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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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How to Change HomePod Wi-Fi Network

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If you recently purchased a HomePod or HomePod Mini, you may remember how you didn’t have the option to even connect to a Wi-Fi network while setting up the device. Accordingly, you may be surprised to know that the HomePod wi-fi network can in fact be changed, albeit to a limited extent.

By default, when you set up your HomePod using an iPhone or iPad, your HomePod makes use of the Wi-Fi network that your iOS/iPadOS device is currently connected to. This makes sense since both the HomePod and your iPhone need to be on the same network to function properly….

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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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