Apple today released a new 15.1.1 software update designed for the HomePod. Apple’s release notes for the update say it addresses a problem that could cause podcasts to fail to play on the HomePod and HomePod mini.
HomePod software is installed automatically on the HomePod unless the feature is disabled, but it can also be manually updated in the Home app by doing the following:
- Open the Home app.
- Tap on the home icon, which can be found in the upper left corner of the app display.
- If you have only one home set up, this will take you directly to settings, and you can skip directly to Step 5. If you have multiple homes set up, tap “Home Settings” on the sheet that pops up.
- Tap your desired home.
- Scroll down to “Software Update.”
- Pull down from the top of the iPhone or iPad screen to check for an update.
Once you’ve tapped on “Software Update,” you’ll see the current version of the HomePod software that is installed on your HomePod or HomePod mini. You can also toggle off automatic updates if you want.
If there is an available update, tap the “Install” button to update your HomePod. If you have more than one HomePod or HomePod mini in your home, each one will be updated at the same time via this software update feature.
Apple earlier this week released the HomePod mini in three new colors that include orange, yellow, and blue.