Accessibility features like VoiceOver and Touch Accommodations help you when you cannot see touch controls on your HomePod. Once you enable VoiceOver, you can listen to the name of controls you touch on your HomePod. VoiceOver gestures will help you explore your HomePod in a better way. And when touch controls are not working, you can use Touch Accommodations. Here is a complete guide on how to use VoiceOver on HomePod.
Normally, when you setup your HomePod with an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) that has VoiceOver, your VoiceOver settings will be transferred automatically to HomePod. Simply start using VoiceOver on your HomePod. In case you wish to enable VoiceOver after the HomePod is set up, you need to follow the steps given below.
How to Enable VoiceOver on HomePod
Step #1: Launch Home app on your iOS device that is signed in with your Apple ID you have used to set up HomePod.
Step #2: Now tap and hold the HomePad in Home or Rooms tab.
Step #3: Next, you need to tap on Details and then tap on Accessibility.
Step #4: Finally, turn on VoiceOver.
How to Use VoiceOver Gestures
You can use following gestures on the top of your HomePod:
When you tap or drag your finger, HomePod will announce the name of the control under your finger and will select it.
Upon double-tapping, you can use the selected control or you can play/pause if you have not selected any control.
When volume control is selected, double-tap and hold to change the volume continuously as you keep holding your finger.
When play/pause is selected, double-tap to use Siri or you can speak “Hey Siri”.
To skip the song that is being played now, triple tap.
While you are listening to a playlist or an album, you can go back to the previous song by quadruple tap.
How to Change Speaking Rate, Double-Tap Timeout, and Audio Ducking
Adjusting speaking rate, double-tap timeout and audio ducking makes your HomePod experience even better. Before you go for this, you should know how the three features work on your HomePod.
What can you do with Speaking Rate, Double-Tap Timeout, and Audio Ducking?
- Speaking Rate helps you adjust the rate of speech for VoiceOver.
- Double-Tap Timeout allows you to manage the amount of time between two taps for VoiceOver to register a double tap.
- By using Audio Ducking, you can let VoiceOver decease the level of audio playback on HomePod when VoiceOver is speaking.
Step #1: Launch Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you have signed in with Apple ID you used to set up HomePod.
Step #2: Tap and hold HomePod in Home or Rooms tab.
Step #3: Now you need to tap Details → Accessibility → VoiceOver.
That’s all friends!
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