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How to use Siri to translate on HomePod

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If you own a HomePod, then you already know that it’s more than just a fancy speaker. You can use HomePod and Siri to set up timers while you cook, get the local weather, and catch up on your favorite sports teams.

So, if you need to translate a language, of course, Siri can help. Here’s how to use Siri to translate on your HomePod.

How to listen to podcasts on HomePod with Siri

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The HomePod isn’t all about playing songs with Apple Music or setting multiple timers when you’re cooking dinner. If you enjoy podcasts, you can listen to them on your HomePod too.

Choose a new show from the Apple Podcasts store, catch up on episodes you’ve missed for podcasts you subscribe to, and control the podcast playback easily with Siri.

Here’s how to listen to podcasts on HomePod with Siri.

How to change the language and Siri’s voice on HomePod

Change Siri Language and Voice on HomePod from Mac

You can customize your HomePod to respond to your “Hey Siri” commands. So, what if you want to use a different language? Many people speak more than one dialect these days. For instance, say you speak both English and Spanish and you’re having a group of friends over who all speak Spanish? Change the HomePod so everyone can talk to Siri.

Or, what if you’re just learning a second or third language? Giving commands in that other dialect to Siri for HomePod could be a great way to practice.

Along with being able to change the language on your HomePod, you can also change Siri’s voice. You might prefer a male voice with a British accent or a female voice with an Australian accent. This is easy to change as well.

This tutorial shows you how to change both the language and Siri’s voice on HomePod.

HeySiri brings untethered ‘Hey Siri’ support to older devices

The latest iPhones and iPads are now so power efficient that you can effectively say “Hey Siri” whenever you want and have instant hands-free access to your virtual assistant; but that’s not the case with some of Apple’s older devices. Those such as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus require that you be tethered to a power source for Hey Siri to work.

Albeit inconvenient, the chips in the aforementioned devices aren’t as power-efficient as those found inside of devices today; consequently, always-on Hey Siri would have an adverse impact on your battery performance. But if battery life is no object to you, then you can forcefully-enable Hey Siri on these handsets with a free jailbreak tweak dubbed HeySiri by iOS developer Julio Verene.

How to disable Hey Siri on iPhone and iPad

Disable Hey Siri in Settings on iPhone

While Siri is a convenient digital personal assistant that you can access simply by saying "Hey Siri," it’s not for everyone. Maybe you don't use the feature at all, or maybe you're tired of all the false positives being triggered. If so, here’s how to disable Hey Siri on iPhone and iPad.

How to set multiple timers on your HomePod

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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.

How to change which HomePod listens to your commands when using paired HomePods

Change what HomePod listens to you

If you have two HomePods that are paired to create a stereo setup, only one of these HomePods will be used to listen to your voice queries. When saying a command such as "Hey Siri, what time is it in London?", only that HomePod will be listening to you although the other HomePod might be physically closer to you.

As far as I can tell, there is no way to manually select what HomePod is the dominant one during the initial pairing process, but there is a way to swap which one will actively listen to you once the stereo pair has been created.

This tweak automatically dismisses Siri when she sits idle for too long

Depending on how you use Siri throughout your workflow, you might find a new free jailbreak tweak called AutoDismissSiri by iOS developer Andreas Henriksson to be an advantageous supplement to your jailbroken handset.

Just as the tweak’s name implies, AutoDismissSiri adds a timeout period to the Siri interface. That said, if Siri would idle on your device for a specific amount of time, then the interface closes automatically.