Need iPad and iPhone help? Sign up for iPhone
Life Insider and Sarah will help you with all your
iPhone troubleshooting and iOS-related issues.
To learn more, go to iPhoneLife.com/Insider.
I can’t connect my iPhone to my HomePod. It
answers to my husband’s voice but won’t play
music from my phone. Can you help?
It sounds like the HomePod was set up using your
husband’s Apple ID. He needs to add you as a
shared user with admin privileges. To do this, open
the Home app on his iPhone and tap the Home
icon in the upper left corner to get to Home Settings. Under People, tap Invite, enter your Apple ID
email, and then tap Send. Once you accept the invitation, you can AirPlay audio to the HomePod and
use it to control smart home products.
How can I construct and share a route between
two points (neither of which is where I am
located) using Apple or Google Maps so the
recipient can load and use the route I created
with turn-by-turn directions?
Proceed to the Route
I recommend using Google Maps because the
sharing options are better. To do this, open the app,
enter the destination, and tap Get Directions. Then
tap on Your Location and replace it with the starting
location you want to use. Next, tap the ellipsis in
the upper right corner and tap Share Directions and
choose a method for sending. When the recipient
taps on the URL they receive, as long as they have
Google Maps, the route will open in the app. If
they’re at the starting location, they can tap Start to
begin turn-by-turn directions. If they’re at a different
location, they will be shown a turn-by-turn preview
of the route.
Sarah Kingsbury is the senior web editor of iPhoneLife.com. She goes almost nowhere
without her iPhone and is a contributor to the site’s Tip of the Day column. She has
over a decade of experience writing and editing for online and print publications.
How do I arrange my pictures into albums?
You can add photos to a new or existing album in
two ways. The first way is to open the Photos app,
tap Albums, open an album, and then tap Select in
the upper right corner. Tap all the images you want
to add to an album. Tap Add To in the bottom center
of the screen, tap New Album, name it, and tap
Save. Otherwise, you can tap an existing album
and the photos will be added to it. Your second
option is to open a photo. Tap the share icon in
the lower left corner. Scroll through the options in
the bottom row to find Add to Album. Tap that and
either create a new album or tap an existing album
to add the photo to it.