How to Stream Music to Apple's HomePod

Listen to Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, YouTube Music, and more

Apple's HomePod is a Wi-Fi-enabled smart speaker that interacts with Siri, controls smart-home appliances, plays music, and more. While the HomePod is optimized for playing Apple Music and Apple Podcasts content, the device can also stream music from any service running on your Apple devices, including Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, YouTube Music, and other services.

Here's a look at how to connect your music-streaming services to your HomePod and enjoy all your music services on this smart speaker.

The instructions in this article apply to devices running iOS 13, iOS 12, iOS 11, and recent versions of macOS.

Stream Spotify, Pandora, and More With AirPlay

While the HomePod doesn't have built-in connections for Spotify, Pandora, and other third-party music-streaming services, if your favorite streaming app is on an iOS device with an AirPlay option, then you can stream to HomePod over AirPlay. AirPlay is a free technology built into iOS devices (as well as Apple TVs and Macs) that lets you stream audio and video between compatible devices.

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Here's how to stream Spotify and other third-party music apps from your iOS device to your HomePod.

You won't be able to use Siri with your HomePod to control Spotify, Pandora, and other third-party music apps. Instead, use onscreen playback controls in your iOS device's Control Center or in the app to control your streaming music.

  1. Make sure your HomePod and iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi network and have Bluetooth turned on.

  2. Open Control Center. (Depending on your device and model, swipe up from the bottom or swipe down from the top right corner.)

  3. Tap the AirPlay icon (the circles with the triangle in the bottom) in the top-right corner of the Music control.

  4. You'll see a list of AirPlay devices. In the Speakers & TVs section, tap the name of the HomePod to which you want to stream.

  5. Close Control Center.

  6. Open Spotify, Pandora, or another app from which you want to stream music.

  7. Begin playing your music, and it will stream to your selected HomePod.

Stream Spotify, Pandora, and More From a Mac

Streaming Spotify, Pandora, and other music services from a Mac to the HomePod also uses AirPlay, but the steps you follow are slightly different. Here's what to do:

  1. From the Apple menu, open System Preferences.

  2. Select Sound.

  3. Select Output if it's not already selected.

  4. Select the HomePod to which you want to stream. All audio coming from your Mac will now play to that HomePod.

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  5. Check the box next to Show volume in the menu bar. This lets you select the HomePod from the menu bar audio control so you don't always need to use System Preferences.

  6. Play the music through an app or your Mac's browser, and it will stream through the HomePod.