The Apple HomePod Mini has a secret temperature and humidity sensor. Here’s how to activate it.
The Apple HomePod 2nd Gen has just launched with revamped internal components and one of the latest additions was the temperature sensor. HomePod users will not only be able to get a live update on room conditions, but can now automate their IoT smart home devices based on temperature as the condition. Apple didn’t say anything about this feature on the HomePod Mini, which has been on sale for years and is the most affordable Siri speaker you can buy. However, it appears that you don’t need to buy the new HomePod to get the temperature-sensing feature.
The HomePod Mini has an inactive temperature and humidity sensor that Apple hasn’t activated yet. However, with the upcoming HomePod Software 16.3 which is expected to go live just before HomePod 2nd Gen goes on sale, this sensor will be activated. The software is currently in beta testing and those who have access to the public beta have already received the update. This activated the sensor and allowed users to control the temperature and humidity of the environment.
Apple HomePod Mini temperature sensor: how to activate it
The easiest way to activate the temperature and humidity sensor is to wait for Apple to release the HomePod 16.3 software update. But if you can’t wait for the official release, here’s how to activate the sensor right now.
Your HomePod Mini must first be connected to a Wi-Fi network and signed in with your Apple ID software.
You must enroll your HomePod Mini in the Apple Beta Software program. For this, you need to head over to the Home Settings in the Home app on your iPhone.
Scroll down to Software Update, and then click HomePod Beta Updates.
Tap the switch to enable automatic downloads of the latest beta versions of HomePod software.
Your HomePod Mini will now download the latest update on its own. Wait for the update to install.
Now open the Home app and select the room where the HomePod Mini is kept.
Wait for the calibration to be done on first use. Once this is done, the home app will display readings at the top of the room menu for live weather measurements.
You can even ask Siri “Hey Siri, what’s the temperature in the room?” for obtaining the information.