Apple Releases Updated 13.2.1 Software for HomePod After 13.2 Update Bricked Some Devices

Apple today released a new 13.2.1 software update for the HomePod, which comes a few days after the 13.2 update. Shortly after Apple's 13.2 ‌HomePod‌ software was released, complaints of bricked devices surfaced.

Multiple users complained that the update rendered their HomePods nonfunctional, locking it into a boot loop, especially after resetting the device or removing it from the Home setup after installing the update.


Apple pulled the 13.2 software after a few hours, and warned customers against resetting their HomePods or removing them from the Home app.

The new 13.2.1 version of the software presumably does not feature the same bricking issue, and its release notes are the same as the 13.2 update:
iOS 13.2.1 provides support for new ‌‌HomePod‌‌ features:

- The ability for ‌‌HomePod‌‌ to recognize the voices of different family members to provide a personalized experience
- Handoff music, podcasts, or phone calls by bringing your iPhone close to ‌‌HomePod‌‌
- Add music to your ‌HomeKit‌ scenes
- Play relaxing high-quality soundtracks with Ambient Sounds
- Set sleep timers to fall asleep to music or Ambient Sounds
The new ‌‌HomePod‌‌ software will be installed automatically on the ‌‌HomePod‌‌, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our HomePod software how to.

Customers who did install the 13.2 update and ended up with a bricked ‌HomePod‌ will need to contact Apple for a replacement unit.

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3 weeks ago
Notice how there was no mention in the release notes of the real reason for the release. This sums up Apple in more ways than one.
Rating: 21 Votes
3 weeks ago
I’m going in. Wish me luck.

Update: Updated and restarted. All systems go!
Rating: 20 Votes
3 weeks ago
After updating, mine is now shaking and jumping like the toaster in Ghostbusters II. Be careful.
Rating: 19 Votes
3 weeks ago


All 10 HomePods they sold.


I have 3, someone mentioned 9. Go back to your Android forum.
Rating: 10 Votes
3 weeks ago
Who's going to be the guinea pig?
Rating: 10 Votes
3 weeks ago
Many HomePod owners heard Siri speak after the broken update:

I’m afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it.
Rating: 10 Votes
3 weeks ago
Pretty quick, not bad, not bad at all Apple. Now, how about free AirPods Pro for those who bricked their HomePod(s). ;)
Rating: 9 Votes
3 weeks ago


How many did it brick?


Enough that they pulled the update, fixed the issue, and now re-released it.
Rating: 9 Votes
3 weeks ago
Would it kill them to add a progress bar for the download/update process!?
Rating: 9 Votes
3 weeks ago


Amazing! Apple came out with a fix for all the bricked devices. I hope you people who didn’t have HomePod music for a day made it through such a apocalyptic moment.


It didn't fix the bricked devices...
Rating: 8 Votes

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