Apple regularly improves its HomePod and HomePod mini speakers over time through over-the-air software updates. While HomePod will, by default, automatically download future updates, you can also use the Home app on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac to install them manually.
Follow the steps below to update your HomePod on your own. The current version is 15.4.
What's new with HomePod software
March 14, 2022: HomePod software 15.4 now available
HomePod and HomePod mini owners can now download HomePods software 15.4. The latest update adds support for captive WiFi networks and a new voice for Siri.
January 26, 2022: HomePod software 15.3 now available
HomePod and HomePod mini owners can now download HomePods software 15.3. The update adds support for multi-voice recognition for up to six users in India and Italy. You can learn more in the release notes below:
December 13, 2021: HomePod software 15.2 now available
HomePod and HomePod mini owners can now download HomePods software 15.2. The update adds support for the Apple Music Voice Plan and new language support or Siri in more countries.
Below are the new languages supported by Siri in the new countries:
- Dutch in Belgium and the Netherlands
- French in Belgium and Switzerland
- German in Switzerland
- Italian in Switzerland
November 3, 2021: HomePod software 15.1.1 now available
HomePod and HomePod mini owners can now download HomePods software 15.1.1. This is a relatively minor update, fixing an issue that could cause podcast playback to fail.
September 20, 2021: HomePod software 15 now available
HomePod and HomePod mini owners can now download HomePods software 15. This is a substantial update, and allows you to connect HomePod mini, either a single speaker or a pair of them, to your Apple TV 4K to use as a sound source. Media playback controls will now instantly appear on your iPhone's Lock screen when a nearby HomePod mini is playing music. You can now select a lower bass level for HomePod if you so desire, and Siri automatically adjusts ito speaking level based on the environment of your room. This release also also you to enable Siri voice controls on compatible HomeKit products.
July 19, 2021: HomePod software 14.7 now available
HomePod owners can now download HomePod software 14.7. This update is fairly minor, though you can now manage any timers that you set on your HomePod or HomePod mini in the Home app for iPhone and iPad.
January 26, 2021: HomePod software 14.4 now available
HomePod owners can now download HomePod software 14.4. With this update, the HomePod mini gains a new experience for music Handoff with new visual, audible, and haptic effects when handing off from your iPhone. There are also personalized listening suggestions and media controls that automatically pop up when your iPhone is near your HomePod mini.
December 15, 2020: HomePod software 14.3 now available
HomePod owners can now download HomePod software 14.3. This is update comes with general stability and performance improvements, according to Apple.
December 7, 2020: HomePod software 14.2.1 now available
HomePod owners can now download HomePod software 14.2.1. This is a fairly minor update for both the HomePod and HomePod mini that offers some bug fixes and stability improvements to Apple's smart speakers.
November 5, 2020: HomePod software 14.2 now available
HomePod owners can now download HomePod software 14.2. This is an important update for the original HomePod, as it adds features like home theater support for when you connect a HomePod or HomePod stereo pair to an Apple TV 4K. This update also brings support for the new personal update feature and intercom, features that were originally previewed for the imminently-launching HomePod mini.
October 20, 2020: HomePod software 14.1 now available
HomePod owners can now download HomePod software 14.1. This is a major software update for the HomePod, preparing the way for HomePod mini, which launches in November. There are also several improvements for Siri, the addition of the Intercom feature, and more.
March 24, 2020: HomePod software 13.4 now available
HomePod owners can now download HomePod software 13.4, which adds introduces a number of performance improvements and stability fixes.
January 28, 2020: HomePod software 13.3.1 now available
HomePod owners can now download HomePod software 13.3.1, which adds support for an Indian English Siri voice, while also offering general stability improvements.
October 30, 2019: HomePod software 13.2.1 now available
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 available
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
- Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap the House icon.
- Tap Home Settings.
- 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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Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
Your article title from the main feed stated "HomePod software 15 offers a plethora of improvements". This is NOT a plethora of improvements, as a matter of fact it is far from it.
Thanks a lot for publishing this unique and informative blog.
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