HomePod is pretty much a hands-off device for maintenance, just like Apple TV. When software updates come out you can wait for them to install on their own, or make the update happen right now—if you know where to look. Here’s how to update your HomePod software when you want.
To install software updates on your HomePod do this:
- Launch Apple’s Home app on your iPhone or iPad
- Tap the Location icon in the upper left corner. It looks like an arrow head.
- Tap Home Settings
- Pick your HomeKit network
- Scroll down to Speakers
- Tap Software Update
- Tap Download and Install
Once the update starts your HomePod’s activity light starts a spinning circle animation. When it stops the update is complete.
You can also disable automatic updates in the Speaker Software Update setting. I left that feature on even though I know I’ll always start the update myself. That way I know I won’t ever miss an update.
I like that the Software Update option shows you an alert badge if new software is available. I’d like it even better if the Home app icon showed a badge when updates are available, just like Mail shows how many new messages you have.