Like iOS devices, Macs, the Apple Watch, and the Apple TV, the HomePod is updated with new software on a regular basis.
By default, updates are installed on your HomePod automatically, but there's also a way to force an update if new software is released. Apple's auto update function isn't typically immediate, so it can sometimes be handy to have a way to manually install software.
Locating HomePod updates and checking on the software version you have installed is simple, but it's not entirely intuitive because the update function is somewhat buried in the Home app.
Here's how to get to it:
- Open up the Home app.
- Tap on the home icon in the upper left corner of the display.
- If you have only one home set up, this will take you directly to settings, so skip directly to Step 5. If you have multiple homes, tap "Home Settings" on the sheet that pops up.
- Select your desired home.
- Scroll down to "Software Update."
- Pull down from the top of the iPhone or iPad screen to check for an update.
Once you've selected "Software Update," you'll be able to see the current version of the HomePod software that you have installed, and you can toggle off automatic updates if you want.
If there is an available update, you'll just need to tap the "Install" button to update your HomePod. If you have multiple HomePods in your home, each one will be updated at the same time through this software update feature.