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How to restore a HomePod

If you have a HomePod and it’s giving you a problem, it may not be due to a physical failure and with a unlink and subsequent reset it can work properly again. Even if you take it to a service center for repair, you will need to go through this process. It is also essential if you are about to sell or give away the device, as this is the only way that the person who will have it can use it and associate it with their equipment. That is why in this post we tell you how to reset a HomePod.

From iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

As you know, the HomePod is a device that is closely linked to your devices. They are usually used from the Home app of the iPhone or iPad. An iPod touch is less common, but you can also have it linked to the iOS. In any of them, the process to follow is the same. The same is true if your iPad has a system version equal to or greater than iPadOS 13, since this software still starts from the same iOS base in many ways.

  • Open the Home application on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Find the HomePod icon and press and hold it.
  • Click on the Settings option.
  • Slide down the tab and click on Remove Attachment.
How to restore a HomePod
How to restore a HomePod

Once this process is done, the HomePod will start the total unlinking of your account and will be as if it had just been opened from its original box.

From a Mac

It’s usually less common to use an Apple computer to operate the HomePod, but it’s not unreasonable and if you have it linked to your HomePod, you can also do the restoration. However, you will need to have a version equal to or higher than macOS 10.15 Catalina.

  • If you don’t have an updated Mac, go to System Preferences , Software Update, or the Mac App Store if you have High Sierra or earlier MacOS.
  • Open the House application.
  • Double click on HomePod.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the window and click on Remove accessory.

From the HomePod itself

If you have experienced any problems resetting your HomePod through the above methods, you can try to do so from the speaker itself by following these steps:

  • Disconnect the HomePod from the power and wait five seconds to reconnect it.
  • Wait another five seconds since you connected it to the power.
  • Hold your finger over the top of the HomePod for a few seconds while a white light appears.
  • Keep your finger on top of the device when the light turns red.
  • The Siri assistant will inform you that the HomePod will be reset and when you hear three beeps you can lift your finger

Problems resetting the HomePod

If you have not managed to reset your HomePod by following these instructions, it is best to contact Apple’s technical support so that they can assist you. You can get information about this on the company’s support website, which will also give you useful information about SATs (Authorized Technical Services) if you don’t have a physical Apple store near you.

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