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Using a HomePod as the default speaker for your Apple TV



Use HomePod as the default speaker for Apple TV 4K
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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

7;ll show you how to set that up.

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.

RELATED: Use two HomePods as a stereo pair with the Apple TV

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.

Tap the Home icon

If the accessory is not listed anywhere, tap the “+” icon in the top right corner.

Tap the + icon

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.

Tap Add Accessory

Once you’ve done this, tap and hold the Apple TV button in the Home app.

Tap and hold the accessory icon

Click on the gear icon in the lower right corner.

Tap the gear icon

Now tap on ‘Room’.

Tap Room

Select a room from the list, then tap the “X” icon at the top.

Select a room

Now tap and hold the HomePod icon.

Tap and hold the HomePod icon

Select the gear icon in the lower right corner.

Press the gear icon

Tap Room and select the same room as the Apple TV.

Tap Room

The Home app asks if you want to use the HomePod as a speaker for your Apple TV 4K. Tap on ‘Use’.

Tap Usage

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.

Open Settings on Apple TV

Select ‘Video and Audio’.

Select Video and Audio

Scroll down and click on ‘Standard Audio Output’.

Select 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.

Select your HomePod

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.




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