Though the HomePod is awesome for listening to music, there are other things it is capable of like reading text messages. So therefore it is pertinent to take precautions because anyone within an earshot could ask Siri to read your text messages. The good news is that you can disable this feature.
During the process of the setup for your HomePod, you were asked to decide to enable the feature called “Personal Requests”. It allows you to ask Siri to read back your latest message, reply to them, and also create reminders and jot down notes. The issue is that anyone close to you can access your text messages as long as your iPhone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network that the HomePod is on which you may not want if you live in a dorm or you’re in the same house with your family.
If you just went through the setup and hitting “Enable” on everything, or if you have decided you no longer want to use this feature.
- First, open up the Home app and tap on the location arrow icon up in the top-left corner of the screen.
- Tap on your profile picture under the “People” section.
- Click on the toggle switch to the right of “Personal Requests” to turn it off if it isn’t already.
That just about does it. This prevents you from accessing your text messages reminders, notes, and more but most importantly stops your naughty friends from intruding on your privacy.