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How to Play Podcasts on HomePod

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Listening to podcasts from HomePod and HomePod mini is easy and quite enjoyable, so wouldn’t you like to know how to do this? Whether it’s listening to your favorite podcasts or finding new ones, let’s dive in.

Both the HomePod and HomePod Mini are powered by Apple’s Siri voice assistant which means you can get most of the tasks done with just your voice. You may have already used Siri on the HomePod to play your favorite songs on Apple Music and make other requests. The good news is that podcasts can be played on your HomePod in a pretty similar way…

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How to Change HomePod Language

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Not everyone who purchases a new HomePod or HomePod Mini is a native English speaker. These users may want to use HomePod in a language that they’re more familiar with. Thankfully, changing your HomePod’s language can be done in a jiffy using your other Apple devices like your iPhone or iPad.

HomePod is a smart speaker that’s powered by Siri and you’ll be communicating with it mostly by using voice commands. By default, Siri uses the default language used on the iPhone or iPad that you used to set up your HomePod. The issue with this is that a lot of…

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How to Stop Podcasts Auto-Downloading New Episodes to iPhone & iPad

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Do you use the built-in Podcasts app for listening to your favorite podcasts on your iPhone and iPad? If so, you might want to turn off automatic downloads, especially if you’re low on internet data or storage space on your device.

Apple’s Podcasts app is a home to nearly a million podcasts and is obviously very popular. By default, the app automatically downloads all the new episodes on to your device. This not only uses up your internet data cap, but also takes up valuable storage space on your iOS device. You probably already know that clearing Podcasts…

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How to Play Ambient Sounds on HomePod & HomePod Mini

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Did you know that your HomePod and HomePod Mini can play calm, relaxing sounds for white noise, background noise, or that can help you during your bedtime? This may be a feature that most people overlook while purchasing a HomePod, but it can be really pleasant and quite useful for some.

Most of us already know that both the HomePod models are capable of delivering high-quality audio for their size. Although music listening and home automation are the main selling points for these smart speakers, users can get really creative with the way they use their…

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How to Save Files Received via iMessage on iPhone & iPad

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Did you receive an important work-related document or file from your colleague via iMessage? Maybe a friend or family member messaged you a spreadsheet or PDF file? If you have received any file within the Messages app on iPhone or iPad, you may be looking to store it somewhere safe or easily accessible for later use. Thanks to the built-in Files app for iOS and iPadOS, managing your iMessage files is pretty easy to do, as you can save them to your device similar to how you can save photos and videos from Messages app too.

Apple’s iMessage like most other…

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How to Change Siri Voice & Accent on HomePod

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A lot of people who purchased a new HomePod or HomePod Mini may want to leave it as it is, but there are some people who like to make certain changes according to their liking. If you’re the kind of user who’s looking to further personalize their HomePods, you may be interested in changing Siri’s voice and accent.

It’s well-known that Siri has a female voice by default in the USA. Some people may want to change this and use a male voice instead, whereas others may want to use a more familiar or fun accent. Regardless of what you want to change about…

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How to Make Mac Turn Off or On Automatically

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Did you know that you can set your Mac to start up or shut down on its own? This is an energy-saving feature that macOS has to offer, and it has been available since the earliest days of Mac OS X. Regardless of how long scheduled booting and shutdowns have been available, many Mac users may not be aware of this handy feature.

When your Mac is idle, whether it’s a MacBook or an iMac, it still consumes power, just a lot lower than it typically would under load or regular usage. If you’re the kind of person who leaves your computer running all night, this…

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How to Set a Timer with HomePod & HomePod Mini

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Want a set a timer with HomePod or HomePod mini? Perhaps you want a quick pomodoro timer for work or a project, or you’re cooking something, or want to get in 20 minutes of exercise, whatever the reason, setting a timer is convenient and simple with HomePod.

If you’re the kind of person who relies on Siri a lot while using your iPhone or iPad, you may have already figured out what you need to do to set a timer on the HomePod or HomePod mini. However, many users still don’t use Siri, so issuing commands to HomePod may be more foreign to them. Not to…

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How to Disable Read Receipts in Signal

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Are you one of those many people who recently made the switch to Signal as their primary instant messaging platform? If so, you may have trouble getting a hang of all the available privacy-related settings, like disabling read receipts for example.

Almost all messaging services offer the Read Receipt feature these days allowing you to easily check when the texts you sent were read by the recipient. However, the steps to access these settings vary from platform to platform and that’s exactly why we decided to cover it for Signal. If you’re coming from…

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