How to Change HomePod Wi-Fi without the Hassle (2023)

What to Know

  • Your HomePod automatically connects to whatever Wi-Fi your iPhone is connected to.
  • You can only change the Wi-Fi on a HomePod if your iPhone is connected to a different Wi-Fi.
  • Open your Home app, tap on your HomePod, and follow the on-screen prompts to switch to your iPhone's current Wi-Fi.

Changing your HomePod's Wi-Fi is only possible if your iPhone switches to a new Wi-Fi. Your HomePod initially automatically connects to whatever Wi-Fi your iPhone is on, but if your iPhone moves to a new Wi-Fi, your HomePod won't automatically follow. Here's how to change a HomePod's Wi-Fi network.

How to Change Wi-Fi on HomePod

You might want to change the Wi-Fi on your HomePod if a new, stronger Wi-Fi network becomes available, or if your Wi-Fi goes down and you want to switch to a hotspot.

Note: You can't change your HomePod's Wi-Fi independently of your iPhone, but you can change your HomePod's Wi-Fi by switching your iPhone's Wi-Fi first. To switch your HomePod to a new Wi-Fi, make sure to connect your iPhone to that Wi-Fi first. Make sure to be within Bluetooth range of your HomePod when you try to switch its Wi-Fi network.

Once your iPhone is connected to the correct Wi-Fi:

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  1. Open the Home app on your iPhone.

    Open the Home app changing homepod wifi
  2. Tap on your HomePod.

    tap on your homepod how to change a homepod wifi network
  3. You'll see a notification that your HomePod is not connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone. Swipe up to scroll down.

    swipe up how to change homepod wifi
  4. Tap where it says Move HomePod to "[Wi-Fi Network Name]."

    tap move homepod to new network how to change wifi on homepod

Your HomePod will take a moment to switch, and then align with your iPhone's current Wi-Fi network.


How do I connect my HomePod to a new Wi-Fi network?

If your HomePod is already connected to a Wi-Fi network, you'll have to take the steps above. However, if it is brand new or set up in a new location, you can follow the prompts during your HomePod setup to connect it to a new Wi-Fi network.

Will my HomePod automatically switch Wi-Fi networks?

If you switch your iPhone to a new Wi-Fi, your HomePod will not automatically switch, however, the prompt above will automatically appear when you follow the steps. Also, if you connect to a hotspot and then move out of range, your HomePod may switch back to the original network. If you are connected to a hotspot that moved in and out of HomePod range and your HomePod doesn't appear to be on the same network, follow steps 1 and 2 above to see if it is still connected to the hotspot or reverted.

Do my iPhone and HomePod have to be on the same Wi-Fi?

Your HomePod can operate independently of your iPhone if it is on a different network, but only in a limited capacity. For example, you will not be able to set a timer if your HomePod is on a different network than your iPhone. For full functionality, make sure they are on the same network.

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Author Details

Amy Spitzfaden Both

Amy Spitzfaden-Both is the Managing Editor for iPhone Life magazine and an award-winning novelist, with over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry. She specializes in Apple news and rumors, health and fitness tech, and parenting in the digital age. She graduated from MIU with a BA in Literature and Writing.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.