How to Use Siri on a HomePod

Siri is enabled by default on the Apple HomePod and HomePod Mini.

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

  • By saying “Hey Siri”.
  • By pressing the top of HomePod.

If Siri doesn’t work, or you have previously turned Siri off on your HomePod, check the following settings:

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone and tap the More button (three dots in a circle) at the top right of the screen.
  • Tap on Home Settings.
  • Scroll down to the Siri options and make sure Listen for “Hey Siri” and Touch and Hold for Siri are toggled on.
  • Tap the Close button.
Siri settings for the HomePod
Siri settings for the HomePod

In your HomePod’s default state, you can access basic information, such as the local weather, or use Siri Knowledge. But the real power of using Siri is revealed when you set up voice recognition, more specifically Recognize My Voice and Personal Requests.

Recognize My Voice means Siri will know your name and voice, can access your Apple Music account, use Find My, and control accessories from your HomePod.

Personal Requests enables additional features, such as using your HomePod for text messaging and making phone calls (when your iPhone is nearby), using your calendar, reminders, and notes, and running Siri Shortcuts on your iPhone or iPad. You can turn Personal Requests on or off for each HomePod you have in your home.

How to set up voice recognition on your HomePod

Siri on the HomePod can recognize up to six individual user voices. Once set up, Siri will know who is speaking when requests are made.

So if you walk into a room and ask your HomePod:

Hey Siri, play my party playlist.

Siri will know it is you talking and play the appropriate music from your Apple Music account.

To set up Recognize My Voice and Personal Requests on a HomePod:

  • Connect your iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as the HomePod.
  • Open Settings on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and tap on Siri & Search.
  • Check that Listen for “Hey Siri” is toggled on.
Ensure 'Hey Siri' is toggled on
Ensure ‘Hey Siri’ is toggled on
  • Go to Settings > Your Account Name > Find My.
  • Check that Share My Location is toggled on, and My Location is set to This Device.
Enable 'Share My Location'
Enable ‘Share My Location’
  • Open the Home app and tap the More button (three dots in a circle) at the top right of the screen.
  • Tap on Home Settings.
  • Tap on your user profile name under People, then turn on Recognize My Voice.
  • Tap on Personal Requests and toggle on the name of the HomePod you wish to use the feature with.
Turn on 'Recognize My Voice' and 'Personal Requests'
Turn on ‘Recognize My Voice’ and ‘Personal Requests’

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

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

Hey Siri, remind me to get milk at 10 am today.

Hey Siri, do I have any appointments today?

Hey Siri, play my relaxation playlist.

How to add new people to your HomePod

If several members of your household would like to use a HomePod and have access to their own personal requests, you can teach Siri to recognize their individual voices too.

First, you need to invite each new user to join your home from the Home app.

  • Open the Home app and tap the More button (three dots in a circle) at the top right of the screen.
  • Tap on Home Settings.
  • Tap on Invite People.
  • Enter the person’s Apple ID and tap to send the invite.

The person will then need to open the Home app on their device and accept the invitation.

What to do if Siri doesn’t recognize your voice

If several people in your household use Siri on the HomePod, you may occasionally be asked who you are when making a personal request. Siri will say:

Who is this speaking?

This is normal, but if it happens a lot, you can preface a 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.

  • Open the Home app and tap the More button (three dots in a circle) at the top right of the screen.
  • Tap on Home Settings.
  • Tap on your user profile name under People, then turn Recognize My Voice off and then on again.

Other options are to restart the iOS device and your HomePod, and 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.