About Personal Requests
Personal Requests lets you use HomePod to send and read messages, add reminders, and create notes on your iOS device.* You can make personal requests only when:
- Your iOS device is signed in with the same Apple ID as HomePod.
- Your iOS device is set as the primary device for Share My Location.
- HomePod and your iOS device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
*Personal Requests uses iCloud Notes, Reminders, and Calendar.
Set up Personal Requests
- Make sure that your iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as HomePod.
- Go to Settings > [your name] and make sure that you're signed in with the Apple ID used to set up HomePod. Then tap iCloud > Share My Location, turn on Share My Location, then tap From and choose This Device.
- Make sure that the Siri language on your iOS device is set to a language that HomePod supports and that Siri is turned on for your iOS device and HomePod:
- On your iOS device, go to Settings > Siri & Search and make sure that either Listen for "Hey Siri" or Press Home for Siri are turned on.
- Open the Home app on your iOS device, press and hold HomePod, tap Details, and make sure that Listen for "Hey Siri" and Touch and Hold for Siri are turned on.
- Open the Home app on your iOS device, tap , tap your name under People, tap Personal Requests, then turn on Personal Requests.
Make a personal request with Siri
Whether you’re planning a vacation with friends or just want to keep track of all of your to-dos, Siri on HomePod can help you stay on task.
Send and read messages
To send a message, say something like "Hey Siri, send a message to Susan." Then tell Siri what you want the message to say. When Siri asks if you're ready to send it, say "Yes" or "No."
To read a new message, just say "Hey Siri, do I have any new messages?" Or "Hey Siri, read my messages from Armando."
Want to send a group message? Say something like "Hey Siri, send a message to Armando and Susan." Then tell Siri what you want the message to say.
To set a reminder, say something like "Hey Siri, remind me to water the plants." Or "Hey Siri, add milk to my Grocery List."
You can also have Siri remind you to do something at places that you've added to your Contacts. For example, you can say "Hey Siri, remind me to drop off the dry cleaning when I leave the house."
To check off a reminder, just say "Hey Siri, mark water the plants as complete."
Want to check if you have any overdue reminders? Just ask Siri.
Manage your calendar
To check your calendar, say something like "Hey Siri, what does my day look like?" Or "Hey Siri, do I have any meetings at 3:00 p.m.?"
You can also create new calendar events. Just say something like "Hey Siri, create an event called Dinner with Colin for tomorrow at 7:00 p.m."
Want to find out where your meeting is? Just say "Hey Siri, where's my 1:00 p.m. meeting?"
Available only in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada (English only).
Create and add to notes
To create a new note, say "Hey Siri, create a new note." Then tell Siri what you want the note to say. Or you can say something like "Hey Siri, create a new note called places to visit."
To add to an existing note, say something like "Hey Siri, add the San Antonio Riverwalk to my places to visit note." Just make sure that you say the exact title of the note that you want to add to.
Manage settings for Personal Requests
To manage settings for Personal Requests, open the Home app, tap , tap your name under People, then tap Personal Requests. From here, you can turn Personal Requests on or off.
If your device has iOS 11.4 or later, you'll see two options under Require Authentication:
- For Secure Requests: You must authenticate on your iOS device to send and read messages, edit notes, manage your calendar, and set reminders using HomePod. This option is selected by default.
- Never: When your iOS device is home and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as HomePod, then anyone in your home can use HomePod to send and read messages, set reminders, manage your calendar, and edit notes on your iOS device.