Use VoiceOver on HomePod mini or HomePod

You can use VoiceOver on HomePod mini and HomePod to hear the names of the controls you touch. And you can use VoiceOver gestures to do more.

Turn VoiceOver on HomePod on or off

If you set up HomePod mini or HomePod with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device that uses VoiceOver, then your VoiceOver settings from that device will automatically transfer to HomePod mini or HomePod. You can start using VoiceOver immediately.

You can also turn on VoiceOver after you've set up HomePod mini or HomePod using Siri or in the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac.

Use Siri

You can use Siri to turn on VoiceOver after setting up your HomePod mini or HomePod.1 Just say "Hey Siri, turn on VoiceOver".

Use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open the Home app on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that's signed in with the Apple ID that you used to set up HomePod mini or HomePod.
  2. Touch and hold the HomePod mini or HomePod tile.
  3. Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
  4. Tap VoiceOver.
  5. Turn on VoiceOver.

Use the Home app on your Mac

  1. Open the Home app and make sure that you're signed in with the Apple ID you used to set up HomePod mini or HomePod.2
  2. Double-click the HomePod mini or HomePod tile.
  3. Scroll down and click Accessibility.
  4. Click VoiceOver
  5. Turn on VoiceOver.

Use VoiceOver gestures

You can perform these gestures on the top of HomePod mini or HomePod:

  • Tap or drag your finger to hear the name of the control under your finger and select it. 
  • Double-tap to use the selected control, or Play/Pause if no control is selected.
  • Double-tap and hold when a volume control is selected to change the volume continuously while holding down your finger.
  • Double-tap and hold when Play/Pause is selected to use Siri, or you can say "Hey, Siri".
  • Triple-tap to skip the song that’s currently playing.
  • Quadruple-tap while listening to a playlist or album to go back to the previous song.

Change Speaking Rate, Double-Tap Timeout and Audio Ducking

  1. Open the Home app on your iOS device, iPadOS device or Mac and make sure that you're signed in with the Apple ID that you used to set up HomePod mini or HomePod.
  2. On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, touch and hold the HomePod mini or HomePod tile. On Mac, double-click the HomePod mini or HomePod tile.
  3. Scroll down and select Accessibility.
  4. Select VoiceOver.
  5. Turn on VoiceOver.

Here's what you can do with these settings:

  • Speaking Rate: Adjust the rate of speech for VoiceOver.
  • Double-Tap Timeout: Control the amount of time between two taps for VoiceOver to register a double-tap. 
  • Audio Ducking: Allow VoiceOver to reduce the level of audio playback on HomePod mini or HomePod when VoiceOver is speaking.

1. Siri availability, features and commands vary by language, country and region.

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

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