The HomePod runs a customized version of iOS on its A8
processor. Fortunately, it will (by default) keep itself
up-to-date automatically, so you don’t have to fiddle with the
limited controls to update the software.
But if a new HomePod software version drops and you want to
force an update as soon as possible, or if you’ve turned off
automatic updates and need to do it manually, it’s not to
difficult. Here’s what you do:
1. Open the Home app and tap on the location arrow in
the upper left. If you have multiple “Homes,” be sure to tap it
when at the Home that contains the HomePod you wish to update.
But most of us only have one Home.
2. Scroll down to the Speakers section and tap on
3. You’ll see a toggle to Install Updates Automatically, which
is enabled by default. This screen also lists the version
number of the software running on your HomePod. Drag the screen
downward to force a software refresh and install a new version,
if one is available.
It can take some time for a new version to show up for
everyone, so don’t freak out if you hear that new software is
available and your HomePod won’t update to it right away. Wait
a few hours and try again.