Different types HomePod touch controls and their corresponding actions

June 28, 2021

At times, making Siri understand what you are speaking can be a task. It is for this reason, Apple supports HomePod touch controls so that you can use them to play, pause or adjust the volume. There’s plenty more the smart speaker from apple can do. Go through this post to find ways of controlling your HomePod with touch.

What are different types of HomePod touch controls and their corresponding actions?

Siri might appear as the most convenient way to use your HomePod, but there are other ways of controlling the speaker much efficiently. For instance, touch-based controls are always faster than talk as it requires less processing time. You can use Apple HomePod touch controls to manage multiple actions like,

  1. Adjusting the volume during playback.
  2. Pause and resume playback.
  3. Go to the next track.
  4. Go to the previous track.
  5. Activate Siri.
  6. Dismiss an alarm.

How to use Apple HomePod touch screen?

The Apple smart speaker on its upper surface features a touch panel that lets you execute several quick and easy basic controls for your HomePod.


Adjust the volume during playback

The + and – buttons visible on the top of HomePod lets you manage the volume of the device. Simply tap or touch and hold the buttons to increase or lower the volume.

Pause and resume playback

Play Pause HomePod
Play Pause HomePod

Tap the touch surface once to pause. Tap again to resume playback.

Go to the next track or switch to previous one

HomePod Play Previous Track
HomePod Play Previous Track

To move to the next title track in your playlist or a podcast tap twice on the touchscreen. Similarly, if you are playing from an album or a playlist, tap thrice to go to the previous track.

Activate Siri

Activate Siri for HomePod
Activate Siri for HomePod

Touch and hold on the top of your HomePod until you see a multi-colored light. When seen, it means Siri is ready to take your requests. Just Ask away. You don’t need to say, Hey Siri to activate it.

Dismiss an alarm

When your HomePod alarm rings and you find its sound is too loud, tap anywhere on the top of HomePod to dismiss it.


So, if you have lost your voice due to a sore throat, it doesn't mean you have to give on using your HomePod for the day. Use these touch controls to become a HomePod poweruser.

Hope that makes sense!


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