Skip to main content

How to update your HomePod or HomePod mini

The HomePod and HomePod mini are two of the best smart speakers compatible with Apple HomeKit. Offering impressive sound quality, eye-catching designs, and access to the Siri voice assistant, the two gadgets are a perfect centerpiece for any smart home. Best of all, Apple is continuously improving their performance through software updates – and most of the time these are installed automatically.




10 minutes

What You Need

  • HomePod or HomePod mini

  • iOS device

  • Home app

However, if you want to manually check for updates and make sure you’re running the latest software, there are a few easy steps you can take. Here’s how to update your HomePod or HomePod mini.

Apple HomePod 2023
Zeke Jones / Digital Trends

How to update your HomePod or HomePod mini

Regardless of whether you’re using a HomePod or HomePod mini, the updating process is the same. Simply open up the Home app on your iOS device (after verifying that it’s running the latest software), and follow these steps.

Step 1: In the Home app, select the More button.

Step 2: Next, go to the Settings menu and select Software Update.

Step 3: If Apple has released an update that’s yet to be installed on your device, you’ll be able to select the Update button.

Step 4: You can also toggle the settings for Automatic Updates. It’s recommended that you leave this turned on, as it’ll ensure you’re always running the latest software. The Software Update menu will also tell you which version your HomePod is running.

Step 5: Keep in mind that software updates might take a bit of time to complete, and your HomePod might not be fully responsive while the update is happening. You’ll know an update is in progress by the spinning white light on your HomePod — while this is active, be sure to keep your HomePod plugged in.

Editors' Recommendations

Jon Bitner
Jon Bitner is a writer covering consumer electronics, technology, and gaming. His work has been published on various websites…
How to get a rebate for your smart thermostat
The Google Nest Learning Thermostat in stainless steel.

While saving money on your energy bill is the big draw of smart thermostats, many products today now let you save even more cash with rebates. The amount you'll get back varies from energy provider to energy provider – and from product to product – but there's a good chance you'll save at least $50 by cashing in on the offer.

Read more
How to add a device to HomeKit
Apple HomeKit app on smartphone.

Apple HomeKit may not have as many compatible products as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, but its still a great smart home platform for dedicated iOS enthusiasts. Not only is the platform supported by the Home app on iOS, but you can also control devices using your HomePod or Apple TV.

Read more
HomePod mini vs. Apple TV 4K: Which is the better HomeKit hub?
Black HomePod mini on a side table, in front of an Apple TV

Unlike Amazon Alexa and Google Home, you won’t find many Apple HomeKit hubs. In fact, you’re largely left deciding between HomePod mini and Apple TV 4K -- both of which work incredibly well as HomeKit hubs but serve radically different purposes.

If you’re trying to figure out if HomePod mini or Apple TV 4K would be a better HomeKit hub, here’s everything you need to know.

Read more