If you’re not sure how to get started with your new HomePod, be sure to check out Apple’s Support channel on YouTube.
Curious about how to get started with your brand-new Apple HomePod? Don’t ask Siri; HomePod’s Achilles’ Heel, the digital assistant has taken some criticism for not being as good at answering queries as the digital assistants you’ll find on
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The first almost needs no video introduction, since asking Siri to play a favorite song or album is as simple as, well, asking Siri to do that. What’s more useful is knowing all the different voice commands Siri can actually respond to, which includes time-specific queries, such as, “play me some alternative rock from the 90s;” musical genres, like “play me something romantic;” or playlists you’ve previously created on Apple Music. Once you start rocking out, Siri can adjust the volume based on a general response, like “make it louder,” or a request for a specific volume level percent.
If you don’t feel like yelling at your HomePod, Apple’s second video shows you the different ways you can poke it to make the smart speaker do what you want. Tapping the top of the HomePod pauses and plays your music. Double-tapping it advances a track, and triple-tapping it goes back
Finally, Apple’s third video provides a little more detail on the smart speaker’s settings, which you access by pulling up Apple’s Home app on an iOS device. Within the HomePod’s settings screen, you can activate its Sound Check mode to keep your tunes at a consistent volume. If you have younger ones in the house, there’s also an option to prevent HomePad from playing explicit music. You’ll also find a few settings related to Siri activations, so you can disable “Hey, Siri” commands and touch activations per your preferences.