Set up two HomePods in a stereo configuration, and they act as one pair when used via Siri or an iOS device. Open the HBO, YouTube, or Music app on your phone, and voilà, stereo sound.

This doesn’t seem to be an option on a Mac. On my 2017 MacBook Pro, I can only choose one HomePod at a time as an audio out. I’m running macOS High Sierra 10.13.6. [Update: It’s the same on macOS 10.14 Mojave.]

Is there a way to make this work?

  • Please edit your question to make it more about how to not why. Why Apple does or doesn't do or allow something is off topic. – JBis Aug 2 '18 at 3:55
  • edited, @JBis! :) – Alan H. Aug 2 '18 at 4:35
  • I’m on 10.13.6. – Alan H. Aug 2 '18 at 6:24
  • Hmm — as of macOS 10.13.6, iTunes can play to stereo HomePods, but the system generically can't, and other software (e.g. QuickTime) can’t. – Alan H. Aug 8 '18 at 17:11
  • As of 10.14.5, I can see the option in Sound preferences to have the output go to the "Living Room" (3 options, 1 for each homepod, and 1 for the room itself), but after selecting it, I always see a Could not connect to "Living Room" error. – mattliu Jun 22 at 14:02

Make sure you’re updated to Mojave as that is required.

Then follow these instructions:

  1. Make sure that both HomePod speakers are in the same room in the Home app.

  2. Open the Home app, double-click HomePod, then click Settings in the upper-right corner.

  3. Scroll down and click Create Stereo Pair.

  4. Choose a second HomePod to use as a stereo pair.

  5. Click a HomePod on the right or left side to identify it. Click  to swap them to the correct left and right channel.

  6. Click Back, then click Done.

  • I already have a stereo pair — but it seems impossible to use the pair from a Mac, except via iTunes. E.g., how would I watch a movie on a Mac using Stereo HomePods? – Alan H. Feb 5 at 19:22

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