Ask Siri

With Siri, HomePod is great at answering questions about the things you want to know, and do, in your home. Siri can help you with things in these categories:

General knowledge

  • “Hey Siri, who was the 13th president of the United States?”
  • “Hey Siri, what’s the tallest mountain in Germany?”
  • “Hey Siri, what does happenstance mean?”

Traffic and what’s nearby

  • “Hey Siri, where’s the nearest coffee shop?”
  • “Hey Siri, how long will it take me to drive to Milwaukee?”
  • “Hey Siri, what time does The Meatball Shop close?”

Alarms, timers, and world clocks

  • “Hey Siri, set a 3-minute timer.”
  • “Hey Siri, wake me up at 5 a.m.” (and “Hey Siri, snooze” when it goes off!)
  • “Hey Siri, what time is it in Stockholm?”


  • “Hey Siri, when is sunrise in Paris?”
  • “Hey Siri, what will the weather be like in Yosemite this weekend?”
  • “Hey Siri, will it snow in Denver today?”


  • “Hey Siri, what was the score the last time the Cubs played the Brewers?”
  • “Hey Siri, who has scored the most goals in Spanish soccer?”
  • “Hey Siri, when do the Suns play next?”

Unit conversions and math

  • “Hey Siri, what’s 38 percent of 299?”
  • “Hey Siri, how many cups are in a quart?”
  • “Hey Siri, what’s 50 dollars in euros?”


  • “Hey Siri, what’s the market capitalization of Apple?”
  • “Hey Siri, how is the stock market doing today?”
  • “Hey Siri, where’s the NASDAQ today?”


Siri can translate into French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.

  • “Hey Siri, translate “this is delicious” into Chinese.”
  • “Hey Siri, how do you say “I love you” in French?”

For more about what you can do with Siri on HomePod, just ask Siri. Say “Hey Siri, what can you do?” Also, check out the Tips app on the iOS device you used to set up HomePod.


Messages, Reminders, and Notes

To be able to make personal requests that use Messages, Reminders, and Notes, your iOS device and HomePod must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and your iOS device must be the one you share your location from using Find My Friends.

All requests that require access to Contacts, Messages, Reminders, and Notes are handed off to your iOS device for processing, regardless of who’s speaking. When you’re away from home, your device is turned off, or your device isn’t on the same Wi-Fi network as HomePod, these requests won’t be accepted by HomePod.

Set up your iOS device for personal requests. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Share My Location > From, then choose This Device. Siri must also be enabled on the device.

Send a message. Say “Hey Siri, send a message to Chris saying that I’ll bring the vacuum cleaner with me.” If the recipient replies within a few minutes, you’ll hear a ding.

Read messages. Say “Hey Siri, read my unread messages” or “Hey Siri, read my messages from Kim.”

Work with Reminders. Say “Hey Siri, remind me to drop off the dry cleaning.” You can also refer to places that are in Contacts on your iOS device. For example, say “Hey Siri, remind me to put my lunch in the fridge when I get to work.” You can ask about items in Reminders too. Say “Hey Siri, what’s on my shopping list?” To check off a reminder, say “Hey Siri, mark water the plants as complete.”

Work with Notes. Say things like “Hey Siri, add a note called birthday presents” or “Hey Siri, add Twain to my favorite authors note.”

If you don’t want to allow access to Messages, Reminders, and Notes you can turn off support for personal requests in the Home app. If you have more than one HomePod, you can turn personal requests on or off for each device.

Turn personal requests on or off. In the Home app, tap the Show Homes button, tap your name, then turn off Personal Requests.

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