The Apple HomePod is a premium speaker that offers amazing sound quality. One of the best things about the Apple home speaker is the ability to connect to other Apple devices to create a comprehensive ecosystem in your home. However, many people still have difficulty setting up HomePod with Mac. Rest assured, we are here to help.
In fact, the HomePod can work seamlessly with a Mac machine, but you cannot set up your smart speaker using Mac. This means you must set up the speaker using your iPhone or iPad beforehand. Also, ensure your HomePod and Mac are on the same Wi-Fi network.
How to Connect HomePod to Mac
Mac uses AirPlay to stream content on your HomePod, so theoretically, your Mac and HomePod do not need to be on the same WiFi or Apple ID. However, if both machines share the same Apple ID, your smart speaker will automatically play audio if it is in range.
Step 1: Open the Home app on your Mac and then make sure your HomePod shows up here
Step 2: Launch System Preferences on your Mac or System Settings (macOS Ventura) and click Sound to proceed to the next step.
Step 3: Select the Output tab and select HomePod from the list of options.
Alternatively, you can head to the Control Center on your Mac and select Sound > HomePod from the list. Once done, your HomePod will start playing audio from your Mac.
How to fix HomePod not Connecting to Mac
There could be several reasons if you are trying to play content and not getting any audio from your HomePod. If this is the case for you, try out our below fixes.
Ensure your HomePod and Mac are on the same Wi-Fi and that AirPlay is enabled.
Reset your HomePod. This is the easiest way to fix HomePod not working issue. You can reset your smart speaker using the Home app on your iPhone or Mac. Here are the steps.
Also read: How to reset HomePod Mini
- Open the Home app on your Mac
- Make sure that HomePod is visible in the app.
- Now, long-press the HomePod icon to trigger the HomePod settings menu.
- Scroll down to the bottom and select Reset HomePod.
- Select Remove Accessory to reset your HomePod and hit Remove to confirm.
Alternatively, you can reset your HomePod using physical buttons. Here is how to do it.
- Unplug your HomePod from the power source. Wait for 10 seconds and plug it back in.
- Press and hold on top of the HomePod. Keep it pressed until Siri emerges and says that your HomePod will reset.
- Release after you hear the three beeps.
Check for the Alerts in the Home app. If the problem persists, the next step is to check if you’ll see an alert with details in the Home app. Open the Home app > Rooms tab.
Check Your Wi-Fi Connection. If you have recently changed your WiFi password, your smart speaker might not work as intended. In this case, try connecting your HomePod to another WiFi network to see if the problem has been resolved.
- Launch the Home app on your Mac.
- Long-press on HomePod
- Select Settings > Move HomePod to + your WiFi network.