How to Use Spotify With HomePod Through AirPlay

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Apple's new HomePod smart speaker is designed primarily for Apple devices, and it's heavily tied to the Apple ecosystem. Natively, you can only stream music on the HomePod through an Apple Music subscription, iTunes purchases, or iTunes Match content uploaded to iCloud Music Library.

It might sound like you're out of luck if you subscribe to a third-party music service like Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, Google Play Music, Tidal, or another option, but it's not impossible -- you can still play content from these services to HomePod, you'll just need to use AirPlay to do it.

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With most music apps, you can start up a song and then choose a device to play to right from within the app. These instructions will be specific to Spotify.

  1. Open Spotify and choose a track to play.
  2. On the main screen that shows song details, tap on "Devices Available."
  3. Choose "More Devices." spotifyairplayhomepod1
  4. Tap on the icon for your HomePod, and music will be streamed directly to it.

Here's an alternative method that works with Spotify and all other music apps:

  1. Start a song in Spotify or another app.
  2. Open the Control Center on the iPhone or iPad.
  3. 3D Touch or long press on the music widget.
  4. Tap on the AirPlay icon in the upper right side of the widget. spotifyairplayhomepod2
  5. Select the HomePod icon.

It will take a few seconds for the iPhone or iPad to connect to HomePod, but once it's connected, your music will be streamed to HomePod from your iPhone.

You generally need an Apple device to stream music to the HomePod because it requires AirPlay functionality, but some HTC phones support AirPlay, and there are unofficial third-party Android apps that work with AirPlay, so these devices may also work with the HomePod. You can't, however, connect devices to the HomePod over a Bluetooth connection.

When streaming music to HomePod through AirPlay, you're not going to have full Siri support, but you can use Siri to play/pause music, change the volume, and change music tracks.

Related Roundup: HomePod
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Top Rated Comments

penajmz Avatar
37 months ago

Seems like a pain in the ass.

I'll stick with my Echo and Sonos.

Seriously? Lol
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
levitynyc Avatar
37 months ago
Seems like a pain in the ass.

I'll stick with my Echo and Sonos.
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dlemmon Avatar
37 months ago

Seems like a pain in the ass.

I'll stick with my Echo and Sonos.

The struggle is real.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bpp85 Avatar
37 months ago
It’s amazing to see how fast technology has advanced that now we are like “omg I can’t activate my speaker by voice to play music through my app of choice so I have to use AirPlay :eek:“
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
unobtainium Avatar
37 months ago

Just get Apple Music! You own an iPhone!

Apple Music sucks.

Specifically
- Music discovery sucks compared to Spotify
- Lack of year-end playlists (your most listened tracks etc.) and other fun features...sucks
- UI sucks
- Lack of free tier sucks for some people
- In conclusion, Apple Music sucks and the only reason to get it instead of Spotify is if you’re desperate to be as far up Apple’s #*@# as possible.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GadgetBen Avatar
37 months ago
Just get Apple Music! You own an iPhone!
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