How to make your HomePod recognize multiple users

In our initial assessment of the HomePod, we found it to be a great listening device for Apple Music or Podcasts, but frustratingly limited in many other ways. That’s still largely true, but at least some of our complaints have been addressed in subsequent software updates.

Perhaps the most important was the iOS 13.2 update that added multi-user support for HomePod. As a device designed to sit out in the common rooms of your home, it was beyond frustrating that it was locked to a single Apple ID, and that anyone using it would be listening to your music (and influencing your recommendations), your lists, your calendar…

You can now make HomePod recognize multiple users, which means each user will use their own Apple Music account, calendar, lists, and reminders. Setting this up isn’t quite as intuitive as it could be, so here’s a quick walkthrough of how to get it working.

HomePod multi-user requirements

In order to use multi-user support on HomePod, you need to meet several requirements.

First, make sure your iPhone (and those of the other users) has been updated to at least iOS 13.2.

Make sure your HomePod is updated to iOS 13.2 also. To check, open the Home app on the iPhone linked to your HomePod. Tap the House icon in the upper left. In the Speakers & TVs section, tap Software Update

The iOS 13.2 update added several important new features for HomePod, including multi-user support, handoff for music, ambient sounds, sleep timers, and music in Home scenes. 

You’ll also have to enable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID.