In January 2023, Apple released a HomePod 16.3 software update that adds humidity and temperature sensing to the second-generation ‌HomePod‌ and all HomePod mini models. This article explains how to use the features.

HomePod mini humiditytemperature feature
In January 2023, Apple announced a second-generation full-size ‌HomePod‌ featuring temperature and humidity sensors that can be used to measure the indoor climate, but it also released a software update that brought the same functionality to existing ‌HomePod mini‌ models.

Apple's ‌HomePod mini‌ was known to have unused temperature and humidity sensors, but now Apple has updated the software, these sensors are available features on the smaller smart speaker, too. Sadly, these sensors are not included in the first-generation ‌HomePod‌.

To get a readout from the sensors, make sure you have updated your iPhone or iPad to 16.3 or later, which should allow you to update the HomePod software to 16.3, then follow these steps.

  1. Open the Home app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
  2. Select your home, and then the room in which the ‌HomePod‌ is located. Alternatively, tap the Climate button at the top of the main screen for your home.
  3. Look for the Temperature and Humidity readings at the top of the screen. If you have multiple temperature sensors in the room, it will display an average of them. (If you've just updated your ‌HomePod‌, the sensors may need a few minutes to calibrate.)
  4. Tap the readout, then tap the sensor button again to access more options.
  5. In the menu card that appears, you can change the name of the sensor, change which room it is linked to, check its status, and add an automation.

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That's all there is to it. Note that you can also tap the Climate button in the main Home app screen to get a readout Be sure to check out the automation options, which can be handy for activating other devices in the room based on a rise or drop in temperature/humidity.

Related Roundups: HomePod, HomePod mini

Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
16 months ago
Ok… this is actually pretty cool. ??️?️?



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zombitronic Avatar
16 months ago

I have two HomePod Mini’s in my Guest Bedroom, and two in my Master Bedroom.

After updating all HomePod Mini’s to 16.3, neither of the rooms (or any of the HomePod Mini’s) show the temperature or humidity readings, and the related options are missing from all.
I updated all 3 of mine hours ago and still have absolutely no indication that there any temp or humidity sensors.

EDIT: When in doubt, restart. I restarted each HomePod from Accessory Details, waited about a minute after it came back online, and each one gave me temp and humidity info.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jeme Avatar
16 months ago
Not working for any of my HomePods. Anyone else?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RulinSmoove Avatar
16 months ago

I don’t see any sensors on 4 HomePods mini.
I have two HomePod Mini’s in my Guest Bedroom, and two in my Master Bedroom.

After updating all HomePod Mini’s to 16.3, neither of the rooms (or any of the HomePod Mini’s) show the temperature or humidity readings, and the related options are missing from all.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SFjohn Avatar
16 months ago

Will Siri tell the temperature or humidity?
Yes, just ask your iPhone for either and include the location of the HomePod Mini. For example if I ask my iPhone what the temperature is in my bedroom (where I have a HomePod Mini) it tells me it’s 74°… ??
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Razorpit Avatar
16 months ago
So did Apple ever say why it took over 2 years to turn this feature on? Makes no sense.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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