How to stream music to anybody's HomePod
By Charlie Sorrel, 11:00 am, February 2, 2018
The HomePod is happy to be unfaithful to its original owner.
The HomePod is like the creature the emerges from an egg in old-fashioned
cartoons. The baby creature - dinosaur, bird, birdosaur - imprints on the
first person it sees, then follows it around calling it mama or papa.
Hilarity (of the 1970s kind) ensues, as the creature grows into a fully
operational birdosaur and causes mayhem. Likewise, the HomePod latches onto
the first iPhone it finds, automatically, and remains faithful forever (or
until you unpair it, an option not open to 1970s cartoon characters).
But you can still let your friends have a go on your HomePod if you like.
Peer to peer
HomePod uses AirPlay, which means that anyone on your home Wi-Fi network can
send audio to any AirPlay speaker, without having to do anything special.
AirPlay speakers just show up as a destination in any AirPlay-compatible
audio or video app. As a side note, one of the neatest things about AirPlay
(and iOS Bluetooth, too) is that it syncs sound with any video that you are
watching, delaying the start of the video playback so that the audio's
latency is compensated for.
But what if you don't want to let visitors into your home network? No
worries. That's what peer-to-peer AirPlay is for. Peer-to-peer AirPlay lets
an iOS device transmit audio or video to an Apple TV or HomePod direct. It's
similar in principle to how you can make AirDrop transfers to other iPhone
and iPad users. AirDrop uses Bluetooth to discover nearby AirDrop
destinations, and then uses a fast, direct Wi-Fi connection to do the actual
transfer. Peer-to-peer AirPlay works the same way, only for streaming. And
if you do want to let your friends use your home Wi-Fi, there's a trick for
doing that without telling them the password.
How to stream to a friend's HomePod
This is where the Homepod would appear in Control Center.
This part is easy. As long as the HomePod is already set up and working
(i.e. it has hatched from its egg and latched onto a mama or papa iPhone),
then it should just show up in anyone's AirPlay destination list in their
music app. The location of the list varies depending on the app. In the
default Music app, it's at the bottom center of the now playing screen. Or
you can use Control Center's AirPlay picker, as seen above.
And that's it. It's as simple as it should be. Just open up your music app
and select the HomePod you want to stream to. If it doesn't work, make sure
the iPhone has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. If it still doesn't work, then
good luck. AirPlay glitches are such a pain to troubleshoot that it's often
best just to give up and try again later.
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