While Siri on the HomePod should be the same as Siri on any other Apple device, unfortunately (at least for now) it's a little more limited on Apple's smart speaker. However, when it comes to using a HomePod, Siri is really your main means of enacting with it.

As we said above, Siri on the HomePod is a little limited for now, but when iOS 12 arrives in the autumn Siri will get a raft of new abilities thanks to better integration with third-party apps and a new Shortcuts app that will enable users to assign sequences of actions to spoken commands. As a result, when iOS 12 arrives it will be possible to trigger third-party apps via the HomePod.

In the meantime, here are some of the things you can already ask Siri on the HomePod.

Read our HomePod review here and How to use HomePod. And for advice on the privacy side of things, see Is Siri listening to my conversations?

Music related

Hey Siri, play some music.

Hey Siri, don’t play this.

Hey Siri, what song is this?

Hey Siri, play more by this artist.

Hey Siri, repeat the last track.

Hey Siri, play some 80s workout music.

Hey Siri, play some Pop for working out.

Hey Siri, play something lively.

Hey Siri, play some Alternative.

Hey Siri, play my Chill Mix.

Hey Siri, play some upbeat Rock.

Hey Siri, play a playlist from Arcade Fire.

Hey Siri, play Let it Go > Hey Siri, when was this released?

Hey Siri, what’s U2’s newest album?

Hey Siri, play the latest song by Ed Sheeran.

Hey Siri, play Placebo.

Hey Siri, play The Mixtape.

Hey Siri, play Best of the Week.

Hey Siri, play this year’s Grammy nominees.

Hey Siri, play The ‘90s radio.

Hey Siri, where’s Morrissey from.

Hey Siri, who plays drums for The Who?

Hey Siri, play Adele’s first album.

Hey Siri, play Beautiful Trauma.

Hey Siri, play Thriller > Hey Siri, play the album.

Hey Siri, play With a Little Help from My Friends. > Hey Siri, play the other one.

For more music related information about the HomePod read: How to play music on the HomePod without an Apple Music subscription.

Volume & playback controls

Hey Siri, make it louder.

Hey Siri, don't play this again.

Hey Siri, increase the volume 20 per cent.

Hey Siri, pause. 

Local area

Hey Siri, where is the nearest fish and chip shop.

Hey Siri, what’s the nearest restaurant that’s good for kids.

Hey Siri, where’s the nearest bus stop.

Hey Siri, what’s the nearest supermarket.

Hey Siri, what time does Tescos close.

Hey Siri, where’s the nearest coffee shop.

Hey Siri, I’m hungry (for local restaurant recommendations)

Current affairs

Hey Siri, what’s the news.

Hey Siri, who’s the prime minster of the UK.

Hey Siri, what’s Apple’s share price?

Hey Siri, what teams are playing in the World Cup


Hey Siri, do I need an umbrella?

Hey Siri, do I need my coat?

Hey Siri, what’s the weather going to be like on 1st March?

Hey Siri, will I need an umbrella in London tomorrow?


Hey Siri, read my messages. (This will only work if you have new messages).

Hey Siri, reply to my message.

Hey Siri, what’s 12 x 34?

Hey Siri, What is 20 degrees centigrade in Fahrenheit?

Hey Siri, Roll a die.

Siri, remind me to leave for the doctors at 2pm.

Hey Siri, set a timer for 15 minutes > Hey Siri how long is left.

Hey Siri, how do you spell antidisestablishmentarianism

Hey Siri, pause the timer

Hey Siri, set an alarm for 6.30am. > When the alarm sounds say: Hey Siri, stop

Hey Siri, how do you say thank you in Italian

Hey Siri, how do you say Good Evening in German

Hey Siri, when do the clocks change


Hey Siri, what time is Black Panther on?

Hey Siri, what movies are on?

Read: How to set up HomePod and troubleshoot problems here. Plus we have more HomePod tips here

We have a tutorial on how to use Siri Shortcuts here.