How to set up HomePod to play music when you get home

Cupertino, March 9, 2020

With the arrival of iOS 13.2, you can now automate the HomePod to play your favorite songs as soon as you enter the door. Configuring automation involves using the Home application and can be done with just a few clicks. Before you begin, make sure that both your iOS device and HomePod are running the latest software, as this will not work with any previous version of iOS 13.2.

How to automate the HomePod to play music when you get home

  1. Open the Home app and tap Automation tab.
  2. Click on which add icon.

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  3. Choose People arrive.
  4. Touch the button I the next button someone arrives.
  5. Make sure you also select uncheck others if this is just for you.
  6. Touch the following and select HomePod from the list of devices.
  7. Press Audio.

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  8. Choose Play audio and select Choose Audio.
  9. Access your library and browse to your favorite song or playlist by selecting where it is stored.

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  10. Touch the song or playlist. You can select more than you want. Select Done when you're done.
  11. Enable the desired options, such as repeat or mix.
  12. Press any Use the current volume or Set the custom volume and set accordingly.

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  13. Touch back and select Done.

Once the automation is created, your HomePod will now be ready to welcome you home with your favorite songs. Be sure to check the volume options on the automation, as HomePod may be experiencing an unexpected serenity of loud music at the level you were listening to earlier.

Additional equipment

Now, when your HomePod is set to play music on your arrival home, you can take it to the next level by combining it with an additional Apple TV or HomePods. Adding an Apple TV to the mix can be done with a single tap, and your music will play in sync in every room of your home.

If you have multiple HomePods, we recommend that you protect your furniture with a pad below or a wall bracket to prevent any stains on your wood surfaces.


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Apple TV 4K
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HomePod is a perfect companion for Apple TV 4K and can be added to your new automation to create a more dynamic atmosphere. Starting with tvOS 13, you can even view and watch your music lyrics on the big screen.


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Pad & Quill Leather Coaster HomePod
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Pad & Quill is known for their high quality leather cases for iPhone and iPad, and HomePod Coaster brings their expertise to the Apple speaker. Oversized hairstyles are available in three colors, black, brown whiskey and brown.


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HomeBase HomePod wall bracket
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Remove your HomePod from the table with the HomeBase wall bracket. The color-mounted design offers a clean look due to the embedded cable management and comes in black and white to match the HomePod.

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