I have been one of the biggest critics of Siri but the intelligent personal assistant has impressed me a lot in recent times. However, it still has some way to go to be flawless. Hence, I wouldn’t be surprised if the virtual assistant failed to live up to your demand. Keeping that situation in mind, we have made a quick guide to let you comfortably control HomePod with iPhone and iPad instead of Siri.

So, while listening to your favorite podcast or playlist, you can easily find out what’s playing on the smart speaker without needing to invoke Siri. You will be able to adjust the volume and even skip ahead. What’s more, this trick works with Apple TV audio on HomePod as well.

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How to Control HomePod Using iPhone and iPad Instead of Siri

How to Control HomePod Using iPhone and iPad Instead of Siri

How to Access Playback Controls For Your HomePod in Control Center on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center on your iOS device. On your iPhone X, you need to swipe down from the top right corner of the display to access CC.

Step #2. Now, you need to press and hold (or 3D touch) Now Playing panel in Control Center.

Then, tap on your HomePod Now Playing panel.

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Step #3. Next, you have to tap the Play/Pause button in order to play or pause audio.

And then, tap the Skip Song button to skip to the next track.

Important: One thing you need to know that you won’t be able to skip back to a previous track.

Step #4. Next up, you need to drag your finger across the playback slider bar to go forward or back on a track.

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Step #5. To increase or decrease the volume, drag the finder across audio slider bar.

How to Access Playback Controls For Your HomePod in the Music App

When a song is playing on the smart speaker, you will be able to access the playback controls in the Music app on your iOS device and fine-tune them to your best liking.

Step #1. Open Music app on your iOS device and then tap on Now Playing banner at the bottom of the screen.

Step #2. Now, you need to tap on Airplay icon at the bottom center of the screen.

Step #3. Next, tap your HomePod Now Playing panel and then select Play/Pause button to play or pause audio.

  • Tap on Skip Song to skip a track.
  • To go forward or back on a track, just drag your finger across the playback slider bar.
  • To increase or decrease the volume, simply drag your finder across audio slider bar.

That’s done!

Have your say:

There are two things, which I have personally found really appreciable in Apple’s smart speaker: sound quality and design. What are the things that have caught your eyes in the speaker? Do let us know that in the comments.

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