Did you know that you can automate things with Homepod and Homepod mini? Even if it’s your first smart speaker, you may already be familiar with using Siri to stream music, set alarms, set appointments, and other basic stuff. However, your HomePod can do a lot more, like automating tasks and things like playing music every day at a particular time or when you get home.
One of the biggest features HomePod has to offer is home automation. That’s right, fully automate your home, as long as you have all the necessary equipment. This is possible with the help of Apple HomeKit. If you have HomeKit devices in your home, such as a power outlet, light switch, or light bulbs, you can automate the operation of these devices to your liking. Even if you don’t have any HomeKit devices, you can use your HomePod to automate tasks since it’s essentially a HomeKit hub that can play music. Then we’ll look at an example of automation, playing music at a specific time when you’re at home.
Let’s take a look at setting up a new automation with HomePod.
How to create a music playback automation for HomePod
You still can’t get Siri to create a new automation for you, however. Instead, you’ll need to use the Home app on your iPhone or iPad. Simply follow the steps below:
- Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Make sure you are in the Home section of the app. Now, long press on your HomePod which is under Favorite Accessories.
- A dedicated menu will appear showing you all the settings related to HomePod. Scroll down to the Automations section and tap “Add Automation” to get started.
- You are in the automation creation menu. Here you can select the type of automation you want to create. In this case, we’re going to create a basic HomePod music automation that is triggered at a certain time of day.
- Now you can choose the time, select the days when the automation should work and, optionally, you can choose if the automation should be activated when you are or at home or not. After configuring these settings, tap “Next”.
- All of your HomeKit accessories will be displayed in this menu. You can select the accessory you want to use. Since we’re creating an automation for music playback here, we’ll select HomePod and tap on “Audio”.
- You can now select a playlist or song from your library that should play when automation is triggered. You can also select playlists from Apple Music or choose a radio broadcast for playback.
- After selecting the song, playlist or radio station being broadcast, you will be returned to the automation menu. Now simply tap “Done” to save your new automation.
Here it is. You have successfully created your first automation for HomePod, if you followed the example here you have created a music automation.
The steps above may vary slightly depending on the type of automation you have selected and are setting up. For example, if you selected automation to control a HomeKit accessory such as a smart light, you wouldn’t use the song selection steps. Instead, you’ll have to choose the trigger to simply turn the light on or off.
Likewise, you’ll need to create a number of different automations that perform various tasks to fully automate your home. Of course, you’ll also need all the necessary HomeKit accessories, which could cost a lot of money, like a smart lock, mesh Wi-Fi router, smart security cameras, and more.
For those who don’t have HomeKit accessories, you’ll be limited to automating music playback with HomePod. However, you can still get really creative with how these automations are triggered. If you are interested in purchasing HomeKit accessories to make the most of your new HomePod, you can find HomeKit accessories on Amazon (and yes, this is an affiliate link, which means we get a small commission if a purchase is made, whose proceeds help keep this site active).
Hopefully, you’ve been able to use the steps above to create more new automations for use with your new HomePod. What are your impressions of all the automation features Apple HomeKit has to offer? Have you set up a music automation or another? How many HomeKit accessories do you have right now? Feel free to share your experiences and leave your valuable opinions in the comments section below.