How to reset your Apple HomePod

Learn to give your Siri speaker a soft restart or a factory reset

How to reset HomePod
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The Apple HomePod is one of the easiest smart speakers to set up. In fact, we're pretty sure itis the easiest. However, if you need to reset or restart your HomePod, that's less straightforward.

If your HomePod isn't responding, we recommend unplugging it it and plugging back in first - you'd be surprised how often this can solve problems. If that doesn't fix it, or you want to reset a HomePod because you want to give it to someone else, then you'll need to do a full factory reset.

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There are two ways to do this, but, before you do either, you'll need to disconnect the HomePod if it's in a stereo pair with another - otherwise, the reset won't work.

How to reset the Apple HomePod

Reset Apple HomePod

To reset HomePod from an iOS device:

1. Open the Home app.
2. Find the HomePod in your devices, press and hold on it.
3. Tap Settings.
4. Scroll right down to the bottom and tap Remove Accessory.

This can be done on the Mac, too, so long as you have macOS Mojave (or later) installed, which brings the Home app to the desktop.

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It's a similar process here, except you need to double-click on the HomePod in the app, hit Settings and then, again, scroll to the bottom and tap Remove Accessory.

How to reset the HomePod on the speaker:

1. Unplug the HomePod and wait 5 seconds. Plug it in again.
2. Wait another five seconds, then press your finger on the top of the HomePod and hold it.
3. The white spinning light turns red, but keep your finger in place.
4. You'll hear Siri announce that the HomePod is going to reset. Once you've heard three beeps, you can take your finger off.

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