Looking to have your HomePod play music upon your arrival home? Learn how to here.

Cupertino, August 26, 2023

Apple's HomePod simplifies listening to your music library by allowing Siri voice commands and AirPlay. However, imagine if your HomePod could automatically play your playlists when you arrive home after a long day at work. If this interests you, you're in luck. By making a few taps in the Apple Home app, your HomePod can welcome you with your music based on your iPhone's location. We will guide you on how to set this up.

To automate Apple Music on your HomePod, there are a few prerequisites. Firstly, ensure that both your iPhone and HomePod have the latest software updates. Additionally, you need an active subscription to Apple Music. If you're not already a subscriber, there are ways to get Apple Music for free. You also need to enable location services on your iPhone, which you can learn how to do in our guide on using your iPhone's location services. Finally, you need to create an automation in the Apple Home app for the desired effect. Follow the steps below:

1. Launch the Home app on your iPhone.
2. Tap the Add button in the top right corner, then select Add Automation.
3. Choose People Arrive and tap the "i" button to see a list of people in your home.
4. Ensure that you are selected and remove others if you want the automation to be based only on your location.
5. Tap Location and enter your home address if it's not already in the list.
6. Set the hours for the automation to be active by tapping Time at the bottom.
7. Tap Next, select your HomePod, and tap Next again.
8. On the next screen, tap "Play Audio" and then "Choose Audio..."
9. Select "Apple Music" and choose a song, album, or playlist from your library.
10. Once you've made your selection, you'll be returned to the automation screen where you can set additional options.
11. If desired, tap the switch next to Repeat to enable indefinite music repeat.
12. The Shuffle switch will shuffle your songs.
13. While not mandatory, it is recommended to tap Set custom volume and adjust the slider to your preferred level.
14. Alternatively, you can choose "Use Current Volume" to maintain the HomePod's current volume level.
15. Once you've made all the adjustments, tap Back at the top left.
16. Finally, tap When I get home and use your iPhone's keyboard to name your automation.
17. Tap Done to save your automation.

With your new HomePod automation in place, your smart speaker will welcome you with your favorite songs as soon as you arrive home. If one HomePod isn't enough, consider creating a stereo pair with two devices for an even more immersive experience.

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