Unlike other Apple devices that come with a dedicated app, touch screen or keyboard, HomePod is hands-free. You can control your new HomePod using the Home app and not the Settings app as you might expect. You also can access the HomePod from your Apple TV as one of your audio sources. Here’s how you can control the HomePod directly from your iOS device (iPhone or iPad) or Mac.
You can control your HomePod without calling out commands right from your iPhone or iPad. This is perfect if you have guests, are up at odd hours or just want to do things without having to speak to Siri.
This is a remote control interface that controls all the audio devices that you can access via your iOS device. Hence if you choose your iPhone, music will start playing on your device without the HomePod.
On your Mac, you will find an interface similar to the AirPlay menu on your iOS when you go into iTunes (version 12.7.3 or later).
You can also select and stream Spotify tracks, Overcast podcasts and other audio on your iOS device using AirPlay 1. Just keep in mind when you choose AirPlay, the device that sends audio to your HomePod takes control of the HomePod so if you interrupt the audio doing something else like watching a video, the music or sound stops instantly. All AirPlay devices appear in the Sound pane of your System Preferences app. This means that you can also route sound from any Mac app to your HomePod.
Apple has also released a series of how-to videos on YouTube that cover topics like using the Home app, using VoiceOver, listening to Podcasts, playing audio via AirPlay and more.
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