How to Stream Spotify, Pandora, and SoundCloud to HomePod

Thanks to AirPlay, streaming Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, SoundCloud or any other music app to HomePod is pretty simple. Should your heart demands you to taste third-party music services with the all-new smart speaker, jump over to beam music from your iOS device.

The verdict is out! HomePod has got the best sound and is fully capable of toppling the numero uno status of Amazon Echo. But that doesn’t mean Apple’s smart speaker doesn’t have any drawback. Currently, the only music service you can control using your voice is Apple Music. And, to stream Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud or any music app to HomePod, you need to use AirPlay.

Luckily, beaming music from iPhone to HomePod is dead simple. And if you have used it to stream audio or video wirelessly, you may already be pretty much aware of it. Read on to find out how to AirPlay any music streaming app to HomePod.

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How to AirPlay Third-Party Music Streaming App to HomePod

Before getting started, make sure to enable Bluetooth on your iOS device. Settings → Bluetooth. Alternately, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center. (On iPhone X, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to access Control Center.) Then, tap on the Bluetooth button to turn it on. Besides, make sure your iOS device is connected to Wi-Fi.

Step #1. First off, swipe up from the bottom to bring up Control Center. On iPhone X, swipe down from the upper right corner on iPhone X to access CC.

Step #2. Now, select audio options icon in the upper right corner of the Now Playing control panel.

Step #3. Next, tap on your HomePod.

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Voila! Now, enjoy the music in its full-fledged form.

How to Stop Streaming Third-Party Music Services on HomePod

Once you have had a long run with your favorite third-party music app and don’t want to stream it to the smart speaker, you can easily stop it.

Step #1. Bring up Control Center on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, tap on audio options button located in the upper right corner of the Now Playing control panel.

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Step #3. Next, you need to tap your HomePod.

That’s done!

Now, the music will return to your iPhone. If you wish to continue to jam along, take the full advantage of Apple Music to stream music directly on the voice-based speaker.

Have your say:

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As per the latest report, Apple Music currently has 36 million paying subscribers around the world as compared to 70 million subscribers of Spotify.

The tech giant has confirmed that its music-streaming service is growing at a faster pace than Spotify in the United States. The company has further added that it could soon overtake the service in popularity in the country.

Though I’m pretty happy with Apple’s music service, I would be really glad if the company allowed to directly stream even third-party music apps to the voice-enabled speaker. What’s your take on it?

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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