How to Transfer a Call from iPhone to HomePod & Use Your HomePod as a Speaker Phone

We already know that Apple's HomePod delivers a high-fidelity audio experience and helps control smart home devices, and that we can manage these functions with Siri. But did you know that you can also transfer phone calls from your iPhone to your HomePod, so you can utilize the room-filling sound of the HomePod for speakerphone calls? Using your HomePod as a speakerphone is a great way to go hands-free when you need to move around the room without carrying your iPhone or worrying about sounding muffled. Let's get started learning how to transfer calls on your iPhone to your HomePod so you can use your HomePod as a speakerphone. 

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To use your HomePod as a speakerphone, you'll need to make or receive the call on your iPhone, then transfer the call to your HomePod. Once you've started the call on your iPhone:

  • Tap the audio icon on your Phone app.

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  • Choose your HomePod from the menu that pops up.

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  • Now the display on your iPhone's Phone app will indicate that the call has been routed to your HomePod.

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  • Also, a green light will appear on the top of your HomePod once the audio connects from your iPhone.

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From here, you can tap the plus or minus icons on top of your HomePod to raise or lower the volume of your speakerphone call.

You can't use Siri on your HomePod while you're using the HomePod as a speakerphone, so:

  • To mute a call that's been transferred to your HomePod, tap the mute icon on your iPhone's Phone app.

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  • To transfer the call back to your iPhone, tap the audio icon on your Phone app, then choose your iPhone from the menu.
  • To end the call you can either tap the top of your HomePod, or tap the hang up icon on your iPhone's Phone app.

 

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her purse or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.