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A voice controlled iOS device with adaptive microphones, speakers and WiFi connection to play music, answer Siri capable commands and queries and AirPlay from other devices in the ecosystem.

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Can homepod mini output to airplay?

I have a whole home audio setup (Airplay via an Airport Express is one of my sources). I want to have music start playing when I come home (via geofencing). I know the Homepod Mini can be a speaker ...
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Question about HomePod surface mesh

Probably a silly question, but I was trying to attach the power cord to my new (full-size) HomePod and for a minute I didn't realise that the plug that enters the HomePod had to be flipped the other ...
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HomePod "Alarm" doesn't work reliably

I'm trying to set an "alarm" for the house on my HomePod mini. I created an Automation that at time X → Accessory HomePod → Media Play Audio (Ambient Sounds Forest) After it was created, for ...
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Make HomePod as default audio output on start up for MacOS Sonoma

I have a HomePod setup using my iPad and now connected to my Mac Mini (runs Sonoma). However, when I shut down and start the Mac Mini later or wake up from sleep, it is disconnected and I have to ...
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Does iPhone play music on the HomePod via WiFi or Bluetooth?

I’m wondering if asking the HomePod directly to play a stream produces better sound than the same stream in an app on the iPhone playing through near-field handoff to that HomePod? Bluetooth would be ...
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How to get Apple Music to auto-generate custom playlists? Spotify-like

I've been a Spotify user for a while and appreciate that based on a genre, an artist, or even a single song, it can automatically create a playlist with that genre or with similar artists/songs that ...
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How to ask HomePod to play a specific stream

I would like my HomePod (2nd gen.) to play this specific stream: Calm by Classical King FM radio. Quoting their their web site: Smart Speakers To access Classical KING on your smart speaker, use the ...
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How to identify the bitrate of audio streaming to HomePod

On a HomePod (2nd generation) I often stream (a) radio stations such as KNKX FM, and (b) music services such as SomaFM. Is there way to inspect the bit-rate and compression method (such as AAC) of the ...
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Play sound from iPad on HomePod

I have an iPad mini (6th generation) with iPadOS 17 in my hand, running a video in a web browser. I have a HomePod (2nd generation) in the same room. Using the latest HomePod software from iOS 17. 👉 ...
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How to use Siri to initiate AirPlay

Today’s press release from Apple regarding version 17 of the HomePod software says: Siri support for AirPlay allows you to start an AirPlay session from your iPhone or iPad directly on your HomePod ...
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HomePod Stereo pair as output for a Mac

I am considering using a pair of HomePod's as speakers on Mac. I did a bit of research and confirmed this is both possible and straightforward to do. However, it is a bit unclear to me, if I chose to ...
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How do I stream audio to my HomePod minis without using Apple TV?

I have a pair of HomePod minis connected to an Apple TV 4K, which is connected to a projector. Is there a way to stream directly to the HomePod minis from my iPhone without “waking up” the Apple TV ...
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What’s the meaning of this square with a down arrow icon on my HomePod in Control Center?

This is first time I see this icon. What’s it’s meaning? It’s in Control Center. The HomePods are in “Salon”. I’m wondering about the icon on the right:
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HomePod 1st + 2nd gen

I get you can’t pair them for stereo, fine. But can they simply be mixed in the same Mac / Siri network? I want to put my 1st gen upstairs, add a 2nd gen down - as the hub - and still have it all ...
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HomePod with Apple Music family

How to use a HomePod with several Apple accounts? I currently have a family plan for two people: myself and my friend. I also have a HomePod, on which I listen to my music. My friend has an Android ...
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How-To update HomePod firmware without direct connection to the internet?

The Homepod has no connection to the internet, however my iPhone has a 5G internet connection. How do I update the HomePod via iPhone?
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How do I tell Siri which device I'm talking to?

When I have multiple Apple devices in the same room, and I use "Hey Siri", sometimes the wrong device will respond. This isn't always a problem, because a lot of things work the same no ...
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HomePod as a voice-activated dialing device

I would like to plant two listening devices (HomePods) in the house for dad, such that he can verbally call mom's iPhone or sister's iPhone. We are retiring dad's iPhone and the cellular service as ...
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Podcasts on Hompods with Siri

I use Apple podcasts with Homepods. iOs 15 I can ask Siri "Play podcast X" It then plays the lasted unlistened podcast from the series X. However it does not mark it as played so when next ...
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Play music on HomePod for a fixed amount of time without Siri

Siri doesn’t work with my voice. I want to play music on my HomePod for a fixed amount of time Generally I start it via my iPad but I could start it via my Mac if it would help. Then I would like ...
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Which Wi-Fi network has my HomePod mini?

How can I verify the WiFi network being used by my HomePod mini? And, how can I resign the HomePod mini to use a different WiFi? I used the Home app provided by Apple on my iPhone. I long-pressed the ...
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HomePod mini fails setup: "Wi-Fi Incompatible"

I am trying to setup my new HomePod mini. After getting through all the questions, and holding my iPhone camera over the swirling pixels, I get an error message: Wi-Fi Incompatible The current Wi-Fi ...
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HomePod alarm that streams a TuneIn station with Apple Music's new Voice Plan?

HomePod and HomePod Mini support streaming radio stations on demand, without an Apple Music subscription. But streaming a radio station as an alarm requires a subscription. Could I use an Apple Music ...
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A shortcut to switch audio output and play podcast for 15min

I use to listen to podcast before sleep. But that actually means: On iPhone 12, open overcast app and start playing Switch audio output to homepod Set it to stop playing after 15min (I expect to be ...
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Is there a way to stop the HomePod timer alarm remotely?

I have many HomePod mini (at least one in every room/corridor). And after I went upstair to my bedroom I noticed the downstair HomePod mini (assuming in the living room) got triggered by it’s timer or ...
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Homepod touch interface is now causing homepod to speak its commands - how to turn off?

My Homepod (original) has started doing this weird thing where it 'says' the thing when you use the touch controls in a robotic (non Siri) voice. It says 'play' or 'pause' or 'increase volume' or '...
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How do I get chained shortcuts to work on HomePod?

I have iOS Shortcuts that call other shortcuts. Shortcut A creates an input for Shortcut X and calls Shortcut X. Shortcut B creates a different input for Shortcut X and calls Shortcut X. Shortcut X ...
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Why is my HomePod mini chosen over my Apple TV 4K as a Home Hub?

I have an AppleTV 4K (2nd) and a pair of HomePod minis, but one of my HomePod minis is always chosen as my HomeKit Home Hub. Is there a way to prioritize the AppleTV as a Home Hub instead? Why is one ...
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Can't control volume on HomePod minis

Suddenly I’m unable to control the volume on my HomePod mini stereo pair. I press the volume buttons on my remote and get no change in volume. Generally the volume change indicator doesn’t appear ...
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Asking Siri what is the weather

I use a Homepod on iOS 14.7 (and 14.6) I say "hey Siri what is the weather" Siri pauses and then replies "You need to continue on the companion device" I go to the device an Iphone ...
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Music App won't airplay to HomePod mini when MacBook Pro is connected to external displays

Trying to AirPlay from the Music App to my HomePod mini results in the following: "The selected movie won't play on one of your connected displays." When I dismiss the popup and hit play it ...
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What version of Apple TV is required for a HomePod mini stereo pair to work?

I have two HomePod minis configured as a stereo pair, that is not recognized by my Apple TV. Instead I see each individual HomePod in the audio settings for the TV and can only select and play through ...
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How do I silence Siri on my HomePod mini?

By default, Siri on HomePod mini comes enabled and very loud, and the minimum volume (as far as I can tell) is irritatingly loud. In fact, the whole talkback from Siri (confirming commands, etc.) is ...
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Use HomePod for Zoom Calls on Mac?

I've tried to use a HomePod connected to my Mac to participate in Zoom calls. I wanted to take advantage of the clear audio and the echo suppression one has on the HomePod when, for example, having ...
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Homepod Mini "no peer to peer" warning

Seeking some resolution with a Homepod Mini. Recently replaced our 11+ year old router with a Linksys WRT3200 ACM dual-band model, running OpenWRT. After initial setup everything on the network ...
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how to use HomePod mini as a mic for Mac mini

I have a HomePod mini. I want to use it as a mic for my Mac mini. How do I do this? I want to use it for Siri and google meet.
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How to remove friend's HomePod from audio selection during phone calls?

I do not see it in Bluetooth devices. It is not manageable in the Home app. It's surprising how much of annoyance an extra click to get speakerphone is. Example below (NIST time of day phone number).
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Will iOS 14.5 mean my HomePod can use Spotify?

Does this article mean that the HomePod will also be able to use Spotify as its default music service when 14.5 is rolled out? https://the8-bit.com/siri-now-allows-setting-a-default-music-streaming-...
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Find my phone stopped working from homepod

I use find my phone often by asking siri on my homepod. However without changing anything siri now says "before I can help with that you'll need to update your information in siri settings on ...
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Airplay Apple Music from iPhone or Homepod to Macbook

When I start the music on a iPhone or Homepod via Siri, how do I move the already playing music to my MacBook? Can I only airplay music from the MacBook to HomePod but not vice versa? How do I airplay ...
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How to create a Siri shortcut to play tunein radio on HomePod and Mac

How can I create a shortcut such that I can tell my HomePod "Hey Siri, good morning" and it will then play a certain tunein radio station on the HomePod and also on my Mac in the other room ...
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How long is the power cable on the HomePod Mini?

I'm thinking about ordering a HomePod Mini, and I want to put it in some places that might be just far enough away from a power outlet that the cord doesn't reach. How long is the power cable? 2 ...
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Use my homepod to hear audio at the drive-in theatre through FM

I would like to use my homepod to hear audio at the drive-in theatre. The theatre uses a local fm transmitter that broadcasts locally within a 500 foot range or so. Is there a way to enable my phone ...
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What type of power cable does the HomePod mini use?

Apple has released a new, smaller version of their speaker: HomePod mini. One of my complaints with the original HomePod was its use of a proprietary power cable connector, which made it difficult to ...
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How do I adjust Homepod stereo balance?

I have a stereo pair of Homepods set up in a normal Hi-Fi set up; that is I sit between the speakers and the speakers and I are in a triangle. music volume is clearly unbalanced - a centre sound is ...
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How to stop HomePods from connecting every night?

We have two rooms in our house with HomePods. Every morning, they seem to be AirPlaying from one to the other, and we have to disconnect that AirPlay scenario. Is there a way to avoid having the ...
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How can I stop from having my music transfer between my iPhone and my HomePod?

What initially seemed like a clever feature turns out to be ridiculously annoying: the transfer of a song between a HomePod and an iPhone. I have a HomePod in my office, on my desk, and whenever I ...
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Can I get Siri to not bleep out Bitches Brew when I ask to hear that album?

I use Apple Music and have HomePod and Siri audibly bleeps out words (and prints B**** on the screen for the example below) on song and album titles rather than pronouncing and displaying them ...
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How can I create a morning routine with my HomePod that would read me today’s weather?

I believe this capability exists in other smart speakers, and even in iPhone’s Siri (to an extent). I have a “Good Morning” scene setup in HomeKit where it turns on a few lights and starts playback ...
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is it possible to cast from iPhone to apple TV and HomePod?

I want to to be able to watch my Apple TV movie on my TV. I currently have Apple TV connected by HDMI to my Samsung TV and I also have a HomePod. I want to be able to stream the picture to the TV (...
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