Apple tips

Use Your Palm to turn Off the Display

Even though the Apple Watch display turns off automatically after a few seconds of inactivity or lowering your wrist, you might want to turn it off immediately to save battery. But did you know that you can use your palm to turn off the display of your Apple Watch? Here is our first Apple Watch tip: Just place the palm of your hand over the watch and it turns off the display and also, mutes incoming calls. Smart, isn’t it?

Use your HomePods in multiple rooms

If you've got more than one HomePods, you can assign them to different rooms and use your phone or a Siri command to move audio from one room to another – very handy if you're moving from the kitchen to the living room and want your music to follow you. Go to Control Center on your phone and long press on the music playing tile, and you're able to configure the multiple room setup further.

Find songs by their lyrics

Siri on your HomePod is smart enough to be able to identify songs based on their lyrics (as long as you haven't misheard them and can get them right, of course). Say "Hey Siri, what's that song that goes..." followed by a line or two to get a match – you can then ask to hear the song straight away as well, if you like.

Get physical with your HomePod

The HomePod smart speakers can be operated through physical touch as well as through voice commands and your other Apple devices. As well as the volume controls, you can tap the top of the speaker to play or pause your music (or Siri), double-tap to skip a track, triple-tap to skip back a track, and touch and hold to activate Siri.

Get the headlines from your HomePod

Simply say, "Hey Siri, what’s in the news?" and your smart speaker will read you the news bulletin – and there's a range of sources on offer as well. The good news is that these news readings are region-specific too - for example, BBC or Sky News in the UK.

Rename your HomePod / HomePod Mini

There are all kinds of ways you can customize your HomePod or HomePod Mini, and you might not have come across them all yet. Something quick and easy you can do is to rename your HomePod smart speaker – just long press on the device in the Home app, then tap on Settings, then tap on the current title.

Tell Siri what you like

While Siri is playing music for you, don't be afraid to say "Hey Siri, I like this" or "Hey Siri, I hate this." Siri will take your taste into account and adjust what music it plays for you based on your likes and dislikes.

Family grocery list

If you want anyone in your home to be able to contribute to your grocery list, it just takes a simple tweak. Head to your iPhone's Settings app, then click Reminders and then iCloud. Choose Family and everyone will have access to the grocery list.

Share your HomeKit access for HomePod

Having a HomePod is well and good, but you might want to make sure that other people in your home can take advantage of it, too. If you're using your HomePod as a smart home hub, you can also add other users in your 'Home' app, allowing them to control the smart speaker and all its paired devices just like you might. You'll practically feel the responsibility slipping off your shoulders.

Get Siri to be your sous chef

If you're like us, Siri is massively helpful in the kitchen. There's nothing like trying to manually set a timer with flour on your fingers to teach you the value of a voice assistant. To give you an extra leg-up when doing the mental math, try asking Siri on your HomePod, "Hey Siri, how many ounces in a cup?" Or, if you're feeling like a different type of evening, maybe try, "Hey Siri, what's in a White Russian?"