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Directly play iPhone or iPad audio on HomePod Mini



iPhone user set HomePod mini as audio output using shortcut
Khamosh pathak

To play iPhone or iPad audio directly on the HomePod or HomePod mini, tap your device on top of the smart speaker or use the AirPlay menu. But alternatively, the fastest way is to use a shortcut.

With the Shortcuts app, you can create a simple automation that instantly sets the HomePod mini as the audio output device. Once it is set up, you can activate it from the Shortcuts widget or you can add it directly to your home screen.

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Create the play destination shortcut for HomePod

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7;s start by creating the shortcut ourselves. Open the “Shortcuts” app on your iPhone or iPad.

Then under the “My Shortcuts” tab, tap the “+” button in the top right corner to create a new shortcut.

Tap the plus button of shortcuts

Tap the “Add action” button here.

Tap Add action in shortcuts

Look for the action “Set Playback Destination” and add it.

Tap Set play destination in Shortcuts

Tap the “iPhone” button.

Select iPhone

Select your HomePod or HomePod mini here.

Select your HomePod mini

Now tap on the “Next” button at the top of your device screen.

Tap Next from the HomePod shortcut

Give the shortcut a recognizable name (we used “Set HomePod.”) And tap the “Done” button.

Tap Done to save the HomePod shortcut

Now, if you tap the “Set up HomePod” shortcut in the Shortcuts app while near your smart speaker, your iPhone or iPad will instantly set the HomePod or HomePod mini as the audio output.

Tap Shortcut to start

Add the HomePod output shortcut to your home screen

The shortcut won’t do you much good if it’s just in the Shortcuts app. The best way to use it is to put it on the home screen. That way, with just one tap, you can stream the audio from your iPhone or iPad to the HomePod or HomePod mini (since the home screen shortcuts are activated in the background, without opening the Shortcuts app).

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Open the “Shortcuts” app to get started. Then from the “Set up HomePod” shortcut, tap the three-dot menu button.

Tap Menu from shortcut

Here, select the three-dot menu button in the top right corner.

Tap Menu on the shortcut page

Tap the “Add to Home Screen” button.

Tap Add to home screen via shortcut

From here you can change the shortcut’s name or icon. In fact, you can use any image or icon from the web. Tap the icon and select the “Choose photo” option.

Choose Photo for shortcut

Then choose the image from your camera roll.

Select HomePod icon from Photos

In the example, tap the “Choose” button.

Tap Choose to confirm

Finally, tap on the “Add” button in the top right corner.

Tap Add to add shortcut to home screen

The shortcut will be added to the home screen of your iPhone or iPad. You can move the shortcut icon to a suitable place (we recommend the first home screen).

Tap Shortcut to trigger

And you are all set. Just tap the shortcut icon on your home screen to start streaming audio directly to your HomePod or HomePod mini.


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