How to Update Your HomePod to the Latest Version of iOS

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After you've downloaded the latest version of iOS to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you'll need to make sure that your HomePod has updated to the new operating system as well. The HomePod automatically updates software, but sometimes there's a bit of lag time. Let's get started learning how to check if your HomePod has completed the download, ​and how to update the HomePod's software if an automatic update hasn't occurred. 

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  • Open the Home app on your iOS device, making sure you're logged in with the same Apple ID you used to set up your HomePod.

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  • Tap the diagonal arrowhead icon in the upper-left corner of your display.

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  • Tap Software Update if you see the number one in a red circle, as in the picture below.

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  • Tap Install to update the software on all the HomePods you have set up in your home under the same Apple ID.

You'll be able to tell that your HomePod is updating software by the spinning white light on top. This light will remain on until the update is finished, which may take some time. Be sure to leave your HomePod plugged in for the duration of the update. 

 

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.