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.

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*HomePod doesn't support public or subscription networks with sign-in requirements. 

Set up HomePod

Place HomePod on a solid surface, anywhere in the room. Make sure that it's 6 - 12 inches away from any wall or corner with at least 6 inches of space around it. HomePod senses where it's placed, then automatically analyzes the acoustics in the room, steering music in the optimal direction.

To set up HomePod:

  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 iOS device and hold it next to HomePod. Tap Set Up when it appears on your iOS device's screen. 
  3. Pick a room, enable Personal Requests, and transfer settings to automatically set up access to your information on iCloud, home Wi-Fi network, Apple Music, and more. If you’re setting up a second HomePod in the same room, you’ll see an option to use both speakers as a stereo pair.
  4. When asked, center HomePod in the viewfinder on your iOS device 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.

To check that HomePod is set up, open the Home app and look for HomePod in the Home or Rooms tab. You can also customize and manage all of the settings for HomePod in the Home app on your iOS device or Mac.


If a supported language or feature is missing after setup is complete, make sure that your HomePod is updated to the latest version of iOS

If you don't see the setup screen, you can manually set up HomePod. Just open the Home app, tap Add Icon, 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 the Home app on Mac.

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 iOS device 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?" Here are more things you can do with Siri on HomePod.

Listen to music and podcasts
With Apple Music, Siri can play all of your favorite music and even help you discover something new.

Control your home
Ask Siri to turn on lights, adjust the thermostat, and control all of your HomeKit accessories.

Make Personal Requests
Ask Siri to set a reminder, send a message, make a phone call, check your calendar, or edit notes.*


Do even more with Siri
Get the latest news, set a timer, check the weather, and more just by asking Siri.


*Personal Requests requires your iOS device to be present to send and read messages, set reminders, manage your calendar, and edit notes.

More ways to control HomePod

You can control HomePod with the touch controls, the Home app, and from Control Center.

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 device? Add the Home app to Control Center, then open Control Center and tap HomePod to quickly play and pause music.

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

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