The Quick & Easy HomePod & HomePod mini Setup Guide

What to Know:

  • You can set up a HomePod using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as long as the device is running the latest software.
  • If your HomePod doesn't show up automatically, we'll help you troubleshoot the problem.
  • While setting up your HomePod, you can pick the security settings that work best for you.

Got a new HomePod or HomePod mini and can't wait to set it up? We'll cover basic HomePod and HomePod mini setup and basic troubleshooting tips. Read on to learn how to set up your HomePod mini or HomePod correctly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Preparing for Your HomePod & HomePod mini Setup

Before you read on to how to set up your HomePod mini or HomePod, double-check the following requirements:

  • Make sure that the iPhone or iPad you are using to set up your HomePod has the latest iOS or iPadOS update installed.
  • Enable Bluetooth on the device you will be using for HomePod setup.
  • Make sure iCloud Keychain is enabled
  • Make sure that Two-Factor Authentication is enabled.
  • Check that you have the Home and Apple Music apps installed on your iOS device. Both apps are installed by default, but if you've deleted either one, you can reinstall them via the App Store.
  • Plug your HomePod into a reliable power source. You may need to use an adapter.
  • Only the owner of a set-up Home can add a new HomePod.


You must have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to set up a HomePod or HomePod mini. You cannot set up any HomePod with a Mac.

How to Set Up HomePod mini or HomePod

Setting up HomePod minis or HomePods is easy, and the steps are the same, so it doesn't matter which one or which model you have. I will be using my iPhone to set up my HomePod mini, but the steps should be similar on your iPad or iPod touch. Here's how to connect HomePod to iPhone:

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  1. To set up your HomePod, bring your iPhone near the plugged-in HomePod. It should automatically show up on your phone. Tap Set Up. If it doesn't show up, skip down to the next section.

    Tap Set Up.
  2. Follow the on-screen directions to pair your HomePod to your iPhone.

    Follow the on screen directions to pair your HomePod to your iPhone.
  3. Select the Home you wish to add the new HomePod to. If you have multiple Homes, you can swipe up and down to navigate between them. Tap Continue.

    Tap Continue.
  4. Select the Room your HomePod will be in. If you have multiple Rooms, you can swipe up and down to navigate between them. Tap Continue.

    Tap Continue.
  5. You will get the option to use your iCloud account to transfer settings to your HomePod. Tap Transfer Settings. If you are doing this for the first time, you may see different on-screen directions.

    tap Transfer Settings.
  6. If you have multiple HomePods, you may be offered the option of using two HomePods together to use as a Stereo Pair. You can always do this later, I'll tap Not Now.

    tap Not Now.
  7. It may take some time for your HomePod to finish setting up. Once it says HomePod Is Ready, tap Done.

    tap Done.

If you open your Home app, you'll be able to see the new HomePod. For more HomePod tips, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

What to Do if Your HomePod Isn't Showing Up on Your iPhone

Whether you're getting an error message or nothing is happening, finding that you can't connect to your HomePod is frustrating. Before you call Apple Support, try these troubleshooting tips.

If your HomePod is paired with another iOS device, you'll need to reset your HomePod. To reset the HomePod without the device it's paired to:

  • Unplug and plug the HomePod back in while simultaneously pressing down on the top of the HomePod.
  • After a few seconds, you'll see a red blinking light. Continue pressing down. After a few seconds, you'll hear Siri instructing you to continue pressing down. Soon, you'll hear three chimes, at which point you can release your finger and continue with the steps in the previous section.

Finally, if none of these methods are working, you can input the code manually in the Home app. The code will be in the packaging that came with your HomePod. To enter the eight-digit code that can be found in your HomePod packaging:

  1. Open the Home app.

    Open the Home app.
  2. Tap the Plus icon in the upper-right corner.

    Tap the Plus icon in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Tap Add Accessory.

    Tap Add Accesory.
  4. Tap More options....

    Tap More options....
  5. Tap My Accessory Isn't Shown Here.

    Tap My Accesory Isn't Shown Here.
  6. Tap Enter code....

    Tap Enter code....
  7. Type the code and tap Continue, then follow any on-screen directions.

    Type the code and tap Continue, then follow any on-screen directions.

Now you know how to connect to HomePods and HomePod minis with your iPhone, iPad, and iPad touch! Next, learn how to troubleshoot your HomePod not responding and what to do when your HomePod is not turning on


  • How to connect HomePod to Wi-Fi? Once you set up your HomePod using the steps above, it will automatically connect to your Wi-Fi. The network preferences on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will be transferred to your HomePod automatically.
  • How to Reset HomePod? To reset or factory reset HomePods requires unplugging it for 10 seconds and touching the top of the HomePod. Learn how to reset HomePods step-by-step here.
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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life. In the last 10 years, she has been published in dozens of publications internationally and won an excellence award. Since joining iPhone Life in 2020, she has written how-to articles as well as complex guides about Apple products, software, and apps. Olena grew up using Macs and exploring all the latest tech. Her Maui home is the epitome of an Apple ecosystem, full of compatible smart gear to boot. Olena’s favorite device is the Apple Watch Ultra because it can survive all her adventures and travels, and even her furbabies.