How to Set Up Your New HomePod

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Before you can start using your new Apple HomePod, you'll need to set it up using an iPhone or iPad that's synced to an iCloud account.

During the setup process, HomePod will link the iCloud account to personal request features accessed through the speaker via Siri voice commands, such as the ability to send messages, set up reminders, and get calendar notifications.

It will also link the HomePod to any existing Apple Music subscription tied to that iCloud/iTunes user, so it's worth thinking carefully about which account holder in your household you want to associate with the speaker.

For the HomePod setup process to work you'll need an iOS device running iOS 11.2.5 or later, so check your iPhone or iPad is up to date. To do so, open the Settings app, tap General -> About, and look for the version number. If you need to update, tap back to Settings, select Software Update, and follow the onscreen instructions.


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vmistery

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Does anyone know what happens if I link my account (with music subscription) to the HomePod and my OH wants to stream via it at the same time as me streaming on a train? We have 2 personal subscriptions (free with phone plans for 6 months).
 

bruinsrme

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Any Apple product that needs a guide to set it up has already failed...Can't wait to hear it though!! :)
I was less than impressed with the guide.
Sign in to your iCloud account
Turn on HP
Follow prompts
Enjoy
:p:p
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Does anyone know what happens if I link my account (with music subscription) to the HomePod and my OH wants to stream via it at the same time as me streaming on a train? We have 2 personal subscriptions (free with phone plans for 6 months).
It’s been mentioned that stream to the HomePod doesn’t count as a device. If it did it would render the HP useless.
Not sure if that answers your question.
 
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groovyf

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I would like the Personal Requests option to be a little more granular, so you could turn on/off each individual option.
Would like to have Reminders on so others could add to a shared list we use for shopping - and not have access to Messages.
Having said that, I see it will only read 'new' messages and you can't ask Siri to read any specific ones.
 

dan9700

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my HomePod won't setup, I have a HomeKit issue that apple are trying to fix and when I click setup on HomePod it says failed 6676 error
[doublepost=1518178472][/doublepost]Help me someone wont setup i know my home app doesnt work and apple takimg for ever to reset my homekit but cant even set it up
 

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WBRacing

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The HomePod is not battery-operated.
I think that was part of the point he was trying to make. Not that I am defending, just clarifying.

I see the exact same sort of things as his said about Sonos products. People seem to miss the "lifestyle functionality" they offer. Wire-free, room grouping, surround sound, multiple streaming/user account support, etc.. If a product simply isn't for you then don't buy it.

The Pod is certainly not for me as I am firmly embedded into Sonos + Echo ecosystems, but I can't say it had rubbish sound as I've not heard it. Siri on the other hand, that I have tried and for me that is utter garbage.
 

freezah

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I own almost every type of Apple device but won’t buy HomePod until it will natively support Spotify.
 

vmistery

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I was less than impressed with the guide.
Sign in to your iCloud account
Turn on HP
Follow prompts
Enjoy
:p:p
[doublepost=1518173621][/doublepost]
It’s been mentioned that stream to the HomePod doesn’t count as a device. If it did it would render the HP useless.
Not sure if that answers your question.
I read that as well, I thought that meant that it could be registered at the same time however it was not clear if it could play at the same time?
 

bruinsrme

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I read that as well, I thought that meant that it could be registered at the same time however it was not clear if it could play at the same time?
I just signed up for the family plan.
I’m curious if it will play any playlist from anyone under the plan.
For instance
Siri play Scott’s hair band playlist
Siri play Julianne’s pop playlist.
 
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clcnyc

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Hmmm. I have 2 different accounts. One for Apple Music (set up long before itunes store, icloud etc) and one for everything else (reminders, messages, etc). Am I screwed?
 

rroch

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iCloud Keychain NOT NEEDED! I've never had iCloud Keychain enabled. I do have two-factor authentication. I just setup my HomePod, following the prompts, without any issues. There never was any request for me to enable iCloud Keychain. It just works. That was a relief - after reading the article this morning, I decided I would return the HomePod if it really needed iCloud Keychain.
 

Barcode

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Setup not working past the choose your room step. Setup card is blank. Running iOS public beta 2 of 11.3 on iPhone X. Anyone else on beta having issues?
 

jagooch

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Hmm, I cannot get it to read appointments off of my calendar. Do have you use iCloud calendar? I use the Apple Calendar app but it syncs with my Google Calendar account.
 

wwchris

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Hmmm. I have 2 different accounts. One for Apple Music (set up long before itunes store, icloud etc) and one for everything else (reminders, messages, etc). Am I screwed?
It allowed me to use two accounts that it automatically took from my phone setup. One I use for the Apple Store (music) and one for my iCloud (notes, iMessage etc.).
 
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Wazomania

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Dear
I remove my HomePod from my iCloud account but didn’t connect again with my iPhone or iPad
What I can do to set up again works only with AirPlay
 

Fatboy71

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I expect this question will have already been asked:

I have Hey Siri enabled on my Apple Watch, iPhone. If I enable Hey Siri on the HomePod, which device will Siri activate on, when I say the Hey Siri command, or will it activate on all the devices I've mentioned?
 
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