How to Reset Your Apple HomePod

If you’re experiencing issues with your Apple HomePod or HomePod mini, such as unresponsive Siri, connectivity problems, or strange behavior, resetting the device to its factory settings is typically the best solution.

Resetting your HomePod will erase all its settings and data, allowing you to start fresh with the setup process.

This means that the HomePod will be removed from your Apple Home app and any home automations it’s part of, and you’ll need to set up your HomePod again after the reset.

But if you’re dealing with connectivity issues, it’s usually the fastest way to resolve things, even if you have to set everything up again afterwards.

Resetting Your HomePod: Two Methods

There are two ways to reset your HomePod: you can do this by using the Home app or using the physical controls on the device itself. Personally I use the Home app as it’s the quicker and simpler method.

To process with resetting via the Home App, first you need to:

  1. Open the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
  2. Tap or click on the Home tab at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Press and hold (or right-click on Mac) on the HomePod icon.
  4. Scroll down and tap or click on “Reset HomePod.”
  5. Confirm your action by tapping or clicking on “Remove HomePod.”

You also have the option of resetting your HomePod by using the controls on the device itself – useful if you don’t have your iPhone to hand.

Method 2: Resetting via the HomePod’s Physical Controls

  1. Unplug your HomePod from the power outlet.
  2. Wait for about 10 seconds, then plug it back in.
  3. After the HomePod boots up (which may take a few seconds), touch and hold the top of the HomePod.
  4. Keep holding until you hear three beeps. The spinning white light on the top of the HomePod will turn red.
  5. Keep holding the top of the HomePod until you hear three more beeps. This confirms that the reset process has begun.

The reset process may take a few minutes. Once complete, the spinning white light on the top of the HomePod will turn off, and the device will be ready for setup.

Setting Up Your HomePod After Resetting

The downside of resetting your HomePod is that afterwards, you’ll need to set it up again. Here’s how:

  1. Make sure your iPhone or iPad is running the latest version of iOS or iPadOS and is connected to the same Wi-Fi network you want to use for your HomePod.
  2. Place your iPhone or iPad near the HomePod.
  3. Wait for the setup window to appear on your device. If it doesn’t appear automatically, open the Home app and tap “Add Accessory.”
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to configure your HomePod, including selecting the room it’s in, enabling Personal Requests, and setting up Apple Music.

If you encounter any issues during the reset or setup process, there are a few things you can try to resolve them.

First, make sure that your iPhone or iPad is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your HomePod.

If you don’t see the setup window appearing on your iPhone or iPad, try moving the device closer to the HomePod.

The distance between the two devices can sometimes affect the connection and the ability for the devices to communicate with each other.

Once you’ve connected to two, make sure you keep your HomePod updated to ensure that they stay connected to one another.


Resetting your HomePod will restore your smart speaker to its default factory settings, and it’s one of the most effective ways to deal with the issue. And as you can see above, the process is pretty straightforward too.



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