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How to Pick Up Playback From Your HomePod or See What’s Playing

I often just tap my HomePod to start music playback, or tell it to play some music, which frequently leads to me wondering, “what song is actually playing right now?”

For a long time I left this mystery unsolved, but this weekend I was trying to figure out which version of the Grease soundtrack was playing and, aside from asking Siri, I couldn’t think of a way. I may be into gadgets but I’m frequently entirely too lazy to talk to them, and this was a problem that had to have a solution, right?

It turns out there’s a few solutions to these problems — aside from using something like Shazam on the device closest to you! My preferred method is to open the Home app, and then in the Rooms section find your HomePod and touch and hold the icon until the music screen pops up. This shows you what song is playing and also lets you control your HomePod. You can then tap on the album artwork (or the HomePod placeholder for songs without album art) to open the Music app. This seamlessly takes over control of the music playing without any pauses or jumps.

You can also hand playback back to your HomePod, though I do feel a little like an extra in Charms class at Hogwarts when doing this. You just bring the device playing music to your HomePod and then it pops up a notification to say it’s transferring playback!

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