HomePod Stereo Pair: How to Set Up & Use Your HomePod Minis

Using Your HomePod minis as a stereo pair can greatly upgrade your at-home sound experience. Learn how.

Creating a stereo pair with your HomePod mini speakers can create a rich sound experience that cannot be accomplished with only a single speaker. Songs that are meant to be heard in stereo can reach their full potential, but keep in mind that things like Siri, speakerphone, and alarms still will only play through one speaker. Here is how to set up a HomePod mini stereo pair, whether you're starting fresh or already have two HomePods set up.

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How to Set Up New HomePod Mini Speakers as a Stereo Pair

You will need two HomePod minis to do this. Only one won't create a stereo system, and you can't mix and match the original HomePod and a HomePod mini. If you already have one HomePod mini set up, here is how to add the new one to create a stereo pair. For more exciting ways to use your HomePod, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Set up your second HomePod mini as usual. Here's a refresher in case you need to be reminded how to set up your new HomePod.
  2. Select Use as Stereo Pair.


     
  3. Tap Continue on Siri for Everyone.


     
  4. The setup will take a few minutes. Once it's complete, tap Done.


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How to Create a Stereo Pair When 2 HomePod Minis Are Already Set Up

If your HomePod setup already includes two minis, you can set them up to create a stereo pair. They will need to be in the same room as each other, so if you had them assigned to different rooms, that will have to change.

  1. Open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Long press on one of the HomePods listed.


     
  3. Tap Create Stereo Pair.

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  4. Tap the second HomePod on your screen.


     
  5. Identify which HomePod is the left and right channel by tapping on the left or right HomePod. This will cause the corresponding speaker to ping.


     
  6. Tap the center arrows to switch channels if needed.


     
  7. It will take a moment for the stereo pair to configure.


     
  8. Once they are configured they will play audio from the same input at the same time, except in the case of Siri, speakerphone, and alarms.

How to Switch HomePods to the Left or Right Channel

If you decide you want to switch which HomePod is the left channel and which is right channel, just:

  1. Open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Long press the stereo pair on your screen.


     
  3. Scroll down and tap Audio Settings.

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  4. Tap the center arrow icons to switch HomePod channels from left to right.

How to Unpair a Stereo Pair

If you get a new HomePod, or just don't like the setup anymore, you'll want to know how to unpair your stereo pair. This won't remove them from your Home app, just show them as two separate devices instead of a pair.

  1. Open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Long press the HomePods mini stereo pair icon to open Settings.


     
  3. Scroll to the very bottom and tap Ungroup Accessories.

  4. Tap Ungroup to confirm.


     
  5. The HomePods will be unpaired and appear as two separate HomePods in your Home App.

How to Connect a Stereo Pair of HomePod Minis to an Apple TV

If you want to use your Apple HomePod speakers as a stereo pair for your Apple TV, unlike the original HomePod, which can be set as the default speaker for an Apple TV, you can only connect HomePod minis to an Apple TV via AirPlay.

  1. On the Apple TV, open the app from which you want to play audio and press Play.

  2. Long press the Home button on the Siri remote to open the Control Center.

  3. Swipe down to the AirPlay icon and click to select it.

  4. In the audio output menu that opens, swipe down to the stereo pair and click to select it.

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Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
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