Two white homepods sitting on a television standSource: Rene Ritchie / iMore

Let's face it, as much as we love our Apple tech, things are not always perfect, so knowing how to restart or reset 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 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 directly

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

  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

If your HomePod's plug isn't in the most convenient of places, you can also restart it via the Home app starting in iOS and iPadOS 14. Restarting it via the Home app can be a little dangerous, though, as you will be presented for options to restart or reset the HomePod, so make sure that you pay attention before tapping.

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  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 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. 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 be restored 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 use the Home app to reset your HomePod

If you are ready to just give everything a fresh start, or if you plan to sell your HomePod to someone else, then 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. 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 absolutely certain that you want to erase everything.
    • Resetting your HomePod will take a few moments, and once it is completed 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 the HomePod and you'll have to set it up again with your iPhone or iPad again.

How to reset the HomePod directly

If for some reason, you need to reset the HomePod 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 it is connected to, you can reset it manually directly on the HomePod.

Note: When you reset the HomePod, you'll need to set it up 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 the HomePod and you'll have to set it up again with your iPhone or iPad again.

Any questions?

Have you ever had to restart or reset your HomePod? What issues were you seeing that made you take the plunge? Let us know in the comments below!

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Updated August 2020: Updated for iOS 14.

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