Apple officially launched the HomePod, the company’s first smart speaker, to the public following the unveiling event back in 2017. The new HomePod marks Apple’s first step into the smart speaker market where it competes directly with the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Apple’s smart speaker is not a perfect device, but it has a solid start thanks to its handy features from a recognized brand.
One of the best things when it comes to the Apple HomePod lies in the ability to work with Apple devices. Apple says that the HomePod acts as a remote control that allows you to master your HomeKit-enabled devices like Apple TV, Mac or iPhone.
If you just got the Apple HomePod, then keep in mind that your speaker is not about music and radio, as you can do a lot more things with your device. We will help you discover how in the section below.
Control your HomePod from your iOS Control Center
Control Center serves as a gathering place for all of your available toggles and shortcuts. The coolest part is that you can control your new smart speaker remotely from iOS Control Center. To do this, you first need to fire up Control Center on your iPhone or iPad and then tap on the top right corner of the controller section. After that, simply select your HomePod from the list.
Control HomePod from iTunes on your Mac
If you do not have an iPhone or iPad nearby, then you can use your Mac computer to control your smart speaker. To do this, make sure you now have a modern version of iTunes installed on your computer. If not, update your iTunes first.
To control HomePod from iTunes, open iTunes on your Mac, and then click on the AirPlay icon to the right of the Volume slider. From the list of options, you should see available AirPlay devices and then select the HomePod at the bottom. Once you do that, you will see a list of navigation buttons.
Use HomePod as an AirPlay device
AirPlay is one of the best iOS features that allows users to share videos or photos from your iOS devices to your Apple TV. With the release of AirPlay 2, you now can control and stream audio remotely with your HomePod. In other words, you can play music on your iPhone and stream audio to the HomePod, meaning that your smart speaker acts as the output.
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