- Apr 12, 2001
Apple's HomePod was updated this week to version 12, which debuted alongside iOS 12 for iPhones and iPads. The HomePod update brings about a handful of new abilities for Apple's smart speaker, including support for multiple timers, lyric search, find my iPhone, making and receiving phone calls, and more.
Because of all the useful and handy new additions arriving on HomePod this week, we've written this guide to provide quick steps that can help you figure out each new feature, and added in some tips as well.
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On previous HomePod software you could only make one timer and not name it, but with the new software Apple is letting you create and name as many as over 20 timers at once (our testing reached about 23). This should greatly help out HomePod owners, especially those who have placed the speaker in their kitchen.
Note: Because HomePod relies entirely on voice controls for timers (and other features in this guide), there may be other sentence patterns that result in the same responses as the ones we've discovered. With that being said, below you'll find a few examples of Siri commands for multiple timers on HomePod. To create multiple timers, simply begin listing one timer after the other to Siri:
[*]"Hey Siri, set a 15 minute timer for food."
[*]"Hey Siri, set a burger timer for 20 minutes."
[*]"Hey Siri, set a 25 minute french fries timer."
[*]"Hey Siri, set a 45 minute timer for the laundry."
[*]"Hey Siri, set a 3 hour timer for the sprinklers."
Checking Individual Timers
[*]"Hey Siri, what's left on the food timer?"
[*]"Hey Siri, how's the french fries timer?"
[*]"Hey Siri, what's the sprinklers timer at?"
[*]"Hey Siri, how long until the laundry is done?"
[*]"Hey Siri, is the burger timer almost done?"
Checking All Timers
[*]"Hey Siri, where are the timers at?"
[*]"Hey Siri, how much time is left?"
[*]"Hey Siri, list the timers." The limit of any timer is a maximum of 23 hours (as it was previously). If you create a timer but don't give it a name, Siri will name the timer by its original length, saying something like "There is 1 minute left on the 10 minute timer."
When you have multiple timers running and one ends, the usual timer ending chime will sound, but it will now be interspersed with Siri stating which timer is completed. As usual, you can tap the top of HomePod to silence the timer, or ask Siri to shut it off. If you have numerous timers running simultaneously and want to end them all, you can say "Hey Siri, stop/cancel all of the timers."
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Article Link: HomePod Guide: How to Create Multiple Timers, Search for Lyrics, Find Your iPhone, and Make Calls