White HomePod on a dresserSource: Apple

Apple's smart speaker is great for playing tunes with Siri on-demand, but did you know that you can set up the HomePod to play music as soon as you walk through the door automatically? Setting this awesome feature up is really simple, and if you know how to create automations in the Home app, then you are already know how to do most of the work. First time creating an automation? Don't worry, it's easy! Here's how to set up the HomePod to play music the moment you arrive home.

How to set up HomePod to play music when you arrive home

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Automation.
    • If on iPad, this is located in the left sidebar.
  3. Tap the Add Button in the top right corner of the screen (looks like a plus sign).

    How to set up HomePod to play music when you arrive home on iOS 14 on the iPhone by showing steps: Launch the Home app, Tap on Automation, Tap the Add ButtonSource: iMore

  4. Tap on People Arrive.
  5. Select Anyone Arrives or The First Person Arrives with a tap.
    • Tap the i button to select whose location will be taken into consideration for the automation if you share your home with others.
    • Tap Location to set a different location like a work address if desired.
  6. Tap Time then tap a specific time to set what times the automation will be active.

    How to set up HomePod to play music when you arrive home on iOS 14 on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap People Arrive, Choose Anyone or First Person Arrives, Tap a specific TimeSource: iMore

  7. Tap Next.
  8. Tap on the HomePod that you wish to play music on.
    • You can select more than one HomePod if desired.
  9. Tap Next.

    How to set up HomePod to play music when you arrive home on iOS 14 on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap Next, Choose your HomePod, Tap NextSource: iMore

  10. Tap Audio.
  11. Tap Play Audio if it is not already selected.
  12. Tap Choose Audio....

    How to set up HomePod to play music when you arrive home on iOS 14 on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap Audio, Tap Play Audio, Tap Choose Audio...Source: iMore

  13. Tap Library and navigate to your favorite song or playlist by selecting where it is stored.
    • You can also use the Listen Now, Browse, or Radio options, or you can use the search field to locate a song.
  14. Tap on the Plus sign next to the song that you would like to use for this automation.
    • If selecting an album or playlist, use the Plus sign at the top to add all of the songs within.
  15. Turn on any desired options such as Repeat or Shuffle.

    How to set up HomePod to play music when you arrive home on iOS 14 on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap Libary, Navigate to and find a song, album, or playlist then Tap the Plus sign, Set additional options like Repeat or Shuffle with a tapSource: iMore

  16. Tap on either Use Current Volume or Set Custom Volume and set accordingly.
  17. Tap Back.
  18. Tap Done to save the automation.

    How to set up HomePod to play music when you arrive home on iOS 14 on the iPhone by showing steps: Tap Use Current Volume or Set Custom Volume then set accordingly, Tap Back, Tap Done to save the automationSource: iMore

Once your automation is created, your HomePod will now be ready to welcome you home with your favorite tunes from Apple Music. Don't forget to check your volume options on the automation, as your HomePod may greet you with an unexpected serenade of loud music at the level that you were listening to previously.

What songs does your HomePod greet you with?

Are you using your HomePod to play your favorite tunes when you arrive home? What are some of your favorite tracks to greet yourself with? Let us know in the comments below!

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Updated September 2020: Updated for iOS 14.