Add your AirPlay 2-compatible TVs and speakers to the Home app and organize them by room. Then you can ask Siri to play what you want to watch, where you want to watch it. And you can play music across every TV and speaker in your home, play something different in every room, and use Siri to control what’s playing.
Before you begin
- Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS. To use the Home app on Mac, update your Mac to the latest version of macOS.
- To add AirPlay 2-compatible smart TVs and speakers, you must be the owner of the home in the Home app. Shared users can't add these devices to the Home app.
- On your iOS device, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud, scroll down and turn on iCloud Keychain and Home to edit home users and use accessories on all of your iOS devices.
- To manage smart TVs and speakers in more than one home you have set up in the Home app, allow Home to use your location.
- Make sure that your smart TV or speaker is compatible with AirPlay 2.
For smart TVs, look for the label:
For speakers, look for the label:
Add TVs and speakers to the Home app
Add every AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV, Apple TV, HomePod, and AirPlay 2-compatible speaker that you have to the Home app. Then you can play what you want, where you want.
Add AirPlay 2-compatible smart TVs
- On your smart TV, go to the settings for Apple HomeKit and find a QR code. If you need help finding these settings, contact the manufacturer.
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open the Home app, tap , then tap Add Accessory.
- Use the camera on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to scan the QR code on your TV screen.
- Wait for your smart TV to be added.
- Give your TV a name and choose a room where it’s located.
- Tap Done.
Samsung AirPlay 2-compatible smart TVs don’t support HomeKit and can’t be added to the Home app. You can still use AirPlay with Samsung smart TVs but can't use Siri to play videos and control playback. To use AirPlay with a Samsung smart TV, make sure that your Apple device and smart TV are on the same Wi-Fi network.
Some smart TVs might require a software update or additional setup with the manufacturer’s app.
Add Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD
- Make sure that your Apple TV is updated to the latest version of tvOS, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID as the Home app.
- On your Apple TV, go to Settings > AirPlay > Room.
- Choose a room you have set up in the Home app or select Add New Room.
Your Apple TV will appear in the Home app in the Home or Rooms tab.
Set up HomePod and it automatically appears in the Home app.
HomePod isn't available in all countries and regions.
Add AirPlay 2-compatible speakers
- Open the Home app, tap , then tap Add Accessory.
- Tap Don’t have a Code or Can’t Scan, then tap the speaker.
- Wait for your speaker to be added. Give your speaker a name and choose a room where it's located.
- Tap Done.
Some speakers might require a firmware update or additional setup with the manufacturer’s app. To add speakers connected to an AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation), update your AirPort Express to the latest firmware.
Organize your TVs and speakers by room
Keep your smart TVs and speakers organized by room in the Home app on your iOS device or Mac. Then you can use Siri to play and control music throughout your home. And ask Siri to play what you want to watch, where you want to watch it.
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
- In the Home app, press and hold an AirPlay TV or speaker, then tap Settings.
- Tap Room, then choose a room for that device.
- Tap Done.
On your Mac:
- In the Home app, double-click an AirPlay TV or speaker, then click Settings in the upper-right corner.
- Click Room, then choose a room for that device.
- Click Done.
Want to control what's playing in certain areas of your home, like upstairs or downstairs? Learn how to group rooms into a zone in the Home app.
Change AirPlay settings
Choose who can see and play to your speakers and TVs in Home Settings.
- Open the Home app on your iOS device or Mac.
- On iOS, tap . If you have multiple homes, tap Home Settings, then tap a home. On macOS, go to Edit > Edit Home in the menu bar.
- Scroll down and choose Allow Speaker and TV Access.
From here, you can allow everyone, anyone who's connected to your home Wi-Fi network, or only the people that you've invited to control your home to AirPlay to your devices.
- Use AirPlay to stream music and podcasts to every Apple TV, HomePod, or other AirPlay-compatible speakers or TVs you have in your home.
- Use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to send a video to your TV, play movies and TV shows, and control playback.
- Use AirPlay to stream video, photos, or mirror your device's screen to an Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
- Learn which speakers and smart TVs are compatible with AirPlay 2.
- Use the Home app to manage and securely control the products that you use in your home from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.