How to prevent HomePod from accessing Contacts, Messages, Reminders & Notes

With Personal Requests, you can ask Siri on your HomePod to send a message to a friend, set a reminder so you don’t forget to run errands or make a note to capture a quick thought.

When setting up your new HomePod for the first time, you’ll be asked if you’d like to turn the Personal Requests feature on or off. You’ll also need to choose an iOS device to use for location sharing, which Siri on HomePod will use to create location-based reminders, provide information about current traffic conditions, weather and so forth.

Any request of personal nature that requires access to Contacts, Messages, Reminders and Notes is handed off to your iOS device for processing.

Even though this feature is off by default, HomePod owners who have nothing to hide from their families may want to turn it on in order to make the most from their purchase.

Personal Requests and your privacy

HomePod’s Siri can access Contacts, Messages, iCloud Notes and Reminders if:

  • Your HomePod and iOS device are on the same local network
  • Your iOS device is turned on
  • Siri is turned on for both your iOS device and HomePod
  • Your iOS device is the one you share your location from using Find My

HomePod won’t accept personal requests when:

  • You’re away from home
  • Your iOS device is turned off
  • Your iOS device is not on the same Wi-Fi network as HomePod

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If you live with roommates or simply value your privacy, chances are you’ll be eager to limit HomePod sharing with other members of your household or friends when they come over, sometimes with acquaintances. You can easily stop making personal requests with your HomePod in just a few taps, here’s how.

How to stop Personal Requests on HomePod

You can turn the Personal Requests feature on or off at any time in the Home app.

1) Open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.

2) Tap and hold the icon for your HomePod.

3) Scroll down to the HomePod Settings area.

4) Select Personal Requests under the heading Siri.

5) At the top of the next screen, disable the toggle for the HomePod you want to stop requests for, if you have more than one.

Disable Personal Requests on HomePod

To re-enable Personal Requests, repeat the steps above but with flipping that switch to the ON position. You must also set up your iOS device for Personal Requests by enabling Siri in Settings and location sharing. Check out our full tutorial for enabling and using Personal Requests for Siri on HomePod.

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