Apple Inc. never fails to amaze its users. After launching some exemplary pieces of iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, iPod touch, and Apple Tv, it has released a mini version of HomePod – a HomePod Mini.
HomePod mini is an affordable yet practical alternate choice of the Apple smart speaker. It aims to deliver a personalized and better experience to every household member. HomePod mini combines the artificial intelligence of Siri and smart home abilities with built-in functionality and security in a compact, attractive design.
The HomePod mini is compatible to connect with Apple Music, iTunes, and podcasts, including third-party services like Amazon Music and iHeartRadio.
This article explains the all-in-one solution to all your HomePod mini problems. Whether poor network connection or unresponsive Siri, resetting your HomePod can rectify any problem.
Before learning how to reset the HomePod mini, let’s explore some significant technical issues in the HomePod mini.
Common Issues in HomePod Mini
The HomePod mini is an excellent innovation to the Apple smart speaker ecosystem. It allows you to control every iOS device to connect with Siri, play music, and much more. In addition, Apple claims that the HomePod mini can provide consistent audio and sound to every room corner.
However, as they say, nothing’s perfect. Like any other iOS device with such exquisite technology, the HomePod mini has some setbacks.
Some common technical issues in HomePod mini are:
- Siri reports no internet connection
- No response to voice commands
- Inability to set timers or alarms from an app on your iPhone (Home app or Voice Control)
- Continuous network disconnection
- The handoff feature is not working
- Laggy setup of stereo pair in HomePod mini
- HomePod mini turned on but won’t respond
- Airplay crash when connecting audio to HomePod mini
Reset HomePod; The Panacea to All Issues
If you’ve encountered any problems mentioned above in your HomePod mini, you are at the right place. Instead of juggling through the web and finding different solutions for different issues, you can reset your HomePod mini to resolve any prolonged problem.
Here are some different ways to reset your HomePod mini.
Factory Reset your HomePod
Whether it is an iPhone or Apple TV, every Apple device has a built-in feature of factory reset into its firmware. So before you connect your HomePod to any iOS device or third-party windows PC, try to reset it directly.
To reset your HomePod directly, follow these steps :
Step # 01 Unplug the HomePod mini from a power source. Please wait for a few seconds and plug its power adapter back in
Step # 02 Wait for ten seconds and then press and hold your finger on “HomePod.Eve” at the top of the HomePod
Step # 03 Long press it until the white spinning light turns red. Wait for Siri to indicate that process of resetting your HomePod mini is about to begin
Step # 04 Once you hear three beeps, the reset is completed, and you can remove your finger
The direct reset will restore the HomePod mini to its factory settings. You can confirm if your Homepod mini is reset using the Apple Home app.
If HomePod speakers are still on the Apple Home app list, you can try the following methods.
- Reset HomePod using iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Reset or Restore HomePod through Mac or PC
- Select Your HomePod mini from Apple TV to Disconnect
- Reset Your HomePod using Siri
- Reset HomePod using iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
The first method is to reset your HomePod mini manually; if it doesn’t work, you can reset it from the app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Before resetting the HomePod mini, ensure your iPhone and HomePod mini are connected to the same network. Then, when you reset the HomePod mini, you restore it to its default factory settings.
Make sure the Apple ID signed up in your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is the same one used to set up the HomePod smart speaker. Follow these steps:
To reset or restore the HomePod mini, go to your iPhone home screen
- Open the Home app (the home app has a yellow-colored house icon)
- Go to the menu bar and tap on the HomePod mini card
- Scroll down and select the Remove Accessory section
- Tap the Remove Accessory option
- To confirm your action, tap Remove
Once you’ve confirmed, wait till you hear three beeps from the HomePod mini. If you don’t hear the three beeps, wait for the orange flashing light. The light will show that your HomePod has been successfully reset through iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Reset or Restore HomePod through Mac or PC
If HomePod fails to get restored through iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, you can also use Mac or PC. But, first, connect your HomePod mini using the USB C-cable that came with it.
Follow these steps to reset a HomePod via computer.
For Mac Users
- Plug HomePod mini into your macOS device using the USB C Cable that came with it.
- Wait five seconds; an orange flashing light will show on top of HomePod to indicate there is no trouble connecting between both devices.
- Once connected, double-click on the Finder Window. You can go to Finder Window from the dock or press and hold the Command + N key together.
- Select the HomePod connected on the left sidebar in Finder
- Click the restore HomePod button (the HomePod icon will be blue)
- A dialogue box will appear saying, “Your HomePod has been successfully restored to factory settings.”
- Click the Turn Off button of the HomePod mini in its sidebar and unplug HomePod from Mac.
For Windows PC
- Double-click on the menu bar and open iTunes app on your Windows PC. Make sure it’s updated to the latest version.
- A blue icon of HomePod mini will appear on the left sidebar of iTunes
- Select and click the restore HomePod option
- A dialogue box will appear, displaying that the restoration has been successful.
- Disable HomePod Mini from Apple TV
You can also reset your HomePod speakers by manually disconnecting them from the Apple TV.
Follow these steps:
- Go to the Settings app on your Apple TV
- Scroll down in settings and select Video & Audio Selection
- Click on the “Audio Output” option
- The screen will display a list of available and connected devices
- Find the HomePod icon and turn off the toggle option “Remove Accessory” to reset your HomePod
Once disabled, you can reset your HomePod
- Reset Your HomePod Using Siri
From controlling your smart home appliances to playing music, you can ask Siri to do anything with just a command. In addition, you can reset and restore the HomePod mini using Siri.
To reset your HomePod with the help of Siri, follow these steps:
- Tap and hold the power button on the top of the HomePod mini
- Wait for the white spinning light on top of HomePod to turn on
- Once the light turns on, request your command to Siri by saying, “Reset the HomePad Mini.”
- It might take a few seconds for your request to proceed. So, wait a minute, and once you hear three beeps, your HomePad mini has been successfully reset.
Why Should You Reset your HomePod?
Resetting your HomePod mini can resolve the technical issues mentioned earlier. Moreover, It’s almost practical to reset your HomePod.
Whether you’re selling your HomePod or have some troubleshooting issues, or a friend is borrowing it from you, resetting your HomePod is never a bad idea. Once you reset your HomePod mini, all your data and information linked to the Home app will be deleted.
The newest release of the iOS device, HomePod Mini, can be an excellent substitute for most popular smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home. With the collection of clear audio grills and powerful speakers, the HomePod mini is worth your investment.
This article has explained some helpful methods to troubleshoot any technical issue your HomePod mini may encounter.