How to control video playback on your Apple TV with your HomePod

“Every day I’m learning more and more about how HomePod works with Apple TV. It’s not just an AirPlay speaker,” Lory Gil writes for iMore. “You may not be able to ask Siri to start playing a movie for you, but you can ask it to pause, play, skip ahead, and skip back when you’re watching something on your Apple TV.”

“With your HomePod set up to your Apple TV, all audio playing from it can be adjusted by asking Siri for a little help,” Gil writes. “Siri is also there to help when you need to pause, play, skip ahead or skip back.

Gil writes, “Make sure the movie, TV show or video is either playing or paused on Apple TV, then say:”

• Hey Siri, Pause.
• Hey Siri, Play.
• Hey Siri, skip ahead [X seconds, minutes, or hours].
• Hey, Siri, go back [X seconds, minutes or hours].

Gil also explains that if you’d rather not use Siri to trigger playback, you control video playback on your Apple TV through HomePod using your iPhone or iPad, too!

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Some of these things a bit hidden, but they work very well in practice!

Siri on HomePod can actually do quite a lot – February 9, 2018

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rayzor” for the heads up.]


  1. Was holding off, but ability to hook into AppleTV sold me. Don’t like Apple TV music interface but like listening to music from it. Will also be better than my current speakers..Bluetooth and kids lost remote..and doesn’t connect always have to get up and turn them on. With this, just have to press and hold play button (we don’t want speakers on by default..especially at night).

  2. “Incomplete” continues to be the watchword for Homepod, and articles like this do nothing to mitigate that, pointing out how you can’t use it to actually DO the thing you want to do, but you can use it to do other stuff after you use something else to do the thing you want to…


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