I am guessing you recently purchased a HomePod mini and when you try to use your iPhone to change music it says iPhone is not available. You are not alone. Several other customers have faced the same issue. This article offers a fix for your problem.
It is also possible that HomePod mini says “iPhone is not available,” but it works with other applications. In such a scenario you must turn your attention to your smartphone and not the smart speaker. It may be because it needs charging or because the Airplane mode is on.
Check if airplane mode is on
Airplane mode disables Wi-Fi or cell service. This can be handy if you need to use an app like Google Maps but don’t want to burn through your data plan in case you run out during your trip away from service areas. But you cannot use your HomePod mini with the Airplane mode on. Here are the steps you can take to turn off Airplane or flight mode on your iPhone.
- Tap once on the Settings app
- Your iPhone might need charging
- Scroll to the middle of the screen till you see the Airplane Mode button.
Make sure you have a strong internet connection
If you’re trying to connect to your home wifi and it’s not working, your connection may be weak. To check the strength of your connection, swipe up on the iPhone’s home screen to open the Control Center. Tap the Wi-Fi icon at the top of the Control Center and tap the name of your network if you’re having trouble connecting.
Tapping Wi-Fi Settings will pull up a menu that shows how good your signal is, what channel you are on, and other information. The signal strength percentage should be within two or three points of 100%. If not, try connecting to a different channel. Channels 1, 6, and 11 are typically best for most situations.
Signal strength is usually displayed in bars, but if you are using a Wi-Fi connection then they may appear as dots instead. The more dots or bars there are, the stronger your connection is; one dot or bar means that there is no internet connection at all. If this is the case then there are a few things that you can try:
Make sure that your Wi-Fi router is close enough to where you are using your iPhone. You should also make sure that there aren’t any walls or other objects between your device and where your router is placed.
Make sure Bluetooth is turned on
On the Home screen, tap Settings > Bluetooth. The switch at the top of the screen should be green and read ON. If it isn’t, tap ON and then tap OFF again.
If you are having problems with your Bluetooth on your iPhone, the first thing you should try is restarting the phone. To do this, press and hold the power button for about two seconds until the screen goes dark, and then press and hold the home button until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.
After restarting the phone and it doesn’t work, go to Settings-General-Reset-Reset All Settings. This will remove all of your saved Wi-Fi networks, cellular settings, passwords, preferences, and other items that have been previously set up in your phone. You’ll need to enter all of these items back into your phone after doing this reset.
The next step is to reset network settings by going to Settings-General-Reset-Reset Network Settings. This will remove any saved network settings for all networks including cell data radios, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Try rebooting your iPhone
If your iPhone is frozen or unresponsive, you can solve the problem by rebooting the device. Rebooting the device returns it to its factory settings and clears any glitches that might be causing problems with the software.
A soft reset of your iPhone is a good idea if your device freezes or doesn’t respond during normal use. This usually fixes minor problems without losing any data.
If this doesn’t work, then you can try a hard reset of your iPhone by holding down the Sleep/Wake button at the top right of the device. Hold this button until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen. You can also force quit an app using the same method: press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and Home button at once, until you see “App name” appear in red letters on the screen, then release both buttons.
All iPhones have a built-in sleep mode that keeps the phone in a low-power state and conserves battery power. When you press the Sleep/Wake button, your iPhone quickly moves out of sleep mode and into its normal operating state so you can use it normally. The downside is that sometimes an iPhone can get stuck in this mode, and pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button isn’t enough to get it out of this state. This is when rebooting comes in handy.
If your phone gets stuck on a screen with an Apple logo or a screen that shows another error message, try these steps:
Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button on top of your iPhone and the Home button at the bottom of your screen for at least 10 seconds, until you see an Apple logo appear on-screen.
Reset the HomePod mini to its factory settings
There are three ways to do this:
1) 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:
- Open the Home app on your device
- Locate the option for HomePod mini. Press and hold for a second
- A new page will open up. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “remove accessory”. Tap on remove.
2) 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:
- Unplug the power adapter from the device. Wait for a few seconds. Plug it back in.
- Place your index finger on top of the device. Keep it pressed.
- The white light will turn red. Keep the finger in the same position.
- Siri will notify you that the device is about to reset. Lift your finger, once you hear this message loud and clear.
3) 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:
- Connect HomePod mini with your computer with the help of a USB-C cable
- Open a Finder window or iTunes app on your computer
- Locate HomePod in the left pane. Select the speaker you wish to reset
- Click on Restore HomePod.
The HomePod mini is meant to be a single-device home audio solution, in which it replaces all of your speakers throughout your main living space. So, the fact that it needs to know the location of an iPhone to function makes sense; after all, your music isn’t going to be streaming wirelessly from your iPhone if you have no internet connection.
Wifi network issues are at the top of everyone’s problem list, so first consider restarting your devices. There may also be a device or service app running in the background that you don’t remember turning on, so check your toggles in the Settings menu.
For instance, maybe you’re using Low Power Mode and didn’t remember to turn it off before starting setup. You can always ask Siri to look for any issues or reset your HomePod mini by unplugging it for one minute, then plugging it back in.