If you own more than one HomePod, you can create a stereo pair that will sync with your Apple TV. This is more than just two HomePods playing the same music ̵
Unfortunately, this only works with the original HomePod, the larger, more expensive model. You can’t do it with the HomePod mini or other AirPlay speakers.
First, specify the location of your Apple TV
The Apple TV (fourth generation and above) is a HomeKit hub, but may not show up in your Home app until you specify which room you placed it in. To do this, turn on the Apple TV and go to Settings> Airplay and HomeKit> Room.
You should now see your Apple TV in the Home app on iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Then set up HomePods in the Home app
If you haven’t set up HomePods yet, you should do that first and foremost. This includes unpacking the speakers, plugging them in, and moving your iPhone close enough to identify who you are. Each HomePod will try to update itself so let the process complete.
Now that your speakers are set up and ready to go, you now need to specify which room your HomePods are in. You do this in the Home app on an iPhone or iPad (you may need to download the app if you previously removed it). The Mac also has a Home app since macOS 10.15 Catalina was released in 2019.
Launch the Home app and follow any instructions to set up your home. During setup you should be asked which room your HomePod is in, but you can easily change this in the Home app. To do this, tap and hold a HomePod. Scroll down and tap the Settings gear in the lower right corner.
From here you can see all pending updates and set privacy levels. Under ‘Room’ you can also indicate where in the house this specific HomePod is. To create a stereo pair, both HomePods must be configured to be in the same “Room” in the Home app.
Now make a stereo pair
With both HomePods set up in the same room, you can now create a stereo pair. To do this, launch the Home app and press and hold a HomePod. Tap the “Create Stereo Pair” option and follow the installation instructions.
Once you’ve completed the installation, your HomePods will appear as a single stereo pair in the room you specified. You can undo this at any time by tapping and holding the pair, scrolling down and tapping the gear icon, and choosing “Ungroup Accessories” from the options.
As long as your HomePods are grouped, you can select them as audio output on your devices. This includes your iPhone, iPad, Mac and, of course, Apple TV.
If you only have one HomePod and want to use it as a mono speaker for your Apple TV, you can do this by skipping the process of pairing the two HomePods. You can still choose one HomePod as your audio output in the next step.
Use your HomePod setup for Apple TV audio
The last step is to designate your HomePod stereo pair as the primary audio output for your Apple TV. When you first turn on your Apple TV after installing your speakers, you may be asked if you want to use the stereo pair as your primary output.
If this option does not appear, go to Settings> Video & Audio> Audio Output. Here you can choose your HomePod stereo pair if you have one (or a single HomePod if you don’t have a pair).
You can also quickly switch between TV speakers (or a receiver) and HomePod output by holding down the play button on your remote and choosing between Apple TV, HomePod and other wireless audio devices you have connected (such as AirPods or Bluetooth headphones) ).
Other things your HomePod can do
Apple’s range of smart speakers was strengthened in late 2020 with the launch of the HomePod mini. While the HomePod mini cannot play home theater audio through the Apple TV, it is a surprisingly rich-sounding mini smart speaker. If you have multiple HomePods, including the mini, you can use AirPlay 2’s multiroom audio features to listen to music all over the house.
Also new in 2020 with the release of tvOS 14 is the ability to use your HomePod as a home intercom.
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