The new HomePod Mini has arrived in a blaze of colors. The subtle white and black models are joined by a deep blue, a bright orange and a striking yellow.
But once you’ve taken that grapefruit-sized device out of the box, plugged it in, and communicated with your device, what next? Here’s what:
Play some music (duh)
You want to start broadcasting booming melodies from your HomePod Mini. You can ask Siri to play a favorite album, songs your friends are listening to, or even songs based on scraps of text. You don’t just rely on Apple Music either – Deezer and Pandora are supported out of the box.
Go to several rooms
Apple wants you to buy a number of HomePod Minis – and if you have one in every room, you can choose to play the same track in all of them in perfect sync. Or ask Siri to “play Motorhead in the bedroom” if your loved one has not got up yet.
Zap music from your phone
AirPlay is the standard way to transfer music from your phone to a HomePod Mini. However, if you have an iPhone 11 or later, you can place your phone right next to a HomePod Mini to transfer music to. The reverse also works, so you can record whatever is already playing on one of your spherical pleasures.
Chat with Siri
Voice is a great way to interact with the HomePod Mini: ask Siri to turn up the volume or skip tracks. Beyond the music, ask Siri for news, weather and trivia, or control HomeKit-compatible accessories, set timers, take notes, schedule meetings, start a call, or find your keys. (Assuming your keys have an AirTag attached. Siri is not a wizard.)
Use the intercom
Never roar through the house again. Instead, have Siri “speak to everyone” (or to a specific room) with a voice message. You can even use Intercom from outside your Wi-Fi network via CarPlay or an iPhone – handy when someone in your house tends to ignore messages because they are constantly pumping their heads full of block rock beats.