Set up home theater audio with HomePod mini or HomePod and Apple TV 4K

Use a HomePod or stereo pair with your Apple TV 4K to create a theater experience with Dolby Atmos or surround sound right in your home.

Here's what you need

  • Apple TV 4K
  • One HomePod mini* or HomePod. You can also use a stereo pair with two of the same type of HomePod speaker. Other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers are not supported with home theater audio.

* HomePod mini doesn't support Dolby Atmos 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. 

Set up home theater audio

  1. Assign your Apple TV and HomePod mini or HomePod to the same room in the Home app. If you want to use two HomePod mini or two HomePod speakers, create a stereo pair, then assign the stereo pair to the same room as your Apple TV in the Home app.
  2. Turn on your Apple TV. You'll be asked if you want to Use HomePod speakers as Apple TV speakers. Select Use as Apple TV Speakers to turn on home theater audio. 

tvOS screenshot showing the prompt to Use HomePod speakers as Apple TV speakers.

 

If you don't see the setup screen

You can manually turn on home theater audio with your Apple TV or your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. 

  • With Apple TV: From the Home Screen on Apple TV, select Settings > Video and Audio > Audio Output. Select the HomePod or stereo pair that you want to use for home theater audio.
  • With iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: In the Home app, press and hold Apple TV, then scroll down and tap Default Audio Output. Select the HomePod or stereo pair that you want to use for home theater audio. Tap Back, then tap Done.
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