Homepod Automation

What is Homepod?

HomePod is a breakthrough speaker that adapts to its location and delivers high-fidelity audio wherever it’s playing. Together with Apple Music and Siri, it creates an entirely new way for you to discover and interact with music at home. And it can help you and your whole family with everyday tasks — and control your smart home — all with just your voice.


What does homepod automation do?

Apple’s HomePod smartspeaker does more than play tracks from Apple Music, Like the incredibly popular Echo, the HomePod can play music and also perform various useful functions, such as tell you about the track that’s playing, set timers, search for and relay information found on the web, read your text messages, set calendar appointments, and a lot more.

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 How do you use your HomePod for automation?

After Setup HomePod automatically sets itself up as a home hub so you can control your HomeKit accessories remotely with the Home app and create home automations. Just make sure that the iOS device you used to set up HomePod is signed in to iCloud with the Apple ID that you used to set up your HomeKit accessories in the Home app.

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  • Ask Siri: A more recent feature of the HomePod lets you ask Siri to make and take calls on the speaker. So first of all, make sure your HomePod is up to date. First you’ll need to enable Personal Requests. Go to your HomePod settings and scroll down, you’ll find Personal Requests under Siri. Switch it on The HomePod works with Find My iPhone so users can use it to request that a sound is played on a lost iPhone (or any other Apple device you have set up for the service).
  • Listen Voicemails: Users able to listen to voicemails on the HomePod.
  • Facetime Calls: The HomePod is able to relay the audio from group FaceTime calls.
  • Home Automation: You can trigger Siri Shortcuts via the HomePod. This makes a difference to how HomePod works with your Home Automation accessories, as you will be able to set off chains of events with a single command. For example, if you said “goodnight” Siri could automatically turn off the lights, turn down the heating, and close the blinds (if you have the right HomeKit accessories).
  1. Create Scene: Siri can control your HomeKit enabled kit from your HomePod, that’s a given. But a much more natural, and cool, way of getting Siri working harder in your smart home is to create scenes that it can control.

For example, set up a bedtime routine in which Siri turns off all the lights, activates the alarm and locks the front door – where a simple, “Hey Siri, it’s bedtime,” gets the scene started. Any scenes created in the Home app can be activated using Siri on your HomePod.

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  • Multi User Support: Related to this, there will be multi-user support, so that more than one person’s Apple ID can be tied to a HomePod.

HomePod will now be able to tell different people apart by recognizing their individual voices. And yes, you can create distinct preference profiles based on that.

  • Handoff Feature: You’ll be able to use the Handoff feature to transfer what you are listening to on your iPhone to the HomePod. For example, when you enter your house after your commute home you’ll be able to ‘Handoff’ the track currently playing to the HomePod.
  • Translate Language: Wondering how to say something in another language? Wonder no more – Siri can translate English to French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin. Simply ask, “Hey Siri, how do you say [word] in [language]?” to expand your vocabulary.
  • Room-Filling Sound: TV speakers are crap – that’s a fact. And while a HomePod isn’t designed to be a TV speaker – like a Sonos Beam, for example – it does a pretty good job of room-filling sound for your movies and TV shows.
  • Third-party Integration: Until now this has only been available with the Apple TV, but with AirPlay 2 now hitting Samsung TVs – and more to come from the likes of LG, Vizio and Sony – the HomePod can be paired with third-party sets.
  • Stream sound: The Spotify app itself doesn’t list AirPlay speakers in the devices list, and the Mac AirPlay option in the menu bar only lists Apple TVs. But you can play any sound from your Mac – Spotify and more – over AirPlay to your HomePod. Dive into your System Preferences. From there, choose Sound and select your HomePod as the device for sound output.
  • Scenes Based Usage: Similar to the way that Shortcuts will suggest routine automations, the Home app will now suggest scenes based on your usage and the devices you have connected to HomeKit.
  • Play News: Beyond music, you can also request HomePod play news reports from a series of major news radio broadcasters, as well as any podcasts listed in iTunes. Apple currently officially supports HomePod only in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, and the news channels it supports reflect those initial launch regions.
  • Automation Updates. Users can now add other devices to automations, including an Apple TV and AirPlay 2-enabled speakers.
  • Be Your Sous Chef: If you’re like us, Siri is massively helpful in the kitchen. There’s nothing like trying to manually set a timer with flour on your fingers to teach you the value of a voice assistant.

To give you an extra leg-up when doing the mental math, try asking Siri on your HomePod, “Hey Siri, how many ounces in a cup?” Or, if you’re feeling like a different type of evening, maybe try, “Hey Siri, what’s in a White Russian?”

How to set up HomePod?

  • Open the Home App and tap on the Automation Tab.
  • Tap the plus icon.
  • Choose People Arrive.
  • Tap on the i button next to Anyone Arrives.
  • Make sure that you select yourself, and uncheck others if this is only for you.
  • Tap next and select your HomePod from the device list.
  • Tap on Audi
  • Choose Play Audio and select Choose Audio.
  • Go into your library, and navigate to your favorite song or playlist by selecting where it is stored.
  • Tap on your song or playlist. You can select more than one if you wish. Select done when you have finished.
  • Turn on any desired options such as repeat or shuffle.
  • Tap on either Use Current Volume or Set Custom Volume and set accordingly.
  • Once your automation is created, your HomePod will now be ready to welcome you home with your favorite tunes. Don’t forget to check your volume options on the automation, as your HomePod may greet you with a unexpected serenade of loud music at the level that you were listening to previously.



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