How to Use Your HomePod as a Speaker for Your Apple TV

The HomePod offers great sound, and with AirPlay connectivity, you can set the HomePod up to function as a speaker for your Apple TV, routing Apple TV sound through the HomePod.

You can use Apple TV and HomePod together as long as you have a fourth or fifth-generation Apple TV — it won’t work with earlier models.

Pairing Apple TV and HomePod

  1. Open the Settings app on the Apple TV.
  2. Scroll down to the Video and Audio section and select it.
  3. Choose “Audio Output.”
  4. Select the HomePod icon from the list of available devices.

Once the Apple TV is paired with the HomePod, TV sound will be routed through your HomePod instead of through your TV. You can’t control playback in any way using the HomePod, such as through Siri commands, but it does relay audio.

Using the HomePod’s physical controls, you can change the volume of the Apple TV.

Unpairing Apple TV and HomePod

You’ll presumably want to use your HomePod for purposes beyond playing audio from the Apple TV, and unpairing is done through the same settings you used to pair the HomePod and Apple TV in the first place.

  1. Open the Settings app on the Apple TV.
  2. Scroll down to the Video and Audio section and select it.
  3. Choose “Audio Output.”
  4. Click on the HomePod icon from the list of available devices to deselect it.

In a future update to iOS 11, Apple plans to introduce support for pairing two HomePods together for the equivalent of stereo sound. Once dual HomePod pairing is available, you’ll be able to use two HomePods with the Apple TV for even better sound.

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