Apple has said that it plans to improve its HomePod speaker over time through software updates. At launch, the HomePod comes installed with HomePod 12. While HomePod will, by default, automatically download future updates, you can also use the Home app on an iPhone or iPad to install them manually.
Follow the steps below to update your HomePod on your own. The current version is 13.2.
What's new with HomePod software
October 30, 2019: HomePod software 13.2.1 now avilable
A few days after releasing, then subsequently pulling, the HomePod Software 13.2 update after reports that it rendered a number of HomePods inoperable, Apple has released version 13.2.1. Like 13.2, HomePod software version 13.2.1 brings support for multiple users, iPhone audio Handoff, Ambient Sounds, and adding music to your HomeKit scenes.
October 28, 2019: HomePod software 13.2 now avilable
Update: Apple has temporarily removed the AudioOS (Homepod software) version 13.2 update because of some issues people were having with the software hanging while installing.
Dropping with the new iOS 13.2 update, HomePod software version 13.2 brings support for multiple users, iPhone audio Handoff, Ambient Sounds, and adding music to your HomeKit scenes.
July 22, 2019: HomePod software 12.4 brings support for Japan and Taiwan to the smart speaker
Dropping with the new iOS 12.4 update, HomePod software version 12.4 includes support for Japan and Taiwan.
March 25, 2019: HomePod software 12.2 brings support for enterprise and university networks
Dropping with the new iOS 12.2 update, Homepod software version 12.2 includes support for joining enterprise and university Wi-Fi 802.1x networks which don't require unique credentials to join.
December 5, 2018: HomePod software 12.1.1 brings support for Mainland China and Hong Kong
Apple has released a new software update for the HomePod that brings support for Mainland China and Hong Kong. The HomePod's LEDs will also now illuminate during Group FaceTime calls.
October 30, 2018: HomePod software hits version 12.1 with bug fixes
Apple has released a new software update for the HomePod which fixes some bugs and increases stability.
September 17, 2018: HomePod software update adds Calendar support, the ability to set multiple timers, make and receive phone calls, and more.
Apple has released HomePod software version 12 with support for Calendars, multiple timers, and more.
How to manually install software updates for your HomePod
- Open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
Tap the Add Home button (looks like a house) in the top-left corner of the screen.
- Tap Software Update.
- Flip the switch off next to Install Updates Automatically if this is your first time updating your HomePod.
Tap Install if an update is available.
If you have multiple HomePod speakers in your home, the software update will be downloaded and applied to all of them at the same time so that you don't have to update each HomePod individually.
If you have any questions about updating your HomePod's software, let us know in the comments.
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