2018 is expected to be a monumental year for smart speaker industry. And with the arrival of HomePod, the forecast seems to be well and truly heading towards the right zone! Talking about the process of setting up HomePod, it's incredibly straightforward thanks to the proximity-based setup system that was introduced with AirPods and W1 chip.
There are some essential requirements for setting up Apple HomePod. Head over to find out how it's done!
How to Setup HomePod Using iPhone and iPad
- Your iPhone and iPad must be running iOS 11.2.5 or later.
- Make sure to keep your iOS device close to HomePod.
- Make sure to enable iCloud Keychain and two-factor authentication for your Apple ID.
Step #1. When your iOS device and HomePod are near, a card will appear on your iPhone/iPad asking if you like to set up HomePod.
Step #2. Now, you need to enter the passcode. You can do so in two different ways.
While the first method is with the iOS device listening to a special tone produced by the HomePod, the second way is to use Siri to have a four-digit code, which you need to manually enter on your iOS device.
Step #3. Once you are done with the initial pairing, you should see HomeKit part of the setup.
Next up, you have to select house and room your HomePod will be in.
Step #4. Up next, you have to select the language of Siri language selection. You will also have to agree to the terms and conditions.
- Now, you need to set up iCloud and iTunes account.
- Your iCloud account and Wi-Fi networks will be automatically transferred to the HomePod. You can change them later from the Home app.
- You can define HomePod as part of a stereo system. (This feature is available in iOS 11.3 which is currently in beta.)
That's pretty much it!
Now, go ahead and make the most of the Siri-enabled smart speaker to play music, control your home devices and much more.
Your thoughts on Apple's Smart Speaker?
Personally, I'm very excited for HomePod and believe it's going to make smart speaker industry more competitive. The duopoly of Amazon Echo and Google Home will be challenged, and eventually, it's the end users who will benefit the most. What's your take on HomePod and the fast emerging market of smart speakers? Toss up your thoughts in the comments below.
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- HomePod Features
- How to Enable Type to Siri in iOS 11
- How to Enable Type to Siri in macOS High Sierra
- How to Use Siri Translation in iOS 11