How to Use AirPlay 2 Now That the iOS 11.4 Update Is Here

Big Apple news, everyone!  iOS 11.4 was just released, and it's bringing some exciting, audio-based features, including AirPlay 2. This version of AirPlay makes it possible to wirelessly send content from any Apple device that's compatible with iOS 11.4 to an Apple TV or HomePod or other AirPlay 2-enabled speaker. This capability makes multi-room streaming possible at last, with the ability to sync and control multiple speakers throughout the home. AirPlay 2 features can be operated from your iPhone or iPad's Control Center, Lock Screen, or AirPlay controls within apps. Siri can also adjust and control AirPlay-enabled speakers for you, all you have to do is ask her using your HomePod, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. In addition to multi-speaker syncing and streaming, AirPlay 2 offers the opportunity for Apple Music subscribers to ask Siri for one song or playlist in one room, a different one in another, and so on with all the synced speakers in the house. Let's learn more about iOS 11.4, AirPlay 2, and how to use Apple's latest software update with your iPhone, HomePod, and more. 

Related: How to Keep Your HomePod from Messing Up Your Apple Music Recommendations  


How to Use AirPlay 2 from Control Center on iPhone

Once your Apple devices and HomePod(s) are all updated to iOS 11.4, you can start to use AirPlay 2 to sync and play music throughout your house. 

  • Open Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of your display if you have an iPhone X, or up from the bottom of your display for earlier iPhones.

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  • Touch and hold the Audio Card in the upper-right corner of the Control Center to access your audio controls.
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  • You should see all the devices you'd like to use with AirPlay 2, but if you don't, tap the pyramid icon to display your AirPlay options.
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  • Now tap each of your listed devices that you'd like to stream music through.
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Control Center also offers an overview of the content streaming in each room and allows users to control volume, as well as pause, play, or change content streaming to each connected speaker. 

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How to Use AirPlay 2 from within Apps on iPhone

You can use AirPlay 2 to wirelessly stream audio from your Podcasts app, Apple Music app, iTunes app, and more. To get started:

  • Open the app you'd like to stream from and start to play your podcast or song.
  • Tap the player at the bottom of the display, then tap the pyramid icon.
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  • Choose which devices you'd like to stream to from the list that appears.

Have fun setting up and using AirPlay 2 in your home, let me know in the comments how it's going for you!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a 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.