AirPlay lets you stream video and mirror your display from iPhone, iPad, or Mac to Apple TV. It also lets you stream audio to Apple TV and any compatible speakers, including those connected to an AirPort Express router. If you're on the same Wi-Fi network, AirPlay simply connects and starts streaming. If you're not on the same network, AirPlay can use point-to-point Wi-Fi to stream. That makes AirPlay great for entertainment, education, and enterprise — just tap a button, choose a target, and watch your show or run your presentation.

AirPlay is an Apple service that allows Macs and iOS devices to stream music, photos, and videos to the Apple TV. It allows music to be streamed to the AirPort Express or AirPlay-compatible. AirPlay (formerly called AirTunes) is Apple’s technology for streaming media over a local (usually in-home) network. It lets you stream audio from any Mac or iOS device to any AirPlay-enabled.

Jul 19, 2013  AirPlay is by far one of the most popular features of the Apple TV. On iOS devices, it allows the easy streaming of audio and video to an Apple TV so that you can enjoy watching a movie on your television with friends and family. On the Mac, however, it's not as simple. In this tutorial, we'll show. Mar 09, 2019  AirPlay is Apple's proprietary system that allows you to stream audio or video from an Apple source - iOS, HomePod or Mac computer - to another device over a.

How to AirPlay video from your iPhone or iPad

You can AirPlay any video simply by mirroring your screen. Some video players, like YouTube, will even let you AirPlay right from the video pane (there'll be an AirPlay button on the bottom right of the video window when you tap it).

  1. Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Tap Screen Mirroring.
  3. Tap the device you'd like to AirPlay to.

If you're not on the same Wi-Fi network as the Apple TV you're targeting — for example, if you're at a meeting — the Apple TV will display a code and require you to enter it on your iPhone or iPad before streaming over point-to-point Wi-Fi.

How to stop AirPlay video on your iPhone and iPad

When you want to stop AirPlay, it's just as easy.

  1. Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Tap the device name that you're AirPlaying to. The device name takes the place of 'Screen Mirroring' in Control Center.
  3. Tap Stop Mirroring.

How to AirPlay audio from your iPhone or iPad

Just like with video, some audio apps will build in their own AirPlay button. Whether they do or not, you can always AirPlay your audio from the Now Playing card in Control Center, and send it to any Apple TV, AirPort Express-connected speakers, or any speakers with AirPlay built-in.

  1. Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Tap the AirPlay button on the Now Playing Widget.
  3. Tap the device you'd like to AirPlay to.

How to stop AirPlay audio from your iPhone or iPad

If you're done with your audio on AirPlay, you can quickly bring it right back to your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Tap the AirPlay button on the Now Playing Widget.
  3. Tap your iPhone (or iPad) in the device list.

How to AirPlay Mirror from your Mac

Before you can mirror your Mac using AirPlay, you need to make sure all your devices are compatible. To use AirPlay Mirroring between devices on the same Wi-Fi network, you need:

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  • Apple TV 2 (2010)
  • Apple TV 3 (2012)
  • Apple TV 4 (2015)
  • Apple TV 4K (2017)

And:

  • iMac (2011 or later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or later)
  • Mac mini (2011 or later)
  • MacBook (2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2011 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (2011 or later)
  • Mac Pro (2013 or later)

To use point-to-point AirPlay Mirroring between devices not on the same Wi-Fi network, you need:

  • Apple TV 3 rev A (2013)
  • Apple TV 4 (2015)
  • Apple TV 4K (2017)

And:

  • iMac (2012 or later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or later)
  • Mac mini (2012 or later)
  • MacBook (2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2012 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 or later)

You should also make sure you're running the latest software for your Mac and Apple TV.

  1. Click on the AirPlay icon on the right side of your Mac's menubar.
  2. Click on Apple TV from the dropdown. (If you have multiple Apple TV's in the vicinity, choose the one you want to use right now.)

How to switch AirPlay Mirroring modes on your Mac

AirPlay Mirroring will default to mirroring your HDTV's native resolution on your Mac. If you want to change that, it's easy to do.

  1. Click on the AirPlay icon on the right side of your Mac's menubar.
  2. Choose your preferred option:

    • Click on Mirror Built-In Display to mirror your Mac's native resolution on your TV.
    • Click on Mirror Apple TV to resize your Mac's resolution to match the resolution of your TV.
    • Click on Use as Separate Display to have your Mac extend your desktop and treat your TV as an additional display.

How to stop AirPlay Mirroring from your Mac

When you're done and want to return your Apple TV to being an Apple TV, it's easy to shut off.

  1. Click on the AirPlay icon on the right side of your Mac's menubar.
  2. Click on Turn AirPlay Off.

Or simply click on the Menu button on you Apple TV remote. That'll stop AirPlay and return you to the Apple TV interface instantly.

Enhance your Apple TV experience

There's a long list of awesome accessories for Apple TV, including these two:

SteelSeries Nimbus Bluetooth Mobile Gaming Controller($49 at Amazon)

If you're a gamer, you need the Nimbus. The perfect controller offers all the standard gaming buttons and a comfortable grip.

TotalMount Apple TV Mount($18 at Amazon)

This low-priced mount has an open-back design, which allows for proper airflow, something that is a necessity when you're running your high-graphics games in 4K. Buy, install, and forget about it.

Any questions?

Having trouble with AirPlay or have any additional questions? Let me know in comments!

Updated May 2019: Updated screenshots and instructions for AirPlaying in iOS 12.

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Watch. Listen. Share. AirPlay lets you do it all.

AirPlay lets you share videos, photos, music, and more from Apple devices to your Apple TV, favorite speakers, and popular smart TVs. And what you share always stays personal and private. So sit back and enjoy everything you love — in more places than ever.

And just like that, it’s on TV.

Simply tap the AirPlay icon on your Apple device and share almost anything — the latest movies, home videos, vacation photos, presentations — to your Apple TV or AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV.

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More than a remarkable way to use AirPlay, Apple TV 4K is the ultimate cinematic experience. Stream 4K HDR video. Enjoy your photos from iCloud. Connect Apple Music to your home theater. Even control your HomeKit accessories.

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AirPlay 2–enabled TVs. Now that’s smart.

Leading TV manufacturers are integrating AirPlay 2 directly into their TVs, so now you can effortlessly share or mirror almost anything from your iOS device or Mac directly to your AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV. You can even play music on the TV and sync it with other AirPlay 2–compatible speakers anywhere in your home.

Sony coming later this year.
Look for this symbol in stores and online.

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Control it all with a tap.

Convenient built-in controls appear on your iPhone in apps, on the Lock screen, and in Control Center — so you can easily play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, and adjust the volume on your TV.

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When bigger is better, mirror it.

AirPlay mirroring lets you share what’s on your Apple device — websites, presentations, spreadsheets — with everyone in the room on a bigger screen.

Put Siri in charge of your TV.

With AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, you can use Siri on your iPhone to send a video to your TV.1 Better yet, ask Siri to play a specific show in a specific room.

Hey Siri, play Game of Thrones on my living room TV

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When Siri suggests a show to watch — on the Lock screen or in search — it will also include an option to use AirPlay. So one quick tap on a Siri suggestion, and you’re watching your favorite show on your favorite screen.

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You pick the show. AirPlay picks the TV.

Now AirPlay can automatically play movies and shows in the places you’re most likely to watch them. Over time, AirPlay learns where you prefer to watch TV, and can start playing to the TV in that room with just a tap.

Your audio. Your way.

With AirPlay 2, you’re in control of your audio. And if you have more than one HomePod or AirPlay 2–enabled speaker, you can enjoy your favorite music or podcasts throughout your house — in perfect sync. You can even play different songs in different rooms.

HomePod and AirPlay. The perfect duet.

HomePod is a breakthrough speaker that uses AirPlay 2 to control music throughout your home — from whatever room you’re in. Together with Siri, it creates an entirely new way to discover and interact with music.

AirPlay 2. Now in more speakers than ever.

Major speaker manufacturers are incorporating AirPlay 2 into their home audio products. And every AirPlay 2–enabled speaker works with the Home app on iOS and macOS.

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Multiroom audio is music to everyone’s ears.

Play your favorite music in one room and stream a podcast to another. Or sync your HomePod or other AirPlay 2–enabled speakers for music throughout your home.

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Anyone can add songs to Up Next.

With AirPlay 2 and Apple Music, your friends can add their own music to the mix.

Ask Siri to play what you want, where you want.

With Siri, your music is there for the asking. Just say the song, say the room, and enjoy the music. Siri can also play music on TVs, receivers, and speakers that you’ve added to your Home app.

Hey Siri, play the latest album by Lorde in the bedroom

Take a call. Make a call. And the music plays on.

Take an incoming call or play a game on your device without interrupting your music.

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