Although the Apple Homepod and the Apple Homepod mini touch control surface only display the volume rockers, there is a lot more you can do with this glowing display. In this guide, we will show you how to use touch controls on your Apple Homepod.
There is a lot you can do with the unassuming display on top of the HomePod mini. You can use it to do everything from pausing music playback to skipping tracks. If the Hey Siri functionality is not one you do not like using all the time, then the touch controls can be perfect for you.
The touch control surface can be found at the top of the HomePod and the mini. The surface consists of a screen that lights up with many different colors.
Whenever you invoke Siri, and it’s listening for your command, the surface will display pulsating colors as Siri is listening to you. It will also display these colors when your request is being processed or when the speaker is being used as an intercom.
When your HomePod is playing something, a white light will be displayed in the middle of the screen. However, when the speaker is not in use, the display will be blank.
How to Use Touch Controls on Apple Homepod Mini
Below are all the ways with you you can use the touch controls on your HomePod and HomePod mini:
Adjust Volume: You can use the buttons to adjust the volume by simply tapping on the + or – buttons on the screen to increase or decrease the volume. You can make the volume increase or decrease faster by holding on the holding on the buttons.
Activate Siri: You can use the display to activate Siri by tapping and holding on to the Surface. This means you do not have to say Hey Siri if you are standing next to the speaker.
Next Track: You can switch to the next track by double-tapping on the touch surface.
Previous Track: You can switch to the previous track by triple tapping on display. This feature only works if you are listening to a playlist or album.
Pause/Resume: You can perform a quick pause by tapping on the touch surface once. This way, you can quickly mute the speaker. You can also perform this action again to resume playback.
Stop an Alarm: If you have the HomePod Mini positioned on your bedside table and have your alarms set on it, well, guess what? A simple tap on the top of the speaker will dismiss an alarm. This means you no longer have to yell, Hey Siri, stop! Every morning.