How to Use HomePod With Your Mac Using AirPlay

BY Khamosh Pathak

Published 22 Feb 2018

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Yes, the HomePod is a Siri enabled speaker which only works with Apple Music. But HomePod is also an AirPlay speaker. Which means you can use it as a speaker with any device that supports AirPlay – including your Mac. For this feature to work, both your Mac and HomePod will need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

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Change To HomePod From Menu bar

Using the Volume option in the menu bar, you can quickly change the output to the HomePod. It doesn’t matter where you’re playing your media on the Mac, it will play through your HomePod.

But first, you’ll need to enable the Volume option in the menu bar (if you haven’t already).

Step 1: Open System Preferences, go to Sound section and click on the Output tab.

Step 2: Here, check the Show Volume in menu bar option at the bottom.

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Step 3: Now, click on the Volume icon in the menu bar.

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Step 4: You’ll see a list of all connected devices in the Output Device section. Click on your HomePod from the list to switch to it.

Once HomePod is active as an AirPlay speaker, you can’t use Siri to change tracks or the volume. You’ll need to do that from your Mac itself.

How To Stream To HomePod From iTunes

If you’re using iTunes on your Mac and you want to play the music on your HomePod, switching the output is quite simple.

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In the iTunes app, click on the AirPlay icon in the top toolbar. Then select your HomePod and you’re all set.

HomePod: Everything You Need to Know

Did you just get your HomePod and you’re trying to figure things out? Find out everything you need to know in our HomePod guide.

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