How to use Siri on the HomePod

Siri is enabled by default on the Apple HomePod and HomePod Mini, but extra steps are required to allow access to personalized features

Siri User Guide
Siri User Guide

There are two ways to talk to Siri on the HomePod.

  • Say "Hey Siri".
  • Press the top of HomePod.

If you want to speak for longer, press and hold the top of HomePod, make your request, then release your finger.

This initial configuration will allow you to access basic information, such as the local weather, or using Siri Knowledge.

But the real power of using Siri on your HomePod comes when you set up Voice Recognition and Personal Requests. Together, these personalize your experience and give you access to features such as playing Apple Music playlists, setting reminders, sending messages, and taking notes.

How to set up voice recognition on your HomePod

To set up voice recognition on the HomePod:

  • On your iOS device go to Settings > Your Account Name > Password & Security.
  • Make sure Two-Factor Authentication is on.
  • Open the Home app, find your HomePod, then touch and hold its icon.
  • Scroll down, tap the Settings icon at the bottom right of the screen.
  • Scroll down to the Siri options and make sure Listen for "Hey Siri" is turned on.
  • Tap the Close button, then follow the on-screen instructions.
Siri HomePod Settings

If instructions do not appear, press the Home icon at the top left of the Home app screen, select Home Settings, tap on your user profile under People, then turn on Recognize My Voice.

Important: Voice recognition is not available in all languages and regions.

How to set up personal requests on your HomePod

The next step is to enable Personal Requests on your iOS device:

  • Connect your iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network as HomePod.
  • Go to Settings > Siri & Search, then turn on Listen for "Hey Siri", Press Side Button for Siri (on an iPhone with Face ID), Press Top Button for Siri (on an iPad with Face ID) or Press Home for Siri (on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a Home button) and Allow Siri When Locked.
  • Go to Settings > Your Account Name > Find My, and check that My Location is set to This Device.
  • Press the Home icon at the top left of the Home app screen, select Home Settings, tap on your user profile under People, then turn on Personal Requests for your HomePod.
  • If you want to use HomePod to access your Calendar, Notes, Reminders, voicemail, and call history, choose Never under Require Authentication.

Siri is now fully set up on your HomePod. Give it a try.

Hey Siri, remind me to get milk at 10am today
Hey Siri, do I have any appointments today?
Hey Siri, play my relaxation playlist

Set up multiple people to use the same HomePod

If several members of your household would like to use the HomePod and have access to their own personal requests, you can teach Siri to recognize their different voices in your home.

Instructions for the new user

For this to work, you must have already invited these people to share your home in the Home app.

  • Update each HomePod and iPhone or iPad to iOS 13.2 or later or iPadOS 13.2 or later.
  • Ensure the language on your iOS device is the same as the Siri language on the HomePod.
  • On your iOS device, tap Settings > Your Account Name > Find My and turn on Share My Location. Then set My Location to This Device.
  • Turn on Bluetooth, Siri, Personal Requests, Location Services and ** "Hey Siri"** on your device.

Now you should get a notification in the Home app that says HomePod Can Recognize Your Voice. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

If you don't get the message, press the Home icon at the top left of the Home app screen, select Home Settings, tap on your user profile under People, then turn on Recognize My Voice.

How to identify yourself to Siri

If there are several people in your household using Siri on the HomePod, you'll likely be asked who you are when making a personal request.

Who is this speaking?

If this happens a lot, you can preface your request with your name:

Hey Siri, this is Jane, do I have any meetings today?

If Siri continues to have trouble recognizing you, you can reset Recognize My Voice.

  • Press the Home icon at the top left of the Home app screen, select Home Settings.
  • Tap on the image under People.
  • Turn Recognize My Voice off then on. Wait a few minutes before trying Siri again.
  • Restart the iOS device and your HomePod.
  • Set up "Hey Siri" again.

Want to discover more about using Siri, Apple’s popular virtual assistant? We’ve written a helpful collection of tutorials full of techniques for using apps, dictation, using Siri Shortcuts, and a comprehensive beginner’s guide to activating and using Siri.

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