How to Update HomePod Mini or HomePod

To fix random issues that keep cropping up all the time and improve overall performance, Apple frequently releases software updates for the HomePod. Hence, it is recommended to always keep the Siri-powered smart speaker updated so that it can run without unexpected issues. Even though the HomePod Mini or HomePod is very easy to set up, not everyone may be familiar with updating it. That’s why we thought a beginner’s guide on how to update a Siri-enabled speaker would be worth covering. If you recently purchased a smart speaker and are looking to update the speaker, read on to get started!

How to Update HomePod Mini or HomePod

Apple lets you update HomePod both automatically and manually. If you want to keep your smart speaker updated without any hassle, automatic software update will be a preferred option. However, if you prefer to check for bugs before updating the software, then manual updates should be ideal for you.

Automatically Update HomePod Mini or HomePod on iPhone or iPad

The Home app lets you easily customize and manage HomePod settings. Hence, you don’t need to look anywhere other than this stock app for managing your smart home devices.

  • Launch the ‘Home’ app and tap the Home icon in the top right. Here, select ‘Home Settings’.
Home Settings in iPhone Home App
  • Tap on ‘Software Update’ and enable the toggle next to ‘HomePod’.
Automatically Update HomePod Mini on iPhone

Going forward, your HomePod will automatically update to the latest version. Later, if you ever change your mind and want to disable automatic updates for your HomePod, come back to the same setting and then turn off the toggle for HomePod under the Automatic Updates section.

Automatically Update HomePod Mini or HomePod on Your Mac

If you want to update your HomePod using your Mac, you can now do so with macOS Monterey. This way.

  • Launch the ‘Home’ app on your Mac. Here, click on the ‘Home Icon’.
Macos.  on home app
  • Now, click on ‘Home Settings’.
Home Settings Options in the Mac Home App
  • Click ‘Software Update’.
Software Settings in Mac Home App
  • Make sure the toggle next to ‘HomePod’ is enabled.
Enable Automatic Updates for HomePod in Mac Home App

How to Manually Install Software Update for Your HomePod on iPhone or iPad

  • Launch the ‘Home’ app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the ‘Home Icon’ and then tap ‘Home Settings’.
Home Settings in iPhone Home App
  • Here, tap on ‘Software Update’. Tap ‘Update All’ to update all your HomePods at once. Alternatively, you can tap ‘Update’ next to a specific HomePod to update only that particular speaker.
Update HomePod Mini Manually iPhone Home App
  • Tap ‘Agree’ to start the software update.

How to Manually Install Software Updates for Your HomePod on Mac

On a Mac, you can also manually install software updates using the Home app. Here’s what to do.

  • Launch the ‘Home’ app on your Mac. Click on the Home icon.
home app on mac
  • Now, click on ‘Home Settings’.
Home Settings Mac Home App
  • Click ‘Software Update’.
HomePod Software Update Settings in Mac Home App
  • Click ‘Update All’ to update all of your HomePods at once, or you can tap ‘Update’ to install updates on individual HomePods.
Update Mac Home App to HomePod Mini Manually

How long does the HomePod Mini or HomePod software update take?

How long it takes for a HomePod Mini or HomePod software update entirely depends on the total file size of the software update and your Wi-Fi speed. However, the HomePod software update takes about 10 minutes to complete.

When the HomePod is being updated, a white spinning light appears at the top. Be sure to keep your HomePod plugged in when updating.

Once your HomePod has been updated, a message will appear in the Software Update section of the Home app. you can tap recently updated To check the details. Note that Software Update also tells you if your HomePod is already up to date and shows which software version is installed.

Easy Ways to Update Your HomePod Mini or HomePod

and that is all! So, this is how you can keep your Apple HomePod mini or HomePod updated to the latest version. While I enjoy using the latest version of the software, I prefer to install updates manually. At times, it helps me avoid pre-installed software bugs that have become part and parcel these days. Which is your favorite way to install software updates on HomePod? And, also share your thoughts about how well HomePod stacks up against leading smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home.

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