The Intercom characteristic in HomePod and HomePod mini turns these good audio system right into a useful strategy to attain individuals wherever in your home. Wherever, that’s, that you’ve a HomePod machine — and if you ask it accurately.
If there are simply two of you in your house or workplace, then all it is advisable know is the command, “Hey, Siri, intercom.” Say that after which no matter you say subsequent will get despatched to each HomePod or HomePod mini you have got arrange for Intercom.
There’s rather more, although. If you already know your companion is within the den, you’ll be able to ship an intercom message to only the HomePod in that room. And so not interrupt film evening in the lounge, or a presentation within the convention room.
Plus if you’re the one who has acquired an Intercom message, you’ll be able to determine to answer to solely the HomePod or different machine that despatched it.
You can too ship an Intercom message to a bunch of HomePods relatively than one or all. What you’ll be able to’t do, although, is reply to a selected particular person — even when that particular person has despatched you an Intercom message straight from their iPhone.
Arrange your HomePod and different units
Should you’ve not arrange Intercom but, you want sure issues. Your iPhone needs to be on iOS 14.1 or later, and your good audio system on HomePod 1.41, or later.
Intercom is a part of the House app in these working programs. Launch House and, if you have not earlier than, you will be prompted to arrange Intercom.
Whether or not prompted or not, you’ll be able to go to every HomePod within the House app and set it up immediately. Press and maintain on the icon for a HomePod, or HomePod mini, then when a management web page seems, scroll very far all the way down to a Settings icon.
Faucet on that, then from the web page of choices that seems, once more scroll fairly far all the way down to the Intercom setting.
Importantly, Intercom is for your home or your workplace. No matter you’ve got arrange as a “home” within the House app, that is what Intercom makes use of. There is not any strategy to ship an Intercom message from the HomePods in your house, to those in greatest buddy’s workplace.
How you can ship an Intercom to each one in your home
- Say “Hey, Siri, intercom.” after which your message, or
- Say “Hey, Siri, announce,” after which your message, or
- Say “Hey, Siri, ask everybody,” after which your message, or
- Open the House app, faucet the waveform-like icon at high proper
You possibly can open the House app to do that on iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. With the Apple Watch, the Intercom button is now on the high of the very first display screen you see after you’ve got tapped on the House app.
If you wish to use a tool like this relatively than saying, “Hey, Siri,” you press the button after which converse. You are able to do the identical with HomePod or HomePod mini, too, by urgent and holding on the highest management, the sunshine panel.
Once you do that, you should utilize any of the phrases you’d with Siri. So “intercom,” “announce,” and “ask everybody,” all work. There’s additionally “Inform everybody,” which works the identical as announce.
This waveform icon seems all through the House app, whether or not you are your total dwelling or a selected room. Should you’re on the display screen to your complete dwelling, each machine will get the Intercom message.
Nevertheless, in case you are on a web page for a selected room, your Intercom message will go solely to there.
Word, by the best way, that whereas all of that is confined to your house as arrange within the House app, you needn’t really be at dwelling. Relying on how you’ve got arrange the Intercom for every consumer and every machine within the House app, you could possibly be at your workplace and ship an intercom to your house with the phrases, “Hey, Siri, announce I am on my means again.”
In case you are away from your house, you’ll be able to even say this in your automobile — in case you have CarPlay.
How you can ship an intercom to a selected room or space
- Arrange Rooms within the House app, akin to actual rooms in your home
- Optionally, group these rooms into zones
- Say “Hey, Siri, ask the lounge,” and your message, or
- Say “Hey, Siri, announce upstairs,” and your message
Should you’ve used the House app in any respect, you’ve got arrange rooms in it. If you have not, in case your HomePods are your first HomeKit units, take the time to set these rooms up now.
As soon as your House app has these rooms, you’ll be able to group them collectively. So as an example, in case you have HomeKit gentle bulbs, you could possibly simply say, “Hey, Siri, flip off the downstairs lights.” And know that this might flip off the lights within the den, kitchen, porch, or wherever wished.
How you can arrange a zone within the House app
- On an iOS machine, faucet on the House icon at high left
- Faucet Room Settings
- On a Mac, select Edit, Edit Room
- Click on on Zone
- Then on both iOS or Mac, choose an present Zone or faucet Create New
Now you’ll be able to ship intercoms to only, say, the HomePods upstairs. In fact, in the event you get an Intercom message, it is good to have the ability to reply — and to know whether or not you will be heard all around the home or not.
How you can reply to an Intercom throughout each HomePod, and HomePod mini
- Say “Hey, Siri, reply,” and your message
- Press and maintain on the highest of the HomePod or HomePod mini, then say, “Reply,” adopted by your message
Your reply will go to each HomePod, each HomePod mini, each iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in your home. Once more, if there are simply two of you, you do not care. Should you aren’t positive the place somebody is, then you definately solely care that they hear it from the closest machine.
Should you do know the place they’re, although, you have got the choice to answer to particular rooms. You do that in precisely the identical means you’d in the event you had been first sending an Intercom message to that room.
You’d say, “Hey, Siri, reply to the kitchen,” and your message. With Zones arrange, you are able to do, “Hey, Siri, reply upstairs,” and your message.
If somebody has despatched a message particularly to your HomePod, the one proper by you, then your reply can also be particularly focused. With out you doing something otherwise, simply telling Intercom to answer will on this case route your message simply to the HomePod, or different machine, the place the primary message got here from.
It is a lengthy record of instructions
On the face of it, there’s “intercom,” “announce,” “reply,” and extra to recollect, plus wonderful particulars of the alternative ways you should utilize every. In follow, although, it is much less about you having to study numerous instructions, and extra about Intercom being prepared to know no matter you attempt to do.
So in the event you by no means use something however, “Hey, Siri, intercom…” and your message, wonderful. Your intercoms will at all times go to the entire household and throughout the entire home.
But it is price including to your repertoire with simply a few the opposite choices. It is useful to have the ability to inform everybody downstairs to be quiet. And it is really enjoyable telling CarPlay to “announce” that you just’re coming dwelling.