You can use Siri on your HomePod to access your messages, notes, and reminders, all of which are what Apple calls Personal Requests. As a rule, these only work when the device that was used to set up ‌HomePod‌ is connected to the same local network, which ‌Siri‌ interprets to mean that you're home.

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If the option is enabled, ‌Siri‌ can also recognize your voice so it knows that it's you if a personal request is made. That's nice to know, but you might just not want personal requests features enabled on your ‌HomePod‌ for security reasons.

If you're already using your ‌HomePod‌, you may recall being asked during the setup process whether or not you'd like to enable Personal Requests. Regardless of what you selected during setup, you can turn Personal Requests on and off from your iPhone or iPad whenever you like. Here's how to do it.

How to Enable/Disable Siri Personal Requests

  1. Open the Home app on your iOS device.

  2. Tap the ellipsis button (three encircled dots) in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Home Settings in the dropdown menu.
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  4. Under the "People" section, tap your profile picture.

  5. Under "‌Siri‌", tap Personal Requests, then toggle on/off the Personal Requests button.
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Note that the "‌Siri‌" section includes a toggle to enable/disable the Recognize My Voice feature.

Related Roundups: HomePod, HomePod mini

Top Rated Comments

prspectiv2 Avatar
82 months ago
Some things people worry about are funny. I have no fear of someone else, guest or resident, asking Siri to read my notes, messages or reminders via HomePod. Who are you living with or inviting into your home that this is a concern?
Children are mischievous.

“Siri, tell my wife to pick up pizza on the way home.”

“Siri, tell my husband the kids are staying over Tommy’s house tonight.”
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Vasilioskn Avatar
82 months ago
Some things people worry about are funny. I have no fear of someone else, guest or resident, asking Siri to read my notes, messages or reminders via HomePod. Who are you living with or inviting into your home that this is a concern?
People live with roommates , grandparents, yiung kids. Friends come over sometimes , with acquaintances. Privacy
is sometimes important.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SupaDav03 Avatar
82 months ago
Children are mischievous.

“Siri, tell my wife to pick up pizza on the way home.”

“Siri, tell my husband the kids are staying over Tommy’s house tonight.”
I have 4 kids and still don’t find this an issue. It may happen once in a blue moon but my kids would never do it again. Not common place enough to be a “concern”
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
timmyh Avatar
82 months ago
Can I disable this remotely?

Sam
Personal requests don't work at all unless the iOS device associated with the HomePod is connected to the local network.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
robertpatryk Avatar
82 months ago
Don't you think that location arrow is a UI error?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SamGabbay Avatar
82 months ago
Personal requests don't work at all unless the iOS device associated with the HomePod is connected to the local network.
Damn that a dumb question.

Thanks!

Sam
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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