How to Control Who Can AirPlay to Your HomePod

Home app main screen with Home Settings menu

You can stream music to your HomePod from your iPhone, iPad, or other AirPlay-capable device, and pretty much anyone else can, too, if you want. That’s great for parties, but if you want to really lock down your brand new smart speaker so no one can impose their musical tastes on you, there’s a setting for that.

Here’s how to change who can stream to your HomePod with AirPlay:

  • Launch the Home app
  • Tap the Home tab
  • Tap geolocation button (upper left)
Home app main screen with Home Settings menu
AirPlay settings for speakers are in Apple’s Home app
  • Choose Home Settings
  • Select your HomeKit network
  • Tap Allow Speaker Access
  • Set the level of access you want
AirPlay speaker settings in Home app on iPhone
The Home app’s settings for AirPlay speakers, including HomePod

The default is Anyone On the Same Network, which seems reasonable for many users. If you want anyone within Wi-Fi range to be able to stream to your HomePod, change that setting to Everyone. Alternately, you can limit streaming to just the people you’ve invited to control your HomeKit network.

For an added level of security you can enable AirPlay password protection for your HomePod by enabling Require Password. A password is automatically generated, but you can change it to anything you want.

With the password feature enabled, anyone trying to stream to your HomePod with AirPlay will have to enter the password on their device.

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