HomePod Does it work if no wifi

emembee

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I am thinking of getting a HP for home but also for travelling so where I will be staying may not have WiFi.

Does the HP work without a WiFi if I use Bluetooth ? I am only looking at it say on holiday for playback from my iPhone or iPad where music has already been downloaded.

(Apologies for garbled message!)
 

JBaby

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HomePod isn’t a Bluetooth speaker. You must have WiFi. It isn’t a travel speaker either since it only works with the WiFi network your iOS device uses during setup.
 

emembee

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HomePod isn’t a Bluetooth speaker. You must have WiFi. It isn’t a travel speaker either since it only works with the WiFi network your iOS device uses during setup.
I have WiFi where I live but not where I am going to stay on holiday, so it looks like I cant use it. All I wanted to do was play music from my phone ...
 

BlankStar

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Nope, as JBaby said. The HomePod is a WiFi-speaker, not a Bluetooth speaker.

Stupid it thing is, it has a bluetooth 5.0 chip in it. Only used for the initial setup...
 
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cynics

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I am thinking of getting a HP for home but also for travelling so where I will be staying may not have WiFi.

Does the HP work without a WiFi if I use Bluetooth ? I am only looking at it say on holiday for playback from my iPhone or iPad where music has already been downloaded.

(Apologies for garbled message!)

Yes, kind of....

If you goto speaker access in its settings in the Home app and set access to 'everyone' (recommend using a password) neither your iphone/ipad or the HomePod needs to be connected to wifi.

The reason I said 'kind' of is because bluetooth is used to establish a ad-hoc wifi connection for peer-to-peer communication.

That that point you can use AirPlay. You will not be able to do much directly from the HomePod obviously since it doesn't have its own data. The same applies to the AppleTV since mid generation of the AppleTV 3.
 
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JonnyBlaze

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I have WiFi where I live but not where I am going to stay on holiday, so it looks like I cant use it. All I wanted to do was play music from my phone ...

Hey just thought you might like to look at getting a Minirig for this... they are brilliant, I have the 2.1 setup for when I’m travelling. Great sound, amazing battery life, made in/near Bristol. https://minirigs.co.uk/
 

LiveM

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I have WiFi where I live but not where I am going to stay on holiday, so it looks like I cant use it. All I wanted to do was play music from my phone ...
Another reason the AirPort Express is so cool.
 
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