Apple’s HomePod is expected to hit the market this Friday, and as it was hinted earlier, the gadget may be just cool enough to entice buyers. However, for most of us the $349 price tag on it seems quite high compared to the $129 Amazon Alexa or $99 Google Home. Nevertheless, who doesn’t want to have the premium Siri-powered entertainment system at home?
The price may not be as much of a focus in the long run. If you get your own HomePod, you may have some questions about setting it up for use. Don’t worry – we’re here to answer any questions you might have about setting up Apple’s newest gadget.
So What Will You Need To Set Up Your New HomePod?
So you’ve received your HomePod and taken it out of the box. Now what? The process is rather easy as long as you have at least one iOS-powered device (iOS 11.2.5 or above) like an iPhone or iPad to help you with setup. Once your iPhone or iPad is near the HomePod, a 3D version of the speaker will pop up and prompt you to connect the two devices OTA (over-the-air).
If you’re a HomeKit user with more than one speaker in the house, your iOS device will also ask you which speaker you’d like to set up. Be sure and select the correct one. When you select the device, specify its name – “home,” “bedroom,” “kitchen” – so your iOS device can tell them apart.
The Personal Request Feature
The HomePod has several features that make your entertainment experience different than any other wifi-powered gadget of its kind. Among these awesome features is the ‘personal request’ feature. It allows you to customize certain settings to ensure you’re not interrupted by texts or any other unwanted interference while using the HomePod.
In the beginning, your speaker hasn’t learned your voice yet. Until it does, your best option is to keep the personal request toggle off. Once the HomePod can decipher between voices, you’ll be in better shape to turn the feature on. This is due to the speaker allowing the user to make make calls, send texts, and even make changes to their iCloud account using their voice. If it doesn’t yet know what voice to listen for, then anyone could use the feature.
Finishing the Setup Procedure
Next, a Terms & Conditions screen will appear for you to read and agree to. After that , the HomePod will now want to download your Wi-Fi password, iCloud account info and other crucial information from your iOS device. You will also see the Apple and iCloud Music libraries that the speaker prefers to use on this screen.
There really isn’t anything to worry about with the transfer, it’s been found to be rather safe. After the transfer is complete, you’ll be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password one more time for confirmation. Once that is done, Siri will walk you through a short tutorial and voice command options to make sure you are using your HomePod correctly.
Time to Now Enjoy the HomePod
After your HomePod is all set, you can start requesting music tracks from your Apple or Spotify playlists to enjoy your new fancy speaker. Keep in mind you’ll have access to more settings in the iOS home app. There you can disable your HomePod’s history, pick default tracks to listen to, and even turn off “Hey Siri” if you want – but we’re not sure why anyone would want to just disable her like that.