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How to let your friends stream their music to your HomePod

When my friends come over, they're always rushing to play me some great song or show me some funny video. Apple TV is fantastic for that because it supports peer-to-peer Airplay, which means they don't have to be on my wi-fi network in order to show me videos. They can just AirPlay it directly from their device. Apple included peer-to-peer AirPlay support for HomePod so they can share their music with me, too. Here's how it works.

What you need

In addition to having your HomePod already set up with your iPhone or iPad, the person streaming to your HomePod will need an iPhone or iPad from late 2012 or later running iOS 8 or later.

How to stream audio to HomePod using peer-to-peer AirPlay

When your guest is ready, have them access the device sharing options from whichever audio app they're using. This is usually on the main playback screen and will usually look similar to the Share icon (a rectangle or circle with an arrow pointing upward), though not always. Spotify, for example, is on the main playback screen under Devices available.

  1. Open the AirPlay-supported app (like the Music app or Spotify) on your guest's iPhone or iPad.
  2. Find the song or album you want to play.
  3. Navigate to the Now Playing screen.
  4. Tap the AirPlay button.
  5. Tap your HomePod.

Launch an AirPlay supported app, then tap the AirPlay icon, then tap the HomePod

You can also access the AirPlay button from Control Center after the music begins playing. It looks like two curved lines in the upper right corner of the music playback control.

Remember, they won't have to be on your Wi-Fi network to be able to stream music to your HomePod.

How to stop streaming audio to HomePod from an iPhone or iPad that is using peer-to-peer Airplay

When your guests have finished playing their favorite tunes on your HomePod, they can stop sharing music through AirPlay.

  1. Open the app that music is playing from.
  2. Navigate to the Now Playing screen.
  3. Tap the Airplay button.
  4. Tap your HomePod to stop sharing.

Launch an AirPlay supported app, then tap the AirPlay icon, then tap the HomePod

You can also access the AirPlay button from Control Center after the music begins playing. It looks like two curved lines in the upper right corner of the music playback control.

Troubleshooting peer-to-peer AirPlay

There are some issues with AirPlay and peer-to-peer AirPlay that can easily be fixed.

  • Make sure the guest iPhone or iPad has Bluetooth enabled.
  • Make sure the guest iPhone or iPad has wi-fi turned on (it doesn't have to be signed into your network, but it does have to be on).
  • Make sure the guest iPhone or iPad is supported (late 2012 or newer running iOS 8 or later).
  • Make sure your HomePod is paired to your iPhone or iPad.
  • Make sure the iPhone or iPad connected to your HomePod has wi-fi and Bluetooth turned on.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to peer-to-peer Airplay on HomePod? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books.  If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both).

4 Comments
  • Can I airplay a video to my Apple TV and have the audio pump out of the HomePod?
  • Yup. As long as HomePod is connected to your Apple TV, all audio played on ATV will pump out of the HomePod.
  • Hi, I'd love to be able to do this from my 2016 MacBook Pro - any idea how that would work? I'm actually waiting for a callback from Apple on this very issue.
  • Just to re-confirm on Airplay support. I'm planning to buy a HomePod and I want to use my iPhone 6 to setup bec it runs iOS 11.2.5. Also, I have iPhone X which runs on iOS 11.1.1 ( I don't want to update it because I want to Jailbreak in future) this is my primary device too, all my Music, calendar, Notes everything is on this device. So, once the setup is complete using my iPhone 6, Since iPhone X is my primary device can I stream music from other Apps using AirPlay support? Will "Hey Siri" still work when I'm streaming music from my iPhone X which is not the device that I used to Setup the HomePod? I also have older iPod and iPad which I use to watch Music Videos and Movies, can I stream the audio using them to HomePod using Airplay? I contacted Apple Support I didn't find a great help. Can you please help me with this so I can further decide on HomePod purchase?