HomePod Mini Keeps Pausing [Solved]

Is your new smart speaker pausing in the middle of your favorite song? A lot of Apple aficionados have faced this issue, and they are wondering if there’s a solution. This is even talked about on social media. The good news is that it’s likely not the speaker that is causing the problem. You must take into account a few external factors before putting the fault on Apple. I understand that you might be really annoyed with the fact that your HomePod mini keeps pausing the music. I am here to help.  

Restart HomePod mini

There’s no point in going further with the troubleshooting if you haven’t yet hit the restart button. This is the fastest way to get rid of this bug.

How to restart HomePod mini? Here are the steps:

Step 1: Open the Apple Home app on your handheld device: iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Step 2: Locate the option “HomePod”. Press and hold it with the tip of your finger. Hold it for a second.

Step 3: Scroll down and locate the option “Reset HomePod”. Tap on it.

Step 4: Select Restart HomePod. Your device will restart immediately.

Remove HomePod mini from the Home app

The Home app is a central location from where you can connect, disconnect or manage all your Apple devices. It is possible that the Home app on your handheld device is not connected properly with the HomePod mini. In which case, unpairing it with the device might be the right thing to do. You can always pair it again with a click of a button.

This is how you can unpair the Home app with your smart speaker:

Step 1: Tap open the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Make sure to sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 2: Locate the button “HomePod”. Press and hold the button for a second.

Step 3: Scroll down and locate the button “Reset HomePod”. Tap on it. 

Step 4: Finally tap on “Remove Accessory”.  

Step 5: You can add the HomePod mini back to the Home app the same way. 

Reset network settings

If your HomePod mini keeps pausing the music for no apparent reason, there’s a possibility that your handheld Apple device is not connected to the internet. Find out if this is the case. 

The music can pause if your handheld device (which is the source) is unable to download it in the first place. A weak internet connection can be the root cause of this issue. I am assuming you are using home wifi to connect to the internet.

Make sure that the wifi router is working fine. Reconnect the power cable if needed. Also, measure the approximate distance between your room and the router. Most routers have a range of 150 feet. Make sure you are within the range. 

Furthermore, look into the wifi setting in your phone to see if it detects the wifi. Go to Settings→ Wi-Fi. Here you will see a list of available networks. Look for a blue checkmark under your home Wi-Fi name. 

Reset HomePod mini to its factory settings

You can reset your HomePod mini to its factory setting either by the Home app or the device itself. Here are the three ways to do it: 

Reset using the Home app

The Apple Home app is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Follow these steps to remove the smart speaker from your Home app:

Step 1: Open the Home app on your device 

Step 2: Locate the option for HomePod mini. Press and hold for a second

Step 3: A new page will open up. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “remove accessory”. Tap on remove. 

Reset by pressing on top of the HomePod mini 

You can reset your HomePod mini to its factory settings with the device itself. This option works for folks who are unable to remove the smart speaker from their phones. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Unplug the power adapter from the device. Wait for a few seconds. Plug it back in. 

Step 2: Place your index finger on top of the device. Keep it pressed.

Step 3: The white light will turn red. Keep the finger in the same position.

Step 4: Siri will notify you that the device is about to reset. Lift your finger, once you hear this message loud and clear. 

Reset with a Mac or PC

You can restore the smart speaker by connecting it to a Mac or a PC. You can connect the speaker to the machine with a USB-C cable. Here’s how you can achieve this:

Step 1: Connect HomePod mini with your computer with the help of a USB-C cable 

Step 2: Open a Finder window or iTunes app on your computer 

Step 3: Locate HomePod in the left pane. Select the speaker you wish to reset

Step 4: Click on Restore HomePod.

Check for updates

You can use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to check for updates to your HomePod. If an update is available for your device, you’ll be prompted to install it.

If your update doesn’t appear immediately, try these steps:

Step 1: Open the Home app and follow the steps below to check your settings. Make sure that Automatic Updates is turned on. 

Step 2: Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Storage & Backup and turn on iCloud Backup. Close the Settings app and open the Home app again. Exit the Home app and open it again. Wait a few minutes and check for updates again.

If you’re still not seeing an update available after completing all of these steps, try checking later, or contact Apple Support.

Summary 

HomePod mini is a very good speaker but it might have one or two bugs that need to be worked out by Apple. HomePod mini keeps pausing or stopping due to unknown bugs in the system. I don’t know the exact cause of this issue, but the regular troubleshooting steps seem to work for most people. I hope this post was helpful. If you are still not able to solve this problem, I would suggest contacting Apple support.

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