Apple's HomePod and HomePod mini are excellent for playing the latest tunes and for controlling HomeKit devices, but did you know that they can also make and receive phone calls? Yep, the HomePod and HomePod mini work great for initiating hands-free calls, acting like a speakerphone for everyone in the room, and for summoning voicemail on-demand. Here's how to make phone calls with HomePod and HomePod mini.

How to make and receive calls on HomePod and HomePod mini

To use HomePod or HomePod mini to make or answer calls, you need to make sure you're on the latest version of iOS and HomePod. You'll also need to make sure to turn on Personal Requests either during set up or through the Home app.

Making and answering calls on HomePod and HomePod mini

Once you do, you can use the following commands:

"Hey Siri, call Joseph."

"Hey Siri, answer my phone."

"Hey Siri, hang up."

"Hey Siri, who just called?"

Transferring calls to HomePod and HomePod mini

Imagine a scenario where you're currently on a call on your iPhone but would like to continue the conversation on a HomePod or HomePod mini. Yep, it's certainly possible — here's how:

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  1. During a call, tap on the Audio icon.
  2. Tap the name of your HomePod speaker.

How to transfer calls to HomePod and HomePod mini by showing steps on an iPhone: Tap the Audio icon while on a call, Tap the name of your HomePod or HomePod miniSource: iMore

You'll notice on the iPhone that the Audio icon will switch to a HomePod or HomePod mini. Plus, once you transfer your call, a green light will appear at the top of the HomePod.

How to listen to voicemail on HomePod and HomePod mini

When someone leaves a voicemail on your iPhone, you can listen to it on your HomePod or HomePod mini by using a straightforward command:

"Hey Siri, play new voicemails."

Which devices work with HomePod and HomePod mini?

HomePod support goes back to the iPhone 5s, iPad (5th generation), iPad mini 2, iPad Air, and all iPad Pro models. It also supports the iPod touch (6th generation).

To use your iOS device with HomePod, it must be running iOS 11.2.5 or later.

Got some HomePod questions?

If you have any questions about making phone calls with HomePod or anything else associated with HomePod or HomePod mini, drop them in the comments below!



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