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How to Disable Apple Music Listening History on HomePod

By Tony Moton

September 26, 2018

I was quite interested in the tiny rounded shape speaker that Apple annouced releasing on Feburary 2018 - HomePod. So, I get myself one when it's first avaliable in U.S. My brother and I love to play music on HomePod while doing chores. Everyone can play music on HomePod without secondary varification of voice or facial recognition once Apple Music is signed up and connected. I don't take it seriously until I found Apple Music starts recommending songs that I don't like. The "For You" session don't know me very well as it used to be because of Apple Music listening history. May be you are facing the same issue and are looking for methods on how to disable Apple Music listening history? Before we check the solution to disable Apple Music listening history, we'd better learn more about HomePod.


Part 1. What is HomePod?

In June 2017, Apple Inc. introduced the smart speaker to the world and launched two color selctions (White and Space Gray) on February 2018 in Australia, U.K. and U.S.. The HomePod is round and cylindric that equipped with a small touchscreen on the top and 7 tweeters, 6 microphones together with a four-inch woofer. The HomePod is integrated with Siri so you can control the speaker with Siri as well.

Apple Music Homepod

Part 2. Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home

Apple HomePod has many rivals such as HomePod, Amazon Echo and Google Home. They are all excellent in-home listening devices that loved by music lovers. Apple HomePod works better than Amazon Echo and Google Home in the following respects:

1. Messaging and calls: With HomePod, you can easily ask siri to send someone message. However, you can send messages on Android phone with Google Assistant, you can't using Google Home. Amazon Echo only enable users that have signed in Alexa to send messages.

2. Sound: Apple combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software in HomePod so it is obvious that HomePod sound quality is way over that of Amazon Echo and Google Home and it's gonna rock the house.

3. Apple Music: Both iPhone and Android users nowadays love to use Apple Music as their music streaming app. With HomePod you can set your hands free and enjoy Apple music easier with Siri.

Apple Homepod Amazon Echo Google Home

Part 3. Why Disable HomePod Apple Music Listening History

To enjoy music with HomePod, there's no voice or facial recognition needed. Signing in Apple Music account is all that required. That means, after I sign in my Apple ID, my brothers who loves rock n roll can enjoy his favorite songs under my account. This may inaccurate the personal algorithms and affect recommendations to Apple Music "For You" playlist because HomePod listening history is synced with that of Apple Music. To stop this, we need to disable HomePod Apple Music listening history. Once it's disabled, you can still like, dislike and stream Apple Music on HomePod without affecting the recommendation session any more.

Homepod Apple Music for You

Part 4. How to Disable Apple Music Listening History on HomePod

1. How to Disable Apple Music Listening History with Siri

Step 1. Say "Hey Siri, turn off 'Use Listening History'", "Hey Siri, stop using listening history" and something like that if you've enabled Siri on your iPhone.

Step 2. When Siri receive your request, it will turn off "Use Listening History" and Siri will then tell you that "I turned off 'Use Listening History'".

Homepod Siri

Note: You can also re-enable listening history with similar steps. Just tell Siri what you want.

2. How to Disable Apple Music Listening History with The Home App

If you don' t like to use Siri, you can also try the steps in the Home app.

Step 1. Launch Home app on your iPhone.

Step 2. In the first interface, you can easily find the HomePod tab with a HomePod icon listed in the top left corner of the tab.

Step 3. Press and hold the tab until you see the second screenshot.

Step 4. Hit on the "Details" button from the bottom right.

Step 5. Find "Use Listening History" from the HodPod settings session and turn off the toggle.

Homepod Disable Use Listening History

Note: If you choose to disable listening history on HomePod, your Podcast history syncing will be stoped as well. Next time when you use Podcast, it can't automatically locate where you left off before. If you mind this, you can re-enable "Use Listening History" with the steps above.

With the simple steps to disable Apple Music Listening History on HomePod, there's no more worry that the "For You" recommendation of your Apple Music is no longer messed up and keep recommending songs that don't match your musical tastes.

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