New in OS X: Get MacRumors Push Notifications on your Mac

Resubscribe Now Close

Apple Shares New Video on Getting the Most From HomePod

Apple this afternoon shared a new HomePod tutorial video on its Apple Support YouTube channel, which is designed to help new HomePod users get the most out of their new speakers.

The three minute video covers various Siri commands for accessing music, podcasts, news, and personal requests, using the iPhone as a HomePod remote, using the HomePod as a speakerphone, controlling HomeKit devices, and more.


As a warning, this video does include "Hey Siri" commands that have the potential to activate your own HomePod when you watch it, so you might want to watch with headphones.

In the description of the video, Apple links to multiple HomePod support documents, which are useful for HomePod owners who are still learning the ins and outs of the HomePod. These documents cover topics like using the Home app, using VoiceOver, listening to Podcasts, AirPlaying audio, and more.

This is the fourth HomePod tutorial video Apple has shared to introduce users to the new device. Last week, when the HomePod was released, Apple shared three other short videos on using Siri to Play Music, using the HomePod's touch controls, and adjusting the HomePod's settings.

All of the videos have been uploaded to Apple's YouTube support channel, which was introduced back in November. This YouTube channel is where Apple shares tutorial videos that are designed to provide users with tips on using their iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple devices.

At MacRumors, we've also shared several how tos and guides for accessing and using all of the HomePod's different features, which can be found in the how to section of our HomePod roundup.

Related Roundup: HomePod
Buyer's Guide: HomePod (Neutral)


Top Rated Comments

(View all)

8 months ago
Box it back up, return it and use the money to get a Sonos. That is how you get the most out of it.
Rating: 67 Votes
8 months ago
Am I the only one who found this video to be odd? Like they cobbled it together last minute? It doesn’t feel like it has the quality or smoothness of a normal video. I even noticed the HomePod shake when they ended the call. His voice is anything but soothing, the ‘party music’ screams “avoid this party at all costs”, and he didn’t pronounce “control” clearly. Weird.
Rating: 19 Votes
8 months ago
The video forgot to include how nice it is for anybody to be able to access the owner's iMessage, calendar, etc.
Rating: 17 Votes
8 months ago

Why not get good sound quality and much better “smarts” with the Google Home Max? It just seems like a better product because one speaker will give you good quality sound, a lot more on-board streaming options, and a best in class voice assistant. Apple is marketing the HomePod as a music speaker (with limited assistant functionality) so is the idea to add another speaker from Google or Amazon as your home assistant? I don’t get it I guess.

Google uses your information as a seperate revenue source

Home doesn’t work with Apple Music

Home doesn’t work with podcast app

Home doesn’t work with AirPlay and probably won’t ever work with Airplay 2

The Max is too big (and ugly) for many of the places people put HomePods

The Max doesn’t have 360 sound

The Max won’t get AirPlay 2 Control
Rating: 14 Votes
8 months ago

No doubt.

After having mine for a week and still stoked using it, I'm planning on purchasing two more. One for the garage where my shop is. And another for the master bedroom.

Have a feeling my wife wants one for her studio, too.


You are a very lucky person. I’m trying to convince my gf that I need another for the living room. The reply is “it’s your money”, but I think we can all read between the lines there...
Rating: 12 Votes
8 months ago
Yeah. Whatever. Apple had their chance and we'll all assess the value fo their offering independently and not their propaganda.
Rating: 12 Votes
8 months ago

So much disdain for the HomePod. I’m curious how many have tested the HomePod before they actually disparage against the sound produced. Give this Product some time, it will continually improve though software updates.


It might get better. But I feel software updates should be used for keeping up with the competition, not getting caught up.

My problem is not with the Home Pod itself but the continued lack of awareness Apple has with product development.

Perhaps if Siri was allowed to ask Alexa for help this thing would not be so helpless.
Rating: 11 Votes
8 months ago
So much disdain for the HomePod. I’m curious how many have tested the HomePod before they actually disparage against the sound produced. Give this Product some time, it will continually improve though software updates.
Rating: 10 Votes
8 months ago

Bought one yesterday and ready to return it today. Speaker quality is ok but Siri’s intelligence and lack of smart home integration with my google calendar, SiriusXM, Logitech harmony and Nest are showstoppers whereas my 2 yr Amazon echo supports all these devices. Simply not worth it and doubt Apple will ever catch up.


You bought a product that doesn’t work with all of your non-Homekit compatible products, was never advertised or marketed to work with your non-homekit compatible products, and your disappointed? I can’t imagine why. o_O
Rating: 9 Votes
8 months ago
I love the HomePod. It sounds amazing, Siri works great and I will buy at least two more. This video helps those that own one learn more of what they can do, which is a good thing.

[doublepost=1518898655][/doublepost]

They just closed a deal with China which gives the Chinese government full access to all iCloud Data of Chinese Population. canceled my iCloud sub after that came out.
And then looking at the TOS in some parts google seems to have better privacy than apple...


Hahaha. Google and privacy don’t ever belong together.
Rating: 9 Votes

[ Read All Comments ]