How to Set up Apple HomePod

Getting started with your new smart speaker

Setting up a new Apple HomePod isn't hard, but without a screen or buttons on the device, it's also not obvious. We've got you covered. Here's everything you need to know to set up a new HomePod.

HomePod Setup Needs

To get started setting up HomePod, you need:

Apple HomePod being controlled with an iPhone
Apple Inc.

How to Set up HomePod: The Basics

With the above requirements met, follow these steps to set up Apple HomePod:

  1. Plug the HomePod into power. When you hear a sound and see a white light appear on the top of the HomePod, move on to the next step.

  2. Hold your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad next to the HomePod.

  3. When a window pops up from the bottom of the screen, tap Set Up.

  4. Choose the room the HomePod will be used in. This doesn't change how the HomePod works, but it determines where you find it in the Home app.

    How to set the location of the Apple HomePod.
  5. Choose if you want to enable Personal Requests. This allows you to make voice commands—sending texts, creating reminders and notes, make calls—using the HomePod. Tap Enable Personal Requests or Not Now to restrict those commands.

    Enabling Personal Requests on the Apple HomePod.
  6. A series of screens lets you decide to use Siri (we recommend it, since using voice commands with HomePod is one of its best features), agree to terms and conditions (it's required), and transfer your iCloud, Wi-Fi, and Apple Music settings from your device.

  7. When prompted, center the HomePod's screen in your device's camera viewfinder to complete the setup process.

    set up home pod, step 2

    If your camera doesn't work, tap Enter Passcode Manually and Siri will speak a code for you to enter on your device.

  8. When setup finishes, Siri will speak to you. It's time to start Using Your HomePod.

How to Set up HomePod to Manage Connected Devices

One of the great things about HomePod is it can help you control other smart home devices in your house. Using some of the available skills for HomePod, you can tell HomePod to turn off lights in another room or to adjust the thermostat. For this to work, those other devices need to be compatible with Apple's HomeKit platform.

How to Set up HomePod for Multiple Users

HomePod can recognize the voice of and respond to commands from up to six users. This is great because it allows HomePod to learn the musical tastes and types of requests that each person makes and tailor the responses to them.

Before you start, make sure the following things are true:

  • Both the HomePod and your iPhone or iPad are updating to iOS 13.2/iPadOS 13.2 or higher.
  • You're logged into the device with the Apple ID you use for iCloud and have two-factor authentication enabled.
  • The language used on your iPhone or iPad matches the language used on your HomePod.
  • You're set up as a user in the Home app (if you're not, check out Apple's tutorial here).

Once the above conditions are me, follow these steps to set up multi-user support:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, tap Settings > [your name] > Find My.

  2. Toggle Share My Location to On, then set My Location to This Device.

  3. On your iPhone or iPad, make sure Siri, "Hey Siri," Location Services, and Personal Requests are all enabled.

  4. Tap the Home app to open it.

  5. In the HomePod Can Recognize Your Voice pop-up, tap Continue and follow the onscreen instructions.

    Screenshot of setting HomePod to recognize multiple voices

    If this pop-up doesn't appear in the Home app, tap the Home icon > your user profile, then toggle the Recognize My Voice slider to on/green.

  6. Repeat these steps for everyone whose voice you want HomePod to recognize.

How to Access HomePod Settings

Once you've got HomePod set up, you may want to adjust it settings. To do that:

  1. Tap the Home app.

  2. Long tap on the HomePod icon.

  3. Either tap the gear icon or swipe the screen up from the bottom.

    Screenshots of how to manage Settings on the HomePod app.

How to Manage Key HomePod Settings

From the HomePod Settings screen, you can manage the following:

  • HomePod name: Tap this and type to give the HomePod a new name.
  • Room: If you move the HomePod, change its room in the Home app, too.
  • Include in Favorites: With this set to on/green, the HomePod appears in Favorites for the Home app and Control Center.
  • Alarms: Create or manage alarms configured for the HomePod.
  • Music & Podcasts: Control the Apple Music account used with the HomePod, allow or block explicit content in Apple Music, enable Sound Check to equalize volume, and choose to Use Listening History for recommendations.
  • Siri: Move these sliders to on/green or off/white to control a number of Siri settings, including turning off Siri completely with the Listen for "Hey Siri" setting.
  • Location Services: Disabling this blocks location-specific features like local weather and news.
  • Accessibility and Analytics & Improvements: Tap these options to control these features.
  • Reset HomePod: Tap to set up the HomePod like it's new.