How to Prevent Anyone From Listening to Your Messages on HomePod

BY Khamosh Pathak

Published 9 Feb 2018

Apple HomePod FAQ 5

HomePod is a smart speaker that’s designed to work best with Apple Music. But it runs Siri and it can do things like reading and replying to messages, take notes, add reminders and more. But right now, HomePod doesn’t have any sort of Voice ID technology. So anyone in your house can just walk up to it (when your iPhone is on the same network) and reply to the latest message or add a reminder to your list. That’s a huge breach of your privacy.

This functionality is based on the Personal Requests feature. And if you didn’t follow our HomePod set up guide and just rushed through the setup process, you’ve likely got this feature enabled. If you don’t live alone, you should turn this feature off as soon as possible.

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How to Turn Off Personal Requests Feature

HomePod settings are in the Home app and getting there is not exactly straightforward. If you haven’t yet set up your HomePod, tap on Not Now when you get to the Personal Requests page.

Step 1: Open the Home app on the iPhone or iPad you used for setting up the HomePod.

Step 2: Tap on the Add Home button in the top right. It looks like a little location icon.

Step 3: Tap on your Profile picture.

Step 4: Tap on Personal Requests.

Personal Requests Turn Off

Step 5: Tap on the toggle next to Personal Requests option to turn the feature off.

If you don’t want to disable the feature but you want to add an extra layer of authentication, tap on the For Secure Requests option. The next time you want to reply to a message from HomePod, it will require an authentication from your iOS device.

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