HomePod home pod questions

anthony13

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I got a home pod and am loving it. couple questions though:

My set up is this: Home pod upstairs. Apple TV downstairs. Also an iPhone 6 downstairs hooked up to a set of Sound Sticks (not the bluetooth set, the older pair that connects with a mini analog).

-Is there a way to set up the iPhone 6 as essentially another 'home pod'? the desired functionality is that I can walk from upstairs to down stairs and say "hey Siri, continue audio down stairs" or whatever the command would be.

-Is there a way to be watching tv down stairs and simply say something to send the audio from the Apple TV upstairs as well to the home pod?

It's all on the same wifi.
 

Mercury7

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I got a home pod and am loving it. couple questions though:

My set up is this: Home pod upstairs. Apple TV downstairs. Also an iPhone 6 downstairs hooked up to a set of Sound Sticks (not the bluetooth set, the older pair that connects with a mini analog).

-Is there a way to set up the iPhone 6 as essentially another 'home pod'? the desired functionality is that I can walk from upstairs to down stairs and say "hey Siri, continue audio down stairs" or whatever the command would be.

-Is there a way to be watching tv down stairs and simply say something to send the audio from the Apple TV upstairs as well to the home pod?

It's all on the same wifi.
[doublepost=1548085068][/doublepost]Your description was not entirely clear but best answer is no, you can not change outputs on appletv via voice, you will have to use your Siri remote for any switching. Second part is if your not using appletv and using your phone to stream music to the HomePod then you can manually switch the source from the HomePod back to the phone and keep playing the same song but not by voice. Third part, if you initiated playback on the HomePod itself then that is self contained, you can’t switch that stream to any other device ( except maybe another HomePod, I have not tried that because both my homepods are paired in living room
 

anthony13

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I guess I'm just surprised that the level of control with steaming from a phone (sources with volume control) is not just as robust using voice. And I think its kind of lame that if I'm watching a tv show downstairs, and then want to have that audio also upstairs while I clean or something, that I cant just say 'hey Siri play audio from Apple TV". I Guess all this stuff isn't as far along as I thought.
 

Endorphine88

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I love how your brain works (and maybe Apple will get there one day eventually) but at the moment, your only bet to do something like that is to have dedicated HomePods in every room you want audio in.
Congrats on the new toy though :)
 
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ipedro

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I guess I'm just surprised that the level of control with steaming from a phone (sources with volume control) is not just as robust using voice. And I think its kind of lame that if I'm watching a tv show downstairs, and then want to have that audio also upstairs while I clean or something, that I cant just say 'hey Siri play audio from Apple TV". I Guess all this stuff isn't as far along as I thought.
There are indications that that is coming. Right now, the bottleneck is tvOS, not HomePod. You can for example say: hey Siri, play music in the bedroom and it'll play music on the bedroom HomePod. So it works, just not with AppleTV — yet. We've seen hints that AppleTV is going to become a fully integrated HomeKit device, and so, like HomeKit devices, you'll be able to ask Siri to play its audio on other speakers.
 
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