How to Set Up a HomePod Mini

Get your smart speaker up and running and use it with your iPhone

What to Know

  • Plug the HomePod Mini in, and hold your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad close to it. 
  • Wait for the HomePod Mini card to pop up on your device, and follow the on-screen instructions. 
  • Manual setup: Open the Home app > + > Add Accessory, hold the iPhone close to the HomePod or scan the QR code. 

This article explains how to set up a HomePod Mini.

How Do I Set Up a HomePod Mini?

The HomePod Mini has limited physical controls and doesn’t have a display, so you set it up using an iPhone, iPod Touch, or an iPad. The device needs to be signed in to your Apple ID account, connected to iCloud, connected to the same Wi-Fi network you plan to use with your HomePod Mini, and Bluetooth needs to be enabled.

The HomePod Mini does not support Bluetooth audio streaming. It only uses Bluetooth during the setup process.

Here’s how to set up a HomePod Mini:

  1. Plug in the HomePod Mini using the included power adapter or any other compatible USB power source, and wait for it to power on.

    A HomePod Mini that's on and ready to set up.

    Jeremy Laukkonen / Lifewire

    When you see a pulsing white light and hear a chime, it’s ready to go.

  2. Unlock your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and hold it near the HomePod Mini.

  3. Wait for your device to recognize the HomePod Mini, and tap Setup.

    If your phone doesn’t recognize your HomePod Mini, open Home > + > Add Accessory, scan the QR code, or tap More options and follow the on-screen instructions.

  4. Select the room where you will use the HomePod Mini, and tap Continue.

  5. Tap Not Now to proceed with setup.

    If you plan on using the HomePod as an Apple TV Speaker, tap that option and follow the on-screen prompts, then return to these instructions.

    Set Up > Continue > Not Now in HomePod setup
  6. Tap Recognize My Voice or Don’t Recognize My Voice.

    Select Recognize My Voice if you want the HomePod to use your Siri voice profile. If you don’t, some features won’t work.

  7. Select Use Personal Results or Don’t Use Personal Results.

    If you selected Recognize My Voice, the Use Personal Results allow you to access messages and appointments through the HomePod. Nobody else will be able to access your information, as their voices won’t match your Siri voice profile.

  8. Tap Continue.

    Recognize my voice > Use personal requests > Continue in HomePod setup
  9. Tap Agree.

  10. Tap Transfer Settings.

  11. Center the HomePod Mini in the camera window, and wait for your device to recognize the HomePod Mini.

  12. Wait for your HomePod Mini to complete the setup process.

  13. Your HomePod Mini is now ready to use. Follow the prompts to learn what you can do with your HomePod, or tap the X to finish.

    Agree > Center the HomePod in the frame > Setting Up

How Do I Connect My HomePod Mini to Wi-Fi?

If you set up your HomePod Mini using an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad that’s connected to your Wi-Fi network, then it will automatically transfer the necessary settings to the HomePod Mini. When that happens, your HomePod Mini will connect to your Wi-Fi network without any additional input.

If you need to change the Wi-Fi network information for your HomePod Mini to connect to a different network, or it has the incorrect settings, you can manually connect your HomePod Mini to Wi-Fi in the Home app.

Your HomePod Mini can only connect to the network that you connected your iPhone to. Make sure you connect your iPhone to the correct Wi-Fi network before proceeding.

  1. Open the Home app.

  2. Long press the HomePod Mini.

  3. Scroll down by pressing near the bottom of the screen and dragging up.

  4. Tap Move HomePod to (new network).

  5. Wait for the Wi-Fi network to update.

    Moving HomePod to new network.

How Do I Connect My iPhone to My HomePod Mini?

When you set up your HomePod Mini, it’s automatically connected to your iPhone through your Apple ID. If it isn’t, make sure that your iPhone is signed in to the same Apple ID as the device you initially used to set up your HomePod Mini.

If you want to use your HomePod Mini as a speaker for your phone, you can select it as the audio output:

  1. Open the Command Center.

  2. In the media control section, tap the AirDrop icon (triangle with concentric circles.)

  3. In the Speakers & TVs section, tap your HomePod Mini.

  4. Your iPhone will connect to the HomePod, and any media played on your phone will play through the HomePod.

    Connecting iPhone to HomePod
  • Can HomePod Mini work without Wi-Fi?

    You need an internet connection to set up your HomePod Mini, but once you have configured it, you can AirPlay without Wi-Fi. In the Home app, select the Home icon in the upper-left and choose Home Settings. Select Allow Speaker Access > Everyone.

  • How do you set up voice recognition on a HomePod Mini?

    Open the Home app and tap Home in the upper-left corner. Next, select Home Settings, tap your profile under People, and turn on Recognize My Voice. This feature lets Siri learn your name and access your music library, Apple Music account, use Find My, and more.

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