Apple has added an Intercom feature to its Homepod and Homepod mini speakers with the latest iOS and iPadOS 14.2 update.
While the feature has been there in Google Home and Amazon Echo speakers for a while now, with the Homepod, you can send messages to all the Apple devices at your home using the Intercom feature.
Apple announced the Intercom feature alongside the Homepod Mini at the Apple Event, and the feature is now rolling out in the latest 14.2 updates for Apple devices.
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The Intercom feature allows you to send messages between your Homepod speakers and the Apple devices at your home.
You can get notification of these messages and reply to them from your Apple devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and even your Airpods.
So, if you own an Apple Homepod speaker and want to make use of this new Intercom feature, then here is how you do it.
How to use the intercom feature in Homepod
Make sure both your iPhone or iPad and your HomePod are in the latest software version 14.2.
To do this, open the Settings app on your device, click on General->Software Update and check if the version is 14.2.
If not, please click on Download and update to install the latest software version 14.2 on your Apple device.
Once you have updated your iPhone and iPad, you need to update the software version on your Apple Homepod.
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To update your Homepod’s software, first, open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
Now click on the Home icon in the top left corner and then select Home Settings.
Please scroll down to find the Software Update option and then tap on it on the next page.
From here, check if the software version is 14.2. If not, please click on download and update to install the latest software update for your Homepod.
Step 4: Enable the Intercom feature
Now that you have updated all your devices to the latest software version 14.2, you can enable the Intercom feature on your Homepod.
To do that, Go to the Home Settings page again, Click on the Intercom option and then Select the Option Anywhere.
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Ensure all the people and the devices in your Home to whom you want to send Intercom messages and receive replies.
Step 5: How to send and reply to Intercom messages
You can now send and receive Intercom messages to your Apple Homepod and all the supported Apple devices in your network.
To send an Intercom message, you can use the following commands:
- “Hey Siri, Intercom, it’s time to wake up.'”
- “Hey Siri, ask everyone, ‘Has the dog been fed?'”
To send a message to a HomePod in a specific room or zone, say something like:
- “Hey Siri, announce upstairs, ‘The movie is starting.'”
- “Hey Siri, ask the kitchen, ‘What’s for breakfast?'”
If you want to reply to the Intercom message, then you can say something like:
- “Hey Siri, reply ‘I’ll be right there.'”
- “Hey Siri, reply ‘I fed the dog this morning.'”
If you want your reply sent only to specific HomePod speakers, you can name them in your response. Try something like:
- “Hey Siri, reply to the living room ‘Which movie are you watching?'”
- “Hey Siri, reply downstairs, ‘I’ll be there in 5 minutes.'”
You will also receive notifications on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Airpods when someone sends an Intercom message using the Homepod.
The notification can be played from any of these devices, and you can also directly reply to the Intercom messages from the notifications.
Intercom feature in Homepod
What do you think about the new Intercom feature in the Apple Homepod and Homepod Mini?
Do you think the feature would be useful, or is it just a gimmick?
What are you planning to use the Intercom feature for?
Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.