Controlling your HomePod speaker through a Mac or Apple iOS device

Taking Control of Your HomePod from Your Mac or iOS/iPadOS Device:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for August 24, 2020

This article was written by Tim Kilburn, who regularly helps with many of the Apple iOS and Apple Mac questions that are posted on these listservs.

Thank you Tim.

Below Tim’s article is some information about the Apple HomePod Speaker.


Did you know that you can take control of your HomePods from your Mac or iOS/iPadOS device?  You can skip and replay songs, adjust the volume, and many other things that you may like to do with Siri.  The nice thing that is great to do with your Mac, iPad or iPhone is to add other AirPlay speakers.  Pretty well any speaker that is connected to your devices is available.  For example, my HomePods are in my Dining Room in the front of our house, I have an Airport Express connected to a Bose Sound bar in a back room with a garden door out to the back yard an Apple TV in the Family Room in the basement connected to my Yamaha 7.2 surround sound system, which also has AirPlay.  So, if I’ve asked Siri to play my Fun Mix playlist on the HomePods, then decide I wish to have that music also piped to the back yard deck, I can do this without stopping the music.  I could even add the downstairs surround sound system for fun.  You are able to add one or more and they will all play the same selections.

On your Mac, open the Music app and navigate to the AirPlay pop-up.  As you VO-right through the various items, the AirPlay speakers should be listed first, then a heading that reads as “Switch to” followed by things like HomePods and Apple TV’s.  So, within the Switch To section, if you VO-space on the HomePods, for example, you now have control of the HomePods with your Music app.  You can add other AirPlay speakers and control aspects of the music such as volume and skipping songs..  Quitting the Music app will not stop the music from playing through your HomePods, but you’d need to re-connect using your Mac to have the Mac regain control.

Similarly, in iOS/iPadOS, go into the Control Centre, swipe right to find the “Show Media Controls, Routes Available” button and double-tap it.  You will see a list under the heading Speakers and TV’s, then a volume slider then items that seem like repeats of the Speakers & TV’s.  These latter items are similar to the items under the “Switch to” section on the Mac.  Double-tapping your HomePod in this section will allow your iPhone to take control and perform tasks similar to those mentioned earlier for the Mac.

Tim Kilburn

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Apple Teacher

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Apple HomePod Speaker

HomePod is a breakthrough speaker that adapts to its location and delivers high-fidelity audio wherever it’s playing. Together with Apple Music and Siri,

it creates an entirely new way for you to discover and interact with music at home.

List of features:

Superior sound and microphone technology

Siri integration

Apple designed woofer

Seven tweeters

7-inch mesh body

Spatial recognition

Stereo sound, AirPlay 2

Cost: The Apple Store has the current HomePod speaker listed at $299. There are other options, such as Sam’s, WalMart, Best buy, etc.

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