How to use AirPlay on Apple TV to stream content from iPhone, iPad or Mac

How to use AirPlay on Apple TV to stream content from iPhone, iPad or Mac

AirPlay is a useful tool that allows you to project content from an Apple device to your Apple TV.

On a Mac, you can use AirPlay from the menu bar to cast your computer’s entire screen to your Apple TV. You can also play AirPlay videos directly from some websites like YouTube without casting the whole screen.

On an iPad or iPhone, you can use AirPlay directly from an app that supports the feature, such as Apple Photos, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and others. You will know if AirPlay is supported in the app if you see the AirPlay icon in the corner of your device screen. If AirPlay isn’t an option available on the app, you can mirror your entire iPhone screen to your Apple TV instead.

Before starting, you need to make sure that your iPhone, iPad or Mac is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV . Otherwise, your Apple TV won’t be able to find your other devices.

How to AirPlay on Apple TV from a Mac

Before you begin, make sure AirPlay is turned on in System Preferences.

For AirPlay the full screen:

1. Click the AirPlay icon in the right corner of the menu bar at the top of your computer screen. It looks like a rectangle with a triangle at the bottom.

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2. Scroll down to locate your Apple TV. Your Mac should see all AirPlay devices in range, including your Apple TV. Click on “Apple TV”.

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Scroll down to your Apple TV.

3. Your computer screen will now appear on the TV and everything you do or see will appear on the TV.

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Your TV should now mirror your computer screen.

For AirPlay content directly from a website or app:

1. Open the app or website, such as YouTube, that you want to AirPlay from and start playing the video. For AirPlay from websites, use Safari instead of Google Chrome.

2. Click the AirPlay icon – it should be in the corner of the video, next to other video playback controls.

3. Choose your Apple TV from the device list.

4. If an AirPlay code appears on your Apple TV, type the code in the popup on your Mac.

How to AirPlay on Apple TV from an iPhone or iPad

For AirPlay content directly from an app:

1. Open the app with the content you want to AirPlay to your Apple TV.

2. Find the content you want to AirPlay and, while playing, tap the video. If it can AirPlay on your Apple TV, you will see the AirPlay icon in the top right corner of the content.

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If you can play it via AirPlay on your Apple TV, you will see the AirPlay icon in the upper right corner of the content you want to cast.

3. Tap the AirPlay icon and select your Apple TV from the device list.

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When you tap the AirPlay icon, you’ll see which devices you can use AirPlay on, including your Apple TV.

4. If an AirPlay code appears on your Apple TV, type the code in the popup on your iPhone or iPad.

5. I your content will now be streamed to your Apple TV.

For AirPlay the full screen:

1. Go to the Control Center on your device. If you have an iPhone X or later or an iPad with iPadOS or later, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to open Control Center. If you have an iPhone 8 or earlier or an iPad with iOS 11 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center.

2. Tap “Screen Mirroring” from the Control Center, next to the two overlapping rectangles icon.

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Select “Screen Mirroring” in the Control Center drop-down menu.

3. Choose your Apple TV from the list of available options. An AirPlay passcode may appear on the TV screen – if so, enter the code in the pop-up on the iPhone or iPad screen.

4. Now the whole screen should be mirrored. To play video from a specific app, simply start playing the video in the app on your device and it should appear full screen on Apple TV.

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