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You would think it would be easy to set up two of Apple’s smart speakers, which is two HomePod minis or two HomePods, and use them as dedicated computer speakers for your MacBook Pro or iMac. But it’s not. In fact, the Mac’s menu bar won’t allow you to select a set of stereo paired HomePods as the default speakers.
You can designate a single HomePod or HomePod mini as your Mac’s speakers, but not a stereo pair. It’s a bit confusing considering it’s actually very easy to designate two HomePods or two HomePod minis as the default TV speakers with an Apple TV; you can also use a single HomePod or HomePod mini as the sole TV speaker for your Apple TV, but it just won’t deliver that superior stereo sound.
We hope Apple will release a macOS update soon that will allow you to designate two HomePods or two HomePod minis as speakers for your computer. Until then, there is some sort of hack or workaround that lets you set up two HomePods or two HomePod minis as computer speakers. It’s messy and it actually only works with Apple’s own apps like Music and TV, which is why I don’t really recommend it. But if you’re desperate, here’s what to do.
How to use two HomePod Minis as computer speakers
(Please note that the following steps work with two HomePods Where two mini HomePods)
1. Make sure your two HomePod minis are set up as a stereo pair – see here – and they’re in the same room as your Mac.
2. Open the Apple Music app on your Mac, select the AirPlay icon in the upper right corner and select HomePod minis paired in stereo as default speakers. Also make sure to deselect your computer speakers.
3. Minimize the Apple Music application (but do not close it), open Finder and schoose the Applications folder at the far left of the window. Open the Utilities folder and the select the Audio and MIDI configuration application (it looks like a piano).
4. In the new window that opens, select the “+” icon in the lower left corner. Select the Create Aggregate Device option from the drop-down menu. Then select the box that says AirPlay under “Use.”
5. Minimize – but do not close – the Audio MIDI Setup application and open System Preferences, which you can find in the Finder app. Open the Sound folder and, under Output, select Aggregate device.
6. Celebrate – you have it.
Please note that after setting up both HomePods or HomePod minis as your Mac’s default speakers, there are some complications.
The first thing to know: you can only adjust the volume by pressing the “+” or “-” icons on the real speakers, which means you cannot adjust the volume from your keyboard or volume controls on your Mac. It’s obnoxious but, hey, we said it was a mess.
The other thing is, you can never close the Apple Music app that you opened to originally set up both HomePods as computer speakers. If you do, you will cancel the entire setup process and have to start all over again.
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