How to Use a HomePod for Making and Answering Phone Calls

In this guide, we’ll show you how to make and receive calls and route existing calls to your HomePod.

The HomePod uses your iPhone or iPad to make and receive telephone and FaceTime audio calls using Wi-Fi. If you want to make calls on your HomePod using a cellular network, your iPhone will be needed.

When you use a HomePod for calls, it is being used as a speakerphone, and the light on top of the HomePod will turn green. You can use the controls on top of the HomePod to adjust the volume of the call.

Before you can place and receive calls on a HomePod, you must ensure you’ve set up your iPhone or iPad to be able to make Personal Requests.

How to set up personal requests on your HomePod

Follow these steps to enable Personal Requests on your iOS device:

  • Connect your iPhone or iPad 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.
Ensure Siri is turned on
Ensure Siri is turned on
  • Go to Settings > Your Account Name > Find My, and check that My Location is set to This Device.
Check My Location settings
Check My Location settings
  • Open the Home app on your device and tap the Home tab.
  • Open settings by tapping on the three dots at the top of the screen and then Home Settings.
  • Select your user profile under People, then Personal Requests, and turn on personal requests for your HomePod by toggling the switch to green.
Turn on Personal Requests
Turn on Personal Requests

How to use a HomePod for phone calls

Making a phone call

To make a call:

Hey Siri, call Jason.

To make a FaceTime audio call instead:

Hey Siri, FaceTime Jason.

To call someone not in your contacts:

Hey Siri, call (phone number).

Call the last number you dialed:

Hey Siri, redial the last number.

Answering a phone call

When an incoming call arrives, you can use the HomePod to answer it as long as your iPhone is connected via Wi-Fi. To answer a phone call when your iPhone rings, say:

Hey Siri, answer the phone.

You can ask who’s calling before you answer:

Hey Siri, who’s calling?

If a call comes through when someone is listening to music on the HomePod, Siri will pause the music and tell you who’s calling. From there, you can decide whether to take the call or ignore it.

Ending a phone call

To finish your call, tap the top of HomePod or hang up using your iPhone or iPad. Alternatively, say:

Hey Siri, hang up.

Note: You won’t be able to make other Siri requests while on a call.

Divert an existing call through a HomePod

To route a call you’re already on to a HomePod:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, tap Audio in the Phone or FaceTime app, then select your HomePod.
  2. Hold your iPhone near the top of the HomePod.

For this to work correctly, your iPhone or iPad must have Bluetooth enabled and be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your HomePod. You must also turn on Transfer to HomePod in Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff.

Transfer to HomePod
Transfer to HomePod

How to deal with multiple calls at the same time on a HomePod

  • To put a call on hold and answer a new one, tap the top of the HomePod.
  • To switch between calls, double-tap the top of your HomePod.

Calling emergency services with a HomePod

If you need to call emergency services from your HomePod, say:

Hey Siri, call 000 (or your local emergency number).

Hey Siri, call emergency services.

The HomePod will try to make the call using the device set up to make personal requests. If it isn’t available, the HomePod will attempt to connect to any other iPhone on the same network.

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.