Apple has officially launched its Sound Recognition feature on both the HomePod and HomePod mini, allowing the smart speaker to alert you if your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm is going off. The update is rolling out in waves, so if you don’t have the feature yet, it should be coming soon.
When your HomePod detects an alarm going off inside your home, the voice recognition feature will send a notification to all iPhones and iPads connected to that Apple Home account. It’s a very useful update, and as long as you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home (which everyone should), there’s no reason to ignore your HomePod’s new capabilities.
However, you’ll need to go through a very brief setup step to get the voice recognition feature working. Here’s how to enable voice recognition on your HomePod and get smoke alarm alerts.
Before attempting to enable voice recognition on your HomePod, you must first make sure you’re running iOS 16.4 or later and using the latest version of Apple Home. You’ll also need to have a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm in your home, as the HomePod itself can’t detect these hazards—instead, it only alerts you that your existing alarms have been triggered.
With that out of the way, here’s how to enable voice recognition.
step 1: Launch the Home app. If the voice recognition feature has been started on your device, you will see a notification titled New safety and security features,
step 2: Squeeze continue button, then select turn on,
step 3: After doing this, voice recognition will now be activated for your HomePod.
step 4: if you missed New safety and security features prompt when it launches on your screen, dive in Adjustment Menu & Search Security Submenu.
Step 5: finally select voice recognition And you will have the option to toggle the feature on.
No longer want your HomePod to alert you when your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm is going off? Just select the HomePod you want to deactivate, enter it Adjustment menu, and search voice recognition section. From here you will be able to disable the feature.
There’s really no reason to disable the feature (unless you’re getting ready to test your alarm and don’t want to receive notifications), so it’s highly recommended that you enable voice recognition. Keep