Having been charmed by HomePod's adorable sound, most of you would be eagerly awaiting the stereo and multi-room support, which are expected to arrive later this year with AirPlay 2. If you are the one who can't wait for these much-awaited features and wish to find out how they would function on the smart speaker, there is a workaround that can let you fill the gap to a great extent! There are a couple of fine apps that can let you create a stereo HomePod pair without AirPlay 2.
I have tested these apps and found them up to the mark. They let you AirPlay to two HomePods with ease. Enough talk, let's get started!
How to AirPlay to Two HomePods from Mac/Windows PC or iPhone or iPad
How to Create a Stereo HomePod Pair Using AirFoil on Mac or Windows PC
Meet AirFoil, a robust audio tool. It is available on macOS and Windows and allows you to create a multi-room setup between multiple AirPlay and Bluetooth devices.
Step #1. First and foremost, download AirFoil from Rogue Amoeba's website. It comes at $29 per user and is available for free trial.
Step #2. After you have downloaded the app, copy it to your Application folder.
Step #3. Now, open it and select your audio source.
Note: If the audio source is iTunes, you will need to download an add-on. Don't worry, it's free and doesn’t take much time to get downloaded.
Step #4. Next, head over to your Applications folder on macOS and find the AirFoil file.
Step #5. Next up, you need to right-click on file and select “Duplicate.”
It will create a duplicate application of AirFoil. Then, open both the copies.
Step #6. In one of the instance of AirFoil, you have to select the HomePod which is on the right side of the configuration.
Then, you need to click the equalizer icon at the top and drag the Balance slider to the right side. It will play only the right channel through that speaker.
Step #7. In the other instance of the app, select the speaker that's on the left side of your configuration. Then, click the equalizer icon at the top and drag the Balance slider to the left side. It will play only the left channel through that speaker.
You have successfully, created stereo HomePod configuration. Now, keep the same audio channel selected in both instances of AirFoil to enjoy music at its very best.
What if you don't have Mac or Windows PC? No problem, you can AirPlay to two HomePods from your iOS device as well.
How to Create a Stereo HomePod Pair On iPhone and iPad
WHAALE Multiroom Player is very efficient in letting you airplay to two HomePods. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod running iOS 6 or later. It's priced at $9.99.
Step #1. Download WHAALE Multiroom Player on your iOS device. Once you have downloaded the app, launch it.
Step #2. Now, close the Help menu and head over to the speaker menu.
Step #3. Next, you need to drag both HomePods to the stage and select audio button.
Be sure both the speakers have the checkmark next to them.
Step #4. Now, start streaming songs the to speaker.
- Swipe over to the list of audio sources and then select a cool one to play.
- For iPhone's Music Library, you need to tap on iPod icon to view all of your favorite albums, playlists, songs, and podcasts. Tap to add your album or song, and the HomePod will start playing.
- In the Main menu, you will see a visual representation of your iPhone streaming to your HomePods.
Over to you
Of course, it's not a perfect option. But it's good enough to offer a fair amount of idea about how two HomePods will work with each other to deliver stereo sound.
Take a peek at these posts as well:
- How to Stream Spotify, Google Music, and Pandora on HomePod
- Over 100 Siri Commands for HomePod
- How to Use HomePod as a Speakerphone
- How to Connect Apple TV to HomePod