The HomePod is best used with other Apple devices. One such device is the Apple TV 4K, which allows you to use your HomePod as the default speaker. We̵
Before you start, keep in mind that this feature requires an Apple TV 4K and the original HomePod. It will not work with older Apple TV models. If you have HomePod minis, you need two Apple smart speakers to make a stereo pair.
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To set the HomePod as the default speaker for your Apple TV 4K, you must first make sure that both devices are assigned to the same room in the Home app. Open the “Home” app on your iPhone or iPad. Here you should see products such as the Apple TV 4K and the HomePod.
If you don’t see the accessory, tap the house icon in the top left and select different rooms to see if the accessory is listed there.
If the accessory is not listed anywhere, tap the “+” icon in the top right corner.
Select “Add Accessory” here and place your iPhone or iPad near the HomePod or Apple TV 4K to add it to a room in the Home app.
Once you’ve done this, tap and hold the Apple TV button in the Home app.
Click on the gear icon in the lower right corner.
Now tap on ‘Room’.
Select a room from the list, then tap the “X” icon at the top.
Now tap and hold the HomePod icon.
Select the gear icon in the lower right corner.
Tap Room and select the same room as the Apple TV.
The Home app asks if you want to use the HomePod as a speaker for your Apple TV 4K. Tap on ‘Use’.
This will likely do the job and make the HomePod the default speaker on your Apple TV. However, we have found that sometimes you have to make sure that something similar is also enabled in your Apple TV 4K’s settings, so let’s do that right away too.
Go to “Settings” on your Apple TV.
Select ‘Video and Audio’.
Scroll down and click on ‘Standard Audio Output’.
Here you will see all the audio output devices in the list. Select your HomePod from this list. Our HomePod is called “Living Room”, but yours may have a different name. If you’re not sure which device is your HomePod, look for the HomePod icon next to the speaker’s name.
This makes the HomePod the default speaker for your Apple TV 4K. All system sounds, music and audio from videos will now be played through the HomePod. If you have two HomePods, you may want to turn them into a stereo pair for even better sound.