SharePlay Music Control Is Coming To The HomePod And Apple TV
Apple is getting ready to bring SharePlay music control to the HomePod and Apple TV after initially launching it as part of the iOS 17 update in September 2023.
The feature allows other people to control music in a car without having to use the device that is currently connected to CarPlay. Now, the same feature is coming to other Apple devices.
As noted by MacRumors, the iOS 17.4 and tvOS 17.4 beta releases include support for using the same SharePlay music control feature by allowing someone to scan a QR code to join the in-progress session. They don’t need to have an Apple Music subscription themselves but instead control the music that is already playing.
While playing a song in the Music app on your iPhone, tap the SharePlay icon at the bottom of the screen to bring up a QR code, which another person can scan with their iPhone or Android smartphone’s camera to request access to music playback controls. Even a screenshot of the QR code suffices, allowing you to remotely grant access to people around the world if so desired.
On the Apple TV, the feature works in much the same way with people scanning a QR code that is displayed on-screen.
These features are only available to those who have installed the latest beta software right now but Apple is expected to make the updates available to everyone within the next few weeks.