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HomePod mini FAQ: All your questions answered

Thinking of purchasing a HomePod mini? Or maybe you ordered one but now have some general questions? Look no further; iDownloadBlog is here to help! We have answers to some of the most common questions surrounding Apple’s HomePod mini.

What is a HomePod mini?

A HomePod mini is a smaller version of Apple’s smart speaker, the HomePod. Released in 2020, the HomePod mini lets you listen to music, answer phone calls, set alarms, control your smart home accessories, send Intercom messages, and use Siri for simple requests.

What’s the difference between HomePod and HomePod mini?

The most obvious answer to this FAQ is size. A HomePod measures 6.8 inches tall, 5.6 inches wide, and weighs 5.5 pounds. The HomePod mini is just 3.3 inches tall, 3.9 inches wide, and weighs 0.76 pounds.

The HomePod mini also includes the U1 chip (see below) and few other feature differences. Check out the snapshot below from Apple for a quick summary of what each has to offer.

And for a complete comparison, including system requirements and device compatibility, check out Evan’s HomePod vs. HomePod mini piece.

What is the U1 chip in HomePod mini?

In a nutshell, the U1 (Ultra Wideband) chip uses positioning technology (UWB) to provide precise location and communication with other U1-equipped devices like the iPhone 11 and later models and Apple Watch Series 6.

Will HomePod mini work with HomePod?

The answer to this question is yes and no. While you cannot pair the speakers together for “stereo sound”,  the smart speakers will work to simultaneously stream sound from your other devices.

If you want two speakers that you can pair for stereo sound, you can use two HomePod minis together or two HomePods together.

How much does the HomePod mini cost?

You can buy a HomePod mini for just $99 from Apple. In comparison, the HomePod costs $299.

What kind of sound does HomePod mini have?

With computational audio for real-time tuning and an awesome bass extension, the HomePod mini’s sound booms much larger than its physical size. And the HomePod mini offers 360-degree audio. So, the device pushes sound out from the bottom of the speaker which means no matter where you are in relation to it, you’ll hear crisp, clear sound.

Is the HomePod mini wireless?

The answer to this FAQ is two-fold. The HomePod mini is not wireless in the sense that you don’t have to plug it in to use it. Just like HomePod, you’ll need to plug in the HomePod mini to give it power.

However, the HomePod mini does have 802.11n Wi-Fi which allows you to connect to it from your iPhone or iPad wirelessly.

Is the HomePod mini portable?

To go along with the “is it wireless” question above, the HomePod mini is portable in that it’s small enough to be moved to another room in your home easily, as long as it can be plugged in.

Is the HomePod mini waterproof?

The HomePod mini is not waterproof but is water-resistant. So while a couple of small splashes if it’s near your sink may be fine, submerging it in water is not.

Can HomePod mini control Apple TV?

You can use a HomePod mini as a smart home hub, so yes, you can control many things on your Apple TV with it. For instance, if you’re watching a movie, you can ask Siri on HomePod mini to pause or rewind the show.

Can HomePod mini be used as Bluetooth, TV, and computer speaker?

You can use the HomePod mini as a speaker for your TV using Apple TV. You cannot connect it to your other smart TVs directly.

The HomePod mini comes with Bluetooth 5.0, not input or output ports for audio. So, you can use it as an output speaker for your Mac, for example, using AirPlay. But you cannot connect it to your old Magnavox stereo system with a cable.

Can HomePod mini be used as an alarm clock?

Yes, you can set alarms on the HomePod mini as well as HomePod. And most recently updated, you can change the alarm sound to an Apple Music song rather than the singular alarm tone.

Can HomePod mini play Spotify and Pandora?

Moving beyond just Apple Music, Apple is in the works to offer additional music services to be played directly on the HomePod mini and HomePod by default.

Pandora is already one of those services with others like Spotify and Amazon Music (hopefully) soon to come. So check out our how-to for changing the default music service on HomePod.

Can HomePod mini play YouTube Music?

YouTube Music on HomePod mini is like another other music service not directly connected. You can play audio from YouTube using AirPlay from another Apple device. This includes songs from YouTube Music, Spotify, and similar services.

Does the HomePod mini listen to conversations?

The HomePod mini listens for “Hey Siri” followed by your request. So your private conversations are not recorded, tracked, or sent out to the world. You must specifically ask for help or use the touch features to activate Siri on HomePod mini, just like on HomePod.

Is the HomePod mini worth buying?

This type of question is completely subjective. But to help you decide, if you’re still unsure, think about how you would use the HomePod mini. Do you want a great-sounding, affordable speaker for listening to music? Do you want an easy way to make Siri requests? Do you want to use HomeKit to manage your smart home? Do you want to use features like alarms, timers, Intercom, and more?

The biggest question is: Do you plan to use the HomePod mini as more than just an audio output device (speaker)? If the answer is yes and you can afford the $99 price tag, then the HomePod mini is definitely worth it if you want a smart speaker.

Be sure to check out our roundup of reviews from others for the HomePod mini.

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