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

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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 third, fourth, or fifth-generation Apple TV


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. Using the HomePod's physical controls, you can change the volume of the Apple TV, or you can ask Siri to do so. You can also play/pause content through the top of the HomePod or through Siri.

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.
Choosing Audio Output Device with the Apple TV Remote

You can also choose your HomePod as your audio output device using your Apple TV Remote, which is a quicker way to swap between devices.

  1. Go to the Home screen of the Apple TV.
  2. Hold down the Play/Pause button on the Apple TV Remote.
  3. In the menu that comes up, select the HomePod option.
To go back to using the Apple TV audio, you can repeat the same steps above, but this time select your Apple TV instead of the HomePod.

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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scrapesleon

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Why is it you have to keep the HomePod plugged in for it to work I just don’t get it couldn’t it have been rechargeable or something I don’t like leaving things plugged in when I’m off to work
 

Cankoda

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Why is it you have to keep the HomePod plugged in for it to work I just don’t get it couldn’t it have been rechargeable or something I don’t like leaving things plugged in when I’m off to work
So when you leave the house you unplug your tv, stove, microwave, lights, furnace, etc, etc. It’s a good quality speaker with bass and a lot of output, speakers like that almost never have battery’s because they need more power than a battery can give, and leaving it plugged in or anything doesn’t really matter, power draw from anything is very minimal if its off, it’s actually more likley for a battery to combusted than an electrical fire
 

Frankied22

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They need to put out an update for the Apple TV so the output isn’t so low when using the HomePod. I’ve noticed having it cranked all the way up is still significantly lower volume than when I’m using the speaker on it’s own.
 

CosmicRichy

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Can someone please confirm something. I want to know if you can control the volume output on the HomePod with the Siri remote the same way you can control the volume when using AirPods on the Apple TV?
 

ike1707

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My only ultimate disappointment with this product thus far is 2 home pods are explicitly not designed to work as stereo TV speakers together. If I could replace a set of traditional tower speakers with these puppies, it would be an instant sale.
 

profets

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The audio volume is so low using when using apps in Apple TV. I crank the volume up to max, and it's not really very loud. This is my one disappointment with homepod. Not sure why this is the case. Grrr. :(
They need to put out an update for the Apple TV so the output isn’t so low when using the HomePod. I’ve noticed having it cranked all the way up is still significantly lower volume than when I’m using the speaker on it’s own.
FWIW, now that I think about it, when I use my AirPods with the Apple TV I do the same thing - have the sound nearly at 100%
 

Soccertess

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cool. From a hardware perspective, I think Apple nailed it. Just from a software perspective, they just F the bucket

My dream would be that someone would hack it and upload the google home plateform onto homepod. If you say "hey siri", you get it's useless function but at least access to the apple ecosystem. But if you say "hey google", then you would get all of google's now functionality.

OR, just wait till Google engineers rip it a part and make a speaker that's just as good and forget the Apple Ecosystem which is just hurting anyways. Hopefully only one more year till Tim leaves!
 
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bnekic

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Volume through Homepod/AppleTV pairing is literally HALF of what you can otherwise get through HomePod. Very limiting. Not good enough for movies.
That’s really disappointing, I wanted to possibly get two HomePods and put them on each end of the tv. If they fix the volume issue and enable volume control through the Apple TV remote do you think two HomePods would be sufficient for a sound bar replacement?
 

Cankoda

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That’s really disappointing, I wanted to possibly get two HomePods and put them on each end of the tv. If they fix the volume issue and enable volume control through the Apple TV remote do you think two HomePods would be sufficient for a sound bar replacement?
Also remember a homepod can only be used with Apple TV stuff, if you have a cable box, blue ray player or game console you won’t have sound from it, in that aspect it will never be a suitable sound bar replacement, and even if you wanted it to be you’d need 2 of them and now you’re in high end sound bar territory, which you can buy like a Yamaha Musiccast sound bar for about that money which does almost the same things
 
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bnekic

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Also remember a homepod can’t only be used with Apple TV stuff, if you have a cable box, blue ray player or game console your won’t have sound from it, in that aspect it will never be a suitable skid at replacement, and even if you wanted it to be your need 2 if them and now you in high end sound bar territory, which you can buy like a Yamaha Musiccast soundest for about that money which doesn’t almost the same things
Good to know thanks. I was just really excited today after I heard it today at the Apple store and thought I could use two for stereo sound on my TV.
 

Braderunner

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Why is it you have to keep the HomePod plugged in for it to work I just don’t get it couldn’t it have been rechargeable or something I don’t like leaving things plugged in when I’m off to work
What? You unplug your tv? All the components connected to it? Your refrigerator? Microwave? Stove?
....ahhhhh, you get where I’m goin.
[doublepost=1518312687][/doublepost]I see several people saying the HomePod’s volume isn’t very loud when airplaying from Apple TV. It doesn’t sound like it is that loud when playing music directly, either.
Homepod sounds like a joke.
 

djeeyore25

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FWIW, now that I think about it, when I use my AirPods with the Apple TV I do the same thing - have the sound nearly at 100%
My AirPods do the same thing with my iPod Nano. I can barely hear the music, even on full volume. None of my other bluetooth headphones have that problem.
 

Braderunner

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Also remember a homepod can’t only be used with Apple TV stuff, if you have a cable box, blue ray player or game console your won’t have sound from it, in that aspect it will never be a suitable skid at replacement, and even if you wanted it to be your need 2 if them and now you in high end sound bar territory, which you can buy like a Yamaha Musiccast soundest for about that money which doesn’t almost the same things
I think you mean can, every time you say can’t.
 
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