Can you hook up HomePod to PC?

Answered by Edward Huber

Unfortunately, HomePod is designed to work primarily with Apple devices and does not have built-in support for connecting directly to a PC. This means that you cannot simply plug in your HomePod to your PC using a USB cable or any other method.

However, there are a few workarounds and alternative solutions that you can try if you want to use your HomePod with your PC. Let’s explore some of these options:

1. AirPlay: One way to connect your HomePod to your PC is by using AirPlay. If your PC supports AirPlay, you can stream audio from your PC to your HomePod wirelessly. To do this, make sure your PC and HomePod are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Then, on your PC, open the audio or media player you want to use and look for the AirPlay icon or option. Select your HomePod from the list of available devices, and the audio should start playing through your HomePod.

2. Third-party apps: There are some third-party apps available that claim to enable HomePod functionality on Windows PCs. These apps typically work by creating a virtual AirPlay server on your PC, allowing you to stream audio to your HomePod. However, keep in mind that these apps may not provide the same level of functionality or reliability as using AirPlay on Apple devices. It’s also worth noting that these apps may come with an additional cost.

3. Bluetooth: While HomePod does not have built-in support for Bluetooth, if your PC has Bluetooth capabilities, you can try connecting your HomePod to your PC using Bluetooth. However, this method may not provide the same high-quality audio experience as using AirPlay.

4. External audio interface: Another option is to use an external audio interface that can connect to both your PC and your HomePod. This would involve connecting your PC to the audio interface via USB or another audio connection, and then connecting the audio interface to your HomePod using an auxiliary cable or other appropriate connection. This method may require additional hardware and setup, but it could allow you to use your HomePod as a speaker for your PC.

It’s important to note that these methods may have limitations and may not provide the same seamless experience as using HomePod with Apple devices. Additionally, Apple does not officially support using HomePod with non-Apple devices, so compatibility and functionality may vary.

I hope these suggestions help you find a way to connect your HomePod to your PC.