Two white homepods sitting on a television standSource: iMore

The HomePod offers the absolute best smart home experience around through HomeKit Siri voice controls. Still, if you want to take things to the next level, you need to know how to use HomePod as a HomeKit alarm. That's right, Apple's speaker (or other AirPlay 2 enabled speakers) can be used in HomeKit automations, giving you the ability to create your own DIY security system. It may sound a little daunting, but it is quite easy to set up. Here's how to use HomePod as a HomeKit alarm.

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How to use HomePod as a HomeKit alarm

  1. Launch the Home app.
  2. Tap on Automation on the bottom menu bar.
  3. Tap on +.

    Steps 1-3 on how to set up a HomePod as a HomeKit alarmSource: iMore

  4. Choose A Sensor Detects Something.
  5. Tap on the Accessory that you want to use as your trigger for the HomePod and then tap Next.
  6. Tap on the relevant action, such as Opens or Motion Detected for your accessory.

    Steps 4-6 detailing how to use a HomePod as a HomeKit alarmSource: iMore

  7. Tap Next.
  8. Select your HomePod then tap Next.
  9. Tap on Play Audio.

    Steps 7-9 detailing how to use a HomePod as a HomeKit alarmSource: iMore

  10. Tap Choose Audio.
  11. Type in the name of the album in the Search field for the sound that you wish to use.
  12. Tap on the name of the Album for the desired sound.

    Steps 10-12 detailing how to use a HomePod as a HomeKit alarmSource: iMore

  13. Tap on the + icon next to the sound that you would like to use.
  14. Toggle on the Repeat option.
  15. Tap on Set Custom Volume and set accordingly.

    Steps 13-15 detailing how to use a HomePod as a HomeKit alarmSource: iMore

  16. Tap on Back.
  17. Tap on Turn Off and set your desired duration for how long your alarm should sound.
  18. Tap Done.

    Steps 16-18 detailing how to use a HomePod as a HomeKit alarm.Source: iMore

You now have your HomePod all set up to activate the assigned alarm sound when a motion event occurs or when a HomeKit door and window sensor opens. To stop your alarm when it is activated, tell Siri on the HomePod to stop, or create a HomeKit scene that pauses playback on the HomePod. You can assign it as a favorite in the Home App for easy access.

Additional Equipment

Protecting your home with HomeKit and a HomePod is easy if you have the right gear. Want to cover a large area with just one device? Then a HomeKit motion sensor is probably your best bet. These handy helpers are an easy set-it-and-forget-it solution to covering areas such as living rooms. Need to cover multiple rooms? Then a few HomeKit door and window sensors are the way to go. These sensors attach right to your doors and windows, letting you know the moment it opens.

Of course, you are also going to need an Apple Music subscription to select the sounds that will keep your intruders at bay. There are tons of sounds available, including horns, buzzers, sirens, and even dogs barking, all just a tap away.

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Apple Music Subscription (Starting at $4.99 a month)

An Apple Music subscription is essential for the full-blown HomePod experience. In addition to its massive library of songs, Apple Music is also home to tons of sound effects perfect for use as a security alarm.

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Eve Door & Window ($40 at Amazon)

The Eve Door & Window is a tiny two-piece accessory that attaches directly to a point of entry and uses Bluetooth to relay whether or not it is opened or closed. This sensor talks to HomeKit, allowing you to use it in automations such as this one for making an alarm.

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Philips Hue Motion ($40 at Best Buy)

If you want the fastest responding HomeKit motion sensor around, then look no further then the Philips Hue Motion. This sensor works with HomeKit to provide instant notifications, and more importantly, to set off security automations.

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