HomePod Playing multiple HomePods in sync

maugustine

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Nov 17, 2014
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Does this sound like a bug or am I doing something wrong?

I got a third HomePod this week, and when I had two of them if I asked one to start playing music it would always play on both of them at the same time.

Now that I've added a third one into the mix however, and even have checked the box in the AirPlay 2 settings on my iPhone to have all three playing together, when I ask Siri on one of the original HomePods to play music it will by default only output audio to my original two HomePods. This happens when no music has previously been playing, like when I come home for the day.

Anyway I can force it to remember that I always want audio to play on all three HomePods when I ask Siri to play some music?

Thanks!
Mani
 

maugustine

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Nov 17, 2014
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Portland, OR
I figured it out. I have an automation to turn off the lights and pause the HomePods when I leave the house, and I didn't add the new HomePod to it yet. So, the original 2 paused and the 3rd one just fell off the stream, so next time I told them to play only the original 2 played. Adding the 3rd HomePod to the automation has fixed it.
 

maugustine

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Nov 17, 2014
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Portland, OR
Actually that didn’t quite do it. Weird. When I ask one HomePod to play it remembers that I like to play out of both simultaneously, but since adding the third one it only ever plays out of the original two, and I have to manually add the new one.
I could try resetting everything, I guess but it’s frustrating that it has to come to that. I don’t know of any settings or anything though to keep them in sync.