HomePod is capable of making phone calls, sending messages, creating reminders, and more when your iPhone is nearby. These are called personal requests and it’s a great feature to have. However, it does come at the cost of your privacy, and some people may want to turn off personal requests on their HomePod.
Imagine if someone other than you could make phone calls and send messages from your iPhone? Doesn’t that sound like a potential privacy problem? The way HomePod works, it can complete personal requests by recognizing your voice. However, if someone at your home can mimic your voice, or one of your family members has a very similar voice to yours, they can potentially get HomePod to get tasks done on your iPhone without your authorization. Sure it’s not a common scenario, but it’s possible.
If this is something that concerns you, you’ll need to turn off personal requests on HomePod.