How to Play Ambient Sounds on HomePod

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Apple released a new 13.2.1 HomePod software update in October 2019 that brings the ability to play relaxing high-quality soundtracks with Ambient Sounds. This article explains how to use them.


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

How to Play Ambient Sounds on HomePod

The Ambient Sounds feature offers seven continuous streaming options. They include the following:
[*]Rain
[*]Stream
[*]White Noise
[*]Fireplace
[*]Forest
[*]Night
[*]OceanTo start streaming one of the sounds on your HomePod, simply ask Siri. To play White Noise for example, you would say "Hey Siri, play white noise sounds."

You can also get HomePod to play a random ambient sound by saying "Hey Siri, play sounds."

How to Set a Sleep Timer on HomePod

Additionally, you can play an ambient sound and set a sleep timer so that it automatically stops playing after a certain period of time has passed.

First, get HomePod to play an ambient sound using one of the phrases above, then say "Hey Siri, set a sleep timer for 45 minutes," or however long you want it to play for.

If you listen to the HomePod's ambient sounds very carefully, you may notice that they loop after about 15 minutes, but it's not something you're likely to pick up on if you're using them as background audio for focus or relaxation.

Article Link: How to Play Ambient Sounds on HomePod
 

melancholy

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I asked Siri to play fireplace sounds and it did find one and played it through the music app. Might be the same thing the HomePod is doing.
Probably not. Does the album cover say ‘sounds’ on it with an Apple logo?
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These ambient sounds sucks, their just 2 seconds of sound effects that is looped. It gets easily annoying, especially if you list to ‘Forest’.
 

KrispE00

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Probably not. Does the album cover say ‘sounds’ on it with an Apple logo?
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These ambient sounds sucks, their just 2 seconds of sound effects that is looped. It gets easily annoying, especially if you list to ‘Forest’.
I don’t think forest is looped that often. Birds naturally have a repeating rhythm, that may sound looped. But those night sounds. That one is horrible!
 

Starfia

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Is this a native feature or is it just streaming from Apple Music subscription?
Native feature – it behaves similarly to having bought the whole "album" of ambient sounds from the iTunes Store.