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How do you update a HomePod?

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Bang up to date: get the latest software for your HomePod

Lucky you – you’re now in posession of a rather smart sounding (and looking) Apple HomePod! And like most Apple products it’s supposed to be intuitive with limited instruction on how to do anything. Which is great. Until you need to update a HomePod and can’t work out how to do it.

Don’t feel dumb, it’s really not obvious.

First of all, it’s worth knowing that the HomePod runs a version tvOS, which is a derivation of iOS. As I write this, my iPhone is on iOS 13.4.1 and the HomePod is on 13.4.

How to update a HomePod

The HomePod should happily update itself in the background but if you really want to have the latest software as early as possible, you should head into Apple’s Home app on your mobile device or Mac.

Here’s how to perform the update on different devices:

On iOS devices (such as iPhones):

  • In the top left-hand corner of the Home screen there is a picture of a, well, “home”. Click on that (ringed in red below).

On macOS devices (such as MacBooks or iMacs):

  • Open the Home app and, in the Apple toolbar, click on Edit, then Edit Home.

And then, on any Apple device:

  • Part way down the next screen you should find a section named “Speakers & TVs” and, directly underneath that title “Software Update”. Select that.
  • This will show you your current software, allow you to switch on/off automatic updating and, if a software update is available, let you apply it there and then. In the example, below, no update is required:

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David Artiss

Works for Automattic Inc., the company behind and Tumblr. Tech geek, international speaker and occasional PC Pro podcaster. Lover of Lego and video games.

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