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  

Master your iPhone in one minute a day:

Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip of the Day Newsletter and we'll send you a tip each day to save time and get the most out of your iPhone or iPad.

 

 

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.

how to use airplayairplay iphone 

  • Touch and hold the Audio Card in the upper-right corner of the Control Center to access your audio controls.

use airplay with control center iphone

  • 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.

use airplay from control center

  • Now tap each of your listed devices that you'd like to stream music through.

how to stream music with airplay 2

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. 

airplay iphone

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.

use airplay from podcast appairplay apps

  • 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!

Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.

Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.