While not the main advantage of HomePod, the Siri capabilities allow you to control the speaker with your voice without taking your phone out every time. Here’s how to set up Siri on your HomePod (or just turn it off completely).
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Before we get started, please note that all of the settings we’re talking about below are available through the Home app. Once the app opens, you will first launch a long press or 3D tap on the HomePod icon under «Favorite Accessories».
From there, click on «Details»
Scroll down a bit and you’ll see the various settings for Siri on HomePod.
Let’s talk about what they do.
Turn off the light Siri
While the glowing light on top of the HomePod is a nice touch, it’s not really necessary. It won’t hurt anything, of course, but if you want to just turn it off, you can do so in the settings.
Just find the toggle switch next to «Light With Using Siri» and click on it to turn it off.
Play a sound when Siri is activated
By default, the HomePod doesn’t make a sound when Hey Siri is activated, although Siri itself will say «Mhm?» if it doesn’t hear a command within the first few seconds.
However, if you’d rather hear a ring whenever Hey Siri is activated, just hit the toggle switch next to «Sound When Using Siri» and it will make a short bass sound to let you know what it’s listening to.
Change Siri Voice
In case you didn’t know, Siri has several different voices and you’re not stuck with just using the default. You can change the voice in Settings by tapping «Siri Voice», though there aren’t many options.
From there, you’ll be able to choose between three different English accents: American, Australian, and British. You can also change the gender of the voice between male and female.
How to disable Siri completely
This is all fine, but if you just want to use your HomePod as a regular speaker and AirPlay content from your iPhone, you can disable Siri entirely.
To disable Siri, check the toggle boxes next to «Listen to ‘Hey Siri'» and «Touch and hold for Siri.»
This will completely eliminate the ability to activate Siri with your voice or by pressing the touchpad on top of the HomePod.