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How to Disable Automatic Updates on HomePod Mini

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Do you want to stop your HomePod Mini or Homepod from installing updates automatically? Perhaps you prefer to manually update HomePod, or you’re the kind of person who likes to make sure there aren’t any user reports of issues before updating your devices? Fortunately, Apple gives users the option to disable automatic updates for the HomePod mini and Homepod, if desired.

Typically, your HomePod is set to download and install software updates from Apple’s servers automatically. This is the default update setting. While this may be super convenient for most…

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How to Turn Off a HomePod Automation

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If you have a bunch of automations set up on the HomePod, chances are that over time you may have some automations that you eventually want to turn off, perhaps to avoid them functioning on a particular day or time. It’s easy to temporarily turn off a HomePod or HomePod mini automation.

Home automation is one of the major features that HomePod has to offer, just like most other smart speakers. People who use smart devices that are compatible with Apple HomeKit can make use of HomePod to automate the functioning of these devices. For example, you can set up an…

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How to Remove a HomeKit Accessory with iPhone & iPad

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Are you planning to sell, get rid of, or replace one of your HomeKit accessories? If so, you’ll have to first remove it from your Home app to make sure it’s no longer paired to your network. If you’re fairly new to HomeKit, you may have trouble figuring this out, but it’s actually pretty easy.

Most HomeKit accessories can only be linked to one user account at a time, so if you’re planning to sell one or more of your accessories, you will have to remove them from the Home app. Otherwise, the new owner of the accessory may have to go through additional…

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How to Add HomeKit Accessory with iPhone & iPad

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Are you trying to set up a smart home or a room with Apple HomeKit accessories? If this is your first accessory, you may have trouble setting everything up. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy and Apple makes the process pretty straightforward with the Home app.

HomeKit is Apple’s response to Amazon Alexa and Google Home which is here to take over your home. Smart home accessories allow you to use voice commands to perform various important functions and with home hubs like the HomePod and Apple TV, you can automate their operation too. Nowadays, an increasing…

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How to Block Explicit Content on HomePod

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Do you want to prevent your HomePod or HomePod Mini from playing back songs that are marked as explicit? This may be necessary if you have kids in your house, so some parents might prefer to turn this parental control feature on, and it’s simple to do.

Siri on the HomePod can remember the songs that were played back so that Apple Music can identify the songs you like to listen to. However, if you have kids accessing and using your HomePod for listening to songs, you wouldn’t want them to listen to music that are marked as explicit content. Thankfully,…

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How to Disable Personal Requests on HomePod

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HomePod is capable of making phone calls, sending messages, creating reminders, and more when your iPhone is nearby. These are called personal requests and it’s a great feature to have. However, it does come at the cost of your privacy, and some people may want to turn off personal requests on their HomePod.

Imagine if someone other than you could make phone calls and send messages from your iPhone? Doesn’t that sound like a potential privacy problem? The way HomePod works, it can complete personal requests by recognizing your voice. However, if someone at…

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How to Stereo Pair HomePod Mini Speakers

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If you have two HomePod speakers and you wish to use them as a stereo pair together, you can easily set that up via the Home app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Stereo pairing HomePod together will create a richer and fuller sound environment, and they can be selected as the audio output for any of your Apple devices as well.


You can stereo pair two HomePod minis or two HomePods, but not a mix of the two, so you’ll want to be sure you have two of the same devices.

How to Create a Stereo Pair with HomePod Speakers

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How to Add & Remove Favorite HomeKit Accessories to Home on iPhone & iPad

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Whether you’re just dipping your toe into home automation with HomeKit or have been collecting accessories for years, you’re no doubt already finding out that it’s no fun to have to go hunting for your favorite or most-used accessories in the Home app. Thankfully Apple seems to know that as well because there’s a handy way to add specific accessories or even whole scenes to a list of favorites into the Home app on iPhone and iPad.

By marking specific accessories or scenes as a favorite you’re not only elevating them above the rest of your setup, but…

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How to Add HomeKit Accessory Without QR Code

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Are you facing issues setting up a new HomeKit accessory using the Home app? Perhaps, you’re unable to scan the QR code successfully, or the product’s QR sticker is damaged? Thankfully, you have other options to configure your accessory, as it’s possible to manually add accessories without having to use a QR code. We’ll cover this process using the Home app on an iPhone, but it’s the same for the Home app for iPad and Mac too.

Most HomeKit accessories come with a QR code sticker or NFC label either on the packaging box or on the device itself. If…

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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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