How to Set Up Multi-Room AirPlay 2 Audio on HomePods

The wait is over and it's time to add multi-room audio to HomePods to fill all the rooms with magnificent sound. All geared up? Getting started with it is as simple as it can ever get—especially if all of your devices are up and ready!

Along with stereo sound, HomePod had poorly been missing multi-room play feature that is widely believed to be one of its biggest highlights. Thankfully, it has eventually got the light of the day! And I know many of you would be craving to set up multi-room AirPlay 2 audio on your HomePods. And why not, it’s such a fabulous feature.

All set? You must ensure your iPhone is running iOS 11.4 and all the HomePod speakers are perfectly set up and updated to the latest version. Once you have got them right, getting started is a breeze—especially with Siri.

How to Use Multi-Room Audio on HomePod Speakers

How to Play Multi-room Audio using HomePod Speakers from iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Launch your favorite music app on your iOS device and play a fantastic song. Then, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center.

Note: On your iPhone X, you need to swipe down from the top right to access CC.

Step #2. Now, touch and hold the Music Control panel and then choose the audio track you wish to play on multiple HomePods

Step #3. Next, you need to tap the AirPlay icon and choose multiple HomePod speakers.

Use Siri to Play Audio in Multiple Rooms

As mentioned above, streaming audio with the help of Siri is dead simple. All you have to do is invoke the personal assistant and ask it to play music in all of your rooms or on particular HomePod speakers. For instance,

  • Hey Siri, “Play Perfect on HomePod One and Two.”
  • Hey Siri, “Play DJ bravo in bedroom and kitchen.”
  • Hey Siri, “Play Closer everywhere.”
  • Hey Siri, “Play balcony, dining room and baby room.”

Voila! The music will start playing in multiple rooms. It’s time to thrill.

How to Play Different Audio In Different Rooms With HomePods

Another obvious advantage of having multiple speakers is that you can stream different songs in different rooms. Let’s say, your baby loves listening to melodious rhymes while going to bed, whereas you like listening to some evergreen songs. You can ask Siri to play a rhyme in your baby’s room and a loving song in your bedroom. If you don’t want to use the personal assistant to get it done, you can use your device to get on top of your music time.

Step #1. Launch a music app of your choice and play anything you want → then bring up Control Center on your device → press and hold the Music Control panel.

Step #2. Now, choose the audio track you wish to play in a room and tap on AirPlay icon.

Step #3. Next, choose the HomePod through which you wish to play music.

Step #4. Up next, follow the steps from 1-3 for another HomePod to play different music.

Getting it done using Siri is a bit straightforward.

You can say something like, hey Siri, “Play Dangerous in bedroom and Shape of You in the kitchen.”

How to Choose Single Room To Play Audio with HomePod

Thoroughly relished multi-room audio and now want to restrict playing to a single room? No problem, you can get it done quickly.

Step #1. Open a music app → play a cool song → bring up Control Center → touch and hold Music Control panel.

Step #2. Tap on audio track you would like to play in a room.

Step #3. Finally, choose the HomePod through which you want to play the song.

How to Play Audio to Multiple Speakers from Mac/PC and Apple TV

Streaming music to multiple speakers from Mac, Windows PC or Apple TV isn’t complex either. Head over here to give it a try.

That’s pretty much it!

Over to You

Now that you have put your hands on this cool feature let us know your thoughts about it. Plus, do tell us the changes you would like to see in Apple’s smart speaker.

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