Play audio to multiple speakers with AirPlay

You can play audio to multiple speakers throughout your home simultaneously.

After you set up multiple Apple TV, HomePod, or other audio devices in the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can play music and audio to multiple rooms in your home simultaneously. You can also play and control music by zones, like upstairs or downstairs.

Use your iOS device, iTunes on a Mac or PC, Apple TV, or HomePod to control the music, or ask Siri to play music in your home.

Before you can play audio to multiple sources, make sure that you have the latest versions of software on all of your Apple devices and speakers. Learn more about what's required for AirPlay.

     

 

From your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Play music on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch1, then control where it's playing from Control Center:

  1. Open Control Center.
  2. Press deeply or touch and hold on the audio card in the upper right corner to open audio controls. If you don't see the other devices that you want to play audio through, tap  to switch from playback controls to AirPlay options.
  3. Tap each device through which you want to play the current audio.

1 You can also use the Music app, Podcasts app, or other apps to play audio through multiple devices. While listening to a song or podcast, tap the player at the bottom of the screen, tap  , and then select the devices that you want to AirPlay to.

 

From your Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes and play music.
  2. At the top of the iTunes window, click .
  3. Check the box to the right of the name of a device to play the currently playing audio through that device. If you choose to AirPlay to an Apple TV, you might be asked to enter a passcode.

 

From your Apple TV or HomePod

You can use Siri to play music throughout your home. On Apple TV, you can also manually choose other speakers to add.

  1. If you're listening to music, swipe up on your remote and select . Or press and hold  on your remote.
  2. Select each additional device through which you want to play audio.

AirPlay from Apple TV to HomePod is currently in beta.

 

Get help

  • If your music stops playing unexpectedly, use your device or Siri to start playing music again. In some situations, the Home app might be using your HomePod or Apple TV as the audio source to stream music from online (even if your HomePod or Apple TV isn’t currently playing music). Using Siri on that device or performing another task might cause playback to stop everywhere. You can also use an iOS device or computer with iTunes as a hub to manually stream music instead.
  • If you can’t check the box to add the currently playing music to a HomePod, Apple TV, or speaker, the device might need to be updated. Learn about what's required for AirPlay.
  • If you need to change the room that a speaker is in, rename a speaker, or set up two HomePod speakers to work in stereo, you can manage your speakers and audio devices in the Home app.
  • Still need help? Learn what to do if you're still having trouble with AirPlay.
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