7 ways to pause/resume music on HomePod

Siri is the primary input method on your HomePod.

With Siri, you can do things like ask for a specific song, request detailed information about the currently playing track, pause or resume music playback and much, much more.

In order to ensure smooth user experience in terms of music, which is HomePod’s forte, Apple has made it possible to control the music playing on your HomePod from multiple devices.

7 ways to pause/resume music on HomePod

In addition to Siri voice commands, you can also use HomePod’s touch controls to pause or resume audio, plus the Home app, Control Center, Now Playing and more.

Method #1: Siri

To pause or resume music on HomePod with Siri, just say:

  • “Hey Siri, pause”
  • “Hey Siri, play”
  • “Hey Siri, resume”

…or some such…

Method #2: HomePod touch controls

Aside from using Siri, HomePod supports a variety of touch-based actions that you can use to control music playback on the device if Siri is unavailable, disconnected or acting up.

If the music is currently playing through your HomePod, pause it by tapping the speaker’s top once. To resume music playback, tap the HomePod top again.

Here’s the full list of touch controls supported by HomePod.

  • Tap: touch the top of your HomePod to play or pause music
  • Double-tap: touch the top of your HomePod twice to skip to the next track
  • Triple-tap: touch the top of your HomePod three times to play the previous track
  • Tap or hold “+“: touch or hold the plus sign on the HomePod top to up the volume
  • Tap or hold “-”: touch or hold the minus sign on the HomePod top to lower the volume
  • Tap and hold—touch and hold the top of your HomePod to talk to Siri

TIP: To adjust touch sensitivity of the HomePod top, use the Home app.

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As evidenced by the list above, you have other music-related touch controls at your disposal. For example, you can double-tap the HomePod top to skip to the following track or podcast chapter while triple-tapping takes you to the beginning of the track or the previous track.

Method #3: Home app

This isn’t the most obvious solution, but it works and is only a tap away—which may be a boon for heavy HomeKit users who happen to be spending a lot of time in the Home app.

1) Open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad with iOS 11.2.5 or later.

2) In the Home or Rooms tab, tap your HomePod’s icon once to instantly pause the currently playing song. Tap the HomePod icon again to send your HomePod a Resume command.

Method #4: Home widget

You can also pause and resume music playing through your HomePod from the Home widget in Control Center on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 11.2.5 or later.

1) Open Settings on your iOS device.

2) Tap Control Center.

3) Tap Customize Controls.

4) If the widget for the Home app is not already present in Control Center, add it by tapping the green “+” sign next to Home in the section headlined More Controls.

You can now use the Home widget to control HomePod music playback from Control Center.

5) Bring up Control Center on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 11.2.5 by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

6) Tap the Home widget or press it with 3D Touch.

7) You’ll see a list of your favorite HomeKit accessories. Tap the icon for your HomePod to pause/resume audio.

When HomePod is playing audio, its Control Center widget displays a white tile.

When the device pauses/stops music, the Control Center tile turns transparent. The word “Playing” or “Paused” appears inside the tile to further indicate the status of your HomePod.

TIP: If your HomePod is absent from Control Center, you must favorite it in the Home app: tap the Home or Rooms tab, tap or press with 3D Touch your HomePod, choose Details and slide the Include in Favorites toggle to the ON position.

Any HomeKit accessory you designate as your favorite in the Home app shall appear in its Home tab and also in Control Center’s Home widget.

Method #5: Now Playing widget

If you have an iPhone, you’re familiar with iOS’s Now Playing widget.

1) Bring up Control Center on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 11.2.5 by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

2) Long-tap the Now Playing widget or press it with 3D Touch.

3) Scroll down to see the tiles for your other devices, then tap the HomePod tile.

4) The tile expands to show playback controls. From there, tap the Play/Pause icon to pause/resume audio playing through your HomePod, skip a song, adjust the volume and more.

Method #6: Apple TV

You may not have noticed it, but your Apple TV includes a very handy audio selection menu that you can get to instantly from your Home screen in order to switch to your AirPods, connect to another Bluetooth accessory, choose what’s playing where and so forth.

1) Click the Home button on your Siri Remote to go to your Apple TV’s Home screen.

2) Click and hold the Play/Pause button on your Siri Remote until a menu pops up.

Apple TV’s hidden menu lets you access audio features on other devices

3) Now swipe left on the Touch surface of your Siri Remote until you see your HomePod.

Mini-bars indicate if the device is currently playing audio

4) With your HomePod highlighted, click the Play/Pause button on the Siri Remote to pause whatever’s currently playing through the Siri speaker.

Clicking the button again resumes your paused music.

Method #7: AirPlay controls

If you use Apple’s local media-streaming technology, called AirPlay, to route audio from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, Mac or Apple TV through your HomePod, you can use onscreen controls to pause or resume music playing on the speaker.

Launch your favorite music or video-streaming app, start playing something, then tap the AirPlay icon in the player to access the list of AirPlay-compatible devices on your local network. Choose your HomePod from the list to send audio to the speaker.

To pause or resume your music, use the corresponding audio controls in the app from which you’re AirPlaying to this HomePod. You can AirPlay audio from any device or app that has not disabled AirPlay streaming on purpose. A savvy user would typically AirPlay audio to their HomePod from such apps like Spotify, YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and so forth.

Some apps may incorporate a slightly different user interface for picking the output device.

In Spotify for iPhone, for example, you must tap on where it says Devices Available and choose the More Devices option from the popup menu in order to get to a popup modal with options to choose from Bluetooth or AirPlay speakers, including your HomePod.

You can use the AirPlay method in conjunction with your HomePod with any device that does AirPlay, be it your Apple Watch or Mac, an iOS device or even your Apple TV.

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