Apple’s HomePod provides unique smart home features, accessible through voice commands with Siri. Additionally, you have the option of adding multiple users within a household, so your whole family can benefit from the HomePod’s personalized features. But, can HomePod recognize different voices from various users?

HomePods can support up the six users and can even recognize different voices when issuing verbal commands. Though a few initial setup steps are required, the ability to have personalized voice recognition can provide many benefits to your smart ecosystem.

With multi-user support, Siri can differentiate between your friends’ and family members’ voices, providing personalization for your HomePod. In this article, we will examine how to set up multi-user voice recognition and some tips for customizing your settings.

Setting Up Multi-User Voice Recognition with HomePod

With the HomePod’s ability to recognize different voices, your household can also personalize their HomePod settings.

For example, Siri can identify which user is speaking and adjust music playback based on their personalized settings. Additionally, Siri can respond to individual Personal Requests to access information specific to that user.

Though some initial configuration steps are required to add multiple users to your system, the process can be completed in just a few steps. Let’s look at some requirements for your HomePod to recognize different voices and operate with a multi-user setup.

Requirements for Multi-User Setup

Though there are a few requirements to start setting up multiple users on your HomePod, the process is intuitive and user friendly. Here’s what you will need to get started:

  • An iOS device (iPhone, iPad, etc.) running at least iOS 13.2 (or later)
  • HomePod speaker with HomePod 13.2 firmware (or later)
  • Make sure you are logged in to your iOS device with the same Apple ID you use with iCloud.
    • Your device must also be using the same Apple ID as your HomePod and connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • You will need to enable Bluetooth, Location Services and Sharing (Settings > Privacy > Location Services), Siri, and Personal Requests (on all connected iOS devices) to communicate with the HomePod.

Additionally, the “Always Listen for ‘Hey Siri’” toggle must be enabled on both your HomePod and iOS device (for each added user); this will allow Siri to identify different users based on personalized voice recognition.

Note: Siri on HomePod currently only supports English with multi-user functions, so you’ll want to make sure the languages on all connected devices is set to “English.”

Adding Users to Your Home Network

To take advantage of the different voice recognition feature, you will need to add specified users to your Home network. Additionally, you will need to ensure that all users on your network meet the above requirements before being added to your HomePod.

  1. First, download and install the Home app on your mobile iOS device.
  2. Press the “Home Icon” located in the upper-left corner (the device may vary depending on whether you have multiple “Homes” set up in your app).
  3. On the “Home” settings page, tap “Invite” under “People.”
  4. Lastly, you’ll be prompted to enter the invited user’s Apple ID associated with their iCloud account. Tap to “Send Invite.”

Once the invited user has been added to your network, they will have the option of accessing your HomePod’s various features like voice recognition and personalized content.

Now that your household is on a shared HomePod account, let’s look at some tips for using voice recognition on multi-user HomePods.

Voice Recognition Tips for Multi-User HomePods

Once you’ve added a new user to your HomePod, personalized requests are a matter of issuing a verbal command to Siri. Additionally, HomePods offer “Personal Requests,” which allow users to access personalized information, like reminders, messages, calendar events, and more.

When an added user makes a request, Siri will respond with “Okay [name of user],” indicating that the user’s content and personal information will be accessed accordingly.

There may be occasions when Siri does not recognize the identified user correctly, however. If you run into this issue, you can correct Siri by saying a phrase like “This is [user’s name]” or “No Siri, this is [name].” You can also have Siri identify you with a nickname if you share a name as someone else on your “Home” network.

Siri may also have trouble differentiating between people with similar voices. If this is the case, Siri will ask who is speaking, allowing you to designate the intended user.

In Summary

Having the ability to recognize different voices on a multi-user smart system is undeniably beneficial for personalization. With Apple’s HomePod, Siri can acknowledge specific requests catered to different users’ needs in your household. With only a few requirements necessary to get started, you can have Siri’s voice recognition set up in a matter of minutes.