How to AirPlay video and mirror your device's screen to Apple TV

Use AirPlay to see whatever is on your device directly on your Apple TV. Stream a video. Share your photos. Or mirror exactly what's on your device's screen — all with AirPlay.

AirPlay video from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open an app and find the video that you want to AirPlay to your Apple TV.
  2. Tap . In some third-party apps, you might need to tap a different icon first.* In the Photos app, tap , then tap AirPlay.
  3. Choose your Apple TV. If you don’t see your Apple TV, make sure that your iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV. Need help?

To stop streaming, tap  in the app that you're streaming from, then tap your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from the list.

Want to AirPlay audio? Learn how to use AirPlay to stream music, podcasts, and more to your Apple TV, HomePod, or other AirPlay-compatible speakers.

*Some video apps don't support AirPlay on iOS. If you can’t use AirPlay with a video app, check the App Store to see if that app is available on Apple TV.

AirPlay video from your Mac

  1. On your Mac, open the app or website that you want to stream video from.
  2. In the video playback controls, click .
  3. Select your Apple TV. If you don’t see your Apple TV, make sure that your Mac is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV. Need help?

To stop streaming video, click  in the video playback controls, then choose Turn Off AirPlay.

Mirror your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Use Screen Mirroring to see the entire screen of your iOS device on your Apple TV.

  1. Open Control Center:
    • On iPhone X or later or iPad with iOS 12 or later: Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
    • On iPhone 8 or earlier or iOS 11 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen. 
  2. Tap  Screen Mirroring.
  3. Select your Apple TV from the list. If you don’t see your Apple TV, make sure that your iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV. Need help?
  4. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your iOS device.

Your TV uses your iOS device's screen orientation and aspect ratio. To fill your TV screen with the mirrored iOS device screen, change your TV's aspect ratio or zoom settings.

 

To stop mirroring your iOS device, open Control Center, tap Screen Mirroring, then tap Stop Mirroring. Or press the Menu button on your Apple TV Remote.

Mirror or extend your Mac display

With Apple TV, you can mirror the entire display of your Mac to your TV or use your TV as a separate display.

  1. On your Mac, click  in the menu bar at the top of your screen. If you don't see , go to Apple () menu > System Preferences > Displays, then select the "Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available" checkbox.
  2. Choose your Apple TV. If you don’t see your Apple TV, make sure that your Mac is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV. Need help?
  3. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your Mac.

To change the size of your desktop mirrored on your TV, click  in the menu bar. Then select Mirror Built-in Display to match the size of your desktop or Mirror Apple TV to match the size of your TV.

AirPlay also lets you use your TV as a separate display for your Mac. Just click  in the menu bar, then select Use As Separate Display.

To stop mirroring or using your TV as a separate display, click  in the menu bar, then choose Turn AirPlay Off. Or press the Menu button on your Apple TV Remote.

Learn more about mirroring or extending the display of your Mac.

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