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It looks like you haven’t set up any HomeKit accessories

It was just yesterday I wrote about one annoying HomePod error message, and it’s now clear that this isn’t the only one to be bugging HomePod owners this week. Multiple users are reporting that Siri is responding to all HomeKit commands with: “It looks like you haven’t set up any HomeKit accessories.”

This is again affecting commands that have worked reliably for years, though a potential fix is working for many …

I experienced it myself for the first time last night. Again attempting to give a scene command, HomePod was unable to run it, though the error message had changed:

It looks like you haven’t set up any HomeKit accessories

Sure enough, attempts to instruct it to control devices individually also failed, with the same message. HomePod was simply unable to see any HomeKit devices, despite the fact that my home is stuffed full of them.

It turned out that it wasn’t just one of my HomePods suffering this, but all six of them!

A quick Google later confirmed that I’m not alone in this, with the first reports dating back around a week. The actual error messages reported vary a little, though people do often paraphrase when recalling them.

“For about two years I have been cheerfully getting up in the morning, walking into my den and saying ‘Hey Siri, turn on [various things like lights, TV etc]. This morning, as usual, I did the same and my hub (HomePod) said ‘It looks like you haven’t set up any devices.’”

“Happened to me last night when I went to bed then this morning too, happy it’s not just me!”

“My HomePod is no longer recognizing the HomeKit accessories through voice commands. The HomeKit app, and Apple TV works fine and shows all accessories. I have reset HomePod logged out and log back in as primary user and reset HomePod again to no avail current iOS 16.2 and confirmed on the same Network.”

“Everything was working fine until today at mid-morning and now all my HomePods (6 minis, 2 OG) are saying the same message and none of my commands, scenes, or accessories work. Siri on my phone still functions, but the HomePods seem to think the house isn’t setup – where they’ve been working for over a year. All HomePods and iOS devices are running 16.2.”

“Same problem on my of my 2 OG HomePods, since today. Have rebooted the unit a few times and no change.”

HomePod owners have been trying a number of different troubleshooting steps. Restarting the affected HomePods in the Home app doesn’t work, but sometimes physically power-cycling them does. Others had to completely reset their HomePods and then add it as a new device.

It’s unclear yet whether there is any pattern to the reports, though more reports seem to relate to the original HomePod rather than the mini. One possibility is that after the aborted switch to a new Home architecture, most Apple developers are using this, and are unaware of problems caused on the old architecture by subsequent changes.

For those who don’t know what this refers to, an iOS 16.2 beta changed the way that the entire Apple Home system works – ironically, in a bid to make it more reliable. This proved, uh, unreliable, and Apple pulled it. However, for those who’d already upgraded, the change remained permanent. Anecdotally, colleagues who upgraded during this window are not experiencing the problem.

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