In June 2017, Apple promised AirPlay 2, an easy way to connect and control multiple speakers through an iPhone or other Apple device. While the feature was included in early iOS betas, AirPlay 2 was nowhere to be found in the official version of iOS 11. After all the numerous subsequent iOS 11 updates, it is now finally in iOS 11.4
Before its big appearance in iOS 11.4 appeared and AirPlay 2 disappeared in the iOS 11.3 beta here and there, then it went through consistent updates in 11.4 Beta. Now that the long awaited feature has found its way to a major release, we can finally dive in to see what AirPlay 2 is all about. You can also, provided you have an Apple TV, HomePod or an additional iOS device.
: Update to iOS 11.4 & tvOS 11.4
AirPlay 2 is only compatible with iOS 11.4 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and tvOS 11.4 for Apple TV. As of Tuesday, May 29, 11.4 is open to the public on all compatible devices. To download and install the update, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update, just follow the instructions on the screen
Step 2: Make sure That You Have the Home App
If you've already used the Home app with HomeKit accessories like lights, switches, sockets, thermostats, cameras, etc., you're well on the way. But if you have deleted or restricted it for any reason, you should reinstall it or reactivate it. This is an overview of the rooms in which each AirPlay 2-compatible device is located, and you can even control playback from the Home app itself.
Step 3: Set Up Your Apple TV for AirPlay 2
Since Compatible Third The speakers are not out yet, we will focus on the Apple TV for the time being, since most of them are more of an expensive one HomePod speakers from Apple have.
To keep track of your Apple TVs When you connect them from another device, make sure they are labeled properly. On your Apple TV, choose Settings and then AirPlay. Next, select "Room," and then choose the correct label for the room where your Apple TV is located.
Repeat this process for all your Apple TVs. Once everyone has a name, you can easily choose on your iPhone in which rooms of your home you want to play AirPlay music or other content, without having to guess which Apple TV which is.
Step 4: AirPlay Music from your iPhone
If you've never used AirPlay in its original form, access in iOS 11 is easy. If you are already playing a song, the player should appear on the lock screen of your iPhone. Touch the icon to the right of the title of the song – this is the AirPlay icon. Your iPhone will display a list of available devices for AirPlay.
This is not the only place of which from you can access the controls. Wherever you see the AirPlay icon, you can access this menu. You can access the music player in the Control Center, as well as the app currently playing your music ( Music, Spotify, etc.)
While you can choose from this list to connect, the only devices currently working with AirPlay 2 are Apple TVs and HomePods. You will know that because they are the only ones on the list with a check mark option next to them. Devices with these check marks indicate that they can be connected at the same time. Instead of disconnecting from one Apple TV and switching to another, they play the same title together when both are activated.
Step 5: Siri Commands on Your iPhone
With AirPlay 2 on iOS 11.4, Siri can use your iPhone to start and control music and podcast playback on your Apple TV on tvOS 11.4. You can tell Siri to start playing a song or podcast on a particular Apple TV (ie "Hey, Siri – play & # 39; DNA" by Kendrick Lamar in the living room) and the song will go on in question Apple TV enabled. If you start this while your Apple TV is off, you can even turn on your connected TV if the TV is compatible with this feature.
You can use Siri on your iPhone to dictate a number of controls:
- Play / Pause a current song
- Jump back / Return to a song
- Mix / Repeat a song, album, or playlist
- Increase / decrease the volume of a current song
- Mute / Disable a current song  Resume / pause a current song on an Apple TV or a compatible speaker in another room.
- Fast-forwarding / rewinding a song at specified time intervals ("rewind this song for 30 seconds").
- Add song to Up Next, including "Play Next" and "Play Later".
You can also find all of these controls on your Apple TV. In the music app or other AirPlay compatible app, swipe to the AirPlay button and select it. This will open the Apple TV AirPlay menu, which is much more complicated than on your iPhone.
The first thing you'll see is a list of all the compatible devices you can find on an iPhone. On your Apple TV, however, you can wipe through your nearby Apple TVs, each with its own "window" on the AirPlay menu. You can pair or unpair the Apple TV from its window, and adjust the volume by swiping down, tapping the name, and moving the volume slider.
If you can not & # 39; If you use smart home appliances, chances are you never opened the home app before. If you're using AirPlay 2 with Apple TVs, you now have a reason.
If you connect your Apple TVs via AirPlay 2, they'll show up in your Home app, with iOS 11.4 and TVOS 11.4 on all devices. You can play and pause music from an Apple TV in the Home app just by tapping the icon. You can also see more information about this Apple TV by tapping "Details" at the bottom of the display. To which room it belongs, serial and model numbers and more. You can also include it as a "favorites accessory" for easy access to the Control Center and Home app.
You can remove Apple TV from the Home app by tapping "Remove Accessory" at the bottom
If you choose Multiroom AirPlay, remember – these are all relatively new features. There may be some improvements in future updates.
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