You can find out what is currently playing - song or podcast - on your HomePod by using your iPhone or iPad in a few simple steps.
Quickly Identify What's Playing on Your HomePod or HomePod mini Using Control Center on iPhone or iPad
It has happened a lot of times. There's something playing on your smart speaker and you just want to know what it is. Who knows it might be the song you keep on playing on repeat for the next few months. If you have a HomePod or HomePod mini, then finding out is actually super easy using your iPhone or iPad. Follow the steps below.
Note: This tutorial assumes that someone else is playing a song or podcast on your HomePod and you want to know what it is.
Step 1. Unlock your iPhone or iPad
Step 2. Make sure you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your HomePod. You can confirm by going to Settings > Wi-Fi
Step 3. Now pull down from the top right hand corner to bring up Control Center. Those with Touch ID iPhones can swipe up to do the same
Step 4. Tap on audio button in the Now Playing box at the top right hand corner
Step 5. Tap on the the audio source button as highlighted in the screenshot below
Step 6. Find your HomePod in the list of devices and you'll see what's playing on it next to its name
If your iPhone or iPad is the audio source for what is currently playing on the HomePod, then finding out what is being played is even simpler. Just have a look at your Lock Screen or the Now Playing box in Control Center.
That's it, you've now learned what is currently playing on your HomePod, whether it's a song, podcast or even something else. This is something extremely handy and I end up using this feature all the time especially when someone else is blasting tunes on HomePod and I'm the listener without choice.
Obviously, you can always take the Shazam route if you like. After Apple's acquisition of the service, you can Shazam a song and add the track directly to your Apple Music library which is nothing but a convenience.
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