How to Invite Others to Control HomePod

How to Invite Others to Control HomePod

Having perfectly set up HomePod, most of you would be having an amazing music time. But have you invited your family members to control HomePod? No! Send the invitation to your family members so that they can also join the party.

After they have accepted the invitation, they will also be able to add songs to the up next queue using the Apple Music app. Hence, the smart speaker will play everyone’s favorite songs!

How to Invite Others to Control HomePod

How to Invite Others to Control HomePod

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

Step #2. Now, you need to tap on the tiny arrow at theHomePod Settings Arrow top right corner.

Step #3. Next, tap on Invite.

That’s it!

Now onwards, your family members (whose devices are synced with the same iCloud account) will get the invitation. And once he/she accepts it, they will be able to control the smart speaker and be able to add their favorite tracks to the up next queue.

Wrapping up

Are you eagerly waiting for stereo and multi-room support for HomePod? There is a workaround to try out this much-awaited feature, which is likely to be introduced later this year with AirPlay 2. Though it doesn’t offer the same experience, it is good enough to offer you the idea of how two smart speakers will sound.

Find it a bit inconvenient to control the speaker? No problem. We have also rounded up more than 100 Siri commands for HomePod to let you easily control Apple Music, HomeKit accessories, timers and more.

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Over 100 Siri Commands for HomePod: Effortlessly Control Apple Music, Podcasts and HomeKit Accessories

HomePod Siri Commands

Despite all the limitations, Siri rocks on HomePod. From letting you play/control music to setting and managing timers as well as alarms, the personal assistant is always up and ready to get your work done! To let you comfortably zoom through various tasks, we have rounded up over 100 Siri commands for HomePod to let you ideally control Apple Music, podcasts and HomeKit accessories and more.

While speaking commands to Siri (or for that matter to any personal assistant like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa), it’s better to speak precisely. And make sure to use the specific keywords to get the quick response. Navigate through these commands to have the desired control over music, timers, alarms and more!

HomePod Siri Commands

More Than 100 Siri Commands for HomePod (They also Work Seamlessly with iPhone and iPad)

Siri Commands for Apple Music

  • “Hey Siri, play my Book Time playlist.”
  • “Hey Siri, shuffle my Book Time playlist.”
  • “Hey Siri, add this song to my Book Time playlist.”
  • “Hey Siri, add this to my library.”
  • “Hey Siri, play My New Music Mix.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the A-List Pop playlist.”
  • “Hey Siri, play my music from Sam Smith.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the newest music from Vance Joy.”
  • “Hey Siri, play some recent pop music.”
  • “Hey Siri, play some chill music.”
  • “Hey Siri, play some romantic music.”
  • “Hey Siri, play some music to dance to.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the best songs from the ’90s.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the top 10 songs from 1986.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the top song from April 17, 1992.”
  • “Hey Siri, create a radio station based on The Killers.”
  • “Hey Sri, Play Beats 1.”
  • “Hey Sri, Play electronic radio.”
  • “Hey Sri, Play music that I like.”
  • “Hey Sri, Play NPR radio.”
  • “Hey Siri, play music.”
  • “Hey Siri, pause.”
  • “Hey Siri, skip this song.”
  • “Hey Siri, skip forward 30 seconds.”
  • “Hey Siri, jump back 10 seconds.”
  • “Hey Siri, previous track.”
  • “Hey Siri, raise/lower the volume.”
  • “Hey Siri, increase the volume to 50 percent.”
  • “Hey Siri, turn on repeat.”
  • “Hey Siri, play Party in the USA.”
  • “Hey Siri, I like/dislike this.”
  • “Hey Siri, what song is this?”
  • “Hey Siri, what was the last song called?”
  • “Hey Siri, who sings this?”
  • “Hey Siri, who is the drummer in this?”
  • “Hey Siri, what year is this song from?”
  • “Hey Siri, how many songs are on this album?”
  • “Hey Siri, Play the hottest Twenty One Pilots song.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play the top 10 country songs.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play the top 10 country songs.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play the latest David Guetta album.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play my music from Echosmith.”
  • “Hey Siri, play more like this.”
  • “Hey Siri, after this play Rolling in the Deep.”
  • “Hey Siri, play some Florence and the Machine.”
  • “Hey Siri, tell me more about this artist.”
  • “Hey Siri, I want to hear the live version of this song.”
  • “Hey Siri, play a sad song.”
  • “Hey Siri, play a motivational song.”
  • “Hey Siri, play a romantic song.”
  • “Hey Siri, play a funny song.”
  • “Hey Siri, play a bedtime song.”
  • “Hey Siri, play a workout song.”

Podcast Commands

  • “Hey Siri, play the Game Scoop podcast.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the newest episode of Lore.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the first episode of Anna Faris is Unqualified.”
  • “Hey Siri, play my newest podcasts.”
  • “Hey Siri, what podcast is this?”
  • “Hey Siri, subscribe to this podcast.”
  • “Hey Siri, subscribe to NPR News Now.”
  • “Hey Siri, pause.”
  • “Hey Siri, jump back 10 seconds.”
  • “Hey Siri, skip forward one minute.”
  • “Hey Siri, raise/lower the volume.”
  • “Hey Siri, play it twice as fast.”

Siri Commands to Control HomeKit Accessories

  • “Hey Siri, turn on the lights.”
  • “Hey Siri, turn off the lights.”
  • “Hey Siri, dim the lights.”
  • “Hey Siri, make all of the lights in the maximum office brightness.”
  • “Hey Siri, are the lights in the office on?”
  • “Hey Siri, turn all of the lights in the office blue.”
  • “Hey Siri, turn the Hue light strip purple.”

Siri Commands for Setting and Managing Alarms

  • “Hey Siri, set the alarm for 12:00 P.M every weekday.”
  • “Hey Siri, set the alarm for 6:00 A.M.”
  • “Hey Siri, set the alarm for 4:30 P.M every Friday and Saturday.”
  • “Hey Siri, set the alarm for 3:00 P.M labeled take medicine.”
  • “Hey Siri, set the alarm for 9:00 A.M every weekend.”
  • “Hey Siri, set the alarm for 9 P.M every Monday.”
  • “Hey Siri, turn off the alarm.”
  • “Hey Siri, delete the 6 A.M alarm. “Hey Siri, delete all of my alarms.”
  • “Hey Siri, change the 7 A.M alarm to 8 A.M alarm.
  • “Hey Siri, what alarms do I have on?”

Siri Commands for Setting and Managing Timers

Note: You are allowed to set a timer for a select number of minutes or hours. The maximum timer limit is 24 hours.

  • “Hey Siri, set a timer for 35 minutes.”
  • “Hey Siri, how much time is left on the timer?”
  • “Hey Siri, turn off the timer.”
  • “Hey Siri, pause the timer.”
  • “Hey Siri, change the timer to 10 minutes.”

Siri Commands for Entertainment/Sports

  • “Hey Siri, Did the Manchester United win?”
  • “Hey Siri, What was the score the last time Spain played Germany?”
  • “Hey Siri, How did the Real Madrid do last night?”
  • “Hey Siri, What basketball games are on today?”
  • “Hey Siri, Get me college football rankings” or “Show me the roster for the Red Wings.”
  • “Hey Siri, What’s playing at Regal L.A. Live?” “What are some movies playing near me?”
  • “Hey Siri, Is [movie name] playing near me?”
  • “Hey Siri, What’s the synopsis of [movie name]?”

Navigation Commands for Siri

  • “Hey Siri, Find [driving, walking, transit] directions to [destination].”
  • “Hey Siri, How do I get to [destination] by [walking, bus, bike, car, train, etc.]?”
  • “Hey Siri, Where is [business name]?”
  • “Hey Siri, Where is the nearest [business type]?”

Siri Commands for Search

  • “Hey Siri, Define [word].”
  • “Hey Siri, What is a synonym for [word]?”
  • “Hey Siri, Who is called Cristiano Ronaldo.”
  • “Hey Siri, What’s the etymology of [word]?”

Reminder Commands for Siri

  • “Hey Siri, Schedule a meeting with [name] tomorrow at 2:30 a.m.” or “Cancel my 4 p.m. appointment.”
  • “Hey Siri, What appointments do I have tomorrow?”

Siri Commands for Travel

  • “Hey Siri, Check flight status of [airline and flight number]”
  • “Hey Siri, What’s a good Chinese restaurant near me?”
  • “Hey Siri, Make a reservation at Baco Mercat for 8 p.m.”
  • “Hey Siri, Find a table for six in San Francisco tonight.”
  • “Hey Siri, How late is [business name] open?”
  • “Hey Siri, Is [business name] open right now?”
  • “Hey Siri, What’s the nearest museum?”
  • “Hey Siri, Where am I?”
  • “Hey Siri, What bridge is this?”

That’s all, folks!

Have your say

I hope these commands help you have the needed control over music, podcasts, and other stuff. Have any feedback? Toss it up in the comments below.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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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HomePod review: Sounds great but limited information and home control

Based on the early reviews, Apple’s HomePod sounds amazing. It’s so good according to some that it rivals audio equipment priced nearly three times the $ 349 you’ll pay Apple for a  HomePod. And in my testing, I agree: Apple has engineered an excellent sonic experience from a single unit. Plus the microphones are nearly flawless at hearing your voice commands regardless of how loud you’re playing music.

Is the speaker worth $ 349 when you can spend a similar amount on other smart speakers? That’s a difficult question to answer for a few reasons. Generally speaking, if you’re all in on iOS and Apple Music, plus you don’t mind waiting for Siri to get smarter, you’ll be happy with a HomePod. I qualify on the first part of that equation, but not the second. And to be honest, I’m not sure the HomePod sounds that much better than some other speakers that have more smarts.

By that I mean most of the “smarts” in the HomePod are in the sound experience. The device automatically configures itself for optimal sound when you first set it up. And HomePod repeats that algorithmic optimization whenever you move it. That’s smart. Does it really solve a problem though?

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Yes, the intelligent configuration is impressive. It’s also easier than the process used on my Sonos One speakers: The Trueplay Tuning requires you to walk around your room as the Sonos app listens to tones from the speakers. This manual effort takes about a minute and, just like the HomePod setup process, it only works on Apple iOS devices.

Here’s the thing though: How often do you physically move speakers that plug into an outlet? Not that often, if at all after the initial setup. While Apple has made this process “magical”, it’s not something you do daily. HomePod will also dynamically adjust music in real time too, although I haven’t heard much of a difference with this feature.

Additionally, I did a bit of a blind listening test with my family and one of my tech-savvy friends, mainly because I didn’t really prefer the HomePod audio over a pair of Sonos One speakers in most cases. That may seem like an unfair comparison because the HomePod is a single unit, while a pair of speakers are obviously two units. So why the comparison from an audio standpoint? Because both setups cost the same: Sonos dropped the price of a Sonos One pair to $ 349 for a limited time.

I set up the listening tests using the same songs in various genres directly from Apple Music and at the same sound levels. More often than not, the Sonos Ones were the preferred option. Note that I’m not saying the Sonos “won” for a specific reason. While the HomePod may technically be the better device for accurate sound reproduction, it’s more important which speakers deliver the sound the listeners prefer. It’s subjective based on taste and hearing capabilities. David Pogue performed a similar blind test on video and nobody chose the HomePod as the overall winner either, further illustrating this subjectiveness.

To my ears, the HomePod is better in the lower, bass frequencies and is impressively good at bouncing sound off walls with its seven tweeters to create an immersive stage. One HomePod is surely better than one Sonos One. Add a second Sonos One though, and the stereo separation is clear, plus the mid-range and high frequencies are more nuanced to me. Again, this is subjective to my ears; I recommend testing any speaker with your preferred music genres.

Unfortunately, most of the “smarts” end there for HomePod and for that you can blame Siri. The best way I can put it is: Siri is fragmented between iOS devices and HomePod. You’d think everything Siri can do on an iPhone or iPad could be done on the HomePod. It’s not even close.

Sure, the HomePod has the basics. Obviously, Siri is super for voice control of specific music or for suggesting playback based on an activity. As I’m writing this review, I asked Siri to “play music for studying” and she was up to the task: I have some easy listening and acoustic hits playing. She knows the weather, the time, can set reminders, and can tell when my soccer team (technically, my English football club) plays next. And of course, she can control any HomeKit device in the home. This all works great.

Want to know your next Calendar appointment or want to create one? Nope. Need to set two timers with Siri? Sorry, she can only handle one at a time. Oh, and although HomePod works for speakerphone calls initiated from your phone, you can’t start a call from HomePod.

Perhaps the most baffling omission though is in regards to HomeKit. In the iOS Home app you can create routines to group different HomeKit devices together and make them do things with a single Siri command. HomePod appears as a device in the Home app but you can’t include the speaker in a routine. I do this with my Google Home by telling it I want Relaxation Mode and it turns the lights on at 25% in my office while also firing up an acoustic playlist on the Sonos One. That can’t be replicated on HomePod, at least not yet.

Apple says that more features such as multi-room audio and stereo pairing of HomePods is coming later this year. I suspect Siri will be improved as well for things like calendar access and the ability to recognize multiple users. The latter is another big omission for me because HomePod is tied to a single iCloud account, meaning even if the calendar features were available, they would only work with my calendar account. My family would be out of luck, unless of course each person had their own HomePod. (That’s not happening.)

Circling back to the beginning, I do think iOS users with Apple Music and HomeKit devices will be thrilled with the sound and home control of HomePod, provided they can wait for Apple to address some of the gaps in Siri’s smarts. Just remember that HomePod only works with Apple Music (for now) and that it doesn’t work at all with Android phones even though it has a Bluetooth 5 radio inside and there’s an Android version of Apple Music. I wouldn’t be surprised if HomePod stays iOS only for a long time, or for good. So you’d better be sure you won’t switch away from iOS if buying a HomePod.

For me (and my ears), a pair of Sonos One speakers sounds very comparable to HomePod at the same price. They also work with dozens of streaming music services and have the more capable Alexa built in now with Google Assistant coming later this year. My HomePod was purchased out of pocket with our site reimbursing me; if I was spending my own money, I’d pass on HomePod for now with a wait-and-see attitude as Apple improves the smarts of its smart speaker.

We’ll keep using the HomePod over time to assess new features and functions as they become available. In the meantime, comment below or call in on our IoT Podcast Listener Hotline at 512-623-7424 if you have HomePod questions. 

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