Sony has finally provided support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on its latest and most popular smart TVs. These new features will allow users to enjoy their TVs and use them easier. That said, what do these features do and how can they be used in Sony TVs? Here's how.

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit makes using smart TVs easier with an Apple device. These two most-requested features have been made available in other devices, but only came to some of Sony's smart TVs recently, Apple Insider reported.

AirPlay 2 allows users to cast audio and video content from their Apple devices to their smart TV without the need for Apple TV. HomeKit, on the other hand, allows users to control their smart TV using Siri and the Home app. Those who are invested in Apple's ecosystem will find them very helpful.

Updating Sony Smart TVs

Sony finally released support for the two features on a few smart TVs, namely the 2019 A9G, Z9G, X950G, and X850G TVs. The 2019 A9F and Z9F are also compatible with the features now. Those who have these Sony smart TVs can take advantage of the Apple features. Here's how.

First, download and install the update. Users of the said Sony TVs should proceed to Settings, then to Device Preferences, and then About. Once there, users will need to choose System Software Update. The device will start searching for available updates, and alert users when it finds one. Release notes will be displayed on the update screen for users to see.

Users should download the update, then turn their TV off so it can complete the update process. Users are advised to update their Sony TVs when it is not needed as the update process can take some time to finish.

Setting up

Once the TV is turned back on, it will inform users that it now has support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. The features aren't enabled by default, though. Users will need to enable and set them up to work. Here's how:

First, go to Settings, followed by Device Preferences, and then Apple AirPlay & HomeKit. Once there, users will see settings for each feature. Users can turn AirPlay on or off, set it up to require a code, manage subtitle settings, and check information about the feature.

The menu also displays an option that allows users to set HomeKit up. Setting HomeKit up requires users to scan a QR code to add it as an accessory via the Home app, and so that it can be configured. After configuring the TV's HomeKit preferences, users will need to confirm an option that allows mobile devices to turn the TV on. Otherwise, the feature won't work.

Pictured: LG Senior Director of Home Entertainment Marketing Tim Alessi discusses Apple AirPlay at the LG press conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during CES 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada on Jan. 7, 2019. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images