How to enable mono audio for your AirPods or other headphones and why you might want to

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Sharing an AirPod with a friend is great for those times when you'd like to watch or listen to something together, but doing so risks missing dialogue or sound effects that could play in the other AirPod due to stereo separation. To ensure both you and your friend hear the same thing, you need to put your AirPods into mono mode, and we show you how to do that.

How to change which HomePod listens to your commands when using paired HomePods

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If you have two HomePods that are paired to create a stereo setup, only one of these HomePods will be used to listen to your voice queries. When saying a command such as "Hey Siri, what time is it in London?", only that HomePod will be listening to you although the other HomePod might be physically closer to you.

As far as I can tell, there is no way to manually select what HomePod is the dominant one during the initial pairing process, but there is a way to swap which one will actively listen to you once the stereo pair has been created.

List of AirPlay 2 Siri voice commands for controlling multiple speakers


AirPlay 2 brings the ability to control audio across multiple speakers from your HomePod, iPhone, iPad or Apple TV. You can use voice commands to do things like play music in a particular room, play different songs on different speakers, enjoy a playlist on all or just specific speakers, continue playing a track on another speaker and more. Here's our list of the best AirPlay 2 Siri voice commands that are specific to multi-room audio support.