How To Run A Software Update On Your HomePod

Posted By Anirudh Bhardwaj | 16-Feb-2018

How To Run A Software Update On Your HomePod

You all must be aware about the HomePod by now. It’s frequently making the headlines all these days. Ever since Apple unveiled this product at its annual WWDC conference last year, it has created a buzz in the worldwide market. Although it was scheduled to be released in December last year, the release was postponed owing to some internal issues. After a short delay, Apple made the official announcement on January 23. The preorders began on January 26 and on February 9, it finally arrived on shelves.


For those who are not yet familiar with the product, Homepod is a powerful smart speaker introduced by Apple Inc. Like every Apple product, it has got a stunning look. Apple’s Homepod has a round cylindrical body with a small touchscreen on its top that lets you control and access the device features. The device runs on an exclusively designed iOS-like operating system called “AudioOS.” It features an inbuilt A8 system-on-chip. The Homepod also comes with a Siri voice assistance that helps you control the device features as well as the other HomeKit accessories. All these feature make it a smart alternative to the devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home.


Just like the other Apple devices, HomePod also has its own software. You can also update the software as soon as a new firmware arrives for an over-the-air download. As the device goes mainstream in the international market, Apple is going to release new firmwares that will bring new features and bugfixes. This guide will show you how you can update the software on your Homepod device.


Also read Apple Announced Animoji For The iPhone X.


How To Update The Software On Your HomePod?

By default settings, Homepod will automatically install new firmwares as they are made available. However, you can turn off the automatic updates anytime and then you will have to manually look for the new updates. HomePod, you must be signed in from your iOS device with an Apple ID. Now let’s see how you can update the software.


  • Launch the Home app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  • (Note: Make sure your device is running on iOS 11.2.5 or later.)
  • Tap on the Arrow icon displayed next to the Allow Speaker Access option in the upper left corner.
  • Tap on Software Update.
  • Doing this will show if a new software update is available for your HomePod or not.
  • If an update is available for your HomePod, tap on Install and follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: You can view the existing version of your HomePod’s firmware in the iCloud settings of your iPhone or iPad. You can also see that in your Home app.

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