How to Access Your HomePod's Settings

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If you're new to HomePod and don't regularly use the "Home" app for HomeKit devices, you might be wondering how you get to the HomePod's settings, because it's not immediately obvious.

HomePod is controlled entirely through Apple's Home app, much like any other HomeKit-compatible accessory. Accessing HomePod settings is simple once you know where to go, so here's how:

  1. Open the Home app.
  2. You'll see a main page that says "My Home" or "[Your Name]'s Home," with either a series of icons or just the HomePod icon if it's your only HomeKit device. homepodsettings1
  3. 3D Touch or long press on the HomePod icon.
  4. Tap "Details."

When you're done looking at the settings of your HomePod, you can get back to the main Home screen by tapping on "Done" and then tapping again on the HomePod screen in the app.

Available HomePod Settings

After tapping on details, you get access to a whole selection of HomePod settings. You can change the name of your HomePod (tap where it says HomePod), change your Siri settings, activate Accessibility features, turn off your Listening history, and more.

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Secondary HomePod Settings

Confusingly, there are actually two separate settings sections for the HomePod in the Home app, so if you want to get to options like accessing software updates, you need to go to another section of the app. This split will actually make more sense when there are more AirPlay 2 speakers on the market, which will also be controlled through the Home app, and it also makes sense if you have multiple HomePod speakers. Here's how to get to the other settings:

  1. On the main page of the Home app, tap the small arrow in the upper left corner.
  2. Tap "Home Settings." homepodsettings2
  3. Choose your home by tapping on it if you have more than one.

In this section of the app, you can see your list of home hubs, which includes the HomePod, and access the Software Update feature for downloading new software to the HomePod.

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Even more settings are available if you tap on your HomeKit profile, which should be under your name. This is the area where you need to go to be able to turn off personal requests if you don't want HomePod to be able to do things like read your messages, create notes, and more.

It's not really clear why Apple has split HomeKit controls up into two distinct sections of the app because it makes it difficult to manage all of the different aspects of the HomePod, but hopefully this how to should help new HomePod owners find the settings they need.

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Top Rated Comments

foobarbaz Avatar
39 months ago

Sound check takes out the dynamic volume in songs so you can check levels. It's something most people won't ever need to use. Sound for Siri makes a little sound if you say hey siri and wait before giving a command.

No, Sound Check is something everyone should use.

It makes all songs have the same average volume (a.k.a. Normalization). It has been a feature in iTunes and iPods for decades.

It does not reduce dynamic volume like “reduce loud sounds” on Apple TV
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