Resetting an Apple HomePod should be your last resort, but reset HomePod can sometimes fix long-term problems and is a must if you want to sell or give away your speaker. Here are three different ways to reset a HomePod or HomePod mini.
How to reset HomePod directly
- If you want a method that works without a second device, every HomePod has a factory reset command built into its firmware.
- Unplug your HomePod for 10 seconds, and then plug it back in.
- Hold your finger on the top of the HomePod for another 10 seconds. Stop moving it.
- Wait until the white spinning light turns red. Siri will then tell you that the phone is about to be reset. Don’t let go of the HomePod.
- There should be three beeps. Lift your finger when they’re done.
- Follow the steps below to remove your HomePod from the Apple Home app. Technically, your reset HomePod, but it needs to be taken off of HomeKit to avoid errors and confusion.
How to reset HomePod with an iPhone or iPad
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- This is probably the best way to do things because it gets right to the point. Make sure that your iPhone or iPad is signed in with the same Apple ID that the HomePod is linked to. In iOS 16:
- Open the Home app from Apple.
- Tap on the tile for the HomePod.
- Scroll to the bottom of the new window and choose Reset HomePod.
- Press “Reset” to finish the process.
How to reset HomePod with a Mac or PC
The first two ways are better unless your computer is right next to you, but that does happen sometimes. You only need a USB-C cable and/or iTunes if you have a Mac or Windows PC:
Use a USB-C cable to connect the HomePod to your computer. The best one is the one that came with the speaker.
On a Mac, open Finder, and when your HomePod shows up under Locations, click on it. Click on HomePod Restore.
Open iTunes on a Windows PC. When your HomePod is found, you can choose it and then click Restore HomePod.
When the reset HomePod, you’ll get a message on your computer.
Frequently asked questions
What can I do to avoid reset HomePod?
Since your HomePod will be associated with your Apple ID unless you perform a factory reset before selling or donating it, you should do so before doing either. There are a few things you can try first if you’re just troubleshooting.
Making sure your Wi-Fi signal is strong and your router isn’t overwhelmed with connections is the first line of defense against HomePod disconnects and “no response” errors in Apple Home, which is more likely to occur when using a Wi-Fi 5 router (802.11ac).
When it comes to managing a large number of connected devices, Wi-Fi 6 excels. Since unified SSIDs can sometimes confuse hardware, you may want to utilize unique network IDs (SSIDs) for the 2.4 and 5GHz bands and assign all of your smart home accessories to the former. Although 5GHz is quicker, it is not widely supported by smart home accessories and comes at the expense of range, so 2.4GHz is your best bet.
If your HomePod and router aren’t in an open area, you may need to invest in an extender or a mesh router to boost the signal. You may be able to reduce their range or perhaps block the signal entirely by concealing them behind walls or inside cupboards and closets.
Determine if the issues are caused by a particular sound source. For instance, if Spotify isn’t playing over AirPlay, the problem may lie with Spotify or your AirPlay device and not the HomePod. If you’re having trouble listening to podcasts, local files, or Apple Music, it’s likely a larger problem.
Finally, you can try waiting at least 10 seconds without powering on your HomePod before connecting it back in. This type of reboot saves your current configuration. You can also press the HomePod tile in the Home app, swipe down, and select Restart HomePod if you still have access to the device.
Can I reset a HomePod remotely?
If you can use the Apple Home app to command your HomePod, you should be able to. You can’t test the HomePod’s reset or re-add it if you do this, so it’s best to avoid doing so.