Updating your smart speaker may not sound like an overly exciting thing to do. However, when it comes to Apple’s HomePod and HomePod Mini, keeping those devices up to date is more important than you think. Aside from getting new features (many of which can be significant leaps forward), this is how you can resolve technical problems as well. With that said, it’s time to talk about how to install software updates on your HomePod and HomePod Mini.
Before we jump in, we have a useful tip for you. By default, your HomePod and HomePod Mini will try to install updates automatically. However, if certain features found in a new update require a new version of iOS (which powers your iPhone), your smart speaker will be the last to update (as you have to update your iPhone first in some cases).
Therefore, you can see how handy it can be to know how to update Apple’s HomePod lineup manually, especially if you’re experiencing issues.
Manually Check for HomePod & HomePod Mini Updates
We need to use the Home app for this purpose – like you would do when interacting with any smart device in your home. Here are the steps to update your HomePod and/or HomePod Mini.
1. Launch the Home app on your iPhone.
2. Click on the house-shaped icon in the top-left corner of your iPhone’s screen. A drop-down menu should appear, letting you dive deeper into customizing your smart home.
3. Tap on “Home Settings,” then scroll down a bit until you see an item labeled “Software Update.” Tap to open it.
4. A new panel will slide in, and you’ll see that HomePod will automatically check for a new update. If a new update is found, you’ll get to see an overview of what’s new. To install that update, tap on “Update” or “Update All.” If your smart speaker is already up to date, you’ll see a message at the top of your screen confirming that no new updates are available.
5. While looking at this panel, pay attention to the list of devices you might see on the “Automatic Updates” list. This is where you’ll find your HomePod or HomePod Mini, along with a switch on the right side. By activating this switch, you’ll activate automatic updates and vice versa.
While we have your attention, here’s another tip: if you’re expecting an update to be released and wish to force-check, you can swipe your finger from the top of the “Software Update” panel. This will instruct the Home app to once again check Apple’s servers for the latest updates.
How to Know Whether Your HomePod Is Updating and How Long It Takes
We’d also like to note that software updates for Apple’s HomePod and HomePod Mini can be large. This especially applies to major updates that come out every autumn. Therefore, there’s no need to worry if your smart speaker takes some time to download and process the latest update (especially if you don’t have a fast Web connection).
Besides, your HomePod and/or HomePod Mini will display a rotating white light at the top of its touch panel. This will happen while the device is updating, which means it won’t be responsive until this process is done. And lastly, it’s crucial not to unplug your smart speaker, which may cause severe software errors.
That would be on all how to install software updates on your HomePod and HomePod Mini. In case you’d like to learn more tips, here’s how to set up home theater audio using your smart speaker and an Apple TV. Also, we have an exciting series of tips on using smart speakers for remote learning.