Use VoiceOver on HomePod

If you can't see the touch controls on HomePod, you can use HomePod with VoiceOver. With VoiceOver on, you hear the name of the controls you touch on HomePod. And you can use VoiceOver gestures to do more.

Turn on VoiceOver

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

You can turn on VoiceOver after you set up HomePod in the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

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

  1. Open the Home app on the iOS device that's signed in with the Apple ID that you used to set up HomePod.
  2. Press and hold HomePod, then tap Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
  4. 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 used to set up HomePod.*
  2. Double-click HomePod, then click Settings in the upper-right corner.
  3. Scroll down and click Accessibility.
  4. Turn on VoiceOver.

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

Use VoiceOver gestures

You can perform these gestures on the top of HomePod:

  • Tap or drag your finger: HomePod says the name of the control under your finger and selects it. 
  • Double-tap: Use the selected control—or Play/Pause if no control is selected.
  • Double-tap and hold when a volume control is selected: Change the volume continuously as you hold down your finger.
  • Double-tap and hold when play/pause is selected: Use Siri—or you can say "Hey, Siri."
  • Triple-tap: Skip the song that’s currently playing.
  • Quadruple-tap while listening to a playlist or album: Go back to the previous song.

Change Speaking Rate, Double-Tap Timeout, and Audio Ducking

  1. Open the Home app on your iOS device or Mac and make sure that you're signed in with the Apple ID that you used to set up HomePod.
  2. On your iOS device, press and hold HomePod. On Mac, double-click HomePod.
  3. Go to Settings > Accessibility > 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 when VoiceOver is speaking. 

Learn more

HomePod also offers Touch Accommodations.

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