HomePod Both HomePods Play, Not In Stereo

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I have two HomePods NOT setup as a stereo pair but I noticed if I ask Siri to play a track, both HomePods play in stereo since the 13.3.1 update the other night. Anyone else have this issue?
 

malcky77

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I will test this in the morning as I have 2 HomePods in different rooms, so they have never been used as a stereo pair.......will update once I've tried it out.
 
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I will test this in the morning as I have 2 HomePods in different rooms, so they have never been used as a stereo pair.......will update once I've tried it out.
Would appreciate that. Mostly happens when I use Siri to play a song but I’ve seen it happen when using the HomePod(s) in HomeKit. Also after some testing this doesn’t happen every time.
 

malcky77

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@Itinj24 Sorry for the delay in testing this....my 2 HomePods work as expected, as in each play music independently from each other, unless I ask Siri to play everywhere.
 
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@Itinj24 Sorry for the delay in testing this....my 2 HomePods work as expected, as in each play music independently from each other, unless I ask Siri to play everywhere.
No worries and thanks for checking. I thought I fixed it by unplugging both of them but I learned the hard way early this morning that it wasn’t fixed when my son decided to play music in the kitchen which also played in my bedroom while I was asleep lol. Might have to do a full reset of the HomePods.
 

malcky77

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Hmmmm, weird....do you have any computers that are on 24/7 that someone might have used both speakers as airplay targets? and if the computers are still on, then perhaps that is why they are still playing together?

In the home app, settings of either HomePod, does it ask you if you want to either unpair or pair the speakers? (my setup is asking if I want to pair them, so that would be the correct question for my setup).
 

Itinj24

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Hmmmm, weird....do you have any computers that are on 24/7 that someone might have used both speakers as airplay targets? and if the computers are still on, then perhaps that is why they are still playing together?

In the home app, settings of either HomePod, does it ask you if you want to either unpair or pair the speakers? (my setup is asking if I want to pair them, so that would be the correct question for my setup).
No computers running at all. I’m pretty sure something in the 13.3.1 update caused this. Was fine before that. I wanted to update them separately which is what I do with all my Apple devices but the HomePod began updating them at the same time. Maybe that was the issue. I have no clue lol.
The Home app is asking if I want to create a stereo pair so it’s recognizing them as separated. Gonna do some more trouble shooting/testing before I wave the white flag and reset them. Thanks.
 

malcky77

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Think it was to do with both your HomePods being updated at the same that something has gone a bit pear shaped.

Thankfully a HomePod is a very easy device to reset and has minimal set up involved in it too....I would probably not even bother doing more troubleshooting and just get them reset.
 
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Think it was to do with both your HomePods being updated at the same that something has gone a bit pear shaped.

Thankfully a HomePod is a very easy device to reset and has minimal set up involved in it too....I would probably not even bother doing more troubleshooting and just get them reset.
Yeah, most likely. I wanted to update separately but the Home app jumped the gun on me lol. The biggest pain with resetting these is getting multi user voice recognition to work properly which it is now. Resetting them will def screw that up. My wife uses them for personal requests as well and she gets annoyed when all this tech stuff I tout doesn’t work properly lol.
Thanks for all your help
 

malcky77

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I don't recall having to do anything specific for voice recognition to work.....I thought that as long as Siri is set up correctly on an iPhone or an iPad for each user then it just worked.....I am 100% sure there was nothing I had to do in order for voice recognition to work in my house other than toggle the voice recognition switch to the on position.
 

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I don't recall having to do anything specific for voice recognition to work.....I thought that as long as Siri is set up correctly on an iPhone or an iPad for each user then it just worked.....I am 100% sure there was nothing I had to do in order for voice recognition to work in my house other than toggle the voice recognition switch to the on position.
It’s very finicky from my experience. Especially at initial set up. This was another issue I had after the 13.3.1 update. Siri couldn’t recognize my wife and had to retrain her voice a few times.
 

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I tried something else before resetting them. I created the stereo pair and letting them play together then disconnecting them as a stereo pair. Seems to be working for now. Hope it stays.
 

malcky77

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Oh well, glad that seems to have worked for you...hope it stays that way.
Out of curiosity about the voice recognition issue you mentioned....does your wife have an iPhone and if so, is Siri turned on and set up for her?

it’s odd that you’ve had these issues, yet mine have not had any problems with the voice recognition at all...that I am aware of anyway.
 

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Oh well, glad that seems to have worked for you...hope it stays that way.
Out of curiosity about the voice recognition issue you mentioned....does your wife have an iPhone and if so, is Siri turned on and set up for her?

it’s odd that you’ve had these issues, yet mine have not had any problems with the voice recognition at all...that I am aware of anyway.
Yeah, of course. iPhone 11 Pro with Siri turned on and set up with everything. Every so often Siri will say, “who is this?” Then she would say her name and Siri would say, “I don’t know who you are but you can set it up in the Home app.” or something to that effect. This was an issue some on here were having too with iOS 13’s initial release and there seems to still be some residual issues. Works fine for me but the HomePods are set up with my iCloud account.