The unassuming screen on top of the HomePod mini can be used for everything from pausing music playback to skipping tracks. If you don’t like the Hey Siri functionality on your HomePod, the touch controls can be really useful.
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You will find the touch control surface on the top of the HomePod and HomePod mini. This is a screen that lights up with multiple colors.
You see pulsating colors when your HomePod or HomePod mini is listening to you, processing a request or used as an intercom.
When your HomePod is playing something, you’ll see a white light in the center of the screen. If your HomePod is inactive, the screen will be blank.
Here are all the ways to use touch controls on HomePod and HomePod mini:
- Activate Siri: Press and hold the touchscreen to activate Siri (no need to say “Hey Siri” when you are next to the HomePod mini).
- Adjust the volume: Tap the “+” or “-” buttons on the HomePod to increase or decrease the volume. You can hold the buttons to make the change faster.
- Pause / resume: To pause or resume playback quickly, tap the touch surface once. This is the fastest way to mute the HomePod.
- Next song: Double-tap the touch surface to go to the next song or song.
- Previous track: Tap the top of the HomePod three times to go back to the previous track. This only works if you are listening to a playlist or an album.
- Stop an alarm: If you keep your HomePod mini on your nightstand and like to use it for alarms, here’s some good news: just tapping the touch surface will turn off an alarm. You don’t have to shout “Hey Siri, stop!” Every morning.
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