How to use AirFoil to Create Stereo Sound From HomePod
The HomePod officially launched on Friday and so far we’ve been very pleased with it however it has left some features to be desired such as stereo support and multi-room support but there are third party applications that you can utilize to access those features now.
AirFoil is an incredibly powerful audio tool available on macOS and Windows machines that opens up your computer to a host of new audio settings. For instance, you can easily use it to create a multi-room setup between multiple AirPlay and Bluetooth devices.
How to use AirFoil to create a stereo HomePod pair right now
The first step in doing this is to download AirFoil from Rogue Amoeba’s website.
AirFoil is a paid application at $29 per user, but there’s a free trial option that we highly recommend you take advantage of to make sure everything works as it should.
Once you have AirFoil downloaded, copy it to your Application folder. Then, you need to open it and ensure that all of your AirPlay-enabled devices appear. Then, you’ll want to choose your audio source. If it’s iTunes, you’ll have to download a quick add-on, but it’s free and AirFoil handles it all for you.
Once you’ve ensured that AirFoil is working properly, navigate to your Applications folder on macOS and find the AirFoil file. Right click on that file and choose “Duplicate.” This will create a duplicate application of AirFoil. Once you’ve done that, open both copies.
In one of the open instances of AirFoil, choose the HomePod that’s on the right side of your configuration. Click the equalizer icon along the top and drag the “Balance” slider all the way to the right side. This will play only the right channel through that HomePod.
Then, in the other instance of AirFoil, choose the HomePod that’s on the left side of your configuration. Click the equalizer icon along the top and drag the “Balance” slider all the way to the left side. This will play only the left channel through that HomePod.
From there, as long you have the same audio channel selected in both instances of AirFoil, you have a stereo HomePod configuration. It’s certainly not perfect, but it works as an interim solution until Apple rolls out official support for stereo later this year.
For more tips and tricks on how to make better use of your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How-to” section of our website.