or click remove. Your HomePod will now be reset to factory settings.
Reset via the HomePod itself
If you don’t have a phone or computer handy, you can easily reset your HomePod or HomePod Mini with a few device commands. To get started, you’ll want to unplug your HomePod from the wall first. If you have a HomePod Mini, unplug the power adapter. Then (for both speakers), you want to wait 10 seconds. Reconnect the speaker after 10 seconds.
Then wait five seconds and then touch the top of the HomePod with your finger. Hold and wait. A white spinning indicator light should turn red, indicating that your HomePod is about to reset. Siri will then tell you that your HomePod is about to reset. Once you hear three beeps, the process is complete.
To confirm that the reset has taken place, launch your Home app the next time you’re near your phone then check your available devices to make sure that the HomePod in question has been removed from the list.
Resetting the HomePod Mini with a Mac
If you own the HomePod Mini, you can use the included USB-C connector to reset the device to factory settings with a desktop Mac. Go ahead and plug the standard end of the USB cable into your Mac. Once the connection is established, look for your HomePod in your Mac’s sidebar (it’s located under Locations). Select your HomePod and click Repair HomePod.
Where to sell your HomePod / HomePod Mini
If you’re trying to get rid of your HomePod or HomePod Mini, there are a number of outlets and trade-in sites that will give you some cash for your device. You can get about $ 40 for a working HomePod through Target and Walmart. If you want to try and sell the device yourself, you can do so on Swappa or eBay. Since the HomePod Mini is relatively new, most retailers don’t offer trade-in approaches for the speaker yet. If it’s out a little longer, that will likely change.