HomePod Guide: How to Create Multiple Timers, Search for Lyrics, Find Your iPhone, and Make Calls

Apple’s HomePod was updated this week to chronicle 12, that debuted alongside iOS 12 for iPhones and iPads. The HomePod refurbish brings about a handful of new abilities for Apple’s intelligent speaker, including support for mixed timers, verse search, find my iPhone, creation and receiving phone calls, and more.


Because of all a useful and accessible new additions nearing on HomePod this week, we’ve created this beam to yield discerning stairs that can assistance we figure out any new feature, and combined in some tips as well.

Multiple Timers

On prior HomePod program we could usually make one timer and not name it, though with a new program Apple is vouchsafing we emanate and name as many as over 20 timers during once (our contrast reached about 23). This should severely assistance out HomePod owners, generally those who have placed a orator in their kitchen.

Note: Because HomePod relies wholly on voice controls for timers (and other facilities in this guide), there might be other judgment patterns that outcome in a same responses as a ones we’ve discovered. With that being said, next you’ll find a few examples of Siri commands for mixed timers on HomePod. To emanate mixed timers, simply start inventory one timer after a other to Siri:

Setting Timers

  • “Hey Siri, set a 15 notation timer for food.”
  • “Hey Siri, set a burger timer for 20 minutes.”
  • “Hey Siri, set a 25 notation french fries timer.”
  • “Hey Siri, set a 45 notation timer for a laundry.”
  • “Hey Siri, set a 3 hour timer for a sprinklers.”

Checking Individual Timers

  • “Hey Siri, what’s left on a food timer?”
  • “Hey Siri, how’s a french fries timer?”
  • “Hey Siri, what’s a sprinklers timer at?”
  • “Hey Siri, how prolonged until a washing is done?”
  • “Hey Siri, is a burger timer roughly done?”

Checking All Timers

  • “Hey Siri, where are a timers at?”
  • “Hey Siri, how most time is left?”
  • “Hey Siri, list a timers.”

The extent of any timer is a limit of 23 hours (as it was previously). If we emanate a timer though don’t give it a name, Siri will name a timer by a strange length, observant something like “There is 1 notation left on a 10 notation timer.”

When we have mixed timers regulating and one ends, a common timer finale carillon will sound, though it will now be interspersed with Siri saying that timer is completed. As usual, we can daub a tip of HomePod to overpower a timer, or ask Siri to close it off. If we have countless timers regulating concurrently and wish to finish them all, we can contend “Hey Siri, stop/cancel all of a timers.”

Lyric Search

Similar to Apple Music on iOS, we can now hunt for a strain by a lyrics regulating Siri on HomePod. Try out these commands to start regulating voice-enabled verse search:

  • “Hey Siri, hunt for a strain with a lyrics [lyrics].”
  • “Hey Siri, play a strain with a lyrics [lyrics].”
  • “Hey Siri, hunt for a strain that goes [lyrics].”
  • “Hey Siri, play a strain that goes [lyrics].”

If we only wish to perform a hunt for a strain formed on a lyrics though personification it, we can contend something like “Hey Siri, what strain has a lyrics [lyrics]?”

Find My iPhone

If you’ve mislaid lane of your iPhone though know it’s somewhere nearby, HomePod can now send out a useful ping so we can some-more simply locate your unnoticed iPhone. Try these commands to get started:

  • “Hey Siri, find my iPhone.”
  • “Hey Siri, find [iPhone name].”
  • “Hey Siri, where’s my iPhone?”
  • “Hey Siri, ping my iPhone.”
  • “Hey Siri, can we find my iPhone?”
  • “Hey Siri, is my iPhone nearby?”
  • “Hey Siri, we can’t find my iPhone.”

Siri will respond to any one of these commands by seeking “Should we try to make it play a sound?”, to that you’ll need to respond approbation or no.

This underline extends to any iOS or macOS device connected to your Apple ID, so we can also hunt for a blank iPad or MacBook, as prolonged as they’re all connected to a internet during a time of a search.

You can yield a specific name of any device to ping, though Siri does have some difficulty noticing tradition names during times. When a warning is sent, you’ll get a presentation on a mislaid device and an email to your connected Apple ID account.

Phone Calls

One of a biggest new additions to HomePod this week is a ability to make and accept phone calls around your connected iPhone. Make certain your iPhone is on iOS 12 and your HomePod is updated (with Personal Requests incited on), and follow these stairs to make calls on HomePod:

Making a call: “Hey Siri, call Ben.”
When a call comes in on iPhone: “Hey Siri, answer my phone.”
Hanging up: “Hey Siri, hang up.”
Checking a missed call: “Hey Siri, who only called?”

During a call, HomePod’s tip Siri waveform arrangement will spin a splendid green, indicating that you’re on a phone with someone. If we don’t wish to pronounce to Siri to hang up, we can simply daub once on HomePod to finish a call. Of course, a common volume indicators can also make a chairman on a other finish softer or louder.

If we answered a call on iPhone and wish to pierce over to HomePod, follow these steps:

Transferring a call from iPhone to HomePod

  1. Answer or place a call on iPhone
  2. Tap “Audio” in a Phone app while a call is live
  3. Choose your HomePod speaker

Notably, we won’t be means to perform any of Siri’s simple hunt or query functionalities while HomePod is being used as a speakerphone. If someone else calls we while you’re articulate on HomePod, we can daub a immature light during a tip of HomePod to switch to it, or double daub a immature light to finish a stream call and switch to a new one. To invariably switch between calls, daub a tip of HomePod.

More sum on HomePod’s new refurbish can be found in a launch post, and if we need a refresher on HomePod’s altogether set of facilities be certain to revisit a full HomePod Roundup.

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