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Alongside the release of iOS 12, the newest update to the iOS operating system, Apple has also released new version 12 software that's designed for the HomePod.

The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod after you update to iOS 11.4, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our HomePod software how to.


As Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's "Gather Round" event last Wednesday, the software update introduces several new features that HomePod users have been hoping for since the speaker was first released back in February.

The update lets you use Siri to search for your favorite songs using song lyrics, and it lets you create multiple timers. It also allows you to make and receive phone calls right from the HomePod.

The HomePod could previously be used as a speakerphone, but after the update, it will be able to be used to place and answer phone calls without the need to transfer a call from the iPhone.

HomePod will be able to ping your iPhone or any of your other Apple devices so you can find them in your Home, and it works with Siri Shortcuts, a new feature introduced in iOS 12. Apple's full release notes for the HomePod software update are below:
iOS 12 includes support for multiple timers, music search by lyrics, telephony and Find My iPhone.
- Conveniently search for a song using the lyrics if you can't remember the title (English only)
- Create multiple named timers
- Make and receive phone calls directly on HomePod, or simply ask Siri who is calling
- Similar to Apple Watch, Find My iPhone on HomePod allows you to quickly locate any of your iOS or macOS devices with an audible ping
- Calendar support to include all languages
- View the network name in Settings
For more on the HomePod, make sure to check out our HomePod roundup.

Article Link: Apple Debuts Updated Software for HomePod With Call Support, Multiple Timers, Find My iPhone, Lyric Search and More


macrumors 6502a
Sep 19, 2014
Force close the app and reboot phone. And look on the actual speaker settings rather than the Home Settings.


May 28, 2015
omg why does it say Just to Confirm every time I ask it to call someone, thats gonna bug me, it does it every time I try to call using homepod
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macrumors G3
Dec 7, 2014
So is multiple timers coming to iOS as well? (It appears the answer is no? Would really love it on my phone.)


macrumors 68030
Sep 21, 2009
I’ve got mine updating at home from work. That’s a nice feature... now they just need to have a multi user mode where it will use the iCloud account of the user talking. That will complete the usefulness of the device I think.


macrumors 68040
Nov 15, 2012
How does it work with Siri shortcuts? I just tried saying a number of different shortcuts to the HomePod that work just fine on my iPad, but Siri just gives me some weird answers and starts playing music or reading the news..


macrumors 68000
Oct 26, 2013
Hope they add a notification option to tvOS to show who's calling - asking who's calling takes way too long and it goes to voicemail.
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