How to reinstall the firmware on an Apple HomePod, and return it to its original settings using Windows

If you intent to sell, give away or send your Apple HomePod to Apple for repair. You should ensure that your Apple HomePod has been returned to its factory default. One way to do this is to Restore your HomePod to its original settings. So in this video we demonstrate how from a Windows computer and iTunes you can restore your HomePod.

Also if your Apple HomePod stops working properly, performing a restore might be a useful troubleshooting tool. However, as performing a restore will also return your HomePod to its factory default. You will have to reconfigure it once again, after it has been reset.

Note: In order to reinstall the firmware on your Apple HomePod, you will need to use a Windows computer running Apple iTunes. It’s also worth noting that not all USB ports on your computer, might be able to power your HomePod. So in the video we used a USB type C to USB adapter – nonda USB Type C to USB 3.0 Adapter

Quick reference notes:

  • Connect your Apple HomePod to your computer using its USB cable.
  • Open Apple iTunes
  • Within iTunes you will be presented with a summary of your Apple HomePod
  • Select Restore HomePod
  • You will be prompted with the following message “Are you sure you want to restore the HomePod to its factory settings? All your media and other data will be erased, and newest version of the HomePod software will be installed.
  • Select Restore and Update
  • When informed about the HomePod software version, choose Next
  • Now Agree to the User Software License agreement

Notes: As your computer will have to download the latest version of the HomePods firmware, it may take a considerable amount of time to restore your HomePod, as the whole process is dependent on the speed of your Internet connection.

  • When you are notified that your HomePod has be restored to its factory defaults, you can disconnect your HomePod from your computer.


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