Using 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.

If VoiceOver isn't on

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.

If you need to turn on VoiceOver after you set up HomePod:

  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. In the Home or Rooms tab, touch and hold HomePod.
  3. Tap Details. Then tap Accessibility.
  4. Turn on VoiceOver.

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.
  • Quaduple-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 the iOS device that's signed in with the Apple ID that you used to set up HomePod.
  2. In the Home or Rooms tab, touch and hold HomePod.
  3. Go to Details > 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.

Published Date:Thu Feb 08 21:06:26 GMT 2018