While HomePod is great for music, it can also do other useful things, like read text messages. However, be careful, as anyone within earshot can ask Siri to read your text messages from your his phone. Here’s how to disable this feature.

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During the installation process of your HomePod, you were asked to decide whether to enable a feature called «Personal Requests». This lets you ask Siri to read (and even reply to) your latest text messages, as well as create reminders and write down notes. The problem is that anyone near your HomePod can access your text messages if your iPhone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your HomePod, which you may not need if you live in a dorm room or with other family members.

If you ended up just going through the setup quickly and hit «Enable» on everything, or if you decide you don’t want to use the feature anymore, here’s how to turn it off.

To get started, open the Home app and tap on the arrow icon in the top left corner of the screen.

Click on your photo in the People section.

Click the toggle switch to the right of «Personal Requests» to turn it off if it’s not already there.

That’s all! This will prevent you from accessing your text messages, notes, reminders and more, but will at least prevent some of your mischievous roommates or family members from doing the same and getting in the way of your privacy.

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