Here’s Why You Should Disable Personal Requests On HomePod
Apple's HomePod is one of the most highly anticipated devices of this year. While deliveries have been commenced in some regions others are yet to follow. HomePod is Apple's answer to Google's smart speaker along with Amazon's. The Siri-powered speaker from Apple packs in some serious specifications that not only allows it to deliver great sound but adds those 'smart' elements as well. However, the extension of its smartness could lead to breaching your personal information to some extent. That's right, anyone can trigger Siri for Personal Requests which could result in HomePod reading your texts out loud.
Anyone Can Trigger Personal Requests On The HomePod
Siri can be used on the HomePod to access your messages, reminders, notes and other stuff, everything which the company calls Personal Requests. As we have mentioned earlier, anyone within the range of HomePod's hearing could make personal requests to services which are synced to a user's iCloud account.
This is definitely something that should have been there. Personal Requests feature is enabled on the initial setup of the smart speaker, only if you opt to enable it. However, even if you have enabled it in the beginning, you still have the option available to disable it.
All you have to do is open the Home app on your iOS device and then tap on the location arrow. Now, under the people section of the app, tap on your profile picture. Under the Siri section, you will see an option available to turn off or on Personal Requests.
If you're going by logic, you should definitely turn off the feature. This would prevent other people from reading your Notes, Reminders and most of all your messages. So do take note and prioritize your privacy if you're willing. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details.
This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the HomePod allowing anyone to read your Notes, Messages, and Reminders out loud via Personal Requests? Share your views with us in the comments.