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How to reset a HomePod or HomePod mini

Apple offers three different ways of stripping a HomePod down to factory settings.
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June 20, 2022

While resetting an Apple HomePod should be a last resort, it can sometimes solve prolonged problems, and it’s absolutely necessary if you’re planning to sell your speaker or give it away. Here’s how to reset a HomePod or HomePod mini using three different methods.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Apple HomeKit

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To perform a hardware reset for a HomePod, unplug your speaker for 10 seconds, then plug it back in. Wait another 10 seconds, then hold your finger on the top of the HomePod. Keep holding after the spinning light turns red, and Siri warns you about the reset — lift your finger only once you've heard three beeps.


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How to reset your HomePod directly

Siri lighting up a HomePod mini
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If you want a method that works without a secondary device, every HomePod has a factory reset command baked into its firmware.

  • Unplug your HomePod for 10 seconds, then plug it back in.
  • Wait another 10 seconds, then hold your finger on the top of the HomePod. Don’t move it.
  • Wait as the white spinning light turns red, and Siri warns that a reset is about to happen. Keep your finger on the HomePod.
  • Listen for three beeps. Once they’re finished, lift your finger.

You can verify your HomePod is reset by checking for it in the Apple Home app. If it’s still there, follow the next method.

How to reset your HomePod with an iPhone or iPad

This is probably the ideal approach, since it ensures that a HomePod is no longer attached to HomeKit or your Apple ID. Whether you use an iPhone or iPad, make sure your device is signed into the same Apple ID to which the HomePod is linked. From there:

  • Open the Apple Home app.
  • Tap and hold on the HomePod’s tile.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the window that appears, and select Remove Accessory.
  • Hit Remove to complete the process.

How to reset your HomePod with a Mac or PC

The first two methods are preferable unless your computer is very close by, but hey — sometimes that’s true. If you’ve got a Mac or Windows PC, all you need is a USB-C cable and/or iTunes:

  • Connect the HomePod to your computer using a USB-C data cable. The one that came with your speaker is best.
  • On a Mac, open Finder, then select your HomePod when it appears under Locations. Click Restore HomePod.
  • On a Windows PC, open iTunes. Select your HomePod when it’s detected, then click Restore HomePod.

You’ll see an orange flashing light on the top of your speaker while the reset is in progress. Once it’s off, you’re good to go.

Frequently asked questions

As mentioned, a reset is mandatory if you’re selling a HomePod or giving it away, since it’ll otherwise be linked to your Apple ID. If you’re just troubleshooting, there are a few steps you can try beforehand.

First, make sure your Wi-Fi signal is strong, and that your router isn’t overloaded with connections — the risk of which is higher if you’re using a router with Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) instead of Wi-Fi 6. You can test your connection by bringing your HomePod as close to your router as possible, and/or shutting off any Wi-Fi devices you’re not using.

Test if problems are related to a specific audio source. If Spotify isn’t streaming via AirPlay, for example, it could be that Spotify or your AirPlay device is having trouble, not the HomePod. If you can’t get podcasts, local files, or Apple Music to play, then you know there’s a widespread issue.

Lastly, try unplugging your HomePod, waiting at least 10 seconds, then plugging it back in again. This sort of reboot preserves settings. If you still have access to your HomePod in the Home app, you can tap and hold on its tile, scroll down, then select Reset HomePod followed by Restart HomePod.

You should be able to so long as you can still control your HomePod in the Apple Home app. Try to avoid this though, because you won’t be able to check if the HomePod reset correctly, and you won’t be able to re-add the device to Home.