How to Connect HomePod to WiFi

The HomePod Mini immediately joins the same WiFi network as your iPhone when it is set up. This is fantastic since it enables you to instantly begin using your HomePod for various purposes, including listening to music and managing your smart home. What if your home WiFi network changed, or what if you moved towns and your HomePod mini needed a new WiFi network? But don’t worry, it’s almost as simple as that. Here’s how to set up WiFi on your HomePod mini.

How to Change WiFi Networks HomePod mini or Connect HomePod to WiFi

We’ll look at how to switch WiFi networks on your HomePod mini in this article, as well as how to connect your HomePod to an 802.1X WiFi network. If you’re interested, we’ve also provided a simple explanation of how WiFi operates on the HomePod mini so you can better comprehend it. As always, you can easily navigate through this page by using the table of contents below.

How to Change WiFi Networks on HomePod

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone (or iPad). Here, you will see an exclamation mark (!) next to your HomePod mini. This indicates that there s an issue with the HomePod s network settings.
  • Touch and hold the HomePod icon.
  • You will see a message saying something along the lines of This HomePod is on the <WiFi network name> WiFi network, which is different than the network that this iPhone is on.
  • Scroll down, and tap on the Move HomePod mini to <WiFi network name>

Your HomePod mini will immediately be connected to the same network as your iPhone or iPad after a little delay. Simple, right?

Connect Your HomePod to a 802.1X WiFi Network

You can use the following forms of authentication to connect your HomePod to 802.1X WiFi networks without a one-time password:

  • PEAP

Depending on your requirements, you can install a configuration profile to automatically connect or select to share the WiFi setup from your iPhone/iPad to your HomePod.

Share the WiFi Configuration from Your iPhone or iPad

  • On your iPhone or iPad, connect to the 802.1X WiFi network and then launch the Home app.
  • Now, long-press the HomePod tile. For stereo-paired HomePod speakers, you need to first tap Speakers and then touch and hold the individual HomePod.
  • Next, scroll down and hit Move HomePod to [network name] . Make sure to tap Done after your HomePod has successfully connected to the new network.

Use a Configuration Profile to Automatically Connect Your HomePod to a WiFi Network

Additionally, Apple lets you set up a setup profile that instantly joins your HomePod to an 802.1X WiFi network. A profile can be made accessible from a website or an email as a network administrator.

  • Simply, tap the profile on your iPhone or iPad and then select your HomePod.
  • If your HomePod doesn t appear, choose Other Devices and then select your HomePod. After that, follow the instructions to complete the installation.

Find Your MAC Address

In rare circumstances, in order to grant access, your network administrator may require the WiFi address of your HomePod. Your MAC address can be quickly accessed through the iOS Home app.

  • Open the Home app on your iPhone. Touch and hold the HomePod icon. Scroll down and you will find your WiFi address (MAC address) at the bottom.

How Does WiFi Work on HomePod mini or HomePod?

The WiFi network that your iOS/iPadOS device is currently connected to is automatically used when you set up your HomePod mini or HomePod using your iPhone or iPad. This automatic use of the same WiFi makes sense given that the HomePod and the iPhone must be on the same network in order to function properly. Additionally, it eliminates the need for you to manually change the WiFi network on your HomePod.

But what if your iPhone later decides to join a different WiFi network? Since the HomePod doesn’t automatically change the WiFi network in this situation, you will have to do it yourself.

Most 802.1X WiFi networks allow you to connect your HomePod. After iOS 15.4/iPadOS 15.4 or later is released, HomePod can also be linked to captive networks, such as those provided by hotels or dorms, which demand additional sign-in procedures. You can also install a configuration profile to connect if your 802.1X WiFi network requires a unique identity certificate for every device.

Change WiFi Network on Your HomePod mini or HomePod With Ease

It’s finished! So that’s how you can join a WiFi network with your Siri-enabled speaker. Even though I’m happy with how the HomePod and iPhone work together, it would be preferable to have automatic real-time switching and a little more control over the WiFi setting that is more in line with iOS because the current option is a little bit perplexing. Please feel free to comment on HomePod and how it compares to other smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home.