What to do before you sell your HomePod

Here's what to do before you sell your HomePod or HomePod mini

By Stacey Butler - Senior Staff Writer
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Your old HomePod is still worth money. Someone out there wants one, but doesn’t quite have enough to spend on a brand new model. Though yours may be two years old, you can still get a pretty penny for it on the resale market. There’re just a few things you should do before putting it up on the auction block. Here’s what to do before you sell your HomePod or HomePod mini.


What to do before selling a HomePod

Reset your HomePod

Before you sell your HomePod, you should reset it. This will delete all your personal information and data linked to the device. This will ensure the new owner can set up the speaker with their Apple ID and use it to the fullest.

Note: If you’ve paired two HomePod speakers, but you want to reset one or both, you’ll have to ungroup them before you initiate the reset process. In the HomePod’s settings, tap Ungroup Accessories to remove the stereo pairing.

Now follow the steps below to reset your HomePod:

  1. Open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the HomePod you are selling.
  3. Tap the Settings button.
  4. Scroll down and tap Reset HomePod.
  5. Tap Remove Accessory and select Remove to confirm.
  6. After a few minutes, you will hear a start-up chime completing the reset.

Remove HomePod from your Apple ID

Once you have reset your HomePod, it should be removed from your Apple ID. But if for some reason it did not, follow the steps below to remove it:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll down and tap the HomePod you are selling.
  4. Tap Remove from Account and select Remove to confirm.

Clean your HomePod

To get the most moolah for your merchandise, you’ll want your HomePod to look as brand new as possible. You may not be able to remove wear completely, but you can make it nice and shiny with a good cleaning.

It’s especially important to make your HomePod look as clean as possible when selling it yourself, like through eBay or Craigslist.

Apple doesn’t offer a lot of direction about how to clean HomePod in its official support article. First: clean it gently. Don’t rough up your HomePod. Second: use a dry cloth, though Apple also says that a damp (not wet, damp) cloth. Apple doesn’t specify any particular type of cloth, but I’d suggest something clean.

Make sure its adapter and box are in order

HomePod mini requires a 20-watt USB-C power adapter (the same one that fast charges your iPhone), while the bigger HomePod 1st and 2nd generation directly plugs into a wall outlet.

One thing to note is that the 1st generation bigger HomePod has a fixed power cable, while the 2nd generation does have a removable power cord. So you’ll be able to command a better price for your HomePod mini if you include the power adapter. And if it’s a 2nd generation HomePod, youll get most cash if the power cable is attached.

Still have the original box? Even better. If you have any additional accessories that you don’t want to carry over to your new HomePod, like a case that only fits that model, throw it in with the sale. If you’re selling it on an online auction house, like eBay, it’ll fetch a little more if it comes with a special case or other accessory.

Any questions?

That’s every thing you need to do before you sell your HomePod. Now all you have to do is get out there and sell it. If you have any questions about how to get your HomePod ready for sale, put them in the comments and we’ll help you out.

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By Stacey Butler Senior Staff Writer
Stacey is a senior staff writer at GeeksChalk and has been writing about Apple for nearly a decade. She covers all things Apple for GeeksChalk, including iPhones, iPads and Mac. Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Stacey is often found hiking precarious landscapes or tinkering with a camera.
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