Category: homepod

How to Disable Automatic Updates on HomePod Mini

Go to OSX Daily to read How to Disable Automatic Updates on HomePod Mini

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…

Read more: How to Disable Automatic Updates on HomePod Mini

How to Play Music on HomePod Mini

Go to OSX Daily to read How to Play Music on HomePod Mini

The Apple HomePod Mini and HomePod is quite popular, and for many users it’s their first smart speaker. If you’re new to these devices, you may be unfamiliar with how some of the basics works, like playing music on HomePod mini.


Considering that one of the main selling points of the HomePod is high-fidelity audio for its size, listening to music with the speaker is a worthwhile feature to understand. We’ll walk through music selection and playback using Siri on the HomePod Mini and Homepod. Don’t worry, the learning curve is short.

How to Play, Pause,…

Read more: How to Play Music on HomePod Mini

How to Turn Off a HomePod Automation

Go to OSX Daily to read How to Turn Off a HomePod Automation

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…

Read more: How to Turn Off a HomePod Automation

How to Add a New Automation for HomePod

Go to OSX Daily to read How to Add a New Automation for HomePod

Did you know you can automate things with Homepod and Homepod mini? Even if it’s your very first smart speaker, you may already be familiar with using Siri to stream music, set alarms, make appointments, and other basic stuff. However, your HomePod can do a lot more than that, like automating tasks and things like playing music every day at a particular time, or when you get home.

One of the biggest features that HomePod has to offer is home automation. That’s right, completely automating your house, provided you have all the necessary equipment. This is…

Read more: How to Add a New Automation for HomePod

How to Remove a HomeKit Accessory with iPhone & iPad

Go to OSX Daily to read How to Remove a HomeKit Accessory with iPhone & iPad

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…

Read more: How to Remove a HomeKit Accessory with iPhone & iPad

How to Check HomePod Model & Serial Number

Go to OSX Daily to read How to Check HomePod Model & Serial Number

Are you trying to find the exact model number or serial number of the HomePod or HomePod Mini you own? Typically, you’d find this information on the box, but fortunately that’s not the only place where you can find them. As long as you have access to the iPhone or iPad you used to set up your HomePod, you can find model and serial number details pretty easily.

Most of the time, people would throw away the packaging that the HomePod came in, after unboxing it. The packaging box contains important information like the model number and serial number of the…

Read more: How to Check HomePod Model & Serial Number

How to Disable Location Services on HomePod

Go to OSX Daily to read How to Disable Location Services on HomePod

Location Services are enabled by default on the HomePod, so that if you ask HomePod or HomePod mini things like what the weather is, it will be able to tell you. But if you’re not actually making use of location features, or if you’d rather have some more privacy, you can turn the location features off on HomePod.

Unlike your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook, your HomePod is a stationary device for your home. You’re not going to carry it around for map navigation, something which actually requires your location. Hence, for some users, the location services…

Read more: How to Disable Location Services on HomePod

How to Use HomePod Mini Physical Controls

Go to OSX Daily to read How to Use HomePod Mini Physical Controls

Did you get a HomePod or the HomePod Mini recently? If you’re new to the smart speaker, you may be wondering how to handle basic operations of the devices, including using the physical controls on the device. We’re here to help you get started with using the controls on HomePod and HomePod Mini.

Both HomePod and HomePod Mini are powered by Siri, which you may already be familiar with. A lot of you may already know many of the voice commands that you need to use to get certain tasks done. However, the physical controls on the HomePod are important too, even…

Read more: How to Use HomePod Mini Physical Controls

How to Stop HomePod Always Listening

Go to OSX Daily to read How to Stop HomePod Always Listening

Apple’s HomePod and HomePod Mini smart speakers are always listening, waiting for your “Hey Siri” command so that it can quickly follow orders to get things done. Some privacy buffs may wish to temporarily or permanently turn this listening feature off, depending on the scenario or their use case of a HomePod, and that’s what we’re going to cover here.

The “Hey Siri” feature isn’t specific to the HomePod as it’s available on other Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and Mac too. While it’s a really nice feature to…

Read more: How to Stop HomePod Always Listening

How to Block Explicit Content on HomePod

Go to OSX Daily to read How to Block Explicit Content on HomePod

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,…

Read more: How to Block Explicit Content on HomePod