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How to Set Up HomePod Multiple User Voice Recognition

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Did you know that Siri on your HomePod is capable of distinguishing between different voices? Although this is a feature that’s not activated by default, it’s something that you can set up within a matter of minutes for HomePod using your iPhone or iPad.

Apple’s HomePod and HomePod Mini smart speakers are designed for the home, and hence, it’s expected to be accessed and used by more than one person. This could be your family members, relatives, or even friends who visit your home frequently. By being able to recognize voices, Siri can complete personal…

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How to Update HomePod Software

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Are you looking to update the software on your HomePod or HomePod mini to the latest version of HomePod OS software? Keeping HomePod updated allows access to new features and functionality, so it’s a good idea to do. Updating a smart speaker may not be a familiar process to many users, but as you’d probably expect, Apple makes the update process pretty easy and straightforward.

Just like your other Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, Apple Watch, etc., your HomePod runs on software as well, even if it doesn’t exactly have a display or a…

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How to Use Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers with Mac

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Ever thought of using a Nintendo Switch controller with a Mac? You can do that!

While it’s true that the Mac might not be the gaming powerhouse that some gaming fanatics may like, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some pretty great games to be played. Apple Arcade has certainly improved matters, and the App Store hosts plenty of paid-for and free titles, and the new Apple Silicon Macs also have access to many iPad and iPhone games. But sometimes playing games with a mouse and keyboard just isn’t something you want to do. That’s when using a game…

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How to Reset HomePod and HomePod Mini

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Are you facing ongoing issues, problems, or quirks with HomePod? If so, one of the troubleshooting methods would be resetting your device. Fortunately, resetting your HomePod to its default settings can be done in a few seconds using the Home app.

Resetting a device basically sets it up as new again, and is different from a restart. If you’ve been using Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, or Mac for a while, you may be familiar with the idea of resetting the device to factory default settings as a way to resolve some persistent issues. Apple’s HomePod and…

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How to Restart HomePod and HomePod Mini

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Did your HomePod stop responding to your queries all of a sudden? Is Siri not being activated when you press the top of your HomePod? This may be either a glitch or a connectivity issue that can often be easily resolved by just rebooting the device.

Unlike most other Apple devices that have a physical button to turn them on/off for quickly fixing minor software-related issues, the HomePod doesn’t have a dedicated power button. Of course, you can unplug it from the wall socket, but that’s not really an ideal solution to restart your device, isn it? You may…

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How to Change Siri’s Volume on HomePod

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Are you using the HomePod or HomePod Mini and wondering how to change Siri’s volume? You may have used the volume controls on the HomePod only to realize that it doesn’t affect Siri’s volume at all. Not to worry, we’ll show you how you can change Siri’s speaker volume on HomePod.

Smart speakers are a relatively new breed of devices and a lot of newcomers may have trouble making use of them properly. You might think that changing the volume of a device might be a silly topic, but some users get confused when pressing the volume buttons on your HomePod…

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How to AirPlay YouTube Audio on HomePod

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There’s no official YouTube support for the HomePod yet, but did you know that you can still listen to YouTube music videos using your HomePod? This is made possible with the help of AirPlay, a feature that has been around for iPhone and within the Apple ecosystem quite a while.

When you try to get Siri to play a specific YouTube video on your HomePod, you’ll simply get the response “I can’t open apps here”. This is because HomePod isn’t capable of opening apps installed on your paired iPhone, but that doesn’t mean you cannot play YouTube videos…

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How to Make Phone Calls with HomePod

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Did you know that you can use your HomePod as a speakerphone, and make phone calls from the HomePod or HomePod mini? You can even receive phone calls on HomePod, and find out who is calling too.

Although two of the biggest selling points of the HomePod are home automation and music streaming, it brings a lot more other useful features to the table too. One of them is phone calling and this is made possible with the help of Apple’s built-in voice assistant Siri. While the HomePod isn’t capable of making phone calls on its own, Siri on the HomePod can access…

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Troubleshooting HomeKit Problems & Connection Issues

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HomeKit devices can include everything from Apple products like Apple TV and HomePod to third party devices like smart power outlets, smart lightbulbs, security cameras, doorbell cameras, garage door openers, light switches, and so much more.

HomeKit devices are used with the Home app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and while they should be working fine after an initial setup, occasionally you may run into connectivity issues or other problems with HomeKit. Perhaps you’re seeing an error saying the device is unreachable, or you just can’t connect to a HomeKit…

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How to Disable HomePod Mini Proximity Notifications & Vibrations on iPhone

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If you’ve been using the new HomePod Mini regularly, you may have noticed that your iPhone starts vibrating when it’s nearby and also brings up a pop-up notification. This may not be desired by some users who keep their HomePods on their desks, but it’s really just a handy feature that can be disabled if you decide you don’t want those proximity notifications.

From iOS 14.4 onward, Apple includes the Handoff feature for the HomePod Mini, which allows Ultra Wideband (U1) enabled iPhones to transfer the audio feed to the smart speaker when they’re in…

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