The HomePod lacks a screen so troubleshooting errors that might occur over time requires using your iOS or macOS device. Should your Siri-powered speaker stop responding to your requests, restarting it may help resolve the issue. Follow along with our quick tutorial in which we’ll show you how to restart your HomePod or HomePod mini wireless speaker.
Neither the HomePod nor the HomePod mini has a power on/off switch or a dedicated restart button. Whenever your speaker starts acting up or stops responding normally, you can restart it to help fix whatever problem is plaguing it. My HomePod, for instance, tends to lose its Internet connection because neither my router nor my Internet service provider is reliable.
And whenever my router loses and reconnects its Wi-Fi connection, or my Internet service provider reassigns the router a different IP address (which happens quite often), the HomePod doesn’t seem to be able to reconnect on its own and the only solution is restarting it.
Follow along with our quick tutorial further ahead for step-by-step instructions showing you how to restart your HomePod or HomePod mini wireless speaker. Keep in mind that this tutorial assumes your devices are powered by the iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, macOS Big Sur 11.1 and HomePod software version 14.2 or later.
How to restart HomePod or HomePod mini
Rather than unplug then plug it back again into the wall socket, you can restart your Siri-speaker from within the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. Your device and the HomePod must use the same Apple ID and you must be near the speaker to restart it.
- Open the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac.
- Touch and hold (iOS/iPadOS) or double-click (macOS) your HomePod in the Home app.
- Scroll down (iOS/iPadOS) and tap the Settings icon (the cogwheel) to reveal options.
- At the bottom of the page, hit “Reset HomePod”.
- Now choose the option “Restart HomePod”.
If you have two HomePods arranged in a stereo pair, you will only see the “Restart HomePod” command, no need to first tap “Reset HomePod”, then choose “Restart HomePod”.
This is what the interface looks like on my iPad Pro.
To reiterate, your iPhone, iPad or Mac must be signed in with the same Apple ID that you’ve used to set up your HomePod. And if you attempt to remote-restart your HomePod, don’t be surprised to find that the restart option is missing from the Home app — as mentioned earlier, your device needs to be within the speaker’s Bluetooth range before you can reset the speaker.
Restarting vs. resetting
As you saw, that menu also lets you reset the speaker. Now, you may be wondering about the difference between restarting and resetting. Restarting the speaker is the same as restarting any other device, like your iPhone or Mac. No date is deleted as the device simply shuts down and then reboots, allowing you to pick up right where you left off without losing anything.
Contrast this with resetting, which clears all data, removes the device from the Home app and loads factory settings. As a result, you must set up your speaker as new to use it again. Therefore, you should only reset your HomePod or HomePod mini when you want to reload factory settings or need to send the speaker in for service or want to sell or give it away.