Before you begin
How it works
- When you set up voice recognition on HomePod, Siri can recognize multiple voices, so that everyone you invite to share your home in the Home app can enjoy personalized music and media.
- When you set up Personal Requests with voice recognition on HomePod, you can do even more, like send and read messages, check your calendar, and make phone calls.
- Voice recognition supports up to six users in a shared home in the Home app. Additional guests can still use Siri on HomePod to play music, set timers and alarms, or ask Siri for the weather, news, and more. If guests use Siri to play music, Siri plays music from the primary user's account and that person's taste profile is not affected.
Set up voice recognition
To let Siri know your name, access your Apple Music account, music library, playlists, and other supported music streaming services, use Find My, and control secure accessories from HomePod:
- Go to Settings > Siri & Search. Turn on Listen for "Siri" or "Hey Siri."*
- Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud, then turn on iCloud for Siri under Apps using iCloud.
- Go to Settings > [your name] > Find My, then turn on Share My Location. Set My Location to This Device.
- Open the Home app, tap the More button , then select Home Settings. Tap your user profile under People, and turn on Recognize My Voice.
To personalize your experience even more, turn on Update Listening History to add the music you play on devices in your home to your Apple Music taste profile so that Siri can suggest and play songs that you'll love.
Set up Personal Requests
When you set up voice recognition, you can also turn on Personal Requests. Personal Requests are voice commands that use info from certain apps on your iPhone or iPad, including Messages, Reminders, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, and from other apps you’ve installed that work with Siri. Personal Requests lets you use HomePod to send and read messages, make phone calls, check your calendar, add reminders, create notes, and run Siri Shortcuts on your iPhone or iPad.
If you have more than one HomePod in your home, you can turn Personal Requests on or off for each HomePod. HomePod might require authentication for some requests and will send a notification to your iPhone to authenticate the task.
If Siri doesn't recognize you
Siri might ask you who you are from time to time. You can respond with your name, or you can even begin a request by getting Siri's attention and saying "This is [your name]" or "Who am I?" If Siri calls you the wrong name, say "No, this is [your name]." Siri calls you by the name that you have set in your My Card. If you have the same name as someone else sharing your HomePod, you can change the name in your My Card to a nickname.
If Siri doesn't recognize you after setup, try these steps. After each step, see if Siri recognizes you.
- Make sure you turned on iCloud for Siri on your iPhone or iPad.
- Reset Recognize My Voice. In the Home app, tap the More button , then tap Home Settings. Tap your name under People, then turn Recognize My Voice off then on. Wait a few minutes before trying Siri again.
- Restart the iPhone or iPad that you use with Siri.
- Restart your HomePod or HomePod mini.
- On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Siri & Search, then turn Listen for "Siri" or "Hey Siri" off then on, and follow onscreen instructions to teach Siri your voice.
- On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Siri & Search, and make sure that it's set to the same language as your HomePod.
If you have two Apple IDs in your home that have Recognize My Voice set up with the same voice, you might need to turn off Recognize My Voice on one account.
* Siri features might vary by country or region.