HomePod tips

How to customize the Intercom settings for HomePod

Customize HomePod Intercom Settings on iPhone

The Intercom feature released for HomePod gave users a great way to communicate throughout their homes. You can use Siri to send a message to the HomePod in your kitchen, reply to an intercom message from a HomePod in the office, and even use the Home app to send messages to every HomePod in your house.

Whether you have just one HomePod or a few, Intercom lets you communicate your way with a few tweaks. To make the Intercom feature work perfectly in your space, here’s how to customize it for your HomePod.

How to set up a Primary User on your HomePod or HomePod mini

HomePod Settings and Primary User on iPhone

If you have more than one HomePod and multiple people in your household, then you probably already know how to set up multiple HomePod users. This is great when different people want to play music or make a request from Siri.

But what if your HomePod doesn’t recognize someone’s voice? By setting up a Primary User on the HomePod, Siri will default to that Primary User when in doubt. This is also helpful if each person has a HomePod in their own space where they are the main user anyway. That way, recommendations for music and podcasts are tailored to that user.

Here’s how to set up a Primary User on your HomePod or HomePod mini.

Video: Tips and tricks to get you started with your new HomePod mini smart speaker

The $99 HomePod mini may not have as powerful a sound as its bigger brother, but it does provide the best of the HomePod in a smaller, more affordable package. The miniature speaker certainly packs quite a punch for its size. We thought you might like to learn how to make the most out of your HomePod mini so we've put together a video detailing more than a dozen tips and tricks for getting started with your brand spanking new Siri speaker.

How to change the default music service on HomePod

Listen to Pandora at Home

You now have others option for your listening pleasure on HomePod. With a recent update to the Pandora app, days before the HomePod Mini is available for purchase, you can listen to music beyond Apple Music on HomePod by default.

Pandora is said to be the first of other options coming to HomePod with Spotify up next. Here we’ll show you how to connect Pandora to HomePod and make it your default for music, podcasts, and audiobooks.

How to use Apple Music for your alarm sound on HomePod

Apple Music as HomePod Alarm Sound

As a HomePod owner and Apple Music lover, you may have noticed a missing feature when setting an alarm on your smart speaker. Before iOS 14.1, you were stuck with the default alarm tone. But with that update to iPhone and HomePod, you can enjoy your favorite tune as the sound for your alarm.

Whether you set an alarm to wake you up in the morning, let you know when dinner is ready, or that it’s time to tackle a chore, you can hear it with a chosen song instead of a boring sound. Here’s how to use Apple Music for alarms on HomePod.

How to send Siri web search results from HomePod to iPhone

Siri HomePod Web Results on iPhone Lock Screen

Siri can be super handy on HomePod and can do plenty of things for you. But one thing that was always a bit difficult was getting information that Siri didn’t have at hand. You might end up hearing something like, "Sorry, I can’t help with that".

With the iOS 14.1 update, HomePod also got a bit of a boost in abilities. You can use Apple Music for an alarm sound, check out the Intercom if you own more than one HomePod, and yes, have Siri send web results right to your iPhone.

How to set an audio sleep timer on HomePod

Aside from the ability to set multiple timers and manage alarms on HomePod, your Siri-powered wireless speaker now makes it possible to fall asleep to your favorite songs, podcasts or ambient sounds. In this brief step-by-step tutorial, we're going to show you how to set a sleep timer on your HomePod if you'd like to gently fall asleep to your favorite music or relaxing ambient sounds from nature, such as a crackling fireplace.

How to create scenes with HomeKit to control multiple accessories

Create Scenes HomeKit Mac

For the perfect atmosphere when arriving home after a long day at work or starting your day with something upbeat, you can set up scenes with HomeKit.

Scenes let you control multiple accessories that you connect in the Home app at one time. You can create scenes based on your leaving, arriving, or a custom setting. Then, the automated scene takes over with the settings you choose.

Here’s how to create scenes with HomeKit on both Mac and iOS.

How to play ambient sounds on HomePod

Did you know you can play various ambient sounds on the HomePod wireless speaker, including nature sounds like raindrops, a crackling fireplace and ocean waves? It's not just for unwinding after a long day but also for those times when you're seeking a subtle audible background for working or focusing. Follow along with iDownloadBlog's quick step-by-step tutorial to learn how to play some random HomePod ambient sounds, and fall asleep to them.