How to Set Up a HomePod Stereo Pair for AirPlay 2 on iPhone

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iOS 11.4 has made it possible to AirPlay audio content to multiple Apple devices and third-party AirPlay compatible speakers at once, including HomePods and Apple TVs. A really cool outcome of this upgrade, called AirPlay 2, is the ability to set up two HomePods in the same room, sync them, and have them work together to create stereo sound. If you'd like to utilize this new iOS 11.4 AirPlay 2 feature, you'll need to set your HomePods up as a stereo pair. Let's get started learning how to set your HomePods up as a stereo pair right from your iPhone, so you can start enjoying amazing, upgraded audio right away. 

Related: HomePod: Can Apple’s Smart Speaker Beat Amazon Echo & Google Home?

For this tip to work your iPhone and the HomePods you're pairing will need to be updated to iOS 11.4. Once you've updated:

  • Check to make sure that both HomePods are shown in the same room.
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  • Open the Home app, then press and hold HomePod, then tap Details.
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  • Now tap Create Stereo Pair.
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  • Choose your second HomePod to use as the stereo pair.
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  • Tap the HomePod on the right or the left to identify them and make sure they're assigned to the correct channels.
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  • Next, tap Back at the upper-left corner of your display.
  • Tap Done to complete creation of your studio pair.
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Now you can use AirPlay 2 to sync songs to your Stereo Pair, enjoy!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.