Apples releases HomePod 13.2.1 update, after bricking some units

HomePod updateApple on Wednesday released an update to its HomePod software to version 13.2.1, two days after releasing, then pulling, the 13.2 update. The 13.2 update could cause problems with the HomePod that resulted in some devices getting bricked.

Shortly after the 13.2 release went public, HomePod owners discovered that if they installed 13.2, reset their HomePod or removed it from the Home app, the smart speaker would become non-functional. If you find yourself in that situation, unfortunately, there’s no direct way for you to upgrade to this new version. Apple advises customers with this issue to contact Apple support for assistance.

To update your HomePod using an iOS device

Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS. Then:

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap the Home icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Software Update.
  4. Tap Install once the update appears.

To update your HomePod using a Mac

With a Mac running macOS 10.4 Mojave or later:

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Click the Edit menu.
  3. Select Edit Home…
  4. Click Software Update.
  5. Click Install.