Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Set up Voice Recognition on HomePod or HomePod mini

Siri on HomePod and HomePod mini can recognize multiple voices, allowing everyone in your home to enjoy personalized music and media. Additionally, enabling Personal Requests allows you to do even more, such as sending messages and making phone calls.

Before you begin

Before setting up voice recognition on HomePod or HomePod mini, make sure to:

  • Ensure that the new user has their own iPhone or iPad and Apple ID.
  • Update your HomePod or HomePod mini and iPhone or iPad to the latest software.
  • Invite the new user to your home in the Home app.


How it works

When voice recognition is set up on HomePod, Siri can identify multiple voices, allowing everyone invited to share your home in the Home app to enjoy personalized music and media. With voice recognition and Personal Requests, you can send and read messages, check your calendar, make phone calls, and more. Voice recognition supports up to six users in a shared home in the Home app. Additional guests can still use Siri on HomePod for basic functions, such as playing music or asking for the weather.

Set up voice recognition

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To set up voice recognition on HomePod or HomePod mini and access personalized features, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings > Siri & Search and turn on Listen for “Siri” or “Hey Siri.”
  • Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and turn on iCloud for Siri under Apps using iCloud.
  • Go to Settings > [your name] > Find My and turn on Share My Location. Set My Location to This Device.
  • Open the Home app, tap the More button, select Home Settings, tap your user profile under People, and turn on Recognize My Voice.

To further personalize your experience, enable Update Listening History to add the music you play on devices in your home to your Apple Music taste profile.

Set up Personal Requests

When setting up voice recognition, you can also turn on Personal Requests, which allow you to use voice commands from certain apps on your iPhone or iPad. These apps include Messages, Reminders, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, and other compatible Siri-enabled apps. With Personal Requests, you can send and read messages, make phone calls, check your calendar, add reminders, create notes, and run Siri Shortcuts on your iPhone or iPad.

If you have multiple HomePods in your home, you can individually enable or disable Personal Requests for each device. Certain requests may require authentication, and HomePod will send a notification to your iPhone for authentication.

Learn more about how to set up Personal Requests on Eireview.

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If Siri doesn’t recognize you

If Siri doesn’t recognize you after the initial setup, try the following steps:

  1. Make sure you have enabled iCloud for Siri on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Reset Recognize My Voice by going to the Home app, tapping the More button, selecting Home Settings, tapping your name under People, and toggling Recognize My Voice off and on. Wait a few minutes before trying Siri again.
  3. Restart the iPhone or iPad that you use with Siri.
  4. Restart your HomePod or HomePod mini.
  5. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Siri & Search, turn off then on Listen for “Siri” or “Hey Siri”, and follow the onscreen instructions to teach Siri your voice.
  6. Make sure the language set in Settings > Siri & Search on your iPhone or iPad matches the language set on your HomePod.

If you have two Apple IDs in your home that have Recognize My Voice set up with the same voice, you may need to turn off Recognize My Voice on one account.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use voice recognition with multiple HomePods?
  • How many users can voice recognition support in a shared home?
  • Can guests use Siri on HomePod?
  • How can I personalize my experience with voice recognition?
  • What apps can I use with Personal Requests on HomePod?


Setting up voice recognition on HomePod or HomePod mini allows for a personalized and seamless experience for everyone in your home. With the ability to recognize multiple voices and enable Personal Requests, you can truly make your HomePod a valuable assistant for your daily tasks and entertainment needs. Enjoy the convenience and personalized features that voice recognition brings to your smart home setup.

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