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Let's face it, as much as we love our tech — things are not always perfect. So knowing how to restart or reset the best smart speaker for Apple fans — the HomePod, can help when things take a turn for the worse. Sometimes, things aren't working right, something gets disconnected, or your device freezes up. If your HomePod or HomePod mini is acting a little wonky, try restarting it before going the full-blown reset option. If you're having serious issues, you might want to reset the HomePod to its factory settings before throwing it out the window. Here's how.

How to restart the HomePod or HomePod mini directly

Restarting the HomePod and HomePod mini is incredibly easy — all you need is access to the power cord. No apps or additional hoops to jump through are required.

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  1. Unplug your HomePod and wait five seconds.
  2. Plug your HomePod back in.
    • Restarting your HomePod will take a few moments, and it will not be available for voice commands during this time.
    • If your HomePod is the acting HomeKit hub in the home, you will temporarily lose access to your accessories.

How to use the Home app to restart your HomePod or HomePod mini

If your HomePod's plug isn't in the most convenient place, you can also restart it via the Home app on iOS and iPadOS. Restarting it via the Home app can be a little dangerous, though, as you will be presented with options to restart or reset the HomePod, so make sure that you pay attention before tapping.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap Rooms.
  3. Swipe to the left or right to locate the Room your HomePod is in, and then tap and hold on the HomePod.

    How to restart the HomePod in the Home app on iOS 14 on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap Rooms, Navigate to the room that your HomePod is in and Tap and HoldSource: iMore

  4. Swipe down and tap the Settings icon.
  5. Swipe down and tap Reset HomePod
  6. Tap Restart HomePod.

    • Make sure that you tap the restart option. If you tap the Remove Accessory option, your HomePod will reset to factory settings.
    • Restarting your HomePod will take a few moments, and it will not be available for voice commands during this time.
    • If your HomePod is the acting HomeKit hub in the home, you will temporarily lose access to your accessories.

    How to restart the HomePod in the Home app on iOS 14 on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap the Settings icon, Scroll down and tap Reset HomePod, Tap Restart HomePodSource: iMore

How to reset your HomePod or HomePod mini with the Home app

If you are ready to give everything a fresh start or plan to sell your HomePod to someone else, you need to know how to reset the HomePod. The easiest way to reset the HomePod back to its factory settings is to remove its connection from the device you connected it to when you first set it up. Then all it takes is a few simple steps in the Home app.

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap Rooms.
  3. Swipe to the left or right to locate the Room that your HomePod is in, and then tap and hold on the HomePod.

    How to reset the HomePod in the Home app on iOS 14 on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap Rooms, Navigate to the room that your HomePod is in and Tap and HoldSource: iMore

  4. Swipe down and tap the Settings icon.
  5. Swipe down and tap Reset HomePod
  6. Tap Remove Accessory.

    • Resetting your HomePod will restore it to its default factory settings. Only proceed if you are certain that you want to erase everything.
    • Resetting your HomePod will take a few moments, and once complete, you will hear a start-up chime.

    How to reset the HomePod in the Home app on iOS 14 on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap the Settings icon, Scroll down and tap Reset HomePod, Tap Remove AccessorySource: iMore

This will reset all settings, and you'll have to set up your HomePod with your iPhone or iPad again.

How to reset the HomePod directly

If for some reason, you need to reset the HomePod or HomePod mini and you can't do so through the Home App, like it's not showing up in the Home app or you don't have the device you used for pairing, you can reset it manually directly on the HomePod.

Note: When performing a rest, you'll need to set up your HomePod again with your iPhone or iPad to use it.

  1. Unplug your HomePod and wait five seconds.
  2. Plug your HomePod back in.
  3. Place and hold your finger on the top panel of the Homepod where the touch panel is.

    HomePod touch controls in useSource: iMore

  4. Keep your finger on the panel while the spinning Siri light turns from white to red. Don't remove your finger.
  5. Remove your finger from your HomePod after you hear Siri say that your HomePod is about to reset and you hear three beeps.

This will reset all settings, and you'll have to set up your HomePod with your iPhone or iPad again.

Any questions on how to restart or reset the HomePod?

While it is a bit inconvenient if you reset the HomePod or HomePod mini, you can give everything a fresh start. Have you ever had to restart or reset your HomePod? What issues did you see that made you take the plunge? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated June 2021: Updated for latest version of iOS and to include HomePod mini.