How to Turn Off a HomePod Automation

Feb 20, 2022 - Leave a Comment

How to Turn Off a HomePod Automation

If you have a bunch of automations set up on the HomePod, chances are that over time you may have some automations that you eventually want to turn off, perhaps to avoid them functioning on a particular day or time. It’s easy to temporarily turn off a HomePod or HomePod mini automation.

Home automation is one of the major features that HomePod has to offer, just like most other smart speakers. People who use smart devices that are compatible with Apple HomeKit can make use of HomePod to automate the functioning of these devices. For example, you can set up an automation that turns off all the lights when you’re leaving the house, or turns the lights on and starts playing music when you come home and it detects you. But, if you don’t want one or more automations to get triggered at a specific time, you can disable it using your iPhone.

How to Turn Off a HomePod Automation

Siri is not capable of enabling/disabling an automation that you created for your HomePod. To do this, you’ll need to use the Home app that’s installed on your iPhone. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.

    Home icon
  2. Make sure you’re in the Home section of the app. Now, long-press on your HomePod located under Favorite Accessories to get started.

    How to Turn Off a HomePod Automation
  3. This will bring up a dedicated menu that gives you access to your HomePod settings with the music playback menu at the very top. Scroll down below to proceed.

    How to Turn Off a HomePod Automation
  4. Here, you’ll find all the automations that you’ve created under the “Automations” section. If you find a toggle next to a certain automation, you can use the toggle to enable or disable it. If not, simply tap on the automation.

    How to Turn Off a HomePod Automation
  5. Now, set the “Enable This Automation” toggle to off and tap on “Done” to save your changes.

    How to Turn Off a HomePod Automation

You’re all set. The automation will no longer get triggered, unless you manually head back to the settings and re-enable it.

Note that only the person who initially set up the HomePod can change the automation settings using the Home app on their iOS/iPadOS devices, or on their Mac.

If you’re no longer going to use an automation that you have set up, you have the choice to delete the automation permanently as well. This particular option can be accessed by scrolling down in the same menu after selecting the automation you want to remove.

Additionally, the Home app gives you access to a lot more configuration settings for your HomePod. For instance, you can enable/disable location services, turn off explicit content, limit access to personal requests, and more. Most of the settings that Siri has no control over can be accessed from the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.

The HomePod is full of neat tricks, so if you’re unfamiliar don’t miss out on them.

What do you think of automations and HomePod? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Hardware, Tips & Tricks

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