homepod: HomePod mini: What you can and cannot do with an Android phone
The HomePod mini — Apple’s smart speaker — in many ways is peak Apple. It’s designed to work seamlessly within the Apple ecosystem, which means that if you have an iPhone or an iPad then it’s an absolute breeze to deal with. But what happens if you have an Android phone and want to use the HomePod mini? Here are some things that you can and cannot do with the HomePod mini, if you have an Android phone.
Connect and set up HomePod mini: No, not possible.
The HomePod mini doesn’t support Android, which means you will need an iPhone or an iPad to set up and even control the smart speaker.
Listen to music on HomePod mini: Yes, there’s a workaround
While you cannot control and set up Apple’s smart speaker with an Android phone, you can listen to music. Android users can stream music but will need third-party apps. For instance, there’s an app called CloudPlayer — available on Google Play Store — which can be used to stream music on HomePod with an Android phone. There’s another app called AirMusic, which can be used on an Android phone to listen to music on HomePod.
Use other music apps on HomePod: Yes
HomePod does support third-party apps like Gaana for you to stream music on.
Connect HomePod through Bluetooth on Android: No
HomePod doesn’t allow Bluetooth connectivity, so you cannot pair an Android phone with it.
Controlling smart devices with Android: No
If you have a smart plug, a bulb that is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, it cannot be controlled through an Android phone. You will need an iPhone to make the best use of the HomePod or HomePod mini.