How to Enable and Use VoiceOver on HomePod

The sight-impaired would be very happy to know that they can enable and use VoiceOver on HomePod with the desired convenience. Using comfortable gestures, they can easily control the smart speaker. Moreover, there is also an option to adjust the speaking rate and auto ducking.

VoiceOver has long been a fine gesture-based screen reader. With this Accessibility feature, you can hear the description of everything that’s happening on the device’ screen. What could be music to the ears of the blind and sight impaired is that they can enable and use VoiceOver on HomePod as well!

Using VoiceOver gestures, you can comfortably carry out several things on the HomePod. And if you wish to have more control, there is also an option to adjust the speaking rate, auto ducking, and double tap timeout.

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How to Enable and Use VoiceOver on HomePod

How to Enable and Use VoiceOver on HomePod

How to Enable or Disable VoiceOver on HomePod

If you set up the Siri-based smart speaker with an iOs device that is already using VoiceOver, its settings will be automatically transferred to the speaker. Besides, there is also an option to turn on VoiceOver from the Home app on iPhone or iPad.

Step #1. Launch the Home app on your iOS device.

Step #2. In the Home or Rooms tab, press and hold on HomePod icon.

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Step #3. Tap on Details.

Step #4. Tap on Accessibility.

Step #5. Finally, turn on/off VoiceOver.

How to Use VoiceOver Gestures on HomePod

When you tap or drag your finger on top of the HomePod, it will say the name of the control under your finger and select it.

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Double-tap on top of the speaker to use the selected control or Play/Pause if no control is selected.

Double-tap and hold the top of the speaker when the volume control is selected to change the volume continuously.

Double-tap and hold the top of the speaker when play/pause is selected to activate Siri.

Triple-tap on top of the speaker to skip the song that’s currently playing.

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Quadruple-tap (four taps) on top of the speaker while listening to a playlist or album to go back to the previous song.

How to Adjust VoiceOver on HomePod

Step #1. Open the Home app → Rooms tab → firmly press on HomePod icon → Details → Accessibility → VoiceOver.

Step #2. Now, adjust everything to suit your workflow:

Speaking Rate: It lets you adjust the speaking rate of speech for VoiceOver.

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Double-Tap Timeout: It allows you to control the amount of time between two taps for VoiceOver to register a double tap.

Audio Ducking: It enables VoiceOver to decrease the level of audio playback on the speaker when VoiceOver is speaking.

That’s it!

Over to you:

I have always appreciated VoiceOver for being such a useful feature for the sight impaired. Let me know what you think of it in the comments.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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