A SONG AND DANCE

Set­ting up HomePod is easy, but there are some semi­hid­den fea­tures that make it loads bet­ter – let’s look at them

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01 TAP TO SET UP

Be­fore you be­gin set­ting up HomePod, make sure your iOS ver­sion is up to date. Do this on your iPhone or iPad in Set­tings > Gen­eral > Soft­ware Up­date. Once this has com­pleted, tap your iPhone or iPad against the HomePod to start setup. It will au­to­mat­i­cally recog­nise your de­vice - tap ‘Set up’ to be­gin the process.

04 MAKE A RE­QUEST

One use­ful fea­ture of the HomePod is the abil­ity to make per­sonal re­quests with it, such as adding re­minders or read­ing mes­sages. If the HomePod is on your Ap­ple ID, you can en­able or dis­able this fea­ture in the Home app by tap­ping the ar­row in the top left cor­ner. Un­der Peo­ple, tap your name and turn on Per­sonal Re­quests.

02 FIN­ISH IN­STALLING

Choose where your HomePod is go­ing to live – se­lect an area from the list – and if you’re not al­ready signed up for Ap­ple Mu­sic, an op­tion to try it will ap­pear. You can ig­nore this for now, by tap­ping ‘Not Now’. Tap ‘OK’ on the next screen, tap ‘Trans­fer Set­tings’ and your HomePod will fin­ish setup. Tap ‘Done’ on the last screen.

05 AIR­PLAY TO IT

Any app that plays au­dio can stream its sound to the HomePod over Air­Play. In the app, look for the icon of cir­cles with a tri­an­gle in­ter­sect­ing them, tap it, then choose your HomePod for the list. You can also use Con­trol Cen­tre – open it, tap the top-right of au­dio sec­tion, then choose your HomePod from the list.

03 AD­JUST SET­TINGS

In­side the Home app on your iOS de­vice, you’ll see that your HomePod has been added to your My Home area. You can turn it on or off by tap­ping its icon. To ad­just its set­tings press the icon hard and tap ‘De­tails’. Here you can change its name, ad­just the way Siri works and man­age the mu­sic that HomePod plays.

06 RE­MOTE CON­TROL

You can con­trol your HomePod with­out talk­ing to it or touch­ing it. Open Con­trol Cen­tre on your iOS de­vice, tap the top-right cor­ner of the au­dio sec­tion. Un­der the en­try for what­ever’s play­ing on that de­vice, you’ll see an en­try for the HomePod – tap it to re­veal play, pause, skip and a handy vol­ume slider!

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