How to set up the apple homepod

If you have just bought a new HomePod speaker, there are plenty of the things you need to learn before using it. Setting up your HomePod is very easy. Just read on this article where I will tell you how to set up your HomePod and how to use it with your Apple TV.

What is HomePod?

It is a specially designed speaker which supports Siri for direct access to Apple music and HomeKit enabled devices. You can play music, make phone calls and control HomeKit enabled devices. It is 7-inches tall and offers great sound quality to the extent that even if you place it at the corner of any room; you can listen to the music clearly. It is built with Siri inside so that you can play Apple tunes anytime.

How to Set up your HomePod with iPhone or iPad?

You will need an iOS device with the latest update to connect both of the devices. Before going ahead, you should ensure that iCloud Keychain, authentication (two-factor) security feature is enabled in the devices.

Step 1. Hold your iPhone or iPad close to your HomePod.

Step 2: A small HomePod will appear on your screen just like Air Pods appear in iPhone. Select “Setup“.

Step 3: Next, you will be asked a question “where is the HomePod”? You just have to choose HomeKit.

Step 4: Next step is to allow the personal requests asked by HomePod. You can tap on “enable personal requests” if you want your HomePod to read out all the texts and reminders when you are connected to the internet. If not, then you can tap on “not now“.

Step 5. To agree the terms and conditions, select “agree”.

Step 6. Tap on “transfer settings“.

Step 7. Now, enter the Apple ID if prompted.

Step 8: Finally you may ask Siri to start playing a song for you and get started.

How to Setup your HomePod with Apple TV?

A HomePod is a perfect speaker which can connect to Apple TV through AirPlay connectivity. If you want to enhance the sound level of your Apple TV, you can use HomePod as a soundbar as well. You can’t directly connect HomePod with Apple TV, to do that, you have to connect HomePod to your iPhone first and complete the setup. For a successful connection, you need to have a compatible Apple TV which should be at least of 4th generation.

Move to the Home screen of Apple TV and follow the steps below.

Step 1. Navigate to “settings” on Apple TV.

Step 2. Tap Video & Audio.

Step 3. Tap Audio output.

Step 4. Now under the “other speakers”, select the HomePod that you are using.

How to Control Video Playback Using Siri?

Use Siri to control the Video playback on Apple TV, once you are done setting it up.

Play/pause. You can ask Siri to play and pause any track.

Skip/rewind: You can ask Siri to skip a song or rewind a minute of the song.


HomePod is the latest speaker which can connect to Apple TV, iPhone or iPad. The only way to interact with this speaker is “Siri”. You can give all the commands as you give to Siri and it will do the rest of the work for you.

Experience your favorite music in a whole new way, control your home, and get help with everyday household questions and tasks — all with HomePod and HomePod mini.

Set up HomePod

Place HomePod on a solid surface with at least 6 inches of space around it.

  1. Plug HomePod in to power. Wait for a chime and a pulsing white light to appear on the top of HomePod.
  2. Unlock your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and hold it next to HomePod. Tap Set Up when it appears on your device’s screen.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to choose your HomePod settings. You can also customize and manage all of the settings for HomePod in the Home app after setup.
  4. When asked, center HomePod in the viewfinder on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to complete pairing. If you can’t use your camera, tap Enter Passcode Manually and Siri will respond with a four-digit passcode to enter on your device.
  5. Wait for HomePod to finish setup. Then Siri will greet you and give you a few examples of things you can ask.

If you don’t see the setup screen, you can manually set up HomePod. Just open the Home app, tap , tap Add Accessory, tap Don’t Have a Code or Can’t Scan at the bottom, then tap HomePod and follow the onscreen instructions.

You can’t set up HomePod with Mac.

How to control HomePod

You can control HomePod with the touch controls, the Home app, from Control Center, or by asking Siri.

Use touch controls

Tap the top of HomePod to play, pause, or adjust the volume. The top of HomePod also shows you when Siri is listening by displaying a multicolored light. Learn how to use the touch controls on your HomePod.

How to set up the apple homepod

Use the Home app and Control Center

You can play and pause music playing on HomePod in the Home app. Here’s how:

  • On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Open the Home app and tap HomePod.
  • On Mac: Open the Home app and click HomePod.*

Want to do this from Control Center on your iOS or iPadOS device? Add the Home app to Control Center, then open Control center on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and tap HomePod to quickly play and pause music.

*To use the Home app on Mac, update your Mac to macOS Mojave or later.

Use Siri on HomePod

From playing music to controlling your home, your voice is Siri’s command on HomePod. And, you don’t need your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to be present to use Siri to play music, control your home, or to ask questions. Just say "Hey Siri," then make your request.

To learn some basic things you can ask, say "Hey Siri, what can you do?" Discover more things you can ask Siri.

You need a home hub to control your HomeKit accessories while you’re away from your home, grant access to the people you trust, and automate your accessories to do what you want, when you want.

How to set up the apple homepod

Set up HomePod, HomePod mini, or Apple TV as a home hub

HomePod, HomePod mini, and Apple TV automatically set up as home hubs, so you can control your home even when you’re not in it, and run automations right away. Just make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud on your iOS device or Apple TV with the Apple ID that you used to set up your HomeKit accessories in the Home app.

HomePod, HomePod mini, and Apple TV aren’t available in all countries and regions.

Set up iPad as a home hub

  1. Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud and make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud with the Apple ID that you used to set up your HomeKit accessories in the Home app.
  2. Scroll down and check that Home is turned on.
  3. Tap Settings > Home and turn on Use this iPad as a Home Hub.

To use your iPad as a home hub, it must remain in your home, powered on, and connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

After unboxing and plugging in Apple’s fancy HomePod smart speaker, just how do you set it up? Easy peasy.

After a slight delay, Apple’s HomePod is here. The Siri-touting speaker began arriving at customers’ homes and on store shelves on Friday.

Once you get home, you need to set up the speaker before it’s time to jam out with one of the best-sounding speakers out there. The process takes just a couple of minutes, just make sure you have an iOS device handy — you can’t set it up without one. Also, make sure it’s up to date; 11.2.5 is required to interact with the HomePod.

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After clearing shelf space and plugging in the HomePod, it will take a few seconds for it to boot up. Eventually, the top display will show a white pulsing light. Once you see that light, unlock your iPhone or iPad and place it next to the HomePod.

A second or two later you’ll be prompted to set up the HomePod on your device. From here, follow the rest of the prompts. First up is assigning your HomePod to a room.

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Then you’ll be asked if you want to use Personal Requests — a feature that uses your iCloud account to send and read iMessages, create reminders and notes whenever your iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi network as your HomePod. Keep in mind, with this enabled anyone within shouting distance of the HomePod can send messages as you, or have your messages read aloud. You can always go back and turn this feature on or off after setup if you change your mind.

Finally, you are asked if you want to use your iCloud account to sync settings like Wi-Fi networks to the HomePod.

Setting up my HomePod this afternoon took under 5 minutes from unboxing to listening to some music. Not too bad, Apple.

How to set up the apple homepod

Compared to most smart speakers, getting started with the HomePod is especially easy. There are no extra apps to install, no calibration steps to undertake.

Before you get started, you’ll want to make sure you meet the requirements: the HomePod requires an iPhone (5s or newer) or iPad (mini 2 or Air or newer) to complete the setup process. A 6th generation iPod touch will work, too.

Preparing for setup

1. Make sure your iOS device is running iOS 11.2.5 or newer.

2. Your HomePod will be attached to your iCloud account, so you should make sure that is set up, too (and turn on two-factor authentication).

Setting up HomePod

1. Plug in HomePod and wait for the light on top to glow.

2. Bring your iOS setup device (iPhone or iPad) near the HomePod. You’ll see a small window pop up near the bottom of the screen, with an image of the HomePod. It’s similar to the setup for AirPods or the latest Apple TV.

How to set up the apple homepod


Setting up HomePod is a breeze. No passwords required!

4. You’ll be asked what room the HomePod is in. Pick one.

How to set up the apple homepod


Choosing a room helps HomePod work correctly with HomeKit smart home products, but doesn’t affect how it sounds.

5. The next screen asks you whether to enable Personal Requests or not. Enabling this will allow HomePod to access your account’s reminders, messages, notes, and calendar appointments. You should consider not enabling this right now; see the next section for more details.

How to set up the apple homepod


Until Apple supports multiple voice detection, you should consider tapping “Not Now.”

6. The Terms and Conditions screen will pop up. Read them (or don’t) and agree to continue.

How to set up the apple homepod


Do you read Terms and Conditions?

7. Finally, a screen will pop up prompting you to transfer settings from your iOS device to your HomePod. This will transfer over the necessary iCloud account info, Wi-Fi password, and so on.

How to set up the apple homepod


Wi-Fi settings, account info, and everything else are automatically transferred right from your iPhone.

8. That’s it! You’ll be prompted to go through a couple of example Siri questions, but your HomePod is now set up.

Disabling Personal Requests

How to set up the apple homepod


If you enabled Personal Requests during setup, you can disable it later in the Home app.

HomePod cannot yet distinguish between different voices. Literally anyone can walk up to it and command it. If you have Personal Requests turned on, that includes setting reminders, sending messages, or adding notes for whichever iCloud account was on the iPhone or iPad used in setup.

The HomePod is supposed to use your phone’s location to determine when you are not home, but it’s still a huge security and privacy risk to leave this enabled while other people are around.

Unless you live alone and never have guests over, we strongly recommend turning off Personal Requests until the HomePod gets a software update that lets it distinguish between your voice and others.

If you turned this on during setup, you can easily disable it in the Home app. Just follow these steps.

1. Open the Home app.

2. Tap on the location button in the upper left. It looks like an arrowhead.

3. You’ll see the name for your home and some other settings. Tap on your profile picture in the People section.

4. You’ll see a Siri on HomePod section, with one entry: Personal Requests. Tap that.

5. You’ll see a toggle at the top to turn Personal Requests on or off, and a setting to require authentication on your iPhone or iPad for secure requests (like sending a message).

From automations to sound quality adjustments, there are some easy ways to enhance your HomePod’s capabilities.

The HomePod ( and its little sibling the HomePod mini) aren’t nearly as ubiquitous or out-of-the-box useful as Amazon’s Echos, but they are perfectly good smart speakers for those who are married to the Apple ecosystem. However, you don’t have to submit yourself to perpetual Alexa FOMO—with a few tweaks to your HomePod or HomePod mini ’s default settings ( and some creative thinking) , you can turn it into a more useful, enjoyable device.

Reduce heavy default bass levels

Even if you’re an ardent bass-head, there’s a good chance you aren’t a fan of the excessive bass effect on the HomePod mini. The tiny speaker on the mini isn’t capable of producing the same satisfying bass as the bigger HomePod does, but the de fa ult output is the same, meaning your audio quality may be better once you reduce the HomePod mini’s bass output . After you u pdate to version 15.0 of the HomePod’s software, you’ll see an easy way to reduce bass using the Home app.

To reduce bass on your HomePod or HomePod mini, open the Home app on your iPhone and tap and hold the HomePod icon. This will open playback controls . Scroll to the bottom; audio settings are found below the Timers section. Enable Reduce Bass under the Music & Podcasts section.

Normalize the volume for all songs

Since the music industry’s audio mastering styles differ widely, there’s a good chance some of the songs on your playlists are blaring while others are a bit too quiet. Fortunately, your HomePod has an option to normalize the volume levels of all these songs to a baseline level. This option is called Sound Check, and you can enable it through the Home app.

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Open the Home app , hold the HomePod icon, and scroll to the bottom. Under Music & Podcasts, enable Sound Check.

Adjust the sound quality to your pref erences

While the HomePod doesn’t have its own equalizer, you can tweak EQ settings in the Music app on your iPhone, and then use AirPlay to play that audio through the HomePod. To do this, you can unlock your iPhone and go to Settings > Music > EQ and select the equalizer preset you like. Start p laying a song on the Music app, tap the player to enlarge it, and hit the AirPlay icon. Select your HomePod to send audio to the speaker. (If you don’t use Apple Music, most streaming apps, including Spotify, have their own equalizers you can use to your advantage.)

Change volume with precision

T here are some things your HomePod can’t accomplish without the use of Siri voice commands , including granular volume control . If you want to set the HomePod to 62 percent volume, using Siri is the only way to accomplish that reliably, as neither th e volume slider on your iPhone nor the volume buttons at the top of the HomePod are that exact. Try saying, “Hey Siri, volume 62 percent,” or something similar to achieve the desired result.

Disable Siri (if you don’t use it)

Speaking of Siri, n ot everyone is comfortable with an always-on recording device in their house. The HomePod is designed to be used with Apple’s Siri voice assistant, but if you don’t want it listening to you , you can disable it.

G o to HomePod settings in the Home app . Under the Siri section, disable the following options:

  • Listen for “Hey Siri”
  • Touch and Hold for Siri

You can also tap Siri History and select Delete Siri History to remove all of your Siri interactions from Apple’s servers. ( While you’re at it, you can disable personal requests too .)

Set up useful automations on your HomePod

Setting up your HomePod play songs automatically or to always tell you when your spouse gets home from work is far cooler than asking it to do those things every time . You can set up these and other automations from HomePod settings in the Home app .

Go to HomePod settings > Automation and tap Add Automation. There are a few basic triggers you can experiment with—People Arrive, People Leave, and Time of Day. The easiest to configure is Time of Day, which allows you to play certain songs or playlists at a time of your choosing. ( I’ve set up an automation that plays classical music for an hour at sunset every weekday.) Y ou can set up as many of these automations as you like.

The more interesting automations are location-based: You can use the People Arrive trigger to make the HomePod automatically play music whenever you or people in your family arrive home. This requires location services to be enabled on both the HomePod and on your associated App le devices , because that’s how the HomePod figures out the person in question has arrived home .

Similarly, you can use the People Leave trigger to ask the HomePod to stop playing music when you leave the house. I f you’re trying to freak someone out , you could even set up the HomePod to start playing loud music the moment you leave.

Buy a second HomePod for a low-effort home theater setup

You don’t really unlock the true magic of the HomePod’s audio capabilities until you have two of them paired in stereo mode—and t his setup gets even better when you add in an Apple TV 4K . Two HomePods don’t quite give that full surround sound experience, but they’re a lot easier to set up than a bunch of wired speakers all over your room.

HomePod är Apples första insats på marknaden för smarta högtalare. Som du kan förvänta dig av en Apple -enhet har HomePod en mycket minimal designestetik och ett ännu mer minimalt användargränssnitt. Det senare beror naturligtvis på att du främst interagerar med din HomePod via röstkommandon.

När det gäller smarta högtalare bör HomePod vara ditt första val om du är en iPhone- eller Mac -användare och redan är inbäddad i Apples ekosystem. Men om du inte är gift med Apples muromgärdade trädgård, det finns mer mångsidiga smarta högtalare där ute.

Fortfarande, HomePod kan göra ganska fantastiska saker (här är 20 av dem). Men innan du kan göra något av dem måste du konfigurera din HomePod. Här är hur:

Apple HomePod: Vad du behöver

How to set up the apple homepod

Innan du kan konfigurera din HomePod behöver du några saker:

  • Den första är uppenbarligen HomePod.
  • Därefter behöver du en iPhone eller iPad med den senaste versionen av iOS.
  • Slutligen måste du se till att du är registrerad för ett iCloud -konto och det tvåfaktorsautentisering och iCloud -nyckelring är båda aktiverade på kontot.

Apple HomePod: Konfigurera

Det coola med HomePod är att installationsprocessen är ganska enkel.

  1. När du har anslutit din HomePod håller du din iPhone eller iPad nära den och du bör se en HomePod visas på enhetens display.
  2. Tryck på knappen Inställningar som visas.
  3. Om du är en HomeKit -användare ser du en extra skärm här som frågar dig vilket HoeKit -rum du vill använda för din HomePod. Om du inte är en HomeKit -användare ser du inte det här steget. Om du gör det, välj rummet från listan.
  4. Välj sedan om du vill aktivera personliga förfrågningar. Med den här funktionen kan Siri läsa dina meddelanden och få tillgång till dina anteckningar och påminnelser så att den kan berätta vilka händelser eller saker du ska göra. Om du inte aktiverar detta saknar du mycket av funktionaliteten i HomePod.
  5. Nästa steg är helt enkelt att godkänna HomePods villkor.
  6. Tryck nu på Överföringsinställningar. Detta gör att HomePod kan prata med din enhet som du använder installationsprocessen på och det låter det ta ditt iCloud-konto, Wi-Fi-nätverk och andra inställningar direkt från din enhet.
  7. Du kan nu bli ombedd att ange din Apple-ID Lösenord. Ange i så fall det.

Efter det är du klar. Nu tar Siri på HomePod över och säger hej och erbjuder dig en snabb ljudguide om vilka typer av röstkommandon du kan använda med HomePod. Efter det är din HomePod klar med installationsfunktionen och du är bra att börja använda den. Njut av!

Apple HomePod: Återställ Apples smarta högtalare

How to set up the apple homepod

Men vad händer om din HomePod slutar fungera? Apple säger att det bästa är att koppla bort den och sedan ansluta den igen, men om det inte fungerar, vad händer sedan?

Din bästa insats är att sedan återställa HomePod till fabriksförhållanden. Du kanske inte bara vill göra detta om din HomePod inte fungerar som den ska. Andra gånger du kanske vill återställa HomePod till fabriksförhållanden är om du vill sälja den eller ta in den för reparationer. Men hur återställer du det? Det finns faktiskt två alternativ.

Apple HomePod: Återställ HomePod med Home -appen

Detta är förmodligen det enklaste sättet att återställa din HomePod. För att göra detta måste du komma åt Home -appen på din iPhone. Här är hur:

  1. Öppna Home -appen och se till att du är inloggad med samma Apple -ID som din HomePod är inloggad på.
  2. Titta på fliken “Hem” eller “Rum” och hitta din HomePod, tryck sedan och håll ned på startskärmen på skärmen.
  3. Tryck på “Detaljer” i popup -menyn.
  4. Bläddra till botten av skärmen och tryck nu på “Ta bort tillbehör”.

När du har gjort detta börjar HomePod radera alla dina personliga data från sig själv och sedan återställa sig till nya fabriksförhållanden. Varnas detta kan ta några minuter.

Apple HomePod: Återställ HomePod med hjälp av HomePod -hårdvaran

Om stegen ovan inte fungerade (med andra ord, om din HomePod inte dyker upp i hemappen) måste du återställa HomePod manuellt. Här är hur:

  1. Koppla ur din HomePod och anslut sedan den igen.
  2. När du ansluter den igen, håll ned toppen av HomePod (där de färgglada lamporna dyker upp) och håll fingret nedtryckt på HomePod -knappen tills .
  3. Du ser det snurrande vita ljuset högst upp på HomePod bli rött. När det väl är gjort hör du Siri berätta att HomePod är på väg att återställa sig själv.
  4. Håll fingret nedtryckt på toppen av HomePod tills du hör tre pip. Då vet du att det är säkert att ta av fingret och din HomePod kommer att återställas.

Som med den tidigare metoden börjar HomePod sedan radera alla dina personliga data från sig själv och återställer sig sedan till nya fabriksförhållanden. Varnas detta kan ta några minuter.

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How to set up the apple homepod

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How to set up the apple homepod

The new Apple TV 4K is here with a new processor, high frame rate HDR, all-new Siri remote, ARC support, and more. And one of the great features that will be new to those upgrading from the Apple TV HD (or from other boxes) is the option to set HomePod as Apple TV’s default speaker(s).

It’s a bit of an awkward situation as the original HomePod has been discontinued, but a single HomePod or stereo pair offers Dolby Atmos support and the ability to be set as Apple TV 4K’s default audio output. HomePod mini doesn’t offer either of those options.

While first-gen Apple TV 4K owners have been able to use HomePod as the default speakers since last fall, there’s likely going to be a good amount of customers who have the discontinued HomePod and are picking up the second-gen Apple TV 4K as an upgrade from the Apple TV HD or another device.

In a nice addition, the new Apple TV 4K also brings HDMI 2.1 with ARC/eARC support to let you use HomePod as your speakers for all sources, not just Apple TV. Here’s how to set it all up…

How to set HomePod as Apple TV 4K default speakers

Apple doesn’t always ask if you want to set up HomePod as your default speakers during the initial set up process. If it doesn’t:

  1. Head to the Settings app on your Apple TV 4K
  2. If you notice a red badge next to AirPlay and HomeKit, head there first and get that set up, if not skip to step 3
  3. Select Video and Audio
  4. Now choose Default Audio Output
  5. You’ll now see available HomePod speakers to set as the default

If you don’t see your HomePod showing up, you can head to the Home app on your iPhone. Choose the HomePod you want to use and head to its settings.

Make sure the HomePod room is set to the same as your Apple TV. You can also choose “Create Stereo Pair…” if you don’t have that set up yet. Head back to Settings on your Apple TV and follow the steps above.

Here’s how the main process looks on Apple TV:

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How to use ARC with HomePod on Apple TV 4K

  1. Just below the default audio settings, you’ll find the Audio Return Channel (ARC) option.
  2. Make sure your Apple TV is plugged into an ARC or eARC HDMI port on your TV or receiver
  3. Choose Play Television Audio
  4. Click OK
  5. Your TV screen will go black for a moment, then you should be all set
  6. Play Television Audio should now show as “On (ARC/eARC)”
  7. Now all audio sources will play through your HomePod(s)
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“Hey, Siri, who am I?” Is now something you can ask your HomePod.

How to set up the apple homepod

Apple’s multiuser support for the HomePod is a huge update.

Update, Nov. 12, 2020: Read our HomePod Mini review.

Apple released iOS 13.2 earlier this week , and alongside it, an update to the HomePod. Well, actually there were two HomePod updates this week. The first update, 13.2, was bricking some users’ HomePods, so Apple quickly pulled it . Then on Wednesday, it released 13.2.1, fixing the issue and adding new features to the smart speaker.

One of the biggest new features is multiuser support. Now the HomePod can recognize the voices of anyone you share your Home devices with and perform tasks like send messages from them or play tunes from their Apple Music library (previously, whoever set up the HomePod was the main user, and therefore their Apple Music account was used by default).

Here’s what you need to do to set up voice recognition.

Update your HomePod!

First things first: Your HomePod needs to have software version 13.2.1 installed. To make sure your HomePod is updated, open the Home app on one of your Apple devices, and tap the Home button in the top-left corner. Next, tap Software Update to check for an update. If one is available, install it. It should take about 10 minutes to complete.

If the option to update your HomePod’s software is grayed out, the person who set up the HomePod will have to complete the software update or grant your account permission to edit and make changes.

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Turning on voice recognition should be an easy process.

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Turn on voice recognition

To turn on your HomePod’s voice recognition feature, open the Home app on one of your Apple devices. You should see a prompt at the top of the screen of the Home tab asking if you want to set up the new feature. Tap on it and follow the instructions.

If you don’t see the prompt, tap on the Home icon in the top-left corner, then tap on your profile avatar and turn on Recognize My Voice. Approve any prompts and opt into personalization (that’s what allows you to send messages, check your agenda, and more).

As long as you’ve set up Hey, Siri functionality on your iPhone, your HomePod will automatically use that same information to learn your voice. You don’t have to go through another teaching session. Give the changes a few minutes to sync to your HomePod, and then say “Hey, Siri, who am I?” If it’s set up properly, Siri should identify you. Have each person with whom you’ve shared your Home devices follow the same prompts for their voice to be recognized.

If everything is working properly, you should be able to turn on voice recognition in just a couple of minutes. If you run into problems, well, keep reading.

How to set up the apple homepod

You might have to go nucelar and reset your HomePod.

Troubleshooting setup

I ran into issues. A lot of them.

I went through all of the steps I just outlined, and yet, the HomePod refused to recognize my voice. I checked by asking Siri to identify me, to which she replied by telling me she had no idea who I was, and instructing to turn on voice recognition on the Home app. I spent a couple of hours trying everything I could think of, short of factory resetting the HomePod.

I made sure the HomePod’s language was set to the same language as my iPhone (for some reason, it kept forgetting this setting), and I toggled the feature on and off multiple times. I re-registered my voice with Hey, Siri on my iPhone — none of it worked.

Ultimately, I took to Twitter to see if anyone was successful in getting this feature to work. The answer? Remove all other family members from the Home app, and factory reset the HomePod. It wasn’t as big of a hassle as I thought it would be, and it worked.

How to set up the apple homepod

Resetting your HomePod doesn’t take that long.

Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Reset your HomePod in the Home app by long-pressing on the HomePod’s tile, tapping on the Settings gear, scrolling to the bottom and tapping on Reset HomePod > Remove Accessory. I also removed my wife’s account from the Home app.

Once the HomePod was reset, I set it up again, went through the steps to turn on voice recognition and it started working almost instantly. I then reinvited my wife to share our Home devices, and she was able to turn on voice recognition.

With both of us standing next to the HomePod, we were able to use Siri to check and send messages, play different songs from our respective Apple Music accounts, all with Siri properly identifying us and using the proper accounts.

Apple also added a ton of new features to the iPhone and iPad with the release of iOS 13, make sure to check out our complete guide , and all of the hidden features we’ve found .