How to make and receive iPhone calls on your Apple HomePod

Putting your Apple smart speaker to use as a speakerphone

How to make and take calls on your HomePod
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Apple's HomePod may have only got a few seconds of fame at Apple’s big September iPhone launch event but, in those few seconds, we did get confirmation of a super-useful new feature - that of making and receiving iPhone calls using the smart speaker.

The good news is that we didn't have to wait long - the ability to use your HomePod as a dedicated speakerphone is now live. Here's how to do it...

Update your iPhone and HomePod

The first thing you'll need to do is get your iPhone running iOS 12, and your HomePod running on version 12 too.

The former is done through your iPhone settings menu - you've done it a thousand times before - the latter is done automatically by default, unless you've unchecked that option within the Home app.

Once you're all updated, you'll also need to check that you've enabled Personal Requests from the HomePod Settings on your iOS device or Mac. Again - this is done through the Home app's settings.

Making calls with your HomePod

To initiate a call from your HomePod without touching your phone simply say, "Hey Siri, call [name]" or "Hey Siri, dial [number]". Apple's digital assistant will check your contacts for a match and then ask you to confirm the person you want to call.

When you're on a call the HomePod's Siri waveform display (the smokey lights up top) will turn green and you can tap once on HomePod to end the call or you can just say, "Hey Siri, hang up."

The volume indicators on the HomePod's top panel can also be used to increase and decrease the call's volume.

Receiving calls through your HomePod

The first thing you need to know is that incoming calls from your iPhone won't ring on HomePod. So, while technically your iPhone could be in another room, connected on the same Wi-Fi as your HomePod - you'll still need it in earshot to hear it ring. Or be wearing an Apple Watch, of course.

When someone is calling you just say "Hey Siri, answer my phone." Everything we described in the 'making calls' section applies here too - the lights, the volume and the methods of ending the call.

Transferring calls between iPhone and HomePod

Sometimes you may start a call on your iPhone and decide you want to switch it to your HomePod. Or vice-versa.

To do that, just tap the Audio icon in the Phone app and then select what speaker you want to use.

HomePod speakerphone additional features

You can check missed calls by asking, “Hey Siri, who just called?” and Siri will reply with: “Your most recent call was from [name/number]”.

You can also listen to voicemails by asking, "Hey Siri, play new voicemails."

If someone tries to call when you're already using your HomePod for a call then you can still answer and switch between the two calls. Just tap the green light on the top of HomePod to answer the incoming call and put the existing one on hold.

If you'd prefer to finish your existing call before answering a new one, double-tap the green light on the top of HomePod. To switch between the calls, it's a single tap of the green light once both are live.

Baffled? Maybe you should have thought about that before you decided you needed to have two phone calls at the same time. You're not Jordan Belfort.

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