Apple released iOS 13.2 the other day, which adds some neat features for your HomePod—including the ability to detect and differentiate between multiple voices and pass audio from an iPhone to the Homepod by bringing the phone near the speaker. The bad news is that this update seems to be bricking some HomePods indiscriminately.
According to MacRumors, some users claim that the iOS 13.2 update is breaking their HomePods to the point where they can’t do anything with their smart speakers anymore. The issues allegedly appear right when the software is installed or when you reboot the HomePod after installing it. (There’s even been a suggestion that this problem might occur when users update their HomePods to iOS 13.2 before their iPhones, but that’s just a hunch for now.)
Apple has already pulled iOS 13.2 for HomePods, so if your smart speaker hasn’t downloaded the update, there’s nothing more for you to do. If it has, which is very possible if your HomePod is set to receive automatic updates, Apple suggests holding off on resetting or rebooting the speaker until it fixes whatever the problem is, even if iOS tells you that you need to restart your speaker. You can check what version of the HomePod software is installed on your speaker using the Home app on your synced iPhone or Mac.
Lastly, if have found that your Homepod has already fallen victim to the HomePod 13.2 software bug and your speaker no longer works, you should call Apple support ASAP. Based on some accounts, Apple will replace or repair HomePods broken by the bug.