HomePod iOS 12 Update Brings One of Apple Watch’s Best Features to the Speaker

If you own Apple’s HomePod speaker, an iOS 12 update is out for the device. This new update brings the following features:

  • Conveniently search for a song using the lyrics if you can’t remember (English)
  • Create multiple named timers
  • Make and receive phone calls directly on HomePod, or simply ask Siri who is calling
  • Similar to Apple Watch, Find my iPhone on HomePod allows you to quickly locate any of your iOS or macOS devices with an audible ping
  • Calendar support to include all languages
  • View the network name in Settings

One of the coolest features out today is the ability for HomePod to now ping your iOS or macOS devices, which is one of the best features from Apple Watch. Sure, Find my iPhone also works to deploy Lost Mode, but that takes more work.

With Find my iPhone on HomePod, Siri can quickly launch a sound on your iOS device or macOS device. For example, you can say something like “Siri, where’s my iPhone?” and Siri will respond “which iPhone?” if you have more than one device active. Once you specify the device, your iPhone will ping just like how Lost Mode would work with Find my iPhone. You’ll even get an email notification it was deployed.

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This HomePod software update comes in at 1.5GB.

How to update your HomePod? First, make sure your iOS device is running iOS 12. Next, launch the Home app and tap the home icon in the top left corner, then tap Home Settings > name of your Home > (scroll down) Software Update.

Apple says “By default, HomePod automatically installs new software updates, but you can manually check for updates in the Home app on your iOS device or Mac.”

Let us know how you like this new iOS 12 update for HomePod.