HomePod mini review followup: A mistake

I published my HomePod mini review on November 12, 2020, giving readers a view on how I use the devices, how and where I set them up, and how I felt about them. However, despite my best efforts to be thorough in my testing, I did make a mistake. I felt it was fair to correct that.

In the section of the review titled “Allowing updated listening history,” I said that I turned that off on all of my HomePods because I didn’t want other people to influence my For You recommendations in Apple Music. The reasoning for that decision was sound, but it wasn’t necessary—that was my mistake.

In the past, I had trouble adding a second person to my HomePod. This meant that whenever my fiancé or anyone else used the HomePod for music, it would show up on my Apple Music account, so I turned that setting off.

I’m not sure what settings I was using during that time—I’ve tried to replicate it and can’t.

After posting my review, I tried adding my fiancé to the Home app for the HomePods, and it worked flawlessly.

Now, when she plays music, it uses her Apple Music account, not mine—that’s perfect. When I ask to play music, HomePod uses my account, and because it recognizes my voice, it updates my Apple Music accordingly. Perfect.

The best part is that when someone else asks HomePod to play music, it will use the default account for that device—my account—but because it doesn’t recognize the voice, it doesn’t update the music in Apple Music For You. Perfect.

This is how my HomePods (three HomePod minis and two HomePods) are set up now, and it works flawlessly.

I wish I knew what I did wrong before, but I can’t seem to figure it out. I just wanted to correct my mistake and let you know that you can allow HomePod to update your listening history without worry.