Almost all electronic devices need to be restarted from time to time to work properly. Some devices even require you to reset them so that they can run the way they are meant to be.
Similarly, Apple’s HomePods and HomePod Mini also at times needed to be restarted so that it works without any issue. A soft reset can also fix some minor issues that you might be facing with Apple HomePods.
In this post, we will be discussing how you can restart your HomePods as well as how to reset the HomePods and HomePod Mini.
HomePods are smart speakers that are made by Apple and it is based on Siri. It is similar to Google Home and Alexa, except this one, which is made by Apple. Usually, in HomePods Siri stops working correctly and it starts to lose its internet connectivity.
So, in such cases, a restart can help you fix the issue. If not then you can always try to reset your HomePods and set it up again.
We all know the universal solution to a problem with any electronic device is to restart it. Similarly, we would advise you to restart your HomePods if you are facing any issues.
How To Restart Your HomePod
As we all know, Apple’s HomePod and the HomePod Mini don’t have any physical button through which we can turn the HomePods ON/OFF.
So, to restart or interact with your HomePods you need to use the iPhone or the iPad with which it is associated. Below is a quick tutorial on how you can restart your HomePods with the help of your iPhone or iPad.
- Open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad and then tap on the Rooms button from the menu bar located at the bottom of your screen.
- Now, scroll left or right until you find the room where your HomePod is located in the Home app.
- You need to tap and hold the HomePod icon. This will open a new panel where you can tune your smart speaker according to your need. On this screen, you need to scroll to the bottom of the panel.
- At the bottom, there will be a button Reset HomePod, tap on it. You will be asked whether you would like to restart your HomePod or remove this accessory altogether from your Home app. You have to tap on the Restart HomePod to restart it and not remove it from your Home.
You also need to keep in mind that when you tap on the restart button the HomePod will take a few minutes to turn back on. In the meantime, you won’t be able to use any type of voice command on the speaker, nor will it respond to your ‘Hey Siri’.
If your HomePod is also the central hub of your smart home automation, then do note that you won’t be having access to control of your smart devices until the HomePod has completed its restart process.
How To Reset Your HomePod
If a soft restart of your HomePod or the HomePod Mini didn’t fix the issue then the next step would be to reset your HomePod to its factory settings.
Resetting the HomePods will return your HomePod to its factory settings, which means you will lose all control and access to your smart devices. It will also not respond to your personal queries. You will have to set it up all over again.
Resetting the HomePod can surely fix your problems with it, but it is a bit of a hassle to reset the HomePod and then set it up all over again. We would advise you to do it only when it is needed and no other option is left. Nevertheless, below is the tutorial on how you can reset your HomePods and HomePod Mini.
- Head to the home app on your iPhone or iPad with which the HomePod is associated. Now, select the Rooms tab and scroll left or right to find your HomePod. Once you find your HomePod tap and hold its icon until a new window is opened which lets you adjust and customize a few settings of the HomePod.
- On the new customizing screen of HomePods, you have to scroll to the end of the page to find a button that says Reset HomePod. Tapping on it will ask you to choose between the two options, and you need to tap on the option that says Remove Accessory.
- After you have confirmed your decision to reset your HomePod, it will initiate the process of resetting itself. Usually, it takes around a couple of minutes to complete the process of resetting the HomePods.
Once the reset is complete, you will hear a startup chime sound that will indicate that your HomePod is ready to be set up again. You can start pairing and connecting your HomePod to your Apple account and your iPhone.
How To Reset your HomePod Directly (Without the Home App)
If you are having issues with the HomePod and it isn’t communicating with you and neither does it responding to your commands from the home app then you can reset the HomePod with a different method in which you won’t be needed to use the home app.
The HomePods do come with a touch panel at the top part of the speaker. Using it we can try and reset the HomePod. Below is the tutorial on how you can reset your HomePods or the HomePod Mini directly without the help of the home app.
- To start with the process, you will have to first unplug your HomePod for five seconds and then plug it back on.
- Now, press and hold the top part of your HomePod, where the touch panel is located. You will have to keep your finger on the panel all the time. If the reset process is triggered, then you will see a spinning white light around your finger which should turn red after around 15 seconds.
- You will also be notified by Siri that your HomePod is about to reset. You need to keep pressing the touch panel until you hear three beep sounds after which you can lift your finger off. Your HomePods will start resetting itself and once the process is done, you will hear a chime sound of the startup of the HomePod. After which you can start setting up your HomePod all over again.
So, this was a complete guide on how you can reset your HomePods or HomePod mini using the Home app from your iPhone or iPad. Along with that we have also covered a tutorial on how you can reset the HomePod without using the home app or using the iPhone.
You can also reset your HomePods using the touch panel located at the top part of the speakers well.