Whether you’re working on many projects at once, cooking a big dinner, or just have a ton of tasks on your plate, timers can be life-savers. And with your HomePod, it’s never been easier to set several timers.
This tutorial shows you how to set multiple timers on your HomePod.
Set your timers in the Home app
With the iOS 14.7, iPadOS 14.7 and HomePod 14.7 updates, it is now possible to quickly add multiple HomePod timers with custom names directly from the Home app on iPhone or iPad.
- Open the Home app on your iPhone
- In the Home app, touch and hold your HomePod.
- Touch the option labeled “New Timer”, located right below the HomePod alarms section.
- Set your new timer and give it a custom name, if you like.
- Keep adding as many timers as you want through the Home app.
Keep in mind that you need the HomePod software 14.7 installed on your HomePods for this to work, as evidenced by the official iOS 14.7 released notes available on the Apple website.
Those without the latest HomePod software installed can continue setting and managing their HomePod timers through the Siri assistant, which also supports naming your timers.
The Home app method will appeal to people who want to quickly set multiple HomePod timers without invoking Siri. Besides, the Home app provides an overview of all your alarms in one place. Also, the Home app brings the countdown for all your timers in one place.
You can pause any HomePod timer from the Home app, as well as cancel it from there.
Set your timers with Siri
You can instruct Siri on your HomePod to set various timers for different times. The easiest way to do this is by giving your timers some sorts of names. So, you can say things like:
- “Hey Siri, set a timer for 5 minutes for food”
- “Hey Siri, set a project timer for 10 minutes”
- “Hey Siri, set a timer for photos for 15 minutes”
Whichever way you decide to set the timers, it works. And, Siri will confirm the timer you set with the name and by saying “counting down”. Keep in mind that once a timer is set, that timer’s name cannot be changed and Siri will tell you this if you ask.
Check the status
If you’d like to check the status of your timers, you can do that too. Just say:
- “Hey Siri, what are my timers?”
Siri will repeat each timer you’ve set with the name and how much time is remaining.
You can check a single timer with:
- “Hey Siri, how much time is left on my project timer?”
Change a timer
Need to change a timer? You can do that too by saying
- “Hey Siri, change my food timer to 10 minutes”
Cancel a timer
You can also cancel a single timer or all of them.
- “Hey Siri, cancel my photos timer”
- “Hey Siri, cancel all timers”
Just confirm you want to cancel when prompted.
When time is up, you’ll hear your HomePod play a tone. Plus, Siri will announce the timer every few seconds as well, such until you say stop. This is handy so that you know for certain which timer is complete.
Wrapping it up
There really is nothing more convenient than using the HomePod you’re already enjoying to set a timer. And now that you can have multiple timers all going at once, it’s even better!
Are you ready to set your timers? Let us know what you think of this HomePod feature in the comments below.
If you’re interested in alarms on your HomePod, check out our tutorial on how to manage them.