Home Kit has gained popularity due to the Homepod Mini and speculations of a new Homepod. Apple is known as a secure company, but it can always do more.
Siri sends Apple information about your questions and commands. Apple tries to obscure personal information, but it still collects contact info, music preferences, smart home Kit usage stats, and more. Apple deletes information it obtains from you after six months, but you can disable (or alter) options to minimise the personal data it holds.
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Disable “Hey Siri”
This is the first HomePod setting you’ll want to disable if you carry an iPhone or Apple Watch. Disabling this makes Siri only accessible by tapping the HomePod’s top. This setting stops Siri from listening constantly, even if Apple insists it just listens for trigger words.
Go to Settings then Siri & Search to modify “Hey Siri” behaviour. Tap to switch off ‘Hey Siri’ and press Home or Side for Siri.
This setting will play a chime when Siri actively listens to a question. If you didn’t trigger Siri, it makes sense to want to know when she’s listening.
To make this modification, open the Home app and touch and hold the HomePod. Scroll down and tap Turn on Siri Sound.
Stop recording audio
Siri can’t access Apple Music and Podcasts with this setting. Apple analyses your music preferences to make song recommendations.
Go to Home > Home Settings to disable media app listening history. Select Update Listening History after tapping a user. After that, you can turn off each HomePod’s listening history.
Homepod will know where you’ve taken your iPhone and other gadgets. It can learn Home, Work, and other saved addresses. Deleted locations won’t be found by others.
Open Settings and click Privacy to disable services. Select Never for Location Services, Siri, and Dictation.
Erase saved Siri history
Although you won’t move your Homepod, it will know where your iPhone and other devices are. It can learn your Home, Work, and other saved places. Removing these locations will prevent others from finding them.
To disable services, go to Settings > Privacy. Choose Location Services, Siri, and Dictation > Never.
Clear stored Siri history
You may configure which app Siri uses for requests or dictation. This setting restricts Siri to apps that need it.
Go to Settings to customise Siri’s app integration. Choose the app to change Siri’s behaviour in Siri & Search. Then choose Siri.
Apple protects user privacy better than the competition, yet it has millions of users. Data will be lost. You may decrease the amount of data HomeKit collects about you by taking these actions.