Set up and use HomePod

Set up and use HomePod

Experience your favorite music in a whole new way, control your home, and get help with everyday household questions and tasks — all with HomePod and HomePod mini. 

Set up HomePod

Place HomePod on a solid surface with at least 6 inches of space around it.

  1. Plug HomePod in to power. Wait for a chime and a pulsing white light to appear on the top of HomePod.
  2. Unlock your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and hold it next to HomePod. Tap Set Up when it appears on your device’s screen. 
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to choose your HomePod settings. You can also customize and manage all of the settings for HomePod in the Home app after setup. 
  4. When asked, center HomePod in the viewfinder on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to complete pairing. If you can’t use your camera, tap Enter Passcode Manually and Siri will respond with a four-digit passcode to enter on your device. 
  5. Wait for HomePod to finish setup. Then Siri will greet you and give you a few examples of things you can ask.

If you don’t see the setup screen, you can manually set up HomePod. Just open the Home app, tap , tap Add Accessory, tap Don’t Have a Code or Can’t Scan at the bottom, then tap HomePod and follow the onscreen instructions.

Learn what to do if you can’t set up HomePod.

You can’t set up HomePod with Mac.

How to control HomePod

You can control HomePod with the touch controls, the Home app, from Control Center, or by asking Siri. 

Use touch controls

Tap the top of HomePod to play, pause, or adjust the volume. The top of HomePod also shows you when Siri is listening by displaying a multicolored light. Learn how to use the touch controls on your HomePod.

Use the Home app and Control Center

You can play and pause music playing on HomePod in the Home app. Here’s how:

  • On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Open the Home app and tap HomePod.
  • On Mac: Open the Home app and click HomePod.*

Want to do this from Control Center on your iOS or iPadOS device? Add the Home app to Control Center, then open Control center on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and tap HomePod to quickly play and pause music.

*To use the Home app on Mac, update your Mac to macOS Mojave or later.

Use Siri on HomePod

From playing music to controlling your home, your voice is Siri’s command on HomePod. And, you don’t need your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to be present to use Siri to play music, control your home, or to ask questions. Just say “Hey Siri,” then make your request.

To learn some basic things you can ask, say “Hey Siri, what can you do?” Discover more things you can ask Siri

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