HomePod update – create multiple timers, search for music by lyrics, and make calls

As announced during Apple’s September event, HomePod has received a major update which brings a number of new features to it. HomePod users can now use Siri on HomePod to search for lyrics, set multiple timers, find their iPhone, place and receive phone calls and use Siri Shortcuts. With the addition of these features, HomePod has become more useful than ever. Here is how you can use the new features in this newest update.

Here is a list of all the commands you can use with Siri on HomePod to use the new features. For lyrics search, you would need an Apple Music subscription, while Siri Shortcuts would require you to have setup some workflows on iOS 12. You would also have to make sure that Personal Requests are enabled on your iPhone to place and answer calls. Learn how to enable personal requests for HomePod on iOS.

Note: all of the commands below should be prefix with “Hey Siri”

Search for music by lyrics:

  • Search for the song that goes [String of words or parts of the song]
    • e.g. Search for the song that goes What’s left to say? These prayers ain’t working anymore
  • Search for a Song with the lyrics [String of words or parts of the song]
    • e.g. Search for a Song with the lyrics Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
  • Play the song with the lyrics [String of words or parts of the song]
    • Play the song with the lyrics what does the fox say?
  • Search for a song that goes [String of words or parts of the song]
    • Search for a song that goes that’s me in the corner, that’s me in the spotlight
  • What song has the lyrics [String of words or parts of the song]
    • What song has the lyrics now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Timers:

Setting timers:

  • Set a 10 minute timer to call Jane
  • Set a 2 hour reminder to pick up James
  • Set a 25 minute reminder to bury the evidence

Checking the timers:

  • When do I have to pick up James?
  • When do I have to call Jane?
  • When do I have to bury the evidence?

Listing the Timers

  • List the timers
  • How much time is left?

Finding your iPhone:

  • Find my iPhone
  • Where’s my iPhone?
  • Find [name given to iPhone]
  • Is my iPhone near?
  • I can’t find my iPhone

HomePod will ask you if you want your iPhone to make a sound. Respond with yes so you can find it. You can also find other devices like your Mac or iPad.

Use Siri Shortcuts:

Use the phrase that you recorded for your Siri Shortcut, on your device that is paired with HomePod. Note the following:

  • Your iOS device must be on the same network and signed into the same Apple ID as your HomePod
  • Any Shortcuts that open an app on your iOS device will not work on HomePod

Handling Phone Calls:

Placing a call

  • Call Jane

Seeing a missed call

  • Who just called?

Answer the call

  • Answer my phone

Hanging up a call

  • Hang up

You can also transfer on-going phone calls to HomePod, by using your iPhone and tapping the audio button during a call.