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Transfer music from iPhone to HomePod

One of the most interesting features of the HomePod Mini can also be one of the most annoying in certain circumstances: the support for Handoff. Thanks to this technology, iPhones equipped with the Apple U1 Chip are able to transfer the music they are playing to continue doing so on the small Apple speaker.

The problem with this function is that the iPhone not only emits a vibration when it is near a HomePod Mini to make use of this feature, it also displays an on-screen notification asking you what you want to do. And that’s what can be annoying if you have the speaker on your desk. Simply picking up the phone to answer or interact with a call can trigger these alerts. That once nothing happens, but when they are repeated and repeated, things already change.

What are the iPhone compatible with Handoff on the HomePod Mini

To start with, this Handoff support was included in iOS version 14.4 And for now it is the iPhone 11 and the new iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini that when the device is brought closer they will show the notification to accept that transfer. This is because they have the Apple UI chip that supports Ultra Wideband technology. Thanks to it, the precise detection of the position of a device is allowed.

Therefore, only if you have a HomePod Mini and one of these terminals can you take advantage of this option and you will also be one of those who suffer these notifications and vibrations that can sometimes be somewhat erratic and annoying.

In the case of older iPhones you can use Handoff but you will have to place the device on top of the HomePod Mini in order to transfer the music. Which has disadvantages, but in this case it could be an advantage if you are one of those who use the speaker at their desk or very close to where they sit.

How to disable the Handoff feature on your iPhone

Disable the notifications and vibrations that your iPhone emits when it is next to a HomePod Mini to take advantage of the Handoff option and transfer music playback from one device to another is very simple. All you have to do is the following:

  1. Access the configuration settings of your iPhone
  2. Now scroll to the General option
  3. Look for the AirPlay and Handoff section
  4. Once inside, disable the option to Transfer to HomePod
  5. Clever

From this moment on, it does not matter how close or not your iPHone is to the HomePod Mini, whether it “points” to it or not, you will not receive any type of notification or vibration again. Of course, what you gain in comfort by avoiding those notices that are certainly somewhat annoying when they occur frequently and unintentionally, you also lose in integration.

Now you will no longer be able to reach the place where you have your HomePod Mini connected and just by bringing the iPhone closer to continue playing music on it. So you have to assess what interests you the most. The solution is as simple as changing the location of the Apple smart speaker. Maybe to a shelf or in another part of the room if you use it to have some background music and not as a 2.0 system, so that it also allows you to configure it if you use it with other devices such as Apple TV, for example .


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