Use AirPlay to stream video or mirror your device’s screen

Use AirPlay to stream or share content from your Apple devices to your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. Stream a video. Share your photos. Or mirror exactly what's on your device's screen.


An animation on iOS shows the AirPlay picker appearing, Office is selected, then a notification card confirms

Stream video from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Connect your device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  2. Find the video that you want to stream.
  3. Tap . In some third-party apps, you may need to tap a different icon first.* In the Photos app, tap , then tap .
  4. Choose your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart 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.

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

If video streams automatically to an AirPlay device

Your device might  stream video automatically to the Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV that you use frequently. If you open a video app and see  in the top left-hand corner, then an AirPlay device is already selected.

To use AirPlay with a different device, tap, then tap another device, or tap "iPhone" to stop streaming with AirPlay.

Stream video from your Mac

  1. Connect your Mac to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. 
  2. On your Mac, open the app or website that you want to stream video from.
  3. In the video playback controls, click .
  4. Select your Apple TV or smart TV. Need help?

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

An animation on iOS shows Control Centre, then Screen Mirroring is selected and the card appears, Office is selected and a prompt for an AirPlay code appears.

Mirror your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Use Screen Mirroring to see the entire screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
  2. Open Control Centre:
    • On iPhone X or later, or iPad with iPadOS or later: swipe down from the top right-hand corner of the screen.
    • On iPhone 8 or earlier, or iOS 11 or earlier: swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen. 
  3. Tap  Screen Mirroring.
  4. Select your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV from the list. Need help?
  5. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your iOS or iPadOS device.

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

To stop mirroring your iOS or iPadOS device, open Control Centre, 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 or an AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV, you can mirror the entire display of your Mac to your TV or use your TV as a separate display.

A macOS screenshot shows the AirPlay menu option selected, and Mirror Built-in Retina Display has a tick next to it.

  1. Connect your Mac to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. 
  2. On your Mac, click  in the menu bar at the top of your screen. If you can't see , go to Apple  menu > System Preferences > Displays, then select "Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available".
  3. Choose your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. Need help?
  4. If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your Mac.

Change settings or stop mirroring

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.

Find out more about mirroring or extending the display of your Mac.

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